What's the story?
Dare to Learn started as an idea to give an unforeseen gift to 100-year-old Finland. Bunch of young world changers in SYL (the national union for uni students in Finland) wondered: what is this world still lacking? How can we make an impact? And - of course - what is the coolest thing we could do in Finland in its celebration year 2017?
It didn’t take long for initial ideas to escalate. We met lots of Finnish influential people, talked about our idea of an international learning event, and took it out to see if the actors in education field were going to kill it or not. They didn’t. They loved it.
And there we had it: the world was craving for an international meeting place where people can share, question and create the future of learning. Made up with fresh minds and good energy, like we had. As it turned out that the event should go beyond one timer, was also entirely new non-profit founded. Sivistyskiihdyttämö’s mission is to promote lifelong learning, by organizing Dare to Learn. (At least for now - we have some wild ideas what the future holds.)
Dare to Learn arises from an idea that continuous learning is the key to sustainable success and well-being, especially at times of rapid social, environmental and economic changes. We also think that learning can and should be joyful and available for all. To build new learning culture, people need to have access to newest knowledge and ability to cross-communicate. Our problems in the 21st century are not standing solo; they are complex and networked.
This is where Dare to Learn hops in. We create a space for people to rethink learning through activating program. And we invite over all the different learning actors - professionals and practitioners along the path of lifelong learning, governmental actors, institutions, education companies, NGOs... There’s a big chance you end being up both changed and change maker. Watch out.