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.
Ken Low was 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.
Ken Low passed away on February 27, 2023. Read more about him here.
Elizabeth Dozois has facilitated Human Venture workshops and introductory programs for over fifteen years. She and Ken Low co-wrote "On the Frontier of Human and Social Development: A Guide for Pioneer Leaders".
Elizabeth also been providing research, evaluation, and strategic support to the non-profit and public sectors in Calgary and other regions for over 20 years and has a particular interest in supporting adaptive learning in complex and emergent initiatives.
Human Venture Associates
Associates support the growth and development of the Human Venture learning communities, extend the work and structure it so that it carries on beyond our lifetimes. HV Associates are alumni of Human Venture programming, and represent diverse fields of endeavour including education, agriculture, engineering, energy, business, and the public and non-governmental sectors. Each year, the Human Venture Institute confirms interest and accepts new and returning HV Associates.
- Jason Low - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- Kim Rowe - Cochrane, Alberta, Canada
- Laura Kennett - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
- Mark Hopkins - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- Natalie Muyres - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- Nick Klagirou - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada