Organise a class!
To help you get started, here’s some information you might find helpful:
The classes should take place either on weekdays 7-9pm, or 12pm-2pm / 4pm-6pm on weekends. Each class should be completed within a single session and should be at least two hours long.
If your class requires special materials, try to come up with creative solutions to work around it. For example, perhaps a barter request could be for participants to bring materials for each other.
Participants see your barter item list when they are signing up for classes. Participants then specify which item on the organiser's barter list they wish to bring. So it helps if there is a long list and variety in barter items, so participants have a choice in contributing in any way that they feel most comfortable.
Stuck for class ideas? Think about what you might have always wished you could have learned in school, what you want to learn now, or maybe what unusual / hidden skill you possess.
Alternatively, here are some themes that might help you think about the knowledge that you have to offer.
- Old wives’ tales: knowledge undocumented that may be lost as times change
- Makers / DIY: hands-on skills
- Civil activism
- Subculture sharings
Finally, when thinking about your class, it's useful to keep the principles of the School in mind:
1. There should be an equal relationship between facilitator and participants. As much as facilitators may have more expertise in the knowledge they are sharing, we believe that classes should involve participants in the co-production of knowledge.
2. The School is an inclusive place. Participants and facilitators should come from all backgrounds, as we believe that everyone has knowledge that is valuable.
3. The barter system is about shifting the focus away from a transactional relationship (i.e. I give this to you in exchange for something I want), and towards building social connections between participants instead.
4. Classes shouldn't be one-sided lectures by the facilitator, but involve the participants in hands-on activities as far as possible.
5 Sep - 24 Sep: Open call
26 Sep: Confirmation of classes and facilitators
Oct 2016: Classes announced and opened for sign-ups
Nov 2016: The School of Uncommon Knowledge commences