Bringing It

Bringing It #118: Introducing The Paradigm Conversations and the PLACE Collaboratory eBook

February 29, 2024

Dear friends,

We write to you on the heels of a successful and enriching retreat of Paradigm Project partners—our Emerging Models community of practice—followed by a fantastic gathering hosted by one of those partners, the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development, PHENND. These gatherings continue to drive the work of our Paradigm Project forward, and we’re looking forward to sharing our reflections in the very near future. Today, we’re announcing exciting new developments–both to wrap up our work on an earlier project, the PLACE Collaboratory, and to begin a new strand of work for the Paradigm Project.

The PLACE Collaboratory Interactive eBook

We’re proud to announce that the PLACE Collaboratory e-book is now published on our website. This book celebrates the work of PLACE (Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators), National Community of Practice which ran from 2019-2023 and included faculty, community partners, and students across four cities. Our PLACE partners led and created public humanities and art initiatives centered around civic and community engagement.

This book is a “reflection of the embodiment of the way we ran the Collaboratory,” says BT2P’s Associate Director and lead author and facilitator of PLACE, Kate Griffin. The two-tiered strategy that drove this Collaboratory–connecting community partners and institutions locally, and coming together as a community of practice to learn as a collective–is evident in the myriad voices in this text, and the variety of ways to engage with the text. In each chapter, readers can engage with videos, audio, and visual art that tells the story of PLACE. “It’s really powerful to hear people discuss their work in their own voices,” says Griffin, “we’re creating space for speakers to elaborate on their processes.” When all these accounts are pieced together, they tell a dynamic story. We invite you to spend some time engaging with these inspiring changemakers and their work. You can read online, or download the book as a pdf. If you choose to download, make sure to access the audio and video links on a separate page.

This book represents the success of networked collaboration, a key goal of our Paradigm Project. In that spirit, we’d like to announce our new initiative, The Paradigm Conversations.

The Paradigm Conversations, a new Future Trends Forum series

How can we reimagine higher education to make it most just and equitable?  How might we do this work in a holistic, wide-ranging, bold, yet practical way?  How can you be involved in this work?

Answering these questions is what the Paradigm Project is about. Towards that end, the Paradigm Project is partnering with Paradigm Working Group member Bryan Alexander’s terrific Future Trends Forum to launch the Paradigm Conversations, a series of live video discussions about this work. The series will feature change-makers, leaders, and visionaries engaging in interactive, online discussions with diverse and thoughtful audiences. We would love for you to join us!

We’ll be offering these episodes of the Future Trends Forum (which takes place weekly on Thursday, 2:00-3:00pm ET) on the following topics:

  • March 14: The vision of the Paradigm Project: why does this moment call for paradigmatic change for holistic education? What is our vision of change? Where do we find seeds of this change?
  • April 4: Paradigm Working Group member Mary Dana Hinton discusses her new bookLeading From the Margins: College Leadership from Unexpected Places.
  • May 2Advancing equitable student success and completion through holistic innovation.
  • May 30: Educating students for the changing world of work by blending ‘vocational,’ experiential, and liberal learning.
  • June 13: Responding to enrollment, fiscal, and other stresses with holistic change.

We’ll be in touch with zoom links and information on how to register for each episode.

News and Events:

  • The Coalition for Transformational Education is hosting their National Conference from March 21-22 in Washington D.C. This conference is an excellent opportunity to connect with those dedicated to improving higher education so students graduate with both a degree, and also with a sense of identity, purpose, agency, and wellbeing. If you can’t join the conference in person, there are also options for virtual registration.
  • Our partners at the College of the Canyons, Cerritos College, Los Angeles City College, CSUDH, CSULA, CSUN, and the California Community Colleges’ Success Network (3CSN) are back with a new season of the Civic Dialogue series. The kickoff lecture will be on Friday, March 1st from 10am-12pm PST/1-3pm EST and feature Dr. Lisa-Marie Napoli, Director of Political and Civic Engagement at Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Napoli will be discussing Effective Dialogue Strategies to Foster Democracy in a Time of Uncertainty, and then host a deep dive for further discussion. Please register through the 3CSN to obtain the meeting room Zoom link.

With thanks for you and all you do,

David, Gianna, Gillian, Kate, Paul, and Todd

Bringing Theory to Practice
Elon University