At the Cooperative New School, we build networked learning communities using the time-tested approach of popular education. We bring environmental justice, social justice, and organizing strategies to the people, to make knowledge accessible to everyone. Our goal is to improve our mutual capacity as scholar activists to make positive change in our own communities.

As student-teachers and teacher-students, each of us has the capacity to produce the knowledge that will change the world. Education is the foundation of on-the-ground action for a socially, economically, and environmentally just future. In community, we seek to change the hearts and minds of everyday people to realize their agency as activists, community organizers, and social entrepreneurs.

We envision growing a committed group of student owners to form communities of learning and scholarship. As a student owner of the CNS, you will receive a 10% discount on the sliding scale pricing on 15-week courses offered by the CNS. You also will have access the student owner governance body, with an opportunity to join a portion of the CNS's annual retreat. Student- and faculty-owners design curricula, certificates, and activist scholarship research agendas.

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Popular Online Education

The Cooperative New School is a fully online, cooperative next generation institution of higher education. The purpose of this institution is to prepare activists, organizers, and social entrepreneurs to survive and fight back in a rapidly changing world. We offer semester-long courses and webinars on the history, theory, and practice of social movements and community organizing. Our student ownership model creates a networked community of activist scholars rather than focusing on certificates or degrees. Student owners have the opportunity to get involved in research that is organized by both faculty and students. Student owners also have the ability to influence the governance of the Cooperative New School. With time, student- and faculty-owners can design certificates that meet students' needs.

The Environmental Justice Knowledge Factory

The Environmental Justice Knowledge Factory is the activist scholar arm of The Cooperative New School. The Factory focuses on producing whitepapers, plans, surveys, and other research intensive projects for community organizations, non-profits, law offices, and municipal governments. These contract research projects culminate into deliverables in the form of documents and/or reports that are intended for use in creating positive outcomes for vulnerable communities and neighborhoods under the tenets of environmental justice.

Date(s): September 22, 2018 - November 17, 2018
Time(s): Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST

The six-part Fall 2018 webinar series, taught by Mel Figueroa and Zac Henson, bundled as a course at a discounted price.

Date(s): September 22, 2018 - September 22, 2018
Time(s): Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

This webinar, taught by Zac Henson, covers cover two separate concepts: labor and space. These are the primary processes found in urban development, the city defined as a space of capitalist production.

Date(s): September 29, 2018 - September 29, 2018
Time(s): Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

What IS capitalism, anyway? This webinar, taught by Mel Figueroa, is an introduction to the economic system we live in - examining the creation of capitalism, and how this process continues to the present, perpetuating inequality and our current economic woes.

Date(s): October 20, 2018 - October 20, 2018
Time(s): Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

This webinar, taught by Mel Figueroa, continues our historical overview of capitalist development through exploring the evolution of three distinct schools of thought in economics, their approaches to macroeconomic policy, and their real-world effects in the 20th century: Marxism, Keynesianism, and free-market monetarism.

Date(s): October 27, 2018 - October 27, 2018
Time(s): Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

This webinar, taught by Zac Henson, is a new theory of social movements and community organizing that uses a dialectical framework. There will also be an overview of organizing theories and examples of their implementation.

Date(s): November 10, 2018 - November 10, 2018
Time(s): Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST

In this webinar, taught by Mel Figueroa, we dig into the nature and dynamics of capitalist crises, explain how and why the financial crash of 2008 happened, and connect the dots between 2008 and the economic, political, and social upheavals we are experiencing in the world today.

Date(s): November 17, 2018 - November 17, 2018
Time(s): Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST

This webinar, taught by Zac Henson, is a brief history and introduction to asset based community development, which builds from what communities can already do to create community controlled institutions that address a wide variety of concerns.

Date(s): February 5, 2019 - May 14, 2019
Time(s): Tue 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

This course offers students and teachers the opportunity to exchange ideas and support one another in their movement work through a popular education framework.

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