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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

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

The QUESTion Project Begins in the South Bronx, NYC

We have formed a wonderful partnership with the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics, a public school in the in the South Bronx, NY. This is a great school that has been selected as a model school for the Bronx and was rated this year in the top 4% of all high schools in the [...]

By |December 19th, 2014|News, QUESTion|0 Comments

Second QUESTion CO-Creative Lab Sparks Curiosity at Florida State University

We just completed our second Co-Creative Lab at Florida State University. This lab was entirely co-led by two of our student facilitators, Josh Mesnik and Zach Kaye. It provided a structured forum for all the participants to explore their values, aspirations, purpose, and their contribution to society. The weekly engagement and discussions revolved around the five pillars of [...]

By |December 17th, 2014|News, QUESTion|0 Comments

Graduate Students Get a Taste of The QUESTion Project at a Daylong Summit

At Eastern Mennonite Graduate School this November, we explored what it would take to make the QUESTion Project available to graduate students. In this 6-hour co-creative session, titled the QUESTion Summit for Social Change and Conflict Transformation, we journeyed into our five pillars with a group of students majoring in conflict transformation studies. Many brought a [...]

By |November 21st, 2014|News, QUESTion|0 Comments

The QUESTion Project at PACE UNIVERSITY, NYC

Our team facilitated QUESTion workshops at Pace University's lower Manhattan campus. These were done with students enrolled in undergraduate environmental science courses taught by adjunct professor Lee Frankel-Goldwater. The workshops were met with enthusiasm and an authentic desire to go into the deeper human questions. When asked to list their three most important choices in [...]

By |November 14th, 2014|News, QUESTion|0 Comments