Navigating the Human Condition:
Curricular Tools for Ages 9-99
prepared for traditional and virtual classrooms

​The Navigation Project begins with a student manual that accompanies a travel log and a series of 7 interconnected maps—together they tell an epic story of the human condition. The maps are designed to be used either as a portal to a virtual reality experience, or to guide a student's journey in a conventional classroom setting.

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The Muscles of Our Humanity

This engaging 45 pg. illustrated student manual is 4 x 5.25 inches, designed to match the size of manuals from classic video games such as The Legend of Zelda. Available for order, soon.

Prototype Map 1:

First 4 Skills

 

Still in prototype mode! This map guides students through 4 islands where they learn 4 skills. Beginning with the Island of Aggression, the first skill involves using the Eye of Empathy, which is also the first item referenced in the manual.

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 Prototype Map 1:

VR Portal

This video clip illustrates how students can also use Map 1 as a portal to access the 1st island in our Peace Literacy Metaverse.

Prototype Map 2:

Allegory of Storms

 

Still in prototype mode! Students learn how to use ideals to guide them through the storms of life, including the storms that will be created by new technology.

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Prototype Map 3:

Needs, Trauma, Technology

Every image on these maps has a meaning - often multiple layers of meaning. As the epic story about the human condition unfolds across these maps, the images on an earlier map (e.g. Deimos and Phobos, Constellation of Peace, Nemesis) can have a slightly different appearance on a later map. Each altered appearance has a meaning and serves a purpose.

Generous donations to PLI have allowed us to design the VR software that takes students through skill-building on the first of the four islands (the Island of Aggression) on the first of seven maps. There is so much more to build!

When completed, these tools will illustrate the comprehensive vision underlying our Peace Literacy curriculum, as we work to prepare learners of all ages for their journey into the human condition.

When he received his sample of the Student Manual, Wisconsin high school teacher Tony Capozziello wrote us to say, "The Muscles of Our Humanity is so incredibly simple, yet enriching… I equate it to 'slow food'. Amazing, high-quality, nutrient-dense... I've enjoyed the message and have shared it with a handful of students (so far). I love it so much, it will be my go-to graduation gift."

Teacher response to the Student Manual and Map 1 has been one of excitement and eager anticipation for the next steps in the construction of this epic story. Your donation sustains this highly engaging and critically important work.