NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Open Future Institute, a New York based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the evolution of culture (http://openfutureinstitute.org), held its inaugural Big Questions Project Co-Creative Lab on December 23, 2013, in Naples, Florida. The Big Questions Project, Open Future Institute's educational stream, affords high school and college-aged students forums to explore their future through a lens of meaning and purpose. The successful event included 20 students from an assortment of educational and professional backgrounds ranging in ages 14-22.
The brainchild of renowned mentalist and activist Gerard Senehi (www.gerardsenehi.com), the Open Future Institute's mission is to expand and promote the evolution of culture in order to support the advancement of society and to address global challenges at their source. The Big Questions Project is an offshoot of this larger initiative, created with the belief that providing forums for young adults to explore questions of meaning and purpose will strengthen their sense of direction at a stage of their life in which they are making choices that will set the trajectory for their future. Named Co-Creative Labs for its approach of engaging young people to build a more effective program for their peers, the Big Questions Project t aims to reach millions of young people globally.
Says Founder and President Gerard Senehi: "I believe the most natural and organic way to build a program for students is to engage them in the co-creative process. The evening surpassed our expectations!"
The Big Questions Project will include a variety of programs, all of which will be delivered through a combination of live and online interactions, activities, forums and workshops with peers, mentors and public role models.
Adds Open Future Institute Interim Executive Director Francesca Rusciani: "With such an exciting and successful evening behind us, our sights are now set on extending this co-creative lab process over a three-month period at Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, Florida." Big Questions Project Student Leader Josh Mesnik, a Florida State University senior, will establish and lead a Big Questions Project chapter on FSU's campus during the upcoming 2014 Spring semester. When asked about the co-creative lab, Josh comments: "The next few months are critical as we are building a foundation for the Open Future Institute's Big Questions Project shoulder to shoulder with these students. I believe our success moving forward rests on the insights we gain from them during this lab."
For more information about this innovative educational project and to learn ways in which you can be involved, please visit: www.openfutureinstitute.org.
About Open Future Institute:
Our mission is to expand and promote the evolution of culture in order to support the advancement of society and to address global challenges at their source.
About Big Questions Project:
The Big Questions Project will provide forums for high school and university students globally to reflect on their beliefs, values, and purpose. It is designed to give students an opportunity to engage authentically with their core values and how they define meaning at a stage in their lives when they begin making choices that will set the trajectory of their future. This initiative aims to support students' sense of inspired leadership, responsibility to society, and confidence to respond creatively to the pressing needs of our time with vision and purpose. The forums will give students concrete ways to explore larger questions of meaning, tools to engage with their peers about these questions and opportunities to engage with world heroes and other mentors.
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