School of Commons (SoC) is a Zurich-based initiative for collaborative and self-organised learning practices. First called into being in 2017 by students of the Zurich University of the Arts, today SoC offers guidance, resources and support to experimental forms of knowledge production and peer-learning. SoC provides space for meaningful social and cultural exchange within an informal setting. It is an environment in which forms of learning and teaching are experimented with and in which different methods and approaches can be developed, implemented and investigated. We are active in the following three laboratories:
Short for Learning Environment And Research Nucleus, LEARNs are collaborative and self-directed research projects which are supported by SoC for the initial duration of one year. SoC supports between 9 and 12 LEARNs per year.
Local and international residencies which are directed towards the theoretical and practical research of self-organisation and alternative education.
We contribute to the international discourse surrounding self-organised education by collecting and publishing the knowledge that springs forth from the various activities of SoC.
SoC aims to promote self-organised learning whilst maintaining an adaptable and self-critical attitude, open to change and evaluation. We understand self-organised education as a collective enterprise in which the participants jointly determine which form of practical research corresponds to their interests. Collaboration, participation and reciprocal exchange are central values of SoC. We encourage an interdisciplinary and open-ended attitude, which allows projects to develop flexibly and across disciplinary boundaries. SoC places value in openness and impartiality to the content, methods and forms of the outcomes generated, and creates space for regular joint reflection. We are committed to fostering an educational environment in which all participants become active learners and co-creators of the SoC programme.
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