Some Follow Up Thoughts on Doing Online Education at Circle Pines

At one point, I thought that Circle Pines might be interested in creating a course or two on topics such as:

  • The History of the Co-operative Movement or
  • Co-operative Economics. [1]

Also, I wondered out loud if Circle Pines might be interested in creating online courses. [2]

At this point, however, I’m not sure that Circle Pines really sees itself as being in the business of creating courses on these topics, whether they are online or not. Instead, it looks like CPC sees its mission now as running a summer camp that teaches topics such as: climate change, food politics, social justice, ecosystems, critical thinking, endangered species, issues surrounding segregation, issues surrounding immigration, and so on. [3]

On the other hand, I could see Circle Pines publishing articles on its website that pertain to topics such as the History of Circle Pines. We’ve been publishing off-line articles in Pine Needles for almost 80 years. Therefore, putting some of these articles online doesn’t seem like it would be much of a stretch.

Circle Pines also sees itself as being in the business of renting out its facilities to outside groups, and some of these groups do teach courses.

In this regard, something like the Driftless Folk School would seem to be a nice fit for Circle Pines. But, I don’t think the DFS courses really lend themselves to an online format. Here’s a sample of some of their course titles from 2018. [4]

Although the DFS instructors may not have much use for online education, those who put together teaching materials for the People’s Institute program might.

The PI program scheduled at Circle Pines for this year is going to focus on climate change. [5] So, some of the teaching materials for that program might already come in online form. However, I don’t know if the PI staff who work with Circle Pines have a website of their own.

Now, there is an organization that calls itself the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, and it does have a website. They describe themselves as an “international collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation.” [6]

I don’t know if PISB has any ties to the PI organization that teaches courses at Circle Pines on topics such as climate change. It does seem as if these are two organizations with similar names but different missions.

In any case, it may well be that the PI folks who come to Circle Pines would be willing and able to teach courses on the History of the Cooperative Movement and Cooperative Economics. If so, then they may be willing to offer these courses at Circle Pines. They may also be interested in offering these courses in some online format using a platform such as Coursera.


Footnotes

1) Co-operative Economics
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Co-operative_economics

“Co-operative economics is a field of economics that incorporates co-operative studies and political economy toward the study and management of co-operatives.”


2) Is it time for Circle Pines to dream about an online folk school?
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2020/05/22/is-it-time-for-circle-pines-to-dream-about-an-online-folk-school/


3) What is the mission of Circle Pines today, and how has it changed since the beginning?

https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2020/06/08/what-is-the-mission-of-circle-pines-today-and-how-has-it-changed-since-the-beginning/


4) Driftless Folk School Catalog of Course Offerings from 2018
http://driftlessfolkschool.org/wp-content/uploads/DFS18_Catalog_web.pdf

April pg. 05

Fruit Tree Grafting — 4/7/18
Restorative Pruning of Fruit Trees — 4/8/18
Hunt for Food, Turkey Hunt (Events) — 4/13/18
Baking for Kids — 4/14/18
Spring Basket Making — 4/14/18
Fermented Beverages 101: Kombucha,
Kefir, Sodas and Tonics — 4/14/18
Hex Weave Basket Making — 4/15/18
Beginning a Fruit Orchard — 4/28/18
Beginners Hammered Coppered Jewelry — 4/28/18
Intermediate Hammered Copper Jewelry — 4/29/18


5) People’s Institute at Circle Pines (9/3 – 9/7/2020)
https://www.circlepinescenter.org/event/pi2020/

“Circle Pines Center’s 6th Peoples Institute will again focus on the Earth’s Climate which has worsened from changing to Crisis and Catastrophe.”


6) The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond
https://www.pisab.org/

“The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB), is a national and international collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation.””

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