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

EWC Innovation Fellows

Organizations are facing unprecedented pressure to innovate. Yet current approaches towards innovation are haphazard, seem episodic, and may lack support thereby limiting capacity to contribute to sustainable development.

The EWC Innovation Fellows Initiative is a ten (10) year opportunity to support members of the EWC striving to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Non-resident EWC Innovation Fellows co-design and co-deliver innovation initiatives for the EWC within their organization or company. Fellows are EWC Alumni supported between the ages of 25-40 supported in ten (10) modules all delivered virtually over the course of ten (10) months. The initiative supports innovation 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. 


Institutes for Natural Resource Managers (INRM)

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). 


XPD Online Initiatives

Certificate in Innovation for Sustainable Development

The East-West Center with YSEALI offers a certificate in Innovation for Sustainable Development. The virtual course offers support for the development of a SDG implementation proposal & plan for your community and co-published in an EWC eBook, virtual site visits to communities to explore their innovative approach to further sustainable development, opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and mentorship, and improved knowledge of each other, our respective communities, and how innovative strategies, policies, and technologies can help achieve sustainable development. For details view the course platform. For the 2020 certificate register here


EWC #EarthOptimism Awards: Southeast Asia

In partnership with the Smithsonian Conservation Commons, the EWC hosts the annual EWC #EarthOptimism Awards: Southeast Asia. This contest co-designed, co-delivered, and co-judged by XPD fellows, recognizes successful efforts and achievements in Southeast Asia that made a positive difference to the environment and human communities. Awards are divided into three (3) categories of Oceans, Land, Cities, and further divided into four (4) fields of Arts and Media, Technology and Innovation, Business and Finance, and Research and Discovery.


EWC Innovation Challenges with InnoDays.org

In partnership with InnoDays.org, the EWC hosts live and virtual innovation challenges which combine companies, designers, engineers and entrepreneurial students to turn ideas into prototypes within 48 hours. Read about the 2020 InnoDays #circular economy sponsored by the circular plastics company Plasticpreneur and about the 2020 InnoDays #micromobility sponsored by the EDF Innovation Lab. Watch the recap of the live 2019 InnoDays #circulareconomy in Vienna sponsoredd by Raiffeisen Bank International AG, Andritz Metal and Rauch Fruchtsaefte. 


EWC Virtual Bootcamps for Entrepreneurs

The EWC hosts live and virtual 3-4 day convenings called bootcamps for impact entrepreneurs. These bootcamps strengthen connections amongst stakeholders in a community’s ecosystem through innovative programming and sharing of resources and expertise. Read about the 2020 virtual entrepreneur bootcamp supported by EWC and Bluepreneur. This bootcamp co-designed, co-delivered, and co-judged by XPD fellows, supported blue solutions in the oceans and waters of Southeast Asia.



Lance Boyd
Senior Experiential Leadership Education Specialist
Email: boydl@eastwestcenter.org
Phone: (808) 944-7477