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. In our increasingly interconnected yet divided world, we develop innovative learning communities in order to widen access to world affairs, and nurture more caring, capable and connected global citizens.

With this mission in mind, we run three programs.  Our flagship program, the Family Diplomacy Initiative (FDI), connects families worldwide across lines of country, class, race and religion via the internet to share and learn together for a more caring world.  Our International Mentoring Program helps open the world to children from lower-income families through conversations and learning experiences with caring mentors online and in-person.  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, with an eye to building a regional learning community around democracy.

Besides informing you about our programs, this website is 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, and our Staff Page to see the growing number of people involved in our work.

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 social media, and who celebrities are dating, then there is what ordinary people are thinking and doing, 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.