Commons are material or non-material things that are owned, protected or produced by a community and managed according to the rules and standards of that community.
The School of Commons (SOC) is an innovative methodology to collect and disseminate knowledge about the commons on the one hand and to stimulate the transition of the commons on the other. Concretely, the SOC is an innovative model of cooperation between coaches, changemakers, cases and structural partners. The shared goal is to accelerate the development of the circular city based on design, technical insights, management models and new learning paradigms. We have already set up a teaching package of 10 evening classes and are planning a second edition of the SOC in the form of bootcamps.
This form of sharing knowledge and expertise can contribute to the rapid exponential growth of the local and global circular economy.
The project is experimental: learning and sharing knowledge creates the necessary competences for developing the circular city. We strive for natural growth, sufficient self-reflection and full self-sufficiency.
Partners Howest, Op Scherp bvba, Edwin Hantson cvba, Muntuit vzw, P2P foundation
We have the ambition to take the School of Commons forward. We have already drawn up the basis of the business plan, and our team is confident about spreading our philosophy further through our developed methodology.
Specifically, we have incorporated all the feedback from the first series of evening classes and a new, improved School of Commons concept is currently being developed. This second edition will be a boot camp of 4 to 5 days, instead of an open evening school spread over 10 weeks. In this way, we want to make the SOC more coherent, strengthen the group dynamic and also appeal to an international audience.
Furthermore, several agreements have already been made to set up additional Schools of Commons in Flanders and Europe.