Experiential Professional Development (XPD)


The XPD designs, facilitates, and evaluates innovative, experiential learning for members of the EWC striving to achieve sustainable development for their community. Members have been trained by Center faculty either through live or virtual regional workshops or residential programming in our Hawaii or Washington DC locations. XPD initiatives are based on the latest research from cognitive science and pedagogy demonstrating the importance of experiential learning within one’s own community that compliments theoretical, classroom-based learning. Learn about our impact in the 2020 XPD Impact Report

XPD Non-Residential Fellowships
The EWC Innovation for Sustainable Development Fellows 
(#EWCinnovationfellows) is a ten (10) year opportunity to support members of the EWC striving to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Non-resident Fellows co-design and co-deliver innovation initiatives for the EWC within their organization or company. Fellows are young EWC Alumni (under age 40) supported in ten (10) modules all delivered virtually over the course of ten (10) months within health, environment, community resilience, and the arts sectors.

Our Theory of Change is that the EWC can advance sustainable development in Asia IF the EWC offers ten (10) months of customized support and financial incentives to members of the EWC community as nonresident Innovation Fellows to implement innovation strategies within their health, education, resilience, arts, or environment organization or company THEN Fellows will improve their capacity to design, deliver, and evaluate innovation strategies that meet the UN SDG targets strategies THEN citizens of fellow’s targeted program area will acquire knowledge and services in education, environment and health sector and improve their well-being and livelihoods. 

The 2021 Innovation for Sustainable Development Institutes (#EWC.isdi) support the development of innovative SDG implementation proposals & plans customized for and in partnership with fellow's local community. The 2021 Institute running from January - April will be co-delivered by twenty-four (24) non-residential EWC Teaching Fellows (#EWCteachingfellows) in eight (8) countries. Fellows were trained through our residential Institutes for Natural Resource Managers (INRM) and who recruit and facilitate experiential learning for local teams using EWC curriculum and resources. Proposals are co-published in an eBook and teams are encouraged to apply for the #EWCInnovationfellows to receive further support and funding for implementation. View each team's proposal, Theory of Change, and crowdfunding campaign on this map.

The EWC Ocean Research Corps (#EWCoceancorps) responds to UNESCO’s call to “change how we finance and conduct ocean research” by training 100 young researchers in 100 different communities across Southeast Asia for the Ocean Decade. Researchers are YSEALI members and Early Career Ocean Professionals (less than 10 year's experience) on ten-month, non-residential EWC research intern posts. We ask partners such as Blue Communities Network and Perhentian Marine Research Station prioritize women and others underrepresented in the ocean sciences using innovative methods or topics. Corps researchers must be embedded in their local communities and organizations and affiliated with a local University, NGO, or business. Upon completion, each will become official co-founders of the initiative shaping the evolution of the program's initiatives and contributions to the Ocean Decade including supporting the programming, recruitment, and training of other EWC research interns for the duration of the Ocean Decade. 

XPD Residential Fellowships in Hawaii

Currently the Center offers two (2) annual Institutes for Natural Resource Managers: Southeast Asia. The Institutes run in partnership with the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), eleven (11) US Embassies who select all fellows, our implementation partner the University of Montana Mansfield Center, and with the U.S. Department of State.

Cohorts of 21 fellows whose average age is 21 complete a 21 week curriculum with 21 books to read. Some current books include: The Synthetic Age, Clean Meat, Leading from the Roots, A Bright Future, A New Climate Story, California Greenin', and Factfulness.  Five (5) weeks are spent together in Hawaii, North and Central California, Yosemite National Park, and Washington D.C. 

The Institutes also use experiential methods to train fellows capable of designing and facilitating innovation challenges, accelerator programs, health campaigns, and arts and media initiatives with community partners in their home countries. Upon completion, fellows are eligible to work with the Center as EWC Innovation Fellows. 

The East-West Center has also hosted Institutes for Natural Resource Managers: Global (Brazil, China, Japan, Russia, Turkey) and Institutes for Natural Resource Managers: Middle East (Jordan, Palestinian Territories).