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Radical Learning: 11 Steps to Help You Organize a Community Free School

Community based free schools (or free skools) are places that oppose hierarchy, and are organized through grassroots community action. Everyone has something they can learn, and everyone has something they can teach. A free school is a space for connection, growth, and free learning.

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Getting the Word Out

Jan 06, 2015
Radical Learning: 11 Steps to Help You Organize a Community Free School | Getting the Word Out

The best way to get the word out about a possible free school is to start a conversation. Research other free schools and gather some info. Take that inspiring stuff and bring it up the next time you're hanging out with some friends.

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Make Posters

Jan 06, 2015
Radical Learning: 11 Steps to Help You Organize a Community Free School | Make Posters

Make some wonderful eye-catching posters/flyers. Post them around the neighbourhood. If you have the time, you could start a page on Facebook or Tumblr. Anything helps. It's best to highlight the parts about free schools that make them unique, radical, and community oriented.

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Have a General Meeting

Jan 06, 2015
Radical Learning: 11 Steps to Help You Organize a Community Free School | Have a General Meeting

Once people become interesting, have a general meeting and throw out some ideas. Here is where you can see what everyone else has to offer, and what you can offer to make this a great free school. Everyone should have equal say, and all opinions and thoughts taken into consideration.

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Finding a Space

Jan 06, 2015
Radical Learning: 11 Steps to Help You Organize a Community Free School | Finding a Space

Finding a space can be difficult. If you have access to a community space, that's great, use it! The space might change weekly, maybe from living room to living room, or park to park. If it's a great day, don't be afraid to sit at your local park and have a workshop.

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Inspire People

Jan 06, 2015
Radical Learning: 11 Steps to Help You Organize a Community Free School | Inspire People

Learn about the history and chat people up about it. Remind them why the free school is so important to the community. Let them know that they have a skill they can share, and learn a new one through the school. This is for everybody.

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Free Free Free

Jan 06, 2015
Radical Learning: 11 Steps to Help You Organize a Community Free School | Free Free Free

It's free. Learning is free. Teaching is free. Money should never hinder someone's ability to learn something new.

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Learning Styles

Jan 06, 2015
Radical Learning: 11 Steps to Help You Organize a Community Free School | Learning Styles

Making sure the space is accessible to people will all different kinds of abilities and learning styles is very important. It may take extra effort, but we're trying to create a world where we make the extra effort to address the needs of others.

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Classes

Jan 06, 2015
Radical Learning: 11 Steps to Help You Organize a Community Free School | Classes

Leave the ideas for classes totally open. Everyone has something to offer. There can be classes on everything from "Vegan Baking" to the "History of Class War". Anyone of any age can teach and learn. Children are great teachers. 98 year olds are great teachers. Workshops can be loosely organized and teaching can come from all different angles. Structure and organization can mean different things to different people.

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The Tricky Stuff

Jan 06, 2015
Radical Learning: 11 Steps to Help You Organize a Community Free School | The Tricky Stuff

Sometimes finding supplies for courses/workshops can be difficult. They might even cost money. As a group, you could make up a list of needs, and see where you could scrape them up with out having to shell out cash. Freegan dumpster diving, supplies in your own home, and free shops are great places to find what you need. Sometimes it's right under your nose.

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Reciprocity and Volunteering

Jan 06, 2015
Radical Learning: 11 Steps to Help You Organize a Community Free School | Reciprocity and Volunteering

The more we volunteer and share our time for this kind of project, the more we become connect as a community. It's about sharing skills, and learning new ones, to grow as a whole. There is power in that. Feeling connected to your community is the most empowering thing ever. Volunteering is far more rewarding than expecting payment. We do this for each other, our children, and for the betterment of society.

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Schedule

Jan 06, 2015
Radical Learning: 11 Steps to Help You Organize a Community Free School | Schedule

After you've figured out who is teaching what, and put together some workshops, it's time to send out the schedule. Organization is key but it doesn't have to be set in stone or enforced. People will come together in their own fashion.