The Human Venture community is comprised of caring individuals who are committed to ongoing research and learning by exploring Human Learning Ecology in their chosen fields of endeavour. Our 800+ alumni represent the non-profit, corporate, government, and academic sectors. Whether it’s agriculture, education, project management or technology, our combined efforts help to further our understanding of leading edge human and social development.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Ken Low is the founder and president of the Action Studies Institute [est. 1983], dedicated to mapping out the dynamics of adaptive intelligence in human systems and pioneering the development of a new discipline – Human Learning Ecology. The driving motivation behind this research is the need to understand the underlying causes of adaptive and maladaptive development and behavior in individuals, organizations, societies, and cultures. The research draws on successes and failures of human learning and activity across cultures, sectors, disciplines and periods of history. The patterns of emerging adaptive intelligence found in the human story provide a structure for the human venture, a disciplined framework for understanding human progress, folly and resistance, including the systemic adaptive challenges facing humanity at our time and place in history, and what it will take to meet them.

Ken’s work includes the Calgary Board of Education (1970-1983), Co-founder of the Calgary Council of Advanced Technology, Co-founder of the Calgary Crisis Centre & Vice-chairman of A.A.D.A.C, author of the national training manual on addictions prevention for Canadian Health & Welfare, Alberta Commission on Tolerance and Understanding and the Nunavik Education Task Force.

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The Human Venture Institute was established in 2013 to extend the work of Ken Low and Human Learning Ecology. The institute’s work includes human venture exploration, mapping, programming and resource development which support capacity development required by individuals, organizations and societies to meet the challenges and opportunities of our time.

Human Venture Institute board members are:

  • Blythe Butler, Calgary, AB
  • Chris Hsiung, Calgary, AB
  • Ken Low, Calgary, AB
  • Jason Low, Calgary, AB
  • Natalie Muyres, Calgary, AB
  • Dana Penrice, Lacombe, AB

In 2015, the Human Venture Leadership organization was established by merging two existing human venture programs, Leadership Calgary and Leadership Edmonton. Human Venture Leadership is a charitable organization responsible for delivering human venture learning programs.

Human Venture Leadership board members are:

  • Mark Hopkins, Calgary, AB
  • Chris Hsiung, Calgary, AB
  • Matthew Ishoy, Cumberland, BC
  • Laura Kennett, Edmonton, AB
  • Lindsay Mitchell, Calgary, AB
  • Dana Penrice, Lacombe, AB

Anna-Marie Ashton is our organizational coordinator, providing support for strategic and financial planning, marketing, community development, fund development and program management. She works with engaged volunteers on multiple projects and programs.