Based in Los Angeles, The Selby Project is a collaborative effort to create a platform that empowers the next generation of learners and leaders. We believe young people have the power to shape the future of our social and civic life – and we're committed to amplifying their interests, ideas, and rights.
John Dewey, the progressive educator and social philosopher, once gave a speech called “Creative Democracy – The Task Before Us.” In his speech, Dewey argued that democracy was not simply an activity that took place in Washington, and that citizenship involved something more than just going to the polls every November to vote for representatives.
Why do we call ourselves a project? Because the notion and idea of a school is too stifling. It brings to mind subjects, requirements, expectations, along with a hierarchy that prevents students and educators from working together in new and exciting ways.
Projects take time, and they benefit from the interplay and exchange different ideas. Complex challenges – like how to improve schools, or to address inequality – don’t have one single answer. They demand resourceful thinking, empathy, and the capacity to create solutions by applying principles and practices within and across different disciplines.
When we fundraise, we’re asking people to support the Selby vision – empowering the next generation of learners and leaders. Why is this important? Because when you give young people the sense that their ideas matter, and help them acquire skills that enable them to make an impact – you’re making an investment in the future. All of us benefit when students have the knowledge, skills, and experiences to shape the world in which we live, no matter what career, project, or cause they choose to pursue.