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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The CNS Brochure

The CNS Brochure

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: September 1, 2019 - November 23, 2019

Economies in cities are dominated by extra-local corporations. The question is “how do communities start to take back control from these corporations?” The answer lies in a methodology for community development called asset-based community development or ABCD. ABCD assumes that people in communities already have skills and talents, but that those skills and talents are under utilized. It is an evolution of popular education, which we will spend the first half of the semester discussing.

Dates: September 1, 2019 - November 23, 2019

This course takes an ecosystem approach to the study of urban food production through its intersections with social, cultural, and political dimensions of the urban environment. "Urban Agriculture and Food Justice" examines historic and contemporary forces driving urban agriculture, and the ways that it contributes to processes of gentrification, food security, biodiversity, energy conservation, job creation, human health, and well being.

Dates: September 1, 2019 - November 23, 2019

Imagine that you have run an inspiring grassroots campaign and been elected to your local city council as a progressive candidate. What kind of world do you walk into on day one of your new job? Why and how do well-meaning elected officials and their policies get co-opted, defeated or sidetracked so often in local governments?

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