The Next System Fellows are the newest additions to Mason's prestigious undergraduate Arlington Fellows program. Their fellowships involve:
Internships with a partner organization, union, or research group, or with Mason’s own Democratizing NOVA project.
Preparation for a career in social and public service, organizing, research, technology development, cooperative and social entrepreneurship, teaching, and more.
Learning about and engaging directly with real world next system projects such as worker cooperatives and solidarity economy initiatives, community owned enterprises and services, campaigns for abolition and political democracy, transition and resilient communities, democratic and sustainable technologies, non-violent conflict resolution and restorative justice projects, and more.
Joining a cohort of students taking four courses together for 15 credits:
Social Change and the Next System
Power, Politics, and Society
Big Data, Cryptocurrencies, the Spatial Web, and Platform Cooperativism
The original Next System Fellows leaflets posed several thought provoking questions to their readers: “Where is our society going, and where does it need to go? How do we get there, and what must we do to get there?” By posing these questions, the program implies it can provide answers to them. And perhaps it can. But essential is the pedagogy involved. By calling students to address the systemic challenges of the 21st century, the Next System Fellows program invites students to become a part of creating solutions.