# Using *DAS as an organization or educational institution

A company or school can benefit from integrating the *DAS protocol into their rituals and culture. By teaching and awarding peers, people in your organization will be encouraged to spread knowledge within your community. Teaching others and seeing all the awards you have trusted others with is intrinsically rewarding in itself, but as an organization, your culture determines what kind of behaviors are encouraged.

**Spread knowledge exponentially by encouraging students to teach**

Most schools are structured in a fashion where a teacher delivers a course to a dozen or so students. The students change each year, but the teacher and the course content remain the same. The number of people with this knowledge will increase by 20 each year, and after five years would amount to 100 people.

The *DAS protocol allows schools to transition into a peer learning community where students also act as teachers (the best way to prove and solidify your own learning). By teaching a smaller group of 3 students each year, the teacher can personalize the content and spend more time with each student interested in the subject.

If the 3 students can teach the subject as well as the teacher, and they each go out to teach 3 others each year, the number of people with this knowledge after five years would be **over a thousand***. By using *DAS, learners are encouraged to teach because it provides the best evidence for cases. By awarding peers who trust each other with the same kind of skills and knowledge, each learner also builds up their own credibility in the eyes of reviewers.

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^{*The calculation is: 1 + 3(1) + 3(4) + 3(16) + 3(64) + 3(256) = 1024. Each term is the “class size,” the number of new learners added in their year (the first is “year zero,” where just the original teacher has the knowledge). Each number in parentheses is the sum of the terms before, which is the total number of learners who can teach.}