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We imagine an open future.

The Open System website was initially created in 2017 to bring together ideas, thoughts and concepts around the movement in this country to build open structures that bring communities into our education system.

The Open System Institute was formalized in 2019 to create a permanent place to build new ideas, new narratives and new possibilities.

We believe that the great debate in education is no longer left vs. right or reform vs. status quo - it is between those who want to close the system and those who are willing to open it up.

For too long, closed systems represent too much of education. Even when the system has opened up, closed mindsets often still prevail.

Open practices bring families, communities and educators together for co-creation and co-production in our public education system.

Too many of the current organizations in our education discourse are monomaniacally focused on what was and on the battles of the past. The Open System Institute is committed to advancing bold, revolutionary ideas to create that open future.

Learn more about our priorities here.