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 20% discount on the sliding scale pricing on all webinars and 12-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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Introducing the CNS

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.

Dates: March 14, 2020 - April 11, 2020

This three-part class provides a space to play with ideas by employing scenarios and vision work that connect people and place while exploring the challenges and possibilities of constructing environmentally and socially just cities. By bringing urban studies, urban political ecology, and critical race theory into relationship with popular media, we will explore the visual and spatial politics of real and imagined cities.

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