Matthew Abrams (PIM 69), an alumnus of SIT’s MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management degree program, recently founded The Mycelium School, set to break ground outside of Asheville, North Carolina in 2012. The project was recently profiled in The Christian Science Monitor.
The school invites 18-30 year old students to gain an interdisciplinary education based on ecological principles, localization, and social innovation.
Mycelium is the root structure of a mushroom that network with other mycelia to share information and nutrients that support the health of the host ecosystem. The Mycelium School’s educational philosophy is for students to come together and give to their environment and each other, while growing personally and learning skills for the 21st century. The curriculum will be driven by hands-on service-learning projects and a focus on social entrepreneurship.
Initially, Abram expects to have 40 percent international students and by year five, 65 percent.
Abrams asserts that “One of the core tenants of The Mycelium School is that those who are connected to the cultures, challenges and needs of a place are best equipped to become authentic leaders who will discover opportunities and innovate solutions. To foster sustained and regenerative change, we cannot maintain the current co-dependent paradigm of so-called international aid.”