Don’t miss out on this excellent online course by our close friends at the Synergia Institute. It features many of the P2P Foundation’s materials in its curriculum. Although it started in April 3rd you can still enroll here.


This course presents inspiring local, regional, and international solutions in community energy, local food, social care, land tenure, and cooperative finance that address current concerns for environmental and social well-being. It introduces the knowledge and practice of co-operation, economic democracy, and the commons and invites your participation in an intensive program of exploration, instruction, dialogue, and practical training in systems change and transition.


  • Outline and explain the problematic, and transformative vision.
  • Discuss emerging food system alternatives and strategies for transitioning to just, sustainable food systems.
  • Recognize the role of public policy and bottom-up innovation in renewable community energy.
  • Outline the philosophy, rationale, and organizational forms of user-controlled models of health and social care.
  • Discuss enclosure, and the alternatives of commons and land trusts.
  • Describe community development finance and co-operative capital raising and their potential to secure democratic and socially directed investment for the common good.
  • Synthesize key ideas and practices that define systemic transition.

Target Audience: We imagine that if you were attracted to this course, you will be someone who shares our general world view and vision, and wants to broaden and deepen it and join us and others to develop it. That is its principal purpose, but a secondary purpose is to link people and projects that share these views in practical ways. In this first presentation, you are likely to be people who are already engaged in social change work in three crucial movements – co-operation, commons, and sustainability. Most are already actively working to make this world view a reality. You may be active in the environmental movement, human or animal rights, social equality and development, the solidarity economy, co-operative finance and alternative currencies; the Transition Movement, permaculture, local food, eco-villages, the digital commons, peer-to-peer and open educational resources, community energy or many others.

Course is offered by Athabasca University in collaboration with Synergia.


John Restakis


Lead Instructor

John Restakis is Executive Director of Community Evolution Foundation and former ED of the BC Co-operative Association in Vancouver. Read More.



Mike Lewis


Co-Lead Instructor

Mike Lewis is course co-lead and author of the Commons and land module. Read More.



Julie MacArthur



Julie MacArthur, author of the Energy module, researches the politics of community renewable energy policy and the potential of small-scale project actors to shape new policy initiatives. Read More.



Pat Conaty



Pat Conaty, author of the Finance module, has worked with New Economics Foundation since 1987 and is research associate of Co-operatives UK. Read More.



Tim Crabtree



Tim Crabtree is co-author of the food module. Read More.




Robin Murray



Robin Murray co-developed the Food module. Read More.




Mike Gismondi



Mike Gismondi, who guided the online development of the MOOC, is a distance education practitioner with Athabasca University, Canada’s Open University.Read More.

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1 Comment Towards the next system: Transition to co-operative commonwealth

  1. AvatarCaleb Connell

    Will similar courses be offered in the future? If so, how can I get notified?

    Sadly, I wont’ be able to dedicate the time right now to take this course (which I also just found out about halfway through).

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