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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 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

QUESTion Project: What do YOU think?

~~Derya, Isobel, Josh, Vivian, Zack worked together with the Open Future Institute Team to shape the new QUESTion curriculum. In this discussion they share their experience and thoughts on why it is important for young people to get engaged with a project like this and what they can get out of it… ~~ Isobel: We've [...]

By |November 1st, 2014|Student Blog|0 Comments

The QUESTion Project in …Oman!

Yes... Oman!  We had the wonderful opportunity to lead a  QUESTion workshop with 40 students at  the National Hospitality School, a vocational school in Muscat, the capital of Oman. The students were from Oman as well as expats from Bangladesh, India and other countries. The Principal had explained us how challenging it is for these [...]

By |October 22nd, 2014|News, QUESTion|0 Comments

OFI Founder Presents at ACMHE Conference

Open Future Institute Founder Gerard Senehi recently delivered a thematic presentation at the annual conference of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE) which took place in Seattle, Washington, this October. His presentation, titled Bridging the Connection Between What We Measure and What We Find Important, was one of many to engage this year's [...]

By |October 12th, 2014|News|0 Comments

International Youth Explore Big Questions at Miracle Corners of the World

QUESTion engaged with youth from around the world in an interactive session for Miracle Corners of the World's youth leadership retreat in Vermont this past July. Our FSU student leader, Josh Mesnik, traveled to the retreat where he led a successful workshop that explored meaning and purpose through the lenses of Choice, Purpose, Fearlessness, Interconnectedness, [...]

By |July 22nd, 2014|News|0 Comments

Summer Internship

We welcomed five interns to join our team to refine the content and core messages of our QUESTion Project. We now have a program that's more age appropriate, experience-based, and incredibly engaging. The new curriculum will be used in our second co-creative lab at Florida State University, led by our student leaders Josh and Zach this [...]

By |July 15th, 2014|Internship, News|0 Comments

The Evolution of Freedom

By Gerard Senehi   Eleanor Roosevelt famously said: “Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.” Dear Eleanor, did you really mean responsibility? Doesn’t freedom mean that I am no longer told what to do, how to think and whom to be? That I can finally choose for myself and [...]

By |June 30th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments