"Science is more than a body of knowledge, it is a way of thinking" — Carl Sagan


HWDI and its sister organisation in the USA, Hardie Wren Foundation (inactive until 2018), were created in 2016 to commemorate and celebrate the magical relationship between Allison Wren and David Hardie. These childhood sweethearts (they met when they were 14 and 13 respectively) lost touch in 1972, refound each other after 40 years and had 28 adventure-filled months together before David passed away from cancer in 2015. HWDI was born as a result of their shared belief that understanding how the world ticks will combat exploitation and increase prosperity.


ALLISON WREN, the founder of HWDI and HWF, has lived and worked in both the U.K. and USA in a career developing new pharmaceuticals and medical devices. She has been a Director of several NGOs and supported others , focusing on providing libraries and community centres in Southeast Asia www.readglobal.org and dermatological care and training centres with the International Foundation for Dermatology www.ifd.org. She and LESLEY BRADSHAW, a cousin, have been developing the aid strategy for HWDI. Lesley will bring her exceptional organisational skills to the smooth running of the NGO.


  1. HWDI aligns itself with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development, particularly the fourth goal on education - ‘to ensure inclusive and equitable education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’.
  2. Education is a key component of all 17 Agenda 2030 Goals. In agreement with the 2017/18 Global Education Monitoring report, HWDI believes that there should be greater accountability for the quarter of a billion children who do not attend school, that fundamentally new approaches must be found to improve participation rates and create a different relationship between society and how it learns.
  3. HWDI supports the new Global Alliance for Monitoring Learning (GAML) in its objectives to build capacity and ensure adequate financing by partnering with non traditional entities for more coherent and society-wide planning and implementation.
  4. HWDI believes that everything can be an ‘information delivery system’. Thus public private partnerships and other creative collaborations using product packaging, and different visual, audio and spatial cues will be investigated as aids to learning.
Learn and understand how even a little knowledge makes for a better and safer life. Address the many and severe social disparities in all countries. Aid women and girls who make up the majority of the 1 billion of the world's population still living in poverty.