Open Connections

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The OC Process

The OC Process

At Open Connections we engage in a wide variety of techniques to ensure that young people have the freedom to learn and create.


  • Avoidance of questions with hidden agendas
  • Emphasis on Real Work versus make-work
  • Reliance on experiential, hands-on learning
  • Development of Process Consciousness (how a process impacts on the quality of content/output, for better or for worse)
  • Treatment of all people as colleagues (minus the struggles of hierarchies)
  • Celebration of each other’s growth
  • Offer of developmentally appropriate opportunities for young people to contribute to the growth of Open Connections
  • Encouragement of the the use of imagination and wishfulness as components of Flexible Thinking
  • Emphasis on collaboration and synergy (vs. competition and negativity)
  • Treatment of adversity as opportunity
  • Finding the resources to achieve goals
  • OP CD activity

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Open Programs

The Open Program reflects the essence of the Open Connections philosophy: a belief in Natural Learning, curiosity and the primacy of self-motivation, collaboration and the creative process.  Within...


I attribute much of the "idyllic childhood" of my youth . . . to time spent at OC.

-Kelly, OC Alumni Parent