Marco Polo Project

Why we exist

The 21st century is a period of fast change and movement. People are migrating en masse, and will continue to do so. We can expect up to a billion climate refugees expected by 2050. Meanwhile, environmental pressures and technological evolution herald a period when professional (and personal) lives will be anything but predictable.

As people face a constant shift in their identities and solidarity networks, under the joint impact of migration and industrial disruptions, we need collective structures that can act as shock absorbers.

In companies, neighbourhoods, learning institutions, or informal ‘communities’ of all sorts, we need the right mindsets and methods to continuously renegotiate what is to be considered common world, common knowledge, common language, common sense, and common morality.

Inventing those methods is the purpose of Marco Polo Project.

What we do

Marco Polo Project believes our uncertain future demands new ways of coming together to create a better world for everyone. 

We work with diverse communities that gather people from all over the world. Our organisation improves people’s capacity to learn from and with each other. 

Where we’re at

The COVID pandemic was a hard hit for us. Our activities are on pause while we re-imagine our model. Meanwhile, our Translation Club meetup continues to run twice weekly, and our open resources remain accessible.

If you’re interested in our work, we would love to hear from you. For any question, contact Julien Leyre, founder and acting caretaker.

Education programs

We design and deliver original programs and workshops to increase social well-being in diverse communities.

Open resources

We create open access resources to support innovative and inclusive education anywhere.

Translation Club

We use collaborative translation as a transformative peer-learning experience