Summer 2018 Seminar Descriptions
Our vision is a society of equal rights and mutual benefit in which people succeed by creating value for others.
To move us towards a society of equal rights and mutual benefit, our Network’s strategy is to break barriers to transform the key institutions of our society—education, communities, business, and government.
There are over 55 million children enrolled in K-12 schools across the country. Unfortunately, our nation’s antiquated education system and its one-size-fits-all approach fails to meet the needs of many of these students.
All students should have access to a quality education that enables them to develop the values, knowledge, and skills to lead successful, fulfilling lives. K-12 education should help students discover their innate abilities and what makes them passionate, build knowledge and skills that can be applied to create value for others, and learn by applying those skills.
The Network is breaking barriers to transform K-12 education by supporting initiatives that:
- Reform public policies and increase educational freedom;
- Supplement how and what students learn through best-in-class curriculum; and
- Innovate beyond traditional K-12 education to better serve students.
Universities should produce the ideas that will change the world and help develop the next generation of leaders. Unfortunately, higher education is wrought with protectionism—keeping competition and innovation out and severely limiting the open exchange of ideas and methods, which is necessary to maximize opportunity, innovation, and progress.
By fostering a culture of discovery and open inquiry, universities support a diversity of ideas and approaches, helping students learn and scholars to produce research that challenges the status quo. In doing so, universities play an essential role in our society, producing the ideas that will change the world and enabling students to become critical thinkers, fully discover and develop their aptitudes, and become lifelong learners ready to succeed in a fast-paced and dynamic world.
The Network is breaking barriers to transform higher education by supporting initiatives that:
- Reform policies that threaten free speech and open inquiry;
- Supplement learning and research by supporting professors at over 300 colleges and universities; and
- Innovate to go beyond traditional approaches through technology and supporting work that combines methods across disciplines.
Too many Americans are trapped in a cycle of poverty and face nearly insurmountable barriers to improving their own lives. These barriers include a failing education system, joblessness, homelessness, and addiction to name a few.
Strong communities serve as both springboards to success and safety nets. Robust civil societies—including families and voluntary associations—create and maintain a culture of mutual benefit that leads to safe, thriving communities where individuals can realize their potential.
The Network is breaking barriers to transform communities by supporting initiatives that:
- Reform policies that create dependency and only treat the symptoms of poverty—not the root causes;
- Supplement community-based solutions to persistent poverty by finding, scaling, and replicating local initiatives that have a track record of success; and
- Bypass ineffective top-down programs by partnering with local individuals and organizations who are experts in their communities and have personal knowledge of how to make a difference.
Government has an essential role to play in ensuring equal rights. The failure to consistently do so contributes to a two-tiered society where certain groups and individuals receive special treatment at the expense of everyone else. Rather than removing barriers to opportunity, government policy increasingly erects legal, regulatory, and economic barriers that move us away from a society of equal rights and mutual benefit and many Americans have lost confidence in their elected officials, as a result.
Government maximizes peace and mutual benefit by securing individual rights equally for all—fostering an environment of cooperation over conflict and the free exchange of ideas and resources.
The Network is breaking barriers to transform government by supporting initiatives that:
- Reform public policies to remove barriers that prevent people from realizing their potential and contributing to a society of mutual benefit;
- Supplement the efforts of policymakers who are advancing a society of equal rights and mutual benefit; and
- Innovate to drive policy solutions that foster cooperation over divisiveness.