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CRI was founded by François Taddei and Ariel Lindner in 2005 to create a student/researcher centered open environment in which they can collaborate together to build a world where lifelong learning is at the heart of our society.

To help everyone take care of oneself, others and the planet, CRI is co-constructing and sharing new ways of learning, teaching and mobilizing collective intelligence in the fields of life, learning and digital sciences.

Sitting at the crossroads of research and education, CRI advocates for innovative pedagogy putting the student at the heart of their own learning experience through projects, research and societal challenges.

CRI develops educational and research programs, from newborn to PhD including lifelong learning, together with the University of Paris.

CRI develops programs with international partners, where students follow stimulating programs through a learning by doing approach, as well as entrepreneurial projects inspired by the 17 Social Development Goals established by the United Nations.

CRI also organises a number of international events, including the prestigious conferences «Towards a Learning Planet» and the «World Innovation Summit for Education».

CRI has inspired the development of other innovative places of learning such as Open Fiesta in Tsinghua University, in China and Tadeo Lab in Bogota University, in Colombia.

Our international mindset is the backbone of our creativity, energy, legitimacy and recognition worldwide. Our community, composed of students, teachers, researchers, scientific advisories and staff, represents over 50 nationalities.

Our values


We are committed to create  programs that aim to solve the UN SDGs . We believe that collective intelligence has to be at the heart of our thinking. Our philosophy aims to mentor change makers to find their reason of being (through the japanese concept called IKIGAI), to take care of others and to tackle our planet’s challenges.

Ikigai means «the reason for being» in Japanese. The Ikigai places us at the heart of what we love, our savoir faire, what the world needs and the resources available to carry out these projects.