Help Grow the KCDC Website

We’re looking for people who want to play with a project that brings together peer education, technology, and place. 

You might know Knowledge Commons DC as a free school, an organization that enables you to take (or teach!) classes on topics both practical and fanciful. You could also think of KCDC as a laboratory, an experiment in using Internet systems to strengthen real-life connections. We’re not a sprawling MOOC, though we find them fascinating. We’re local, proudly scrappy and homegrown, and rooted in D.C.

We’ve settled into a rhythm, one session every four months. We’re getting good at running a free school. We’re surprised at the figures: we’ve offered about 250 classes in just under two years, helping 200 instructors to reach 2,500 students.

Our website makes all of this possible. We’ve built our own software to handle student communication, registration, and coordination. (We work in Django. See our code on GitHub.) In a sense, the Internet is our our student union, library, and registrar’s office all in one. We’re building systems that have an immediate value: they let us offer stronger programs, right here in D.C.

We want to do more

Now that we’ve got the project running and growing, we want to do more.

That’s where you come in!

That’s why we want your help, developers and tinkerers and artists. There are all kinds of volunteer roles, but in order to explore these software-related ideas, we’re looking for people with some specialized skills:

We’ve got expertise in these areas, but we need more people and more ideas. You’d be joining a team of multitalented people. We’re fascinated by education, learning, and community-building. We can build a popup school in a weekend, and make the activity fun. Somehow, we manage all this by consensus. And we’re all working out of love.

Also, we feed people.

Get in touch. knowledgecommonsdc@gmail.com

David Ramos is a designer, developer, and design educator. He works on projects that support entrepreneurs, advocates, environmentalists, and journalists. His professional practice encompasses interaction design, web application development, cartography, and information design. He teaches at American University, offering classes that integrate culture, code, and form. David is interested in landscape history and ways of interpreting the places that surround us.