Human Venture FoundationsAn introductory course for transforming how we understand and tackle systemic challenges by learning about the human story across disciplines and cultures.
At a Glance
Human Venture Foundations Class
For the full participatory experience, take the 5-month in-person (or remote) class to learn the foundational concepts of Human Learning Ecology together with facilitators Elizabeth Dozois and Mark Hopkins.
|Date||Opening Retreat Jan 19-20, 2024 followed by monthly classes ending May 25th, 2024. See course schedule here.|
|Location||Calgary or Edmonton or Remotely through Zoom|
|Registration||Register here by Dec 8 (soft deadline for in-person), Jan 12, 2024 (hard deadline)|
The Human Venture Podcast
If you don't have time to attend in-class, sign-up to receive the course as a podcast. Listen to Human Learning Ecology presentations by Elizabeth Dozois and Mark Hopkins and other bonus content through regular episodes with host Chris Hsiung.
|Date||First episode to be released Feb 20, 2024|
Human Venture Foundations is a course, presented by long time Associates Elizabeth Dozois and Mark Hopkins, designed to give you a foundational understanding of Human Learning Ecology, a new cross-disciplinary field of study on how human beings, from individuals to civilizations, learn or fail to learn. You will be able to take the course as an in-person / remote 5-month course or through a podcast series.
Through the exploration of a wide range of human endeavours - engineering, military strategy, science, forensics, epidemiology, ethics, education, politics, and more - you will gain insight into the root causes of a diversity of issues and how they might be addressed. For example:
- What shapes how we understand climate change and why is denial and avoidance a common response?
- What are the limitations of schooling in preparing students for life?
- What capacities have allowed us to create world-altering technology?
- What is the role of our culture in how we think, act and care?
- What does it mean to be alive and human in our time and place in history?
Underlying each of these questions are principles of how human beings perceive, interpret and act on the world. Learn what these principles are, how they function and interact, as well as their application to your own thinking. Be prepared to explore widely, engage in challenging deep conversations, and develop the stamina for life-long learning. If this excites you, then don't hesitate to register and join our community of explorers.
If you have any questions, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are human 'becomings,' not human beings because our species is young and we are still shaping it.
Want to learn a bit more about the course before you register? Watch our info session about the course:
Introduction to Human Learn Ecology
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Reasons to take the Course
Explore examples of human intelligence and folly from a broad range of domains throughout history and across cultures, including engineering, military strategy, science, ethics, education, politics, and much, much more.
Take Course In-Person or Remotely
Take Course via Podcast
For those that cannot commit to the in-class time requirements, participants can sign-up to receive the course via podcast. Listen on your favourite podcast app to course presentations by Elizabeth Dozois and Mark Hopkins at your own leisure through regular episodes with host Chris Hsiung. Interviews with special guests and bonus content will also be released throughout the season.
The human venture requires as many people as possible invested in our collective journey. We want to make this course accessible to everyone. When registering for this course, you will be able to choose how much to pay for it depending on what is right for you and your situation. If you are keen to connect with the human story, we would love to have you regardless of how much you can pay. If you can afford the suggested rate or more, then this will go a long way to supporting our organization.
Includes a two-day overnight opening retreat, six full day in-class sessions, two mini online sessions, and a subscription to the podcast.
Suggested Rate: $1950
Your Rate: Flexible
Includes remote access to two-day opening retreat, six full day sessions, two mini online sessions, and a subscription to the podcast.
Suggested Rate: $1350
Your Rate: Flexible
Includes regular episodes of course presentation, interviews, and bonus content delivered to your favourite podcast app.
Suggested Rate: $600
Your Rate: Flexible
Elizabeth DozoisLead Facilitator
Mark Hopkins (he/him) is a theatre artist with Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre, which generates productive discomfort through art-making. He volunteers with Kawalease Arab Canadian Theatre and the Centre for Newcomers, is a Fellow with the Energy Futures Lab, and founded We Should Know Each Other, a community-bridging initiative. He has spent the past decade involved in Human Venture programs including co-facilitating Integrity Leadership, an introductory program in partnership with the Alberta Network of Immigrant Women. Mark is currently a Human Venture Associate and a Human Venture Leadership board member.