Chalkle° is reinventing education where classes can be taught or attended by anyone, thereby unlocking the incredible knowledge held within our local communities. Chalkles are fun and social!
Chalkle° began in July 2012 over a cup of coffee in Wellington New Zealand, by Silvia Zuur and Linc Gasking. They observed, that many of their friends were curious to continue learning outside formal education and wanted to pick up practical, real-life and creative skills.
The name “chalkle°” is an invented verb from “chalk” used on blackboards and street art to share ideas.
A vibrant learning community developed overnight, with hundreds of classes ranging from astronomy to worm farming. It turns out everyone has at least one thing they are really good at. “You don’t have to be a qualified world leading expert to inspire a beginner”, says Silvia.
In October 2012 chalkle° won the Dynamic Community Learning Award and its founders were nominated as Wellingtonians of the Year for their service and leadership in Education.
Classes are demand-driven and take place in real life locations city-wide. Each one can be independently attended with no long-term commitment.
Chalkle° enables you to create your own unique lifelong learning stream, share your passions, or even curate your own community learning channel in your city.
Chalkle° is part of the exploding “Collaborative Consumption” movement — organizations which allow community sharing through network technologies on a scale and in ways never possible before.