Nobel Prize winner Lin Ostrom showed that the presence or absence of eight "core design principles" predicted success for groups who sustainably manage common-pool resources. We apply these principles to our educational commons the same way they apply to our social, economic and environmental commons.
Toolkits helps us navigate the world. An evolutionary toolkit helps us to understand and improve the variation, selection and retention of cultural traits. With this in mind, we predict that helping diverse groups learn and elaborate Lin Ostrom's core design principles will improve individual and cultural flourishing, up to a flourishing planet.
All behavior has a purpose. This includes behavior in response to perceived harm or fear. The key to better matching our behavior with our values and long-term goals is to become more aware of their impact and our options, and flexibly try new behaviors. In this way, groups can also better align their behaviors with Lin Ostrom's core design principles.
We are a global community of students, teachers, administrators and education professionals.
We believe that successful communities are made up of highly cooperative groups of people, subject to conditions that can be learned and elaborated in ways that are unique for your group.
To catalyze school improvement with the same set of design principles needed to achieve social, economic and environmental wellbeing on a planetary scale
A just, resilient and inspired world grounded in cooperative learning communities, and empowered by the evolutionary science of human behavior
• Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
• Autonomy & Coordination
Eirdosh, D. & Hanisch, S. (in review). A community science model for interdisciplinary evolution education and school improvement. Chapter in Reydon & Huneman (2022) Evolutionary thinking across disciplines.
We hypothesize that helping school practitioners identify, compare, and co-evolve Theories of Improvement can become a driver for normative prosocial goals in any context.
What evidence of our impact will we see?
Improved (scientifically adequate and adaptive) understandings of human behavior
Progress toward community selected aims and outcomes
Improved well-being and prosociality