We are witnessing an unprecedented convergence of crises. On a massive scale, urgent needs are not being met across large swaths of the population. The situation calls for a robust, collaborative response, one that empowers all of us to do our part to overcome these challenges. Learning is the catalyst for the changes we need, and everyone has a role to play.
The seeds of change have already been planted with the thousands of initiatives and humanitarian projects taking place all over the world. From schools to universities, online platforms to learning cities, scores of learning communities have already done wonderful work paving the way.
The #LearningPlanet will inspire and empower learners everywhere to play a part, offering visibility for their pioneering ideas and social experiments in order to amplify their impact.
The #LearningPlanet will catalyse learning, action and leadership at a massive scale to make headway against the planet’s most urgent and pressing challenges.
The #LearningPlanet is for dreaming bigger and accomplishing more together!
The #LearningPlanet Festival is a way to promote a bottom-up approach to learning, encouraging individuals, families, NGOs, companies, cities, regions, schools and universities to celebrate learning in a way that’s meaningful to them.
Every 24th of January, the International Day of Education, all people all over the world are called on to look back on the most important lessons they’ve learned throughout their lives and share what they aspire to learn in the future.
Those who wish to organise their own local #LearningPlanet Festival can work together to design educational toolkits on how to host discussions, workshops and more. These toolkits they can then share with their local learning communities to get the process started.
The #WhatIf? online campaign is affiliated with the festival, meant to spread hope and foster empowerment in the broader learning community.
Every year at the #LearningPlanet Festival, people around the world can get together in their local learning communities to share effective ways of caring for oneself, others and the planet, and by their sheer strength in numbers they can join forces to launch impactful projects in their communities.
The home of the #LearningPlanet is a global, open-source digital campus available to learning communities so they can continue to share knowledge, learn, do research, collaborate on projects, reflect on what they’ve learned and advocate for their particular areas of expertise.
The #LearningPlanet is also creating a tool that will serve knowledge through AI and collective intelligence. It will be able to rate and recommend different learning resources in order to guide learners and offer access to content, peers and mentors suited to their needs.
The CRI’s unique environment, a blend passion, creativity and energy, results from the attitudes and impacts of its past and present community members. Every single CRI member is a source of abundant, interdisciplinary knowledge and experience, and the possibilities are endlessly rich for individuals networking within our broader community. Some fifty alumni, students and fellows form the advisory board that collaborates together to organise the alumni community. Among their first accomplishments together was building an advisory-board digital platform that optimises their internal organisation as well as their communications, namely with regard to current students.
The Bettencourt Schueller Foundation has been a strategic long-term partner since the CRI was created. We also receive support from an array of partners such as Ville de Paris and the INSERM, and we receive grants from the Axa Research Fund, the European Union, the Investments for the Future programme, the French National Research Agency and MSD Avenir.
Our students are encouraged to broaden their horizons by taking part in campus life and activities through student clubs. Meeting with like-minded students to focus on a particular issue fosters new ideas, actions and common causes, and the creativity and passion that grow in these spaces make the CRI the unique learning environment that it is. There’s even a school policy in place to promote the creation of clubs because these are so beneficial for cultivating the CRI’s values of student initiative and engagement.
Our clubs are open to the public, even non-students. Many clubs are in fact associations hosted by the CRI whose members include CRI students. These student organisations enjoy exclusive access to the CRI’s logistical and financial resources as well as any equipment and manpower the school has to offer.
By joining clubs, students not only become invested and engaged in issues they’re passionate about, but clubs also provide a natural learning environment in which students can develop such practical skills as budgeting, event planning, working in groups and public speaking. The roles and responsibilities students take on in these clubs translate wholly to the classroom setting.
Another key benefit of student clubs is that they create a dynamic community. Clubs organise events that bring together students and staff, and within clubs are students from different programmes who can exchange ideas and build together. The very essence of the CRI’s mission of cross-pollination and interdisciplinarity is embodied in student clubs.
"They trusted me" - Jacques, Do It Green Club!