The School of Commons was founded in 2017 as a project by students of the Zurich University of the Arts (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste – ZHdK) under the name Keine Klasse and supported by the ZHdK.

In 2018 the School of Commons established itself under the current name and supports research projects as well as teaching and learning connected to these research projects. Research projects are organized in LEARNs (Learning Environment and Research Nucleus) to which anyone can apply.

The School of Commons aspires to lead and promote a public and sober discourse surrounding self-organized education and the institutional advancement of self-organized education practices. Furthermore, the program offers a space for experimentation and knowledge production. The School of Commons is a laboratory in which forms of learning and teaching are experimented with and in which non-standard methods and approaches can be developed. In addition, seemingly incompatible disciplines can be combined and these co-operations are nurtured. Academic as well as open approaches to knowledge generation have their places in the School of Commons.

A significant share of the contents within the project are developed by “grassroots research”. The School of Commons understands this approach as any form of systematically and methodologically informed study of self-chosen and clearly outlined insight interest, independent of the chosen means, interest foci or form of results.

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