State of the Union, 2016

February 10, 2016Ei Community, Higher Education, Inspiration

Alright, so after googling State of the Union and watching a few past speeches it seemed like a good idea to write one for Experience Institute. Not because I think of myself as a president. It’s merely an interesting way to frame an honest look at our successes and failures in 2015 while sharing goals for 2016. … Read More

Design Thinking – causing boys to design clothes for Barbie dolls (and other amazing outcomes)

July 29, 2015Ei Community, Higher Education, Inspiration

Ei is more than a school for individuals who design their own education. We are also a design studio bringing experiential learning opportunities to K12 schools, higher ed, and businesses. One aspect of that work is our Design Thinking collaborations with K12 schools (demonstrated in the video below highlighting our work with the Beavercreek City School District … Read More

Student Stories: Term II

June 8, 2015Higher Education, Inspiration, Student Blogs

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.

The Making of a Story

May 21, 2015Higher Education, Inspiration

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

Apprentice or intern: What’s the difference?

May 5, 2015Higher Education

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? Is there enough difference between these two words to adamantly note a distinction? We think so. At Experience Institute, we’ve created a new model for learning and skill acquisition that utilizes … Read More

Applications Now Open for Ei’s Fall 2015 Program

March 25, 2015Ei Community, Higher Education, Inspiration

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

Where Are They Now: Alumni Update on April Soetarman

February 23, 2015Higher Education, Inspiration

In Fall 2013, we started with 5 students. After 12 months of learning through experience, our first class graduated this past September. Since then, they’ve been keeping busy. Muffadal is developing a regenerative tourism ecosystem in Nicaragua, while Dane is working as a freelance digital storyteller with friends and creatives. Carisa is on her way … Read More

Last Month at Ei

February 6, 2015Ei Community, Higher Education, Inspiration

We placed the signs in all of the right places. The lights were dimmed. The food was prepared. The cake was warm. The candles were lit. We even coordinated our outfits. Finally, one of our current Ei students, Chevy Williams, walked through the door and with a joyous “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” her surprise party commenced. That’s … Read More

Fall Term: Student Experiences

October 22, 2014Higher Education

From Chicago to Vancouver to the Bay Area and beyond, these 12 individuals are learning and doing in diverse environments across a range of fields and industries. It’s exciting. It’s hard work. And it’s all part of the design-your-education process.