infed (informal education)
infed‘s aim is to provide a space for people to explore the theory and practice of informal education and lifelong learning. In particular, they want to encourage educators to develop ways of working and being that foster association, conversation and relationship.
exploring informal education, lifelong learning and social action
infed.org is a not-for-profit site [about us] [disclaimer]
introducing the informal education homepage and encyclopaedia of informal education
infed (the informal education homepage and encyclopaedia of informal education) was established in 1995 at the YMCA George Williams College, London as an open and not-for-profit site.
Put together by a small group of educators, it is now accessed around 6 million times a year.
a space to explore
Our aim is to provide a space for people to explore the theory and practice of informal education, social action and lifelong learning.
not for profit and open
The site is offered by the College as a service to the field and is run on a not-for-profit basis. Access to the pages is free and open to all. The site carries no advertising, nor do any of the editorial links to other sites involve sponsorship or payment. The site does, however, receive a discount from our ISP for placing a link at the bottom of the pages. Custom search is provided free (for not-for-profits) by Google.
We are endorsed by various sites and have won commendations from organizations like Encyclopaedia Britannica, Adult Learning Australia, the Study Web and Schoolzone. We are part of the new British Library archiving project and a number of the pages are included on the UNESCO/NCVER voced database and on SOSIG (the Social Science Information Gateway). Thousands of sites link to us (including the BBC, Channel 4, The Guardian and various educational institutions – for example: Harvard, MIT, and the Open University).