A tale of inspiration...

The Development Director of the P.I.N.E. Project shares his story
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Sitting next to Sam, it is tempting to answer his question, to tell him what the enchanting sound is. This approach, common in the educational system, values results over process, information over learning. It is static and doesn’t prepare the next generation to face unprecedented and complex challenges that we can’t even imagine, let alone give them answers for. P.I.N.E.’s approach, based on both emerging research on human learning and the timeless wisdom of native cultures, seeks to draw people to their edges, the places where we meet the unknown, where the fertile soil of growth lies.  As with ecosystems, the edge zones are the places most abundant with activity and potential for evolutionary change. In a culture where the status quo obviously isn’t working, it will take stepping into the unknown to grow something new. Through this process of cultural mentoring, we learn how to relate, with ourselves, with each other, and with the natural world. This connects people with their unique gifts and supports them in learning how to engage an ever-changing life with this unique expression.