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. In 2018, we are offering three semester-long courses and eight free webinars on the history, theory, and practice of social movements and community organizing.


From March through July 2018, The Cooperative New School is offering a series of 2-hour, live, and donation-based webinars. When you register for a webinar, you'll receive an email with instructions joining in. Enrollment for our fall series of 15-week long courses will open over the summer, as will our Student Owner membership option.

Date: June 23 2018, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Central Time (US)

This webinar will trace the organizing strategy and tactics for the 2017 Birmingham movement to elect Randall Woodfin, will analyze exactly how the movement was able to create leverage for change, and discuss recent developments with the Woodfin administration and opportunities for change.

Date: July 14 2018, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Central Time (US)

Environmental Justice (EJ) marks a shift in environmental thought as well as announces the gaps within the modern environmental movement. In this webinar, we will explore the history of the modern environmental movement as well as the how and why the environmental justice movement came into being in the 1980s.

Dates: August 3, 2018 - November 16, 2018
Meeting Times: Fri 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Central Time (US)

This semester long course will move through theories of organizing by Saul Alinsky, Paulo Freire, Myles Horton, and Gary Delgado to allow students to develop their own approach to organizing.

Dates: August 23, 2018 - December 6, 2018
Meeting Times: Thu 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Central Time (US)

This course takes an ecosystem approach to the study of urban gardens with an organic perspective. The course also studies how urban food production interacts with social, cultural, and political dimensions of the urban environment.

Dates: September 4, 2018 - December 11, 2018
Meeting Times: Tue 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Central Time (US)

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