Learning Gardens is a collective of learning groups.
In early 2016 we started finding more and more people working on projects focused on learning outside of traditional institutional contexts, and we loved it. We see self-initiated community learning as a necessary instrument in times of fractured social structures and information bloat.
We imagined that these groups could be strengthened, nurtured, and celebrated by having some kind of connective tissue.
When we started talking about Learning Gardens, we were talking about groups like Mondays, the Cybernetics Club, Millennial Focus Group, Evening Class, Enrol Yourself, and Utopia School. Now, all of these groups have congealed into Learning Gardens and many more have expanded the garden.
Together, we've built an active conversation platform in Slack, a network of information on Are.na, and resource bodies between collaborative Github and Google Drive. And we've been doing all of this in our free time.
Now, we are fundraising to publish a book and launch a grants program.
For Learning Gardens to grow further, we are launching a microgrants program to provide monetary support for groups. This may be simply for administrative costs but can also support specific projects, artifacts, speakers, travel, and more. We seek to give money when to those in need to support learning initiatives relevant to today and transformative to the participants.
To drive this forward, we are publishing an informational Reader and starting to make some small artifacts of our own. All of the proceeds from this campaign will go towards our grants fund, and all of our financial flows will be publicly viewable.
None of this could have been possible without art and help from our first round of included gardens, and their members who assembled this booklet:
- Pixel Lab - Morgane Santos
- Mondays - Toby Shorin
- Pedagogy Play Lab - Ryan Mather
- Studio Studio - Sam Panter
- Cybernetics Club - Francis Tseng
You can always email us to chat or learn more: firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is growth in the right direction. Learning Gardens runs the risk of aimless sprawl and words building towards nothing, as with many internet-native projects. We hope to keep administrative expense (in time & money) to a minimum but still keep our values tight and push towards enacted final products.
Some of our other risks we see as core to our being. Effective organization management, the best grants program we can nurture, programs that feel accessible and equitable. All of these things are hard to make but we are excited to do our best and learn from everyone we can.
Regarding the quality control and delivery of the rewards themselves, we're working with excellent suppliers and are certain we can output quality products—depending on the demand and amount of backers, our shipping times may extend a few weeks after expected delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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