The Springmatter OPEN MINDS educational initiative applies the philosophies and methodologies of Dr. King, Mahatma Gandhi, and modern pioneers like Dr. Ross Greene to show the value and power of diversity in solving our world’s most complex problems.
It consists of OPEN HEARTS, the grassroots publication effort to promote the individual expressions of people who are contributing to a more socially just world by their actions, and OPEN WORLDS, a series of practical Problem Based Learning (PBL) educational and environmental networks. The OPEN WORLDS networks are created, organized, and operated on a local, grassroots level, but integrated into a worldwide, open-source network of other participants.
The OPEN WORLDS networks will tie together powerful philosophies with practical tools, from diversity training (understanding marginalized and disadvantaged populations), Collaborative Problem Solving methods, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s principles of nonviolence and direct action, democracy and diversity, Problem-Based Learning (PBL) projects, networks to companies, community organizations, and other schools (K-12 and higher education).
These networks have a common thread in bringing together diverse perspectives and skill sets to foster greater understanding and solve problems in local communities, not just in the United States, but across the globe.
For educational institutions, OPEN WORLDS will incorporate and build upon the Open-Storm.org project at the University of Michigan, and will be expanded through a series of OPEN-X networks, including OPEN WATERS, OPEN ENVIRONMENT, OPEN EARTH, and OPEN GALAXIES networks.
Materials will combine curriculum and workshop style programs, STEAM+ PBL project access, including resources for joining our PBL networks, with learning opportunities (both in person and virtual) to help marginalized youth learn valuable and essential behavioral, problem-solving, and life skills.