Change with us!

Do you want to evolve towards more environmental sustainability in your daily life? Do you want to discuss respectfully and productively with your fellow EU citizens on your shared future? Our Learning Support Groups are here for you. They are open to anyone. Participation is free of charge and free from any commitment from your side.

The members of a Learning Support Group support each other in their learning effort

Change towards more environmental sustainability or towards trans-national democracy often requires new abilities and competencies. On-line courses and handbooks provide remarkable resources to acquire such abilities and competencies. However, learning or practicing alone can be boring and discouraging. The risk is great of dropping the on-line course before completing it, thus wasting the time (and sometimes the money) invested in it, or of failure in the usage of the handbook.

The CosmoPolitical Cooperative proposes, for a selection of on-line courses and handbooks, a framework for participants in those courses and for users of those handbooks to support each other in their learning effort: the Learning Support Groups. The courses and handbooks are selected for their quality and their relevance. They are generally free of charge. Some of these courses and handbooks will in the future be developed or adapted by the CosmoPolitical Cooperative (as “Cooperators’ Initiatives”).

Each Learning Support Group is made of up to 8 participants, which all follow the same on-line course or use the same handbook in the same language. They self-organise via e-mail to meet (physically or virtually) on a regular basis, to discuss their evolution in the course or in the handbook and the difficulties that they encounter. They share solutions and ideas. More important still: they share support, encouragement and good humour!

Each Learning Support Group is free to organise as it chooses. The CosmoPolitical Cooperative provides here (#LINK) some recommendations on how to run such a group in a respectful and fruitful way.

Find your Learning Support Group!

To register to a Learning Support Group, you simply need to send a registration e-mail to the corresponding mailing list. You will receive an e-mail requesting confirmation. Once you have confirmed your registration to the mailing list, you will be able to exchange e-mails with the other members of the Learning Support Group, and be able to define with them when and how to meet. You are of course free to leave the Learning Support Group at any time: you simply need to send an e-mail to the de-registration address sent at the bottom of any e-mail of the mailing list.

We list below the on-line courses and handbooks for which we provide Learning Support Groups. For each of these courses or handbooks, we specify: (1) its title; (2) its provider; (3) its duration or its size; (4) its language; (5) the amount of the tuition fee / access right (if any); (6) a brief description; (7) the link to the course or handbook and (8) the registration e-mail to the corresponding Learning Support Group(s).

Towards environmental sustainability

  1. A food diet limiting climate change (The Shifters, FR, course: 12 to 24 months, free of charge)

    Food represents ca. 25% of the climate impact of the consumption of an average EU citizen, between 50 and 80% of several other environmental impacts (e.g. eutrophication of fresh and salty water) and is a major contributor to the loss of biodiversity and of wildlife. Acting on our diet could transform agriculture into a net carbon sink, by freeing agricultural land for forest growth. This course presents the features of a food diet limiting climate change and biodiversity loss – and teaches how to actually eat it: how to organise one’s food supply; how to cook simple, fast, varied, healthy and tasty dishes for every day; how to measure one’s progress.

    Link to the course: Under development. Pilot expected February 2022

    Registration link to the Learning Support Group:

  2. Repair of clothes (Räubersachen, DE, course: 6 modules and 21 videos, 149 EUR)

    The textile & clothing industry represents the third most polluting sector globally. Its environmental impact is concentrated in the manufacturing of new clothes (specifically in the chemical treatment and tainting of fibre) and is increased by the “fast fashion” business model, whereby clothes are so cheap that they have almost become throw-away items. Repair of clothes makes clothes to last much longer, and saves the environmental impact of purchasing new clothes. The course teaches (1) how to see, understand and repair the material; (2) how to distinguish between different types of fabric, what tools and yarns we use and the steps involved in repairing; (3) the details of 7 repair techniques and 3 mending techniques, including crochet-in, needlepoint, stitch running and framed mending.

    Link to the course: https://www.raeubersachen.de/Nach-kaputt-kommt-schoener.html

    Registration link to the Learning Support Group:

Towards Pan-European democracy

  1. Esperanto (Lernu.net, course: 26 modules, free of charge)

    An international communication language is a pre-requisite for pan-European democracy. It is necessary to engage in discussion, to exchange arguments and to reach agreement. English has developed into such an international communication language, and is thus one of the official languages of the CosmoPolitical Cooperative in its pan-European operations. However, like any natural language, English is long and difficult to learn. A specific difficulty of English lies in its irregular grammar, so that only practice in an English-speaking country enables full mastery by non-natives. This is socially unfair, as these on-site linguistic courses are notoriously expensive. Esperanto on the other hand has an extremely regular grammar, phonemes common to many languages and limits the memory effort on vocabulary. Consequently, it can be learnt ca. 10 times faster than a natural language. It creates greater social equality in discussions, debates and decision-making between people of different native languages. Esperanto is the other the official language of the CosmoPolitical Cooperative.

    Link to the course: https://lernu.net/en/kurso/nakamura

    Registration link to the Learning Support Group: