Education is the foundation of progress. But many traditional education models discourage critical thinking and instead train students in obedience to their own racial, gender, and class oppression within colonial capitalism. Most traditional education was––and still is––designed to create a consumer class of workers willing to ride the train of environmental nihilism and human exploitation to its final destination: climate catastrophe, cultural erasure, ethnic cleansing, and societal breakdown. Slow Factory created Open Edu to cultivate the critical thinking and knowledge to dismantle harmful systems.

Our free and accessible series of anti-colonial, intersectional classes center the voices and perspectives of People of the Global Majority. They are structured with a generous time allotment for interactive Q&A, and our instructors are experts who are open to learning alongside students in a collaborative practice of critical thinking. Open Edu is more than a school. It is a practice of collective liberation.



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Anti-Colonialism

Sep 10

with Dr. David Uahikeaikaleiʻohu Maile

Sep 24

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Regenerative Design

Oct 8
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Special Edition

Beauty and the Beast

Nov 5
Nov 12

with Céline Semaan

Radical Futurisms

Dec 3

with Amber Starks (aka Melanin Mvskoke)

Dec 17

with Mandy Harris Williams

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Fashion and...

Feb 12
Feb 19

with Liz Ricketts

Feb 26
Mar 5
Mar 12

with Korina Emmerich

Mar 19

with Teju Adisa-Farrar

Mar 26
May 19

with Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, Jonathan Square

History of...

Apr 9

with Dr. Theanne Schiros

Apr 16

with Madeleine MacGillivray

Apr 23
May 7

with Teju Adisa-Farrar, Sha'Mira Covington

in partnership with

Slow Studies

May 28
Jun 4

with Seetal Solanki

Jun 9

with Fariha Róisín

Jun 11

with Dr. Maytha AlHassen

Jun 16

in partnership with

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Manufacturing & Demanufacturing

Sep 1
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with Céline Semaan

Nov 6

with Nicole McLaughin, Akilah Stewart

From Food to Fashion

Sep 18

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Labor & Racial Justice

Oct 9

with Korina Emmerich, Chris Allaire, Jamie Okuma, Tania Larsson, Dr. Adrienne Keene

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Sustainability Literacy Crash Course

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