Everything starts with a dream, right?
Who knows when the seeds of a dream are actually planted. When do ideas begin to take root? I suppose for us, the dream has been germinating for a long time. It began in our long-gone-by days at a desk in school, and grew as we watched the beautiful unfolding of our children.
But the seeds began to sprout in earnest when a group of us asked each other one day, why couldn’t we? Why couldn’t we gather people around our beliefs about learning? Why couldn’t we start a learning community right here, in Winnipeg? And why couldn’t it be fabulous?
So we began to talk about it. We talked with each other. We talked with people who are already doing it, elsewhere. And now we are talking to you.
We dream of a community of kids and teens and adults who love to explore and talk and try things and experience life, and who enjoy doing it together. Some of them are jamming together in a band or working on a play; others are gathered on couches and talking about their week; some are in small groups discussing the greek roots of science or how to start an astronomy club or a community garden, and a group is in the workshop tinkering with an enthusiastic university engineer student. We see students meeting with someone to help develop learning plans, or tap into work-study programs or travel experiences, and expand or define their desires for their own lives.
We dream of mentors who trust that kids know what they need to learn, and that they are already on an amazing journey of discovery when mentors come into their lives. We see a community that is not about disseminating information, but about self-discovery in a space where you can feel safe, with peers and adults who trust your process. We dream of mentors who fundamentally trust kids and believe they know what they need and what they want, and will help them think through how to get it. And we dream of kids and teens excited by and engaged by their lives, living in a warm and vibrant community.
It’s a big, beautiful dream. And when you start talking about your dreams, isn’t that when they start unfolding? So here we are, at the beginning of the story, talking about it. The dream will grow, and change, and evolve. And whatever comes our way, it’s going to be a fantastic ride. It really is.