Community Members

We are studying everything from neuroscience to brewing. Meet the Open Master's.

Organizers, Mentors, and Coaches

While the real work of the Open Master's is done every day by members—who are creating their own education and building learning communities where they are—a small team of us take on the responsibility of stewarding and supporting the broader community, and spreading the Open Master's process, including:

  • Mentoring and supporting new Open Master's and groups at their beginnings
  • Harvesting and sharing stories of our community and learning at the margins of the mainstream
  • Designing resources to share our methods and spirit with other communities 
  • Creating events for members and non-members alike to help spark soulful learning community

Alan Webb - Organizer, Facilitator, & Coach. Alan has been supporting self-directed learners and organizing learning communities for six years. He helped organize the first wave of Open Master's in DC in 2012, when Alan's own Open Master's took him down the path of becoming a facilitator with a focus on design thinking, social entrepreneurship, and building transformative learning communities. Alan now shares the experience he has gained through that journey with new groups and members in our community through retreats, coaching, and new materials.

Alan "facilitating" the East Coast Retreat.


Sarah Bradley - Organizer, Strategist, & Storyteller. Having previously worked with social change organizations like Ashoka,, and Samasource, Sarah discovered the Open Master's while looking to better integrate her passions for the creative arts, alternative power structures, and movement strategy for cultural transformation. Since 2014, she has worked to build the Open Master's as an organization and better capture and distill the magic of this community—developing our organizational strategy, designing experiences, programs, and materials, like the Wayfinder Kit, and crafting the way we tell our story. 


David Bronstein - Facilitator & Coach. David is, in many ways, carrying the heart and soul of the Open Master's, always bringing the spirit of deep, soulful organizing into our work.

David builds our community through local organizing, facilitating retreats and designing workshops—such as the Art of Peer Coaching workshop—and coaching new members.


Jerome “Axle” Brown - Open Master's Fellow & Coach. Axle had an exciting early career working in the first two Obama presidential campaigns, and then on entrepreneurship and innovation projects with the U.S. Department of Energy. He stumbled upon the Open Master’s Program, and it opened up a whole new world of possibility for him.

After two years of self education in UX design, he turned down job opportunities at the White House and, instead, decided to do an 18-month sabbatical in SE Asia. Now, he is living in Chiang Mai, Thailand and working as an Open Master’s coach, specifically focusing on coaching people that want to take a big break from their current routine and dive into learning full time.