London Free School - This Weekend!

If you're in London this weekend, take a look at the London Free School weekender. There are all kinds of sessions from recycled glass fusing and clothes making, to a discussion on permaculture and the mysterious-sounding "Workshop of Nothing".

London Free School weekender - November 21-23

It's all happening at three of London's most active social centres - rampART, LARC and The Library House - places that embody the self-organising approach to education (and life in general) that inspired us to start School of Everything.

The idea of the Free School comes out of a long history of self-organised learning. Wikipedia describes a free school as "a decentralized network in which skills, information, and knowledge are shared without hierarchy or the institutional environment of formal schooling." For me, School of Everything is about building a platform that makes it easier for people to organise their own learning, without having to rely on institutional structures. (The wonderful Jerry Stein, who Andy and I spent a day with last week, talks about "the non-school education system" - his Learning Dreams project is a great example of this in practice.)

So get down to some of the sessions this weekend - not only will you learn a lot, but you'll meet some very interesting people. Myself, I'll definitely be at the Self-Education meeting on Saturday night, because I'm interested in how what we're doing with School of Everything connects to the wider picture of self-education internationally. I'm also tempted by one of the workshops on Sunday afternoon - how often do you get the chance to learn Nomadic Kiln Construction?