About the Kingdom School
A Leadership Boarding School for Future Generations
The Early Times of the Kingdom School
Beginnings of Dragon Tribe
The history of the Dragon Tribe started out first as the Naturopathic Elixir of Life community in 2008. Originally, the founder Andy Lai desire to create an organization where health care access to alternative treatments is accessible to all. However, during his time at Naropa University and the Evergreen State College, his perception changed. He found health relies on not only personal effort but also communal involvement. People desire belonging and inter-dependability to enhance their wellbeing.
The Transformation of the Founder and the Beginning of the Kingdom School
The Education at Evergreen State College and Naropa University: The Second Transformation of the Kingdom School
It is through this knowledge I changed the mission of Dragon Tribe. While I am writing my book, a vision came to me about the community. Immediately, I jot down my ideas. Through those ideas, I created the creed and the educational philosophy I want to teach. Furthermore, with the need to create great and inspirational leaders for generations to come, I came to create the Dragon Tribe community where it became an intentional community.
Thus, in 2016, I have come to learn Evergreen State curriculum’s effectiveness. I see the bigger picture of learning and it gave fuel to my passion for social welfare and equity as the curriculum transforms me towards being a social leader myself. I learn that through leadership comes with learning and through learning comes exploration. Thus, it is how the community came to incorporate such curriculum, along with many others, into its ways of teaching which led me and many others to create this community. If you like to read about our mission and vision statement, please click here.
The Third Transformation: Where it Is Today
Then, somehow, during my time at the Evergreen State College and internship at various different organizations, I came to realize there is more to democracy. I came to see, through research, most of the nations that are the most democratic in the world today have been constitutional monarchies where a king or a head leader helps oversee the nation’s problems and progress while consulting with his advisors in order to ensure safety to the people. It is through such understanding that I, as a founder, have changed it now to a kingdom school where it models the constitutional monarchy. It is through trust and initial intimacy which allows the students and teachers to not only have a strong familiarity with the school’s culture, but also what it can offer to the community in a deeper way.
Furthermore, through the various corporates that have created the triple bottom line, I decided that the most influential businesses which have pushed for the change in the world are the ones that have been corporates but have included a “triple bottom line” philosophy: planet, people. profit. When there is a wealthy planet, there will be people who will be satisfied, which leads to better and stable profits, which can then be used to reinforce the cycle. Thus, the Dragon Tribe International School can change the model of its business to accommodate the needs of the tribe.