Experience Institute: School is Changing

Could we make a fluid learning system and supportive framework that would accommodate different learning styles—a system that wouldn’t turn out recent graduates who’d accumulated crippling debt yet lacked applicable work experience and useful portfolios?

by Sunshine LeMontree

Kickstarter Campaign Reflections

Last week, the Ei community and I completed a month-long Kickstarter campaign for Leap Kit. The days leading up to the campaign and throughout the month of October were full of twists and turns. This post will be a space to capture and share the lessons learned from leading the kickstarter campaign. Hopefully, it can … Read More

Victor Saad

Is design thinking a fad?

. Recently, I had a conversation with a friend about design. She asked me, “is design thinking a fad?” Will something else will come along and take its place? As someone changing directions to learn and practice design, I have to admit: the thought of design thinking being a fad gave me pause. The last … Read More

by Chevy Williams

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A Leap for Women’s Empowerment through Design

After studying the future of education at Stanford’s d.school, Katie Kirsch went on to start a non-profit focused on women’s empowerment. “When you pursue your passion and carve your own path, there is no limit to what you can learn, achieve, and create.”

by Katie Kirsch

An Accountability Village

I’ve always been a ‘get it done’ kind of person. I’m usually juggling more than one project or opportunity at a time. I don’t like wasting time or energy doing something that isn’t productive. There was once a time when I had three part time jobs, was a full-time student, volunteered as a weekly youth … Read More

by Morgan Bortz

Thanks, Doan

“So you’re doing it.” I knew I was. That’s the thing with Doan. He’s direct and concise. Even his physical frame embodies it with its bony angles. He cut through all my concerns to tell me what I already knew: I was joining Experience Institute. The jumping bean concerns in my head, You’re still in … Read More

by Kali Lewis

Venture Building

We are all pretty familiar with the venture building process for most startup ecosystems; on one side of the table there’s business-people: investors, advisors, realists. On the other side, you have idea-people: entrepreneurs, founders, visionaries. In the fall, I sourced founders at a seed fund in Hong Kong. I was in the investor camp. In … Read More

by Samir Ahmed

Prototyping at civilla

I came to civilla not knowing all that much about the organization, besides hearing whispers from friends/classmates who have been there and shared back that there is magic in Detroit and that time at civilla can be life-course-altering. NBD. On my first day, I arrived slightly late and blurry eyed after a very delayed 3am … Read More

by Lan Nguyen

Dear Future Experiencer

Dear Future Experiencer, Here we cross paths on this journey. You are heading into the uncharted wilderness, and I am on the path home. As a fellow experiencer, I wanted to impart a few pieces of advice on the terrain ahead. I cannot give you my map because the path I took is no longer … Read More

by Derek Kessinger
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