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The Open Future Institute Staff, pictured here before our QUESTion Project class at Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics in the Bronx, NY! Director, Program Growth and Development: Isobel King Student Coordinator: Josh Mesnik

Model High School In Its Second Year

A new semester is underway at our model school, Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics. Now in our second year of partnership, a team of newly trained BCSM teachers have become QUESTion Facilitators and stand by our side, ready to lead the way forward. The QUESTion Course has now engaged hundreds of high school students with [...]

By |March 21st, 2016|News|0 Comments

Creating Outlets for Humanity: A Vision for Education

By Gerard Senehi   I took this photo of reclaimed land on a trip to Singapore and it made me realize how fast we are headed into the future.  Our journey into this future is like a runaway train, without anyone in the control room. Some outcomes of this journey, such as the creativity shown [...]

By |March 8th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Evolution and Culture

By Gerard Senehi   "Evolution is a light illuminating all facts, a curve that all lines must follow." -- Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man The word evolution is popping up everywhere these days. We hear of businesses evolving, cars evolving, thinking evolving, consciousness evolving. I even heard a fitness trainer telling an obese [...]

By |August 2nd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

The Evolution of Agency

Why you might never look at babies…and aging in the same way By Gerard Senehi   My wife and I went to visit dear friends and spent some time with their 8 months old son, Saqib. His curiosity for life and attentiveness to people captivated our hearts. One morning I looked around for a toy [...]

By |August 2nd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

The QUESTion Project: We Are Busy this Summer!

At Open Future Institute Headquarters, we have an international hive this Summer...from India to Egypt, to the Bronx....we are so happy to have with us 13 interns, in addition to our staff.  Srikanth who is postgraduating at Pace University and arrived in NYC 8 months ago from India; Mohamed who is studying at Amherst College [...]

By |July 17th, 2015|News, QUESTion|0 Comments

Questioning the Experience of Isolation

By Josh Mesnik Student, Florida State University   From one perspective each of us has our own purpose as a part of a swirling sea of humanity. We hold a completely unique and necessary piece for the symphony of work, play, love and conflict that we are a part of. From this point of view [...]

By |July 5th, 2015|Student Blog|0 Comments

Bronx Center of Science and Math: An Inspiring Story

We successfully concluded our first year at the Bronx Center of Science and Math this past June.  We ran three daily elective classes, and the impact on the students, as we can see from our self-assessment data, has been beyond our expectations. We are very grateful to the  students and administration of BCSM for welcoming the [...]

By |June 26th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Gerard Senehi, Founder of Open Future Institute, was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor last week. NECO, the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, sponsors the award, which is presented annually to American citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic group while exemplifying the values of the American way of life. Past Medalists include [...]

By |May 9th, 2015|News|0 Comments

TEDx Talk: Why Big Questions Matter

Our Student Coordinator, Josh, just returned from giving a TED Talk at the TEDxFSU conference at Florida State University. In his talk he spoke about why big questions matter in education, and how his own explorations into big questions allowed him to develop confidence to pursue the things that matter most to him. He told the room of [...]

By |March 15th, 2015|News, QUESTion|0 Comments

Welcome OFI Netherlands: Our Newest Chapter

We are thrilled to announce our first international chapter in the Netherlands! Led by our dear friends Florence Fabbricotti and Chris Hollanders with an Advisory Board of three (Susanne de Neeve, Bas de Jong and Niels Vierling), the Dutch office has already begun holding workshops with students at a vocational school in Amsterdam. OFI Netherlands [...]

By |January 17th, 2015|News|0 Comments