For The Love of Learning – Voices of the Alternative Education Movement airs live every Monday at 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EDT (every Tuesday at 1:00 am – 3:00 am BST) on the Conscious Consumer Network.
For the Love of Learning, Voices of the Alternative Education Movement.
Every week Lainie Liberti explores the voices within the alternative education movement with a panel of guests representing different perspectives. We do not focus on what is wrong with the current system, rather focus on alternative solutions so that you and your family can empower yourselves with options. Listen to voices of visionaries, change makers and ordinary extraordinary people who do what they do, for the love of learning.
Lainie Liberti, Host
Lainie Liberti is a recovering branding expert, who’s 18 year career once focused on creating campaigns for green – eco business, non-profits & conscious business. In 2008, California’s economy took a turn and Lainie decided to “be the change” instead of a victim. She and her then 9-year-old son, Miro began the process of redesigning their lives, with the dream of spending stress-free quality time together. After closing her business, selling and giving away all of their possessions, the pair hit the road for a permanent adventure in mid 2009.
Five years and a half, 15 countries and many personal changes later, Lainie & Miro continue to slow travel around the globe, living an inspired possession-free-lifestyle, volunteering and learning naturally. They are both following their interests on the road, as the planet has been transformed into their classroom. Often you will hear Lainie say “we are blessed to be accidental unschoolers” and has become and an advocate for “life learning” at any age. In fact, Lainie & Miro have taken this philosophy to heart and are producing a series of teen oriented retreats in Latin America called Project World School .
The duo describe their greatest accomplishment as the ability to participate in the world without fear. They invite you to follow along as a single mom and her teen-age son live the history & culture of foreign lands, encounter amazing people, interact as global citizens, serve as volunteers, and naturally learn along the way at RaisingMiro.com –Raising Miro on the Road of Life.
Nina Downer, Co-Producer
Nina Downer was born and raised in Germany. After finishing traditional school, she took a “gap year” exploring Central America and East Africa. Nina believes through travel her “real education” began. She reluctantly returned to Germany to study International Tourism Management and continued adding to her cultural education by living and working in Zanzibar a few months every year.
Feeling disheartened with formal education, Nina sought out a different path that included traveling, connecting with people around the world, discovering new cultures and hands-on learning. She found such an opportunity in Panama where she spent two semesters abroad participating in organic farming and sustainable tourism. While in Panama, Nina met her future husband, and is now living on a small island off the Caribbean coast with her husband and three sons who are growing up as natural unschooled self-directed learners.
Nina is passionate about learning, global justice and creating community online. She has created a Facebook group called “(un)schooling the world” and is active in the movement for educational freedom in her birth country Germany.
Nina and Lainie co-produce each episode of For the Love of Learning Show together. If you have an idea for a future show, please send Nina a message here.
Anne Boie, Co-Producer
Anne Boie is an entrepreneur and partner in work, family and play to her husband, David Leahy. She is a dedicated unschooling mother of the four Leahy children, ages 3- 15. Several years ago after the birth of their fourth child, they decided to pursue their dream of leaving rural Texas for a more exciting urban location. After researching several options with the help of their children, they chose Hackettstown, New Jersey, located between New York City and Philadelphia, and moved their warehouse of more than a million Lego bricks, two dogs, three cats, four children, one Nana (David’s mom) and all their belongings halfway across the country.
Having previously been active in the Dallas-area unschooling community, Anne next set her sights on the surprising lack of unschooling gatherings in the New York/New Jersey area and decided to fill the need herself. With the help of David, their kids, and a few friends, she created the Life Without Instructions Conference as a means to meet likeminded families for shared learning, fun and community.
Anne is very excited to take on the role of co-producer of the For the Love of Learning show, as a means of exploring ideas about education from people all over the world, and to help create a better world by showing parents that there is another way, they don’t have to blindly follow the crowd when it comes to education and raising happy children.