WILDER Compound


Canary Project, Syracuse University

Self-reliance skills workshop series

Concept, Visual Design, Experiential Design, Educational Design and Instruction


The WILDER Compound workshop six-part series taught Syracuse University students and local high school students self-reliance skills.

In collaboration with The Canary Project's Modern Primitive Exchange initiative, Visual Aid Society Creative Director, Jill Allyn Peterson, developed the content for six workshops and final community event, designed branding elements and a website and led students in several creative skill-building activities.

Workshops included Community Organizing and Web Design, Bike Repair, Build a Bike-Powered Phone Charger, Build an Earth Oven, Build a Geodesic Dome Greenhouse and Growing Food. Fellow workshop leaders included community organizer Molly Rose Kaufman, designer Kelley Sullivan and the expert mechanics of Melo Velo Bike Shop in Syracuse, NY.

The aim of the WILDER workshops was to both provide a hub where students and members of the community can learn hands-on skills, but also create a handbook that, along with tutorials on the website, can enable communities anywhere to recreate these workshops and build learning centers for self reliance.

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The short film shown here was created by participating Syracuse University students Spencer Garrison and Augie Cummings.