Harnessing the power of immersive, informal education
Who We Are
ContemPlace is a non-profit organization working to promote multidisciplinary learning and creative problem-solving strategies. We synthesize research in a wide range of disciplines, including economics, history, and neuroscience to create educational models. We test those frameworks through focus group research, which we consequently use to design immersive, accessible learning environments and experience-driven educational programming.
We seek to inspire students to envision a more democratic, sustainable, and just future by engaging them in hands-on, experiential learning.
Building on decades of work as leaders in the field of experience design, ContemPlace brings a comprehensive methodology otherwise lacking in many civic engagement initiatives. Our approach and research circumvents the arena of divisive, binary debate by identifying foundational heuristics that aid in the detection of misinformation and encourage open-mindedness. More than 40 years of practice connecting with diverse audiences informs our ability to create transformative experiences and facilitate collective, creative problem solving.
ContemPlace's educational model was developed through years of interdisciplinary research. It is based on the understanding that humans beings think with our brains, bodies, environments, technologies and with one another. Foundationally, our work is influenced by Jeff Hawkins' A Thousand Brains and Iain McGilchrist's The Master and his Emissary. Philosopher John Dewey's vision of progressive education also informs the application of our work
Our schooling, informal or otherwise, no longer needs to focus on facts and rote learning, but about where facts come from and how they come to us. Our approach the superficiality of experience and what happened, and explores the deeper, more fundamental aspects as to why and how things happen
Individuals need to become proficient in more than reading, writing, and arithmetic, but specific skills of apprehension and action, that together constitute civic literacy
The below authors provide insights into human cognition and the ways in which individuals navigate and understand the world around them. They provide us with models for understanding these constructions and identify the inflection points where education can be most effective
Applications for a more equitable and just future
John Dewey maintained that the ideal form of learning is through active participation. To achieve active learning, ContemPlace has developed a five-step model of experience design: Engagement, Empowerment, Exposition, Exploration, and Extended Embrace. Our goal is to create stand-alone educational experiences as well as supplement existing cultural institutions
We understand the world through narratives and models. The core function of most museums is to curate narratives by distilling what is essential and consequential. An empowered visitor understands the connections between narrative, context, models, and data
With greater knowledge comes greater responsibility. Our goal is to make meaningful change in our communities by facilitating engagement with real world challenges and working toward systemic, sustainable solutions
Actively engaging with new material through collective, creative problem solving helps solidify and reinforce learning. Our Explorers Guild program will enable learners to engage in critical analysis and group decision making to grapple with a consequential issue
Perspectives are molded by lived experiences and moral foundations. This reality can be empowering, but it also serves as a significant challenge for curators and educators who wish to convey complex concepts. It is the task of the museum or educator to lower the threshold of entry while challenging preconceived notions of an idea
The ability to recognize patterns or preconceptions in one’s own thought processes can help lead to more nuanced perspectives and better decision making. 32 Degrees is our unique approach to initiating the synthesis of complex ideas
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