Where are they now: An alumni update on Muffadal Saylawala

In Fall 2013, we started with five students. After 12 months of learning through experience, our first class graduated this past September. One of these students was Muffadal Saylawala. Today, we’ve handed the blog over to him to share how he’s using the momentum from his year at Ei to propel him into building out a dream project … Read More

by Dane Johnson

Applications Now Open for Ei’s Fall 2015 Program

Join Ei’s Powerful 12-Month Program and Gain Real-World Experience Through Coaching, Apprenticeships and Travel. Education is powerful. It leads individuals into greater opportunities and shapes our society as a whole. It seems, however, that much of our education happens outside of the classroom; when we’re faced with challenges that no amount of studying could resolve. So … Read More

by Dane Johnson

In the Moment and in Retrospect

As Ei students, one thing we focus on is documentation – the process of capturing our experiences, the people we meet, and the lessons we learn. We do this in different ways: taking pictures, writing blog posts, sending newsletters or other updates to our communities, and so on. I, like many of my generation, am … Read More

by Stephanie Kang

Mindful Collaboration

Have you ever experienced instant flow with a coworker? You’re in sync, moving quickly through work, catching each other’s mistakes, trading ideas seamlessly. You’re stretching, but the stretch is all technical, with the social aspects of collaboration chugging silently behind the scenes. It’s amazing when this happens, but hoping for lucky accidents like effortless communication … Read More

by Nicole McCabe

Being Picked

“The Awesome Scary Responsibility of Picking Yourself.” – Seth Godin We all love being picked. The moment you’re plucked from a pool of peers is exhilarating. It evokes both relief and pride. Rewind your mind for a moment and let me take you to a place I remember too well. It’s third period phys. ed … Read More

by Zak Tracy

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Words, Actions & Habits

In 1998, I started martial arts. As a wide-eyed nine-year-old who watched Power Rangers, Ninja Turtles, and Dragon Ball Z, my mental depiction of training consisted of punching bags, learning how to use various weapons, and loads of sweating and yelling. Though this was somewhat true, the exercises changed constantly. However, every class started the … Read More

by Jonathan Lazatin

Big Questions

As a researcher, I am no stranger to questions; I’m the one asking them. Lately, I have been on the receiving end of some very big questions. In my last post, I recounted the questions that started off my Ei year: What questions do you find yourself wrestling with that you’d like to dig into … Read More

by Chevy Williams

Learning to Fly

I took my first flying trapeze class on a warm Saturday morning in August 2013 at Trapeze School New York in Washington, DC. It was my second visit. Two months prior when I came for the same class, an instructor asked if any students had injuries he should know about. I raised my hand and … Read More

by Tuere Wiggins