Here's a nice look at the open learning environment here at BDW, which is modeled significantly on the work of Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown (newcultureoflearning.com). It's understood that the students share the responsibility for their own education, and they are encouraged to take an active role in shaping their experience here. Outside of the course work at BDW, which is rigorous, Fridays are open and have informally become show and tell. This might range from BDW organized "field trips," students rallying around a project or teaching a session of their own, or bringing in a guest speaker to drop some knowledge and inspiration on the class.
Last Friday BDW student Matt O'Donnell brought in Joshua Onysko, CEO of Pangea Organics (pangeaorganics.com), to share his unique and inspiring story with the students. Check out Matt's take on the BDW learning dynamic in the video below.
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