Open Collective
Open Collective

Caroline Woolard

Open Collective CCO, Open Collective Foundation partnerships & organizer



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-$15,000.00 USD
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-$28,125.00 USD
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-$314.19 USD
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$10,999.26 USD


Hello, my name is Caroline Woolard [she/her/hers]. I am the Director of Research and Programs at Open Collective Foundation, an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) at Pratt, and co-organizer of with Nati Linares, Vijay Mathew, Sonia Erika, and Marina Lopez. My life's work is to co-create experiences of cooperation.

I bring my skills in media-making, research, teaching, sculpture, and project management to the Solidarity Economy movement. For example, I have co-written 3 major reports (Solidarity not Charity 2021, The Future of Art Education is Cooperative 2022, Artists Report Back 2014), co-founded 2 barter networks, and created sculptures for facilitators. I love connecting people. I have been told that I have a "witchipoo" ability to manifest the future with a formidable drive.

I am an introvert and a Capricorn with a love of boundaries, loyalty, sensitivity, stoicism, and accomplishments. My son was born in May of 2020 and is teaching me about the wonders of the present, the flow, and the unpredictable. I am 38 and honored to regularly collaborate with babies and grandmothers of all ages. 

I am the co-author of three books for educators: Making and Being (Pioneer Works, 2019), a book for educators about interdisciplinary collaboration, co-authored with Susan Jahoda; Art, Engagement, Economy (onomatopee, 2020) a book about managing socially-engaged and public art projects; and TRADE SCHOOL: 2009-2019, a book about peer learning that I co-organized in thirty cities internationally over a decade.

My artwork has been featured twice on New York Close Up (2014, 2016), a digital film series produced by Art21 and broadcast on PBS. My artwork has been commissioned by and exhibited in major national and international museums, including MoMA, the Whitney Museum, and Creative Time. I am the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships including at Moore College of Art and Design (2019), Pilchuck (2018), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2016), the Queens Museum (2014), Eyebeam (2013), Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund (2010), Watermill (2011), and the MacDowell Colony (2009). I am currently a member of the Guild of Future Architects, and an AmbitioUS Fellow (2021-2022).

If any of this sounds exciting, I would love to connect with you about creating solidarity economy cultures to spread power and wealth and root it in hyperlocal communities.