Making Mirror Art

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Making Mirror Art

Where does your voice get stuck?That's the question that Wayfinding Academy student Elizabeth explored in a collaborative art piece within our course Communicating Effectively.

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Live Your Dreams Party 2017

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Live Your Dreams Party 2017

At Wayfinding Academy, we like to dream. We also like to back up those dreams with action. (If we didn't we never would have gotten this college off of the ground in the first place.) Last Saturday we had the opportunity to celebrate not just our dreams as a new college, but the dreams of those within our broader community at the 2nd-annual Live Your Dreams party.

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Open House 2017

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Open House 2017

Earlier this month we opened up our doors to potential students and new community members for an opportunity to get to know us and our space a bit better. We captured that Open House event in the recap video that we think you'll enjoy watching.

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A Look Back At The Past Term

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A Look Back At The Past Term

We've reached the end of the first term of the second year of Wayfinding Academy. For us it flew by, so we thought we'd take this opportunity to look back and reflect on what happened in the past few months, using our weekly video series This is Wayfinding to help with that task.

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The First-Ever Wayfinding Academy Art Show

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The First-Ever Wayfinding Academy Art Show

There's a line in Wayfinding Academy's creed that goes like this: "We are humans to be cultivated, not objects to be sorted. We value students before edifice. And crafting by hand over assembling by line." It's that "crafting by hand" piece that we'd like to highlight in this post.

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Understanding Our World (Course Preview)

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Understanding Our World (Course Preview)

Understanding Our World, a course within Wayfinding Academy's core curriculum, is grounded in some basic philosophical and pedagogical beliefs. The course attempts to achieve two basic goals: to understand the history and major paradigms that have shaped our world and to explore alternative ways to think and act to “relieve the suffering.” 

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Meet the Matchmakers

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Meet the Matchmakers

It might seem odd to refer to student recruitment as Matchmaking, but like everything else at Wayfinding Academy, we do things a bit differently here.

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Let's get visual

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Let's get visual

Do you remember back in May when we shared what our students were up to for their internships and how one of those students, Austin, was developing his visual thinking skills?Well, that's not the only way that students and staff have been tapping into the visual powers of the brain. Here are a few more stories for you...

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How to put on a TEDx event

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How to put on a TEDx event

Curious about what is takes to put on a TEDx event? Last weekend, a year's worth of work culminated in a transformative day-long experience known as TEDxMtHood. This was the seventh year that Wayfinding Academy President and Founder, Michelle Jones, was the lead organizer of the event. But for the Wayfinding students on the planning team, as well as those that served as day-of volunteers, it was their first time seeing an event like this from the inside.

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How we're making college more affordable

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How we're making college more affordable

At Wayfinding Academy we are committed to helping students graduate without soul-crushing debt. As a young non-profit college, we have the opportunity to build a different kind of financial model, and we’re not letting that opportunity pass us by.

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Wayfinding on the River

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Wayfinding on the River

When the forecast calls for a high of 100 degrees, you’ve got to do something to beat the heat. At Wayfinding Academy, that means a potluck by the river, in this case at the houseboat of a dedicated Wayfinding volunteer. Here’s what a day off looks like for the Wayfinding community.

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The Backstory: World Domination Summit and Wayfinding Academy

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The Backstory: World Domination Summit and Wayfinding Academy

Before founding Wayfinding Academy, Michelle Jones was a professor at Concordia University and the World Domination Summit (WDS) "Magician". For the five first WDS events, Michelle's mission was to weave the core WDS values of community, adventure, and service into the entire experience. WDS is an in-person gathering right here in Portland, Oregon where individuals with a shared pursuit of changing the world ask the question: How do we live a remarkable life in a conventional world?

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