They were all nervous. This was the first big critique of the year. Even though Ei doesn’t share many similarities with traditional education programs, we do assign something akin to homework; a documenting assignment that tasks students to synthesize their previous term’s experiences into a story to be shared with the greater Ei community. For many of … Read More
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As a way of sharing learnings from their year, our students and videographer friends at Northbound Pictures produced brief Capstone Videos. These nine videos were on display at EXPO, but, amidst the inspired conversations and great company, may have been overlooked. Now, we’d like to point you directly to them and the remarkable stories they tell … Read More
Ei is more than a school for individuals who design their own education. We are also a design studio that adapts design thinking for k-12, higher ed, and businesses. One aspect of that work is our Design Thinking collaborations with K12 schools. (You can see these collaborations demonstrated in the video below highlighting our work with … Read More
Our students are already well into their third and final term. And in less than two months they’ll be back in Chicago to share and celebrate at EXPO. Time is flying. Before this term is all but passed, we’d like to share where the students have landed and what work and learnings they’re tackling.
Before embarking on their third and final term, students employed story as a tool to reflect on their learnings from the previous three months. They’ve shared these learnings through photos, writing, and video. Click their names below to learn more about the paths they’ve blazed during Term II.
At Ei, storytelling is one of five main components within our curriculum. We hold it in such high regard because it serves as a tool for reflection in all aspects of work and life. For the year at Ei, storytelling is a kind of synthesis by which we distill our learnings into a shareable and … Read More
It’s popularly inferred that an intern’s role revolves around coffee runs and paper pushing. But would you expect an apprentice to do the same? What is the difference between the label apprentice vs intern? We think so. At Experience Institute, we’ve created a new model for learning and skill acquisition that utilizes apprenticeships and projects … Read More
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been helping my former classmates tell the stories of their lives post-Ei. Now, it’s time to turn the proverbial spotlight on myself. How did I design my year at Ei? My goal was to become a more experienced and prolific writer. With this in mind, I was hired by … Read More
At 20 years old, Joe Burgum was the youngest and most clean-shaven student in Ei’s founding class. But what he lacked in years, traditional schooling and facial hair, he made up for with an infectious entrepreneurial spirit and love for community that had already seen him start a community project called Alley Fair and launch … Read More
At Ei, we urge our students to know themselves (Self-Awareness is a core competency in our curriculum) and then determine how their strengths can meet a need in the world. This week, we catch up with Austin-based Carisa Leal, one of the five students from Ei’s Founding Class, as she is building a career on … Read More
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
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
With only three short months to work for our respective companies, us Ei students have to quickly decide how we’re going to add value, but also how we’re going to have fun in the communities where we find ourselves as temporary residents.
Effective and meaningful storytelling doesn’t begin with heaps of creativity, and it doesn’t always lead to such gratifying reactions from an audience. Instead, it begins when someone’s willing to keep quiet long enough to listen to the world around them.
Since leaving the monastery, I see a different man in the mirror. He’s a man that has been transformed at a depth of soul that fear’s afraid to visit, so love resides instead. Now, I live in Fargo, North Dakota. I have been here for one week. This is a reflection on the contrasts and similarities between my two disparate experiences.
We are ever before a screen, seeking connection, entertainment, or distraction. We seek noise.
If there’s one thing that we should know, it’s that we don’t know everything. Socrates himself admitted as much. So don’t fret, we’re in good company.
Now that we’re still fresh in 2014 (and I’m still drafting out my hopes for the year ahead), allow me to humbly suggest some of the strategies I’m using to achieve goals set in the coming year.
Everyone gather around in a circle and remember that this is a safe place. If you can’t read my name tag already, let me introduce myself: My name is Dane Johnson, and I’m a perfectionist.
Last Saturday, Dekalb, Illinois was the center of the design universe. Some snickered at the claim, but most attendees of the SEEK Design Conference were noticeably enamored by the high caliber presenters who dazzled them with stories, lessons, and hopes for the future of design.
One of the most exciting questions I’ve learned to ask this year is, “Would you be willing to entertain a phone call with me about the work you do?”
You might be wondering how, or why, we’re partnering with the likes of Stanford’s d.school.
Sometimes, when you work at something grand, the most unlikely people will surface.
Learn how to ask yourself some good questions when you feel stuck.