Build trust, take responsibility and learn together
Through an Active Learning Lab, communities collaboratively explore practical solutions and experiment in new learning cultures.
Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)
The Educraftory Active Learning Lab aims to engage local communities of all ages in solution building through experimentation and action based change.
Thailand is a country on the verge of undergoing massive change in education. Having been under military rule for the past 4 years, the country is now promised an election. This promise puts the country in a position where they have the potential to radically change the learning environment and culture. Although great efforts have been made to implement changes, the proposals still remain in the hands of high level leadership teams.
By building Active Learning Labs, we can put the power of change in the hands of the people impacted most by that change. Community led change proposals that actively explore local human impacts have higher adoption ratios and a greater potential for implementation.
Identifying a problem is only the first stage in the change lifecycle. A stage where most communities, to their detriment, remain. The Active Learning Lab will give local communities the tools and resources needed for them to become active change agents, moving them beyond the realms of problem identifying and into productive solution development.
Learning communities will be supported by team learning and design thinking coaches from Educraftor. Our coach approach is one that aims to give communities the tools and resources to actively develop their own solutions and not simply wait for solutions to be presented to them.
Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)
We currently offer our learning processes to one of the leading education systems in the world – Finland. The fundamentals of the Educraftor learning processes are built around community development. With this project, we aim to engage people of all ages in developing solutions for the future of education in Thailand.
The project would begin with nationwide events (Eduhack) that identify initial local change agents. These “early adopters” would then be enrolled in the Active Learning Lab where they would begin to explore and experiment with ways to positively change their education systems from a grass-root level.
How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)
Although community development is not a unique idea on its own, what is often lacking is the engagement of the entire community, ie, children and adults working alongside each other.
Through our existing model operating in the New Nordics, we have identified a unique opportunity in getting children and adults working productively alongside each other. Children often provide new insight when engaged in innovative solution building processes, and by pairing them with the experience of adult learners, we have seen new potential being unlocked time and time again.
It is often said that children hold the key to our future, so let’s give them the keys.
Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)
Early Adoption: I have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have begun to expand the pilot for early adoption.
Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)
Educraftor is an innovation and educational development agency and we believe that by learning to understand each other we can take responsibility and work together to achieve common goals.
Organization Filing Status
Yes, we are a registered company.
In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.
This model already works in non-conflicted societies and it is a long term goal of our organisation to implement such solutions in communities where these opportunities are not currently available. Thailand is already looking for opportunities to develop an education system that positively impacts the quality of life for its inhabitants. Our project would align with existing national goals and would serve learning communities in improving community engagement and responsibility.
Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).
Through collaboration, divided communities can engage in developing solutions that have positive impacts on both local and national levels. As a result, communities are able to take an active role in a progressively improving their way of life.
Communities built around trust and dialogue function more productively. As these communities become more capable at solution development, they are able to explore solutions that have monetary impacts on national and international level.
Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)
Schools, universities, national agencies and private companies will be engaged to build communities that focus on the larger impacts of learning outcomes. In order for the project to be successful, it is critical that local communities engage in taking responsibility for their future.
Open channels of communication and regular reflection will form the frameworks for this project to continue functioning independently, as it aims to establish a new culture of learning for the positive transformation of those impacted by it.
Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)
Thailand is already in transition and the general public is becoming more and more aware of the part they have to play in the future development of their country. Key officials are looking for solutions that encourage engagement from the general public and as yet, the public has not been presented with an opportunity to productively share a common voice.
How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)
Phase 1 (0-12 months):
Engage the nation through local events (Eduhack) to identify early adopters.
Prepare the physical space/s for the Active Learning Lab/s.
Phase 2 (12-24 months):
Coaching programs for teams identified in phase 1
Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)