Since January 2013, Project Zero has been collaborating with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek, who is currently engaged on a 21,000 mile journey on foot around the world. His Out of Eden Walk retraces the migratory pathways of our ancient human ancestors and is a radical experiment in ‘slow journalism.”
 
In this era of interconnection, disconnection, and rapid change, it is vitally important to offer young people opportunities to dialogue and build understandings with peers from different backgrounds. Out of Eden Learn is a free online program for students aged 3-19 that has so far served over 20,000 students in 57 countries. On Out of Eden Learn’s custom built, social media platform, students of similar ages from diverse geographical and socioeconomic settings come together for collective learning experiences.  The program currently offers several 8-12-week long learning experiences, or “learning journeys,” designed around three broad learning goals. All of the journeys combine offline activities with online interaction and invite young people to: 1) slow down to observe the world carefully and listen attentively to others; 2) exchange stories and perspectives with one another; and 3) make connections between their own lives and bigger human stories. Out of Eden Learn is also an active research project that examines such themes as students’ conceptions of culture, the character of their online interactions, and what they learn when they slow down to observe the world closely. The project began in 2013 as an experimental collaboration with journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek, who is currently engaged in a 21,000-mile ‘Out of Eden’ walk following the ancient pathways of human migration. It has evolved into a promising model for promoting thoughtful cross-cultural inquiry and exchange, drawing inspiration from the ways in which Salopek and other writers and artists interweave “slow journalism” and local and global storytelling. Funders: The Abundance Foundation, Global Cities Inc., a program of Bloomberg Philanthropies

 

January 2016 Walking Parties

Students from around the world are connecting online. Out of Eden Learn launches new learning groups this month. Sign up today! 

An Introduction to Out of Eden Learn

I learned that everything is related to and interacts with each other. Nothing and Nobody can exist without others.
- Out of Eden Learn student, Z.Z, Shanghai, China
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Out of Eden Learn White Paper

Published: 2016
An initiative of Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Out of Eden Learn is an online learning community that connects school-age students from around the... Read more

More on the Out of Eden Walk

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek is retracing on foot the global migration of our ancestors in a 21,000-mile, seven-year journey that began in Ethiopia and will end in Tierra del Fuego. Visit Out of Eden Walk to explore Paul’s journey, including maps, photographs, videos and other resources. Click here to explore Paul’s storytelling for National Geographic.

 

On the Trail with Out of Eden Learn and Paul Salopek: This video features journalist Paul Salopek leading students and educators in a 5-mile (8-kilometer) learning walk in Tbilisi, Georgia. In collaboration with Paul Salopek, the Out of Eden Learn team developed several slow looking and active learning exercises for students to engage in along the walk based on Paul's slow journalism and our curriculum. Click to learn more about this walk.

Funding & Quick Facts

Status: Active
Start Date: January 2013
Funded By: The Abundance Foundation and Global Cities, Inc. A program of Bloomberg Philanthropies
Total # of Classrooms: 700+
Total # of Countries: 40+
Total Students Reached: 10,000+

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