Category: Gallery of Alternatives

Here we provide a non-exhaustive list of radical alternatives to the neoliberal, neocolonial university, other platforms for common study. Another learning is possible. We share no nostalgia for the imagined university of the past, nor any for the promised university of the future. We are undercommoning: finding, building and learning other worlds through solidarity in struggle. If you’d like to suggest a project for inclusion, please email us at undercommoning [at] riseup [dot] net.

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Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning

From Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning is a northern-led initiative delivering land-based, University of Alberta-credited educational experiences led by northern leaders, experts, elders and professors to engage northern and southern youth in a transformative curricula based on the cutting-edge needs of Canada’s North. The Dechinta experience is an educational experience like no other. Located off the grid in… Read more →


The Purple Thistle Centre (Vancouver)

From HISTORY OF THE PURPLE THISTLE CENTRE In 2001 Matt Hern founded the Purple Thistle Centre with seven teenage friends looking to start an alternative-to-school community institution for youth on the Eastside of Vancouver. They were looking to start a new kind of place – not a school or youth centre or college or studio, but something else entirely.… Read more →

The Public School

The Public School (

From The Public School is a school with no curriculum. It is not accredited, it does not give out degrees, and it has no affiliation with the public school system. It is a framework that supports autodidactic activities, operating under the assumption that everything is in everything. In 2007, The Public School was initiated in Los Angeles in the… Read more →

Trade School

Trade School (

From Trade School is an alternative, self-organized school that runs on barter. It works like this: 1) Teachers propose classes and ask for barter items from students. For example, if you teach a class about making butter, you might ask students to bring heavy cream, jars, bread, music tips, clothes, vegetables, or help with something like finding an apartment.… Read more →


Lincoln Social Science Centre

From Why not become a scholar at the Social Science Centre, Lincoln? The Social Science Centre  provides free public higher education in the city of Lincoln. We call teachers and students ‘scholars’ to emphasise the collective and collaborative nature of the work of the Centre. By studying with the Social Science Centre you can receive an award at the level… Read more →