Learning Lab - colored brain - md

"What education has to impart is an intimate sense for the power of ideas, for the beauty of ideas, and for the structure of ideas, together with a particular body of knowledge which has peculiar reference to the life of the being possessing it."
~Alfred North Whitehead

Transforming Education for Ecological Civilization

At the Cobb Institute Learning Lab, we think that more important for students than learning to do research is personal growth and wisdom. We think that more important for the world than teaching everyone how to do value-free research is having millions of people studying how to create an ecological civilization without which the human future looks very bleak. We hope we can find ways to involve local educational institutions individually and collectively in serious discussion of their responsibility to students, humanity, and the entire world.

Upcoming Offerings

Apr 9 thru May 14

Introducing World Religions through a Process-Relational Lens

Over the course of six sessions will be introduced to several world religions (or ways of thinking and living) through a lens of process-relational thought. Each week will be devoted to a different tradition with several visiting speakers bringing their own expertise to the discussion.

Mar 4th thru Apr 1st

A Study Group Exploring a Process Worldview For Newcomers

In this learning circle we will read and discuss various essays on important themes in process thought. Topics will include the interconnectedness and relational nature of the universe, the idea that nature is alive and has value for itself, and process and beauty.

Jan 15th thru Jul 22nd

A Collective Processing of Gilles Deleuze’s Masterpiece

This learning circle will be dedicated to exploring process philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s seminal work, Difference and Repetition. Our goal is to collectively process the rich themes within the book, occasionally identify resonances with the larger process tradition, and foster insightful discussions along the way.

Our courses provide students the opportunity to learn in a way that is open, exploratory, and transformative. Each one is taught by an expert in the topic, who can communicate the concepts in a way that is accessible to any interested learner. They range in length from three-session mini-courses to ten-session in-depth treatments.

Learning circles are small groups that share a common interest in a topic, text, or activity. In a mode that is informal and conversational, they are typically made up of five to fifteen people who gather together to learn from one another. A learning circle might be a book study group that only explores a single text, or an affinity group that meets for an indefinite period of time.

Workshops are informative presentations by one or more instructors on a focused topic. They can be one session or several sessions, but the format is usually one in which the presenters focus primarily on sharing information rather than interacting with attendees.

Certificate Program

A Transformative and Holistic Educational Experience to Cultivate a More Just, Sustainable, and Fulfilling World

The certificate in process thought & practice provides an opportunity for students to learn about the key ideas, themes, and thinkers in process thought, as well ways of living in and relating to the world that express process thought in concrete ways.