Ensō Education Institute Establishes Ten Basecamps

Learning doesn’t take place only in schools, and schooling doesn’t take place only in classrooms. In Kairos participants learn by going outside the classroom to learn in Nature; the Built Environment; Media, like Film and Video; Imagined Places like outer space, a colony on Mars or a city under the seas; simulated environments like zoos, museums and theme parks; and Virtual Worlds.

Ensō Education Institute has created ten Basecamps, each in different environments, and are developing more around the World with hundreds of Out Posts. Participants are invited to work with one or more of the Basecamps and create their own local Out Post so that there is an interconnected global network of Basecamps and Out Posts across the planet.

NATURE

Basecamp Great Outdoors helps participants learn from the wisdom of nature and include the natural environment in education wherever we can find it, even if it is just a city park or a garden.

Basecamp Great Outdoors will host an outdoor adventure the second week in August each year in Northern Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. Instructors like Pat Kohlin and Bob Kovar are skilled environmentalists and outdoor guides who, over the coming years, will take participants on camping, canoeing, kayaking and skiing adventures in Northern Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. Their motto is “The Real Classroom is Outside…Get into it!”

BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Kairos projects can also take place in built environments like cities. Over half the world’s population now lives in cities. Cities are the cradle of civilization and culture, transmitting human achievement from generation to generation. 

Ensō is establishing its first international Basecamp in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and will be hosting an event in January 2022, during the World Expo, where over 190 countries will be gathering to showcase the best features of global civilization.

MEDIA

Ensō Education Institute is establishing a Media Worlds Basecamp in Hollywood, California. We learn a great deal through media. Movies and video can take us places we might not be able to otherwise experience because they are in the past or the future, too far away, too small or too large, or too dangerous. 

Ensō Education Institute will be hosting annual events around Mediated learning in Los Angeles in cooperation with the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

IMAGINED ENVIRONMENTS

Ensō is opening a Basecamp in our Imaginations that will meet on Zoom with Outposts in imagined places like Space colonies on Mars, or cities under the Ocean. Those with ideas for a future that does not yet exist can join Base Camp Imagination on Zoom in March. Watch for the announcement soon.

SIMULATED ENVIRONMENTS

Much learning takes place in simulated environments like museums, zoos, and theme parks. 

Ensō has established a Basecamp for spatial narratives in Orlando, Florida. Enso Education Institute was created out of a planning session held in Orlando where former Walt Disney Imagineer Brian Collins took us for a guided tour of the new attraction, “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” just after it had opened. 

Brian will be hosting annual events each November at Disney World in Basecamp Orlando.

VIRTUAL REALITY

Another environment is virtual reality. Virtual Reality will become one of the most prominent environments for learning in the future. Ensō is building a Basecamp in the Virtual World that will steadily grow in years to come. Ensō’s Virtual World consultant, Steve Lewis, and others are helping Ensō develop Base Camp VR in Virtual Reality. 

Other Basecamps include Maker World, Educational Games, Technology in Education, and Education 2030

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