Reflection, Education, Advocacy
University of Rhode Island
International Executive Director:  Mr. F. L. Gonzalez
Co-Founder w/ Ursula: Francisco organizes resources from the United States: identifies & organizes funding sources, creates curriculum (creates & supervises educational content), and provides motivational support & guidance. Francisco promotes the RCN (Role-play Characterization Network), an astronomy & geography model with adult Montessori elements.

Dominican Republic Regional Director:  Ms. Ursula Eusebio De Los Santos
Ursula organizes resources from her region, and supervises local staff.  She is the contact person linking OSI to an existing board of directors implementing RHD (Red de Hombres Dominicanos -- or -- Dominican Republic Men's Net): a drop-in center for at-risk men in danger of fomenting domestic abuse; male members coach and support peers under our service milieu.

Pakistan Regional Director:  Mr. Neveed Masih
Naveed engages a wounded impoverished community in his native Lahore, Pakistan. His mission is to train volunteers in IRI protocols; the Innocence Recovery Initiative is a grassroots mental-wellness outreach designed to reach out to the mentally ill on the streets of Lahore through unconditional regard, and self-motivated referrals (to clinical resources in the city) thereby fostering peaceful coexistence & servile tolerance among urban ethnic groups: Hindus, Muslims, Christians, and Buddhists.

Maine Woodland Campus Director:    PENDING  

Role-play Characterization Network
Globe Models:                                                     
AVP Students (first names only):

Lahore and outskirts
San Juan,
Puerto Rico
Learning Humanities Through Astronomy & Geography Role-play 
Nothing of lasting value gets accomplished until we are able to shatter the horrible isolation of the mentally ill on the street.  The hope and trust we give must be genuine. It must overflow from natural kindness and not from religiosity or mechanical (duty-bound) servitude. We are to love for love's sake, and establish a caring community where there is none, or where existing ones are inadequate. IRI is completely non-sectarian, and subject to whatever norms and values are expressed by the street people serve (the people we dare to touch).

Our grassroots unconditional regard, non-sectarian, multi-ethnic approaches break down the legalese/taboo barriers inherent in cultures where scientific ignorance, and fear, has pushed the sufferer into inner caverns of passivity and hopelessness.     

Street Wellness Initiative     

Andres, Dominican 
RHD (Men's Net)
Orenda Society International
Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Street Wellness Initiative
Role-play Characterization Network
Men's Net
In our service area (Andres, Dominican Republic) the urgency of teaching Humanities supersedes even basic literacy; adults (specifically poor men) need fast insight on the cultural issues that affect them and their families. Our RCN/RCT program is designed with hands-on metaphor-based immersions that require little reading, though comprehension is a must; our pedagogy requires teams where strong learners are grouped with weaker ones; on an international scale we utilize a 'cloud' of volunteer academics (advanced students and professors). We depend on volunteer educators who 'adopt' extraterrestrial globes (our beautiful hand-crafted models) that are dispersed randomly in campus settings, others are sent to prominent individuals & organizations -- some are in shows -- some sold. 

Once found volunteers get to keep the models, and are free to interact with RCN educators when they feel comfortable (or never, as the case may be); some answer the call, forming Learning Cells where educators and a students 'teach & learn' abstract concepts in the Humanities. Volunteer foreign educators are called, "Surrogates".

Our Educational Cooperative in Andres, Dominican Republic
Our novel pedagogic applications: 
Our adult constructivist milieu in Andres, Dominican Republic, based loosely on the work of Jean Piaget & Maria Montessori, benefits both the teacher and the student. COOPHA is located in our educational cooperative in Andres, Dominican Republic; all our physical teaching & learning activities occur there while Surrogates work from abroad by fostering 'pen-pal' relationships with our students: in par with our constructivist methodologies we are building an 8' x 20' star-chart used for astronomy research, drawing & design (star-system design, planet model construction, cartography, and understanding technology through simple physics). Other modules consist of a 300 foot cavern replica, and a spacecraft simulator; the simulator is built within the cavern spaces and requires an overnight stay! These RCN features (among others) are used to teach important lessons by proxy -- by thoughtful socio-cultural comparisons that engage the PAST/PRESENT/FUTURE: our HUMAN PREHISTORY,  GEOLOGY,  HISTORY, SOCIOLOGY, PHYSICS,  PSYCHOLOGY, TECHNOLOGY, COMMUNICATION, and PHILOSOPHY.

Note: RCT is the therapeutic twin to RCN, and consists of role-play sociodramas' that engage students in more personal content, such as gender issues, machismo, classism, and identifying urban myths. 

Our COOPHA Role-play learning scaffold: 
Our pedagogy begins with the UCI: the Universal Consciousness Index (a practical game rubric) is a simple way of assessing evolution's role in universal intelligence, and a rough predictor of strongly emergent consciousness. While our emphasis is the creation of a Utopian home, our students create other terrain models in the process (randomly), and use the rubric as a template for advanced thematic content:

                               Main Sequence:    B.V color:        Description of Star:    Description of World:                             Game Suitability:

1.   Pre-archaic           O                light blue              hot new stars              no life                                                           n/a  
2.   Archaic                   B                 blue                       hot early stars            single cell life in hot-spots                      outpost
3.   Post-archaic        B, A             blue/white           cooler early stars       multi-cellular (simple sea life)              outpost/colony 
​     c*
4.   Prehistoric           F                  light yellow          early mid-life stars    complex ocean life/early lifeforms       colony   

5.   Pre-industrial     G                  yellow                    mid-life star               early humanoid/present era                  home world 
6.   Industrial             G, K             yellow/orange      late mid-life stars      late humanoid                                           home world
7.   Post-industrial   G, K             yellow/orange      late mid-life stars      late humanoid                                           home world

8.   Pre-Utopian         K, M            orange/red           older stars                   late humanoid/early AI                          home world     
9.   Utopian                   M                red                          old stars                       late humanoid/AI                                   home world         
​     i* 

10. Post-utopian        M                 red                          old stars                       AI                                                                n/a
Note: UCI Cusps (*) are the following crises (cathartic) timeline events that move our content forward:

*a    'Emergence of Life'
*b    'Cellular Organization'
*c     'Diversification of Life'
*d    'Emergence of Intelligence'
*e    'Pre-industrial Sociocultural Barriers'
*f     'Industrial Crisis'
*g    'First Awareness & First Contact with Extraterrestrials''   
*h    'Emergence of Artificial Intelligence, AI'
*i     'Crisis of Meaning'

Notes: The UCI is the framework for both the RCN and the RCT; from its simple but elegant structure students gain knowledge in the Humanities - that being the biological precursors that led to human society & culture. Our RCN point-of-view, however, is much broader: we posit that intelligence & consciousness are as much a factor in the architecture of the universe as the 4 master forces of Thermodynamics.

Consciousness (the universe's sentient terminus) is important because without it the universe would remain unknown; getting-a-grip on consciousness allows for the introduction of Philosophy, which engages our students on issues relating to 'their own belief systems': issues that impacts their lives in profound ways (those issues are the auto-identified features of RCT)!

Glossary of Terms 
(these are brief definitions; click on word or term for expanded content on selected terms)
​Crafts made by our members in the Dominican Republic are used to promote the holistic objectives of our UUDR cooperative in Andres; our collector's items are used to further our work. We sell or give-away our objects, leveraging them to recruit volunteer educators (Surrogate role-play mentors), to entice funding partners, and to inform the curious. Whenever possible we exhibit our work (my meteorite models are shown here).   

Naveed Masih is a student in Lahore, Pakistan. He is also our street worker in that city. In that volatile region the RCN is not an accepted pedagogic model, but Naveed is working on it - real-life Naveed brings understanding & tolerance to his ethnically divided city: his efforts are worth noting. Besides outreach to the mentally ill, Naveed is also currently exploring Domestic Violence prevention strategies (he's one of our Surrogates; watch him develop!).

​Our learning cooperative in Andres is a lively experiment in Constructivism, adult Montessori methods, and vocational innovation. Our open-enrollment membership consists mostly of illiterate rural men (women are also invited under a sister program), largely unemployed (many are small subsistence farmers). Our mission is to empower their families through creative hands-on ideas, novel humanities education, counseling & peer support. 

"I am in that Caribbean nation 8 months out of the year, as its first Unitarian Universalist founder - along with my wife. Our UUDR goals mirror the initiatives of our other partner organization: AAWS (Alcoholics Anonymous World Service). We are committed to reduce domestic violence by identifying and activating our community's innate creativity & energy, attributes that will translate into sociocultural insight, economic opportunities, health & equality."

Unitarian Universalists of the Dominican Republic is a non-religious (philosophy-based) congregation founded by UU lay minister Francisco Luis Gonzalez, in solidarity with its partners Naveed Masih and Ursula Eusebio de Los Santos. AA and UUDR form necessary wellness components (substance abuse assistance, belief system explorations, and vocational think-tank engagement); the Andres community benefits by the eclectic merging of all our elements under the umbrella of our domestic violence prevention mission/vision.

As an adjunct to OSI, COOPHA was founded in September, 2017 (UUDR in 2018).

Ursula Eusebio de Los Santos

Naveed Masih
OSI Pakistan Street-Outreach Director
Mississipi (first rescue)
We are a Welcoming Congregation
A challenge from Ursula in 2015 has now become OSI-COOPHA - an educational cooperative in Andres, Boca Chica, a region ripe with prostitution, sexual trafficking, and drug cartel activity. Prior to this, Ursula and her sister Julia (caregivers for my sick father Benito) attempted to provide limited case management, but were hampered by not having a dedicated building. Now the biggest challenge is how to provide services to poor uneducated men in a region rife with violence, legalese-religiosity, and superstition. Fulfilling Ursula's vision will take a lifetime's worth of innovation in the areas of crisis intervention, alternative education, and micro-business acumen.

But nature came to our aid, surrounding us with clean-crisp skies for our astronomy classes, hundreds of caves & fossil sites for our geology & geography classes, easy to grow fruits & vegetables, and interested friends & neighbors. 

Why not replace machismo with social & personal insight?  

Why not use Montessori-like education methods with adults who are functionally illiterate?  

Thanks to the New England founders of Men's Net - from whose ashes OSI-COOPHA was born!

Warren Fees (in Memoriam)
Roger Labonte

 human experience 
 through role-play 
 & metaphor"
Street Wellness Initiatives break the stereotyping of street-folks with delusional/psychotic disorders by providing them full UUDR inclusion. 

                                                                                                     Proximity = Empathy
Francisco Luis Gonzalez
Founder of Orenda Society International, and UUDR

Our humanities education venues stress conflict resolution as their primary objectives, a close second to abstract thinking and logic. Our educational cooperative and street university provide PRIMERS in math, physics, and astronomy. But the heart of its pedagogy is the SOCIAL SCIENCES: understanding society, culture, political & religious institutions (the norms & values of a society) - mainly what is experienced locally by the membership. 

Francisco Luis Gonzalez
Ursula Eusebio de Los Santos
PRIME DIRECTIVE (no public political contact allowed)
... is what we do!!!
Adult Montessori Role-play Characterization (and Role-play Characterization Therapy):


AA - Alcoholics Anonymous World Service, in the Dominican Republic (AA)
MOREU COLLEGE - an adult-Montessori (Constructivist Learning) street education venues
UUDR - We partner with South American Unitarian & Universalists (ICUU), and with UUPR (Unitarian Universalists of Puerto Rico). 

in association with UUPR.

Life-experience-based higher education degree program
Our UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST STREET COLLEGE uses Adult-Montessori methods to promote/teach the HUMANITIES - specifically -  ASTRONOMY, NATURAL HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY.
Angel Zamot 
Orenda Society International
Audio-visual Consultant  


Due to the at-risk (undereducated) nature of many of our students, we currently only offer an Associate Degree: