A Letter from the Director of the Institute:

One of the core values of The Idea Institute is that learning happens together, when we collaborate and share thoughts and plans that we refine with each other. This concept is at the heart of chevruta learning [learning with a partner] and can be found in the verse from Mishlei [Proverbs] that reflects so much of what we believe:

בַּרְזֶל בְּבַרְזֶל יָחַד וְאִישׁ יַחַד פְּנֵי־רֵעֵהוּ

As iron sharpens iron, so one friend sharpens another. -- 27:17

A common use for iron in the ancient world was as a weapon of war, reminding us that without the proper intent, focus, and will, it's easy for iron -- and people -- to spark a conflagration. But when we come together in a spirit of collegiality, with empathy and a desire to build, rebuild, and innovate for the future, the sparks we make together create a better world. Those are the kinds of sparks we want to generate at The Idea School and Institute.