What would happen if communities took higher education into their own hands?
What if instead of relying on University systems, we created our own local systems, based on our collective values, wisdom and resources? We could build agreements around integrity, curiosity, accountability, learning at our edges, adaptive systems, creative freedom, and passion…. What if we were free to define our own educational process, and we were credited by the WORK we have done and its visible and energetic impact, instead of degrees?
The Community Supported Everything residency program is an open-source freedom education model designed to be an alternative or a compliment to conventional higher education.
Residents live together in an intentional community, and design projects that apply their unique passions, skills, and curiosity towards solving real-life community challenges.
Residents match their own skills and passions with community needs to launch an intensive self-directed, community-supported project. Our goal is to carefully craft a system for learning that invokes freedom, contribution, creativity, connectivity and accountability. The components of the residency include, and are not limited to the following structures:
Individualized learning contracts
Learning Committees of mentors from the community to offer reflection, support, and resources
Reflective, detailed feedback systems without the use of numerical measurements
Discussion groups on the philosophy/evolution of education
Decompression meetings to unpack the process of learning, and get to know each other!
**If interested, please apply here**
This program works in rolling 3 month project terms. The stay is not limited to 3 months, however, and residents who are a good fit will be invited to re-apply and given preference to being part of the next term. The 3-month term allows for commitment and focus.
The cost for this program is $400 per month for a room with a roommate. We also have one possible single room available $650 a month. Utilities are included.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions to: Laura_Scher@mail.harvard.edu