Introducing Sourced Design
Seven years ago, from the rich community and landscape of Floyd, VA, and the care of those who deeply longed for a more vital and creative culture, Springhouse emerged. Now, with a vibrant and devoted community to tend to it, Springhouse thrives. Springhouse is a case study from which Sourced Design emerged.
Sourced synthesizes years of study in the application of living systems principles to human design and the data gathered from the six-year case study of Springhouse.
What is Sourced Design?
Sourced Design supports those seeking to fundamentally redesign education by providing them with a vitality-centered educational model. This design model and community is for those who want to place vitality at the center of a learning design – whether that is in a school or a classroom, or starting a learning community from the ground up. Through Education Design Labs (more info below), the structure creates a network of like-minded designers who, through their research, can affect change within the larger educational paradigm.
What is vitality-centered education?
Though the specific practices may differ, vitality-centered learning communities share these common practices listed below. The five practices protect, foster, and make useful the vitality that lives within and around us. Through the case study of Springhouse, we have learned that when a learning community engages these practices in ways that are authentic to their place, vitality grows in each person, in the community, and in connection with the Earth and its wisdom.
TAKE CARE OF VULNERABILITY
BUILD BELOVED COMMUNITY
RESPECT LIVING SYSTEMS PRINCIPLES AND THE WISDOM OF THE EARTH
LOVE AND SERVE OTHERS
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Why do we need Sourced Design?
The current Western educational model privileges linearity, preservation, and uniformity. The unsustainable values that this model perpetuates are becoming globally pervasive. The current model can be slow to change, with innovations addressing the symptoms of a faulty foundation, rather than the stifling principles at the center of the design. To address the current problem of how we educate, we must go to the center of the design itself. When a house is faulty at its foundation, it makes little sense to strengthen the structure by putting up curtains. Even though the process is complex and rigorous, the foundation itself must be addressed in order for transformation to occur.
EDUCATION DESIGN LAB DATES
All labs will be held from 10am-12pm EST
Cohort 1: Fall Dates - October 10th, November 14th, December 12th
Cohort 2: Winter Dates - January 9th, February 13th, March 20th
Cohort 3: Summer Dates - June 19th, July 17th, August 14th
Facing Education: What is Happening and Why?
Taking Down the House: Redesigning Education from Center
Sustaining Change: Creating a Network for Creativity and Courage