In about a week the very first Wayfinding Academy fall term will come to a close. Our students have been up to all sorts of exciting things, including attending our first two full length Labs alongside some wonderful community members. In the 2016-2017 year we're offering about a dozen Labs that are each 12 hours long. Lab topics vary, but they are designed to be useful across disciplines so both students and community members can get great benefit from attending. 

Our first Lab this term was Food Culture Explorers taught by Gina Lorubbio of the American Heirloom Project. Participants explored questions such as:

  • What is American food culture and how did it come to be? 

  • Why cook? Why not let corporations feed us?

  • How can you integrate good food into your everyday life?

Participants getting their hands dirty and enjoying good conversation at Food Culture Explorers

Participants getting their hands dirty and enjoying good conversation at Food Culture Explorers

We also offered Travel Hacking for Beginners taught by longtime supporter Stephanie Zito, resident travel expert for the Travel Hacking Cartel, and special guest Sean Keener of BootsnAll. Participants learned how to get miles to travel anywhere in the world for nearly free. By the end of the Lab, everyone will have earned between 25,000-100,000 miles, enough for several free trips! The group met twice already and will reconvene in January to put those miles to use! 

Special guest Sean Keener talking about the importance of traveling

Special guest Sean Keener talking about the importance of traveling

This term also included a three hour mini-Lab with serial non-profit founder, Jefferson Smith, focused on Lessons Learned from Starting Things. Jefferson will be offering a longer Lab in the spring (dates TBA soon!) around community leadership. 

In each Lab, students created projects they can use in their portfolios highlighting what they've learned. In Food Culture Explorers, each student had the opportunity to create a "wisdom vessel" that would serve to capture and pass down an important piece of food culture. 

Wayfinding Academy student Elizabeth Wegmann's wisdom vessel project

Wayfinding Academy student Elizabeth Wegmann's wisdom vessel project

Other Labs in 2017 include Goal Setting and Legacy Work for 2017 and Beyond, How to Use Games to Address Social Justice, How to Fund Your Project: A Crowdfunding Lab, and The Art and Science of Creative Podcasting: From Storytelling to Marketing, plus several more.  We hope to see YOU at one of them. 

To a life on purpose, 
Wayfinding Crew

 

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