Learning Life is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit lab devoted to innovating education and citizen engagement by spreading learning in everyday life beyond school walls.  With this mission in mind, we run three programs.  Our flagship program, the Family Diplomacy Initiative (FDI), connects families in different nations via the internet to share and learn together in order to develop a family form of citizen diplomacy in the long-term.  Our International Mentoring Program helps open the world to children from our lower-income families through conversations, visits to museums, libraries, embassies, foreign restaurants, cultural festivals, and other learning experiences with caring mentors.  Our Democracy Dinners bring together metro DC academics, professionals, elected officials and activists to talk about democracy’s local to global challenges and opportunities amidst authoritarian resurgence, all with an eye to building a learning community around democracy in the national capital region in the long-term.

Our website is also a learning platform featuring quizzes, fact sheets, and expert views, which we regularly publicize through our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Instagram.

Check out our credo below to learn about our philosophy.  You can also visit our News & Blog page for a closer look at Learning Life’s ideas, activities and people.

Finally, I encourage you to click on our Support page.  If you believe in our work, please like/follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and/or Pinterest, do­nate, and/or volunteer with us.

Thank you for visiting us, and thank you for your support!

Paul Lachelier, Ph.D.
Founder & Director, Learning Life

Our Credo

It’s time to rethink education. It’s time to rethink when, where, how and what we learn.

When: Learning doesn’t just happen in youth.  It happens throughout life.

Where: Learning doesn’t just happen in classrooms.  Learning happens everywhere.  It happens when we talk with family, friends and strangers.  It happens when we look at cell phones, TVs, posters and cereal boxes.

How: Learning happens not just deliberately, but incidentally, through conversations and social media, not just books, teachers and schools.

What: There is now information abundance.  But not all information is equal in value.  There is who said what on TV sitcoms and “reality” shows, and there is what actual families are doing, thinking and sharing.  There is which celebrities are dating, and who is helping or hurting whom in the world.  There is trivia (trivial information), and there is signia (significant information).

If signia is to spread, let’s make it part of everyday life.

If life is learning, let learning live.