The School for Designing a Society, the educational wing of the Gesundheit Institute, is a project of people who want to change society by means of desire, design, & composition.

simple-R-arrow We invite you to imagine and formulate desires for a society different from the current one.



School for Designing a Society – Fall Session

October 1st - November 24th, 2014

This 8 week session offers a curriculum for turning complaint into critique, dream into problem, isolation into collective composition and social action.

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From Patch Adams regarding SDAS

For years Gesundheit’s mission has revolved around healing and clowning; with SDAS that mission has expanded to include teaching.

I don’t think I’d still be working on the Gesundheit project had I not been a student of the School for Designing a Society.

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Our Educational Philosophy

1614547_10152512988074416_1745246131745733723_oThe School for Designing a Society, founded in 1991, is a project of people who want to change society by means of desire, design, and composition. Rather than scramble for a comfy spot in the current system, spend some time with other interested people imagining and designing a system you would prefer.

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A History of the School for Designing a Society


The idea of the school project was to enhance the usual ways people became politically active–getting involved in single-issue social justice campaigns–by creating a place where people would feel invited to dream, discuss, and act on images of a not-yet-existing society, a society in which today’s problems would be transformed.

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Upcoming Courses

We teach programs in Urbana, Illinois and at the Gesundheit Institute in Hillsboro, West Virginia.

Working with Gesundheit, we offer a curriculum that incorporates the ideas of the Institute and of Patch Adams MD.

  • Health Care Justice Gathering

    December 28th, 2014 — January 2nd, 2015

    December 28, 2014 - January 2, 2015 Happy Thanksgiving! We're giving thanks with a $100 discount through Dec. 1. Sign Up Today! The universal...

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  • Learning a New Society: Education as a Subversive Force

    February 2nd — March 27th, 2015

    February 2 - March 27, 2015 | Urbana, IL  This Spring, the School for Designing a Society invites you to...

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