Who We Are

Knowledge Commons DC is a free school for thinkers, doers, and tinkerers — taught anywhere, by anyone, for everyone.

As a completely volunteer-run floating school, we are dedicated to forging unusual intersections and conversations by providing a platform for free and hospitable knowledge sharing. We partner with existing organizations, individuals, and communities to foster collaborative learning and community exchange. 

D.C. is defined by its public spaces and filled with people who have a wealth of skill sets, expertise, and experiences. Knowledge Commons DC repurposes these resources by using spaces as diverse as public parks and Metro cars as classrooms, where anyone can serve as student or teacher. We connect strangers through their common curiosities and passions in order to encourage lively, interdisciplinary, and cross-generational learning.

Since 2011, KCDC has run more than 900 classes. KCDC organizers and teachers talk about the school’s past, present, and future in our Knowledge Commons DC 2015 video and in a short video by Stone Soup Films.

Our West Coast sister organization, Knowledge Commons San Diego, began offering classes in summer 2015. 

The Wonder Dojo

An amazing team of volunteer organizers makes each session happen. We’d love to have you along for the ride. Send us an email.

Ari Hock

Communications

Deborah Heller

Library Liaison

Geoff Patterson

Editor

Kate Thompson

Partnerships

Laura Karr

Lawyer/Event Planner

Marisa Harriston

Communications

Sonia Booth

Teaching Coordinator

Stacey Litner

Administration

Volunteers

We encourage serial class-takers to consider facilitating classes. In return for introducing the teacher, pitching the Knowledge Commons DC creed, and doing some documentation, you get to attend whatever class you’d like regardless of waitlists. We have other volunteer opportunities, too. Fill out this form if you’d like to get more involved.

Andrew Carpenter

Communications

Carolyn Harf

Facilitation

Christine Browne

Facilitation

Eric Yen

Facilitation

Halley Aelion

Facilitation

Ilana Ostrin

Communications

Klara Markus

Facilitation

Leah Gitter

Documentation

Luciana Debenedetti

Partnerships

Mark Seltzer

Facilitation

Matt Lesko

Technology

Melinda Tolliver

Digital Communications

Natalie Chwalisz

Documentation

Rhea Kennedy

ASL Interpreter

Samantha L. Justice

Documentation

Sarah Stella

Facilitation

Scoti Dodson

Facilitation

Tiffany Win

Communications

Dojo-at-Large and Emeritus

At-Large: Amanda Leslie, Daniel Hollander, Diana Sanchez, Drew Keener, Elena Goukassian, Erika Rydberg, Holly J. Morris, Kate Clark, Michelle Kuchinsky, Simone Fine

Emeritus: Adam Roush, Alex Pio, Andrew Hetrick, Bradford Barr, Briony Hynson, Chris Simpson, Danielle DaSilva, Debra Kao, Don Russell, Emmy Gran, Erica Zimmerman, Hans von Zinkernagel, Jason L'Ecuyer, Joelle Dent, Karin Underwood, Laura Kwong, Lexie DeGrandchamp (Fundraising/Business), Lizzie Hines, Lucy Burnett, Milica Bogetic, Molly Michal, Peter Willis, Rachel Sadon, Sami Simon, Victoria Rocha, Willie Shubert