The School of Alternatives is a reaction to the current manifest decrease in the spectrum of considered and implemented alternatives, and a shattered reflection of the dominant neoliberal view that There Is No Alternative. The school's sole purpose is to propose alternatives for tomorrow, rather than merely create solutions for today. It will identify complexities, contradictions, side effects, secondary consequence, and incidental narratives, rather than merely solving or capitalising upon immediate problems and opportunities. The school sets out to question mainstream pedagogy and education practice in order that it better prepares students to define and inform the next economy, rather than continually remoulding us into the last one.
The school is run as an alternative, and is alternative. Staff, students, researchers and technicians are no longer labeled as such, members of the school are considered equal faculty in residence. The structure of programming is dismantled, faculty spend as long or short a time in residence as desired. From a day to a decade. Time spent being directly correlated to the conclusion of the alternative(s) in question. The school is entirely self and socially funded, free from the narrow interests and agendas of the state, industry, individuals or institutions.
The School of Alternatives believes that to be unrealistic is now entirely realistic. And indeed to be unrealistic may be one of our only remaining strategies to break free from the stranglehold of a totalitarian level of industrial scale 'illogical logic' and 'inefficient efficiencies'.