A little over a decade ago, I was teaching Applied Ethics at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Of all the philosophical subjects I could teach, it was the one that I found the most satisfying because I felt that the subject and the way I went about it would actually help students live richer lives.
This term, cohort 1 have been dreaming, being, and participating in the Futures and Citizenship core course alongside internships, independent study, and other projects. Wayfinding Academy Faculty member Sarah Iannarone led this course. This Wayfinding blog shares more about the intersection of society and self.
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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Real-world experiences are an important part of our 2-year program. Students get their hands dirty with internships, mentorships, and Learn & Explore trips (like our journey on the Camino in April). All the while, students document their experiences and learnings in a portfolio that they can carry with them far beyond college.
In this first month of Term 3 (and the last term of Year 1!), students started internships and working on pretty awesome projects.
Wayfinding Academy is proud to share that Ian Needham has been honored as 2017 Newman Civic Fellow
Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced...
Elizabeth, a member of the inaugural cohort of students, was one of 15 people who went on Wayfinding Academy's first ever Learn & Explore trip to walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in April 2017. Not only was Elizabeth a participant, she was also the trip leader for one of the two routes explored during the 15-day journey on foot. In this week's newsletter, Elizabeth shares how the experience was more than just walking for 250+ miles.
For the past few months, the Wayfinding Academy has been working on a new video to help us tell our story to the world, and gather new people into our movement. It's about the power of maybe.
From the early days of Wayfinding, we've been fortunate to have a curious, supportive, and enthusiastic group of followers. We sent the video to them first (Not on our mailing list? Sign up here) and now we're sharing it on our blog.
Annie, a current student, tells us a bit more about a project she is taking part in...
"The seeds of the DFSS were actually planted in Term One as a bunch of us got together to discuss creative ways to pay for college. This discussion quickly transitioned into one about the greater problem of student debt in this country, and our desire to try to do something about it..."
The Wayfinding Way is to approach everything with intention and care for community.
This past Sunday, our second annual Wayfinder Weekend came to a close. We had over 60 incredible people from all over the country join us to refresh their purpose, learn new skills, and grow their community. Together, we...
Over the past few months, we have been getting to know prospective students through incredible conversations and our intentionally-designed, human-centered approach to college applications. Our match making process is significantly different from most colleges' admissions process. It is different on purpose...
This term, one of our core courses is Understanding Ourselves and Others. Wayfinding Academy Founder and Faculty member, Michelle Jones, gives us a closer look through her lens.
For the past 9 weeks, I have spent every Tuesday and Thursday morning in class with the students in the...
Curious about what goes on inside our classroom? Faculty member David Rikert gives us a closer look at the core course, Engaging with Information.
It’s hard to believe, but our March 10th priority deadline for Cohort 2 is fast approaching and we’ve started to review applications! This next cohort will join us as we continue laying the foundation for something truly special at Wayfinding Academy.
Hear from Justin & Clara (current students) about their Wayfinding experience...
On February 17, 2015 I booked a hotel room in my hometown of Portland, Oregon (a thing I do a few times per year when I have a big project I need to focus on) and submitted the official legal documents to bring the Wayfinding Academy into existence.
There have been many momentous days in the past two years since I officially started my own college, but February 17th will always have a special place in our history (and in the IRS database of non-profit organizations).