“People think about education as the acquisition of new things, as if it were an unproblematic and promising process simply of adding to what one already thinks. And the truth is, it is transformative, and that means upending a whole set of assumptions about how to see things,
what’s possible, what’s real…”
Carolyn A. “Biddy” Martin, PhD, President of Amherst College
The Aspen Center for Human Development develops interdisciplinary programs in leadership and other aspects of human development. Our courses are interactive programs, usually delivered as intensive, transformative single or multi-day courses in an Executive Education format. While our programs are generally designed to be delivered in institutions of higher education, we encourage collaboration with secondary schools to modify versions of our programs to be appropriate for younger learners.
Whether inquiring into the nature of being a leader or the nature of being human, using an ontological approach provides a very different method for learning than models based on theory, research, traits, or skills. In our highly interactive programs, we support participants in beginning to master what it takes to be the people - and the leaders - they have not yet known themselves to be.
“Transformational learning shapes people.
They are different afterwards in ways both they and others can recognize.”
Carol Hoare in The Oxford Handbook of Reciprocal Adult Development and Learning