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A Framework for Embracing Complexity in the Service Learning Debate

A Framework for Embracing Complexity in the Service Learning Debate
Submitted by Seth Leighton, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Envoys

Recent years have seen the movement of global education from the periphery to the core; developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to do collaborative work across geographic and cultural boundaries is not a ‘nice-to-have’, but rather essential to success in the 21st century.

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Creativity: Experiential Education's Big 'ah ha' Moment

Creativity: Experiential Education’s Big “ah ha” Moment
Submitted by Daniel Cape, author, experiential educator, creativity consultant

Archimedes was a Greek mathematician who was assigned the challenge of determining the volume of gold in his king’s crown. One day, after working on the problem unsuccessfully for some time, he stopped thinking about it and joined his friends at a local bathhouse. As Archimedes lowered himself into the bath he observed the water level rise; and then it hit him. The volume of his king’s crown could be measured by the volume of water that is displaced when submerged. And so the story goes that Archimedes was seen excitedly running through the streets naked immediately after shouting, “Eureka!”

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The World is [Not] Yours

The World Is [Not] Yours
Submitted by Annie Peuquet with Felipe Correa and Seth Leighton of Envoys (

Picture Sarah, a high school student who has the opportunity and interest to travel abroad with her school. Sarah is studious, kind-hearted, and active in her school community. She decides to go to Kenya, where she explores the country, meets local children, and makes great friends. She comes home, posts all her photos on social media, writes down the highlights so she can use them on a college application essay later, and then largely settles back in to life as it had always been. 

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