(FNS is Not a School).

FNS is a learning community that runs on fathom tools. Join us to learn anything you want to, through powerful digital systems you shape and control.

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How it works


You pay what you want as a monthly subscription.

  • 60% is converted to DAI and returned to you to use in FNS.
  • 30% is used to fund scholarships and grants.
  • 10% is used to fund operations for FNS.


You pick from existing learning structures (or create your own) to learn anything you want.


You learn! You can work with your community peers and learn together.

Or, if you're going solo, your peers can help keep you accountable to your structure.


Your learning doesn't end with you. It feeds back into FNS and others can learn from your experience, as you have benefited from theirs.

1. "Tuition"

FNS is pay what you want and scales to your commitment.

If you want to use it to completely reskill, learning full-time for a year, you can.
If you want to dive into a new field part time on the weekends, you can.
You should pay into the system based on how you commit to it.

The majority of what you pay is used by you to fuel financial systems for your learning. This could be as simple as staking the funds in order to force yourself to follow through. Or, it could be using the funds to crowdfund a lecturer on a topic that fascinates you.

2. Learning Structures

Learning structures are the core of FNS. They're a collaboratively maintained set of standards that combine social structures with code to create powerful, composable systems for learning.

You can pick the structures that make sense for you, for what you want to learn and how. You can modify them however you want, or create your own from scratch. You can even use these completely independent from the social environment of FNS. They're free and open source.

One important learning structure we use is the learning adventure. It helps you map out, reflect on, and share your learning with others in a flexible yet standardized way.

3. Your learning process

What your learning looks like is entirely up to you. You can be working with others or diving in solo. Either way you have the FNS community around you to support you. This could look like weekly check-ins to keep you on track, or a daily study group.

Along the way you'll reflect on your learning and iterate, learning how to learn best.

4. Our learning process

The secret to FNS is that it learns from your experience. When you build and use structures, they feed back into FNS and can be shared and improved. Everything, from the learning structures to the software they use, is free and open source. Everyone can contribute to them and everyone benefits from them.

The Application Process

Applications aren't quite open yet for FNS. For now you can let us know you're interested here and we'll reach out when FNS is ready to go.

The first step of the application process will be submitting a short questionnaire about yourself. After we receive it we'll try to contact you within 2 or 3 days.

If we think you're a good fit for FNS, we'll schedule an interview. It'll be a conversation in which we'll talk with you about yourself, what you're interested in learning, and how. We'll also talk about FNS and how your learning with us might look like.

After the interview, if everyone (you and us) thinks FNS makes sense for you we'll invite you to join!

Start dates are batched to the first of the month. If you apply long before that, you'll be welcome to hang out in our community and start planning your learning until things properly kick into gear.

The first week

Your first week at FNS is about laying the groundwork for your learning. We want to get you set up with the digital tools you'll need, and work with you to chart out your learning.

Each day you'll meet with a guide, who'll support you in getting started in FNS.

Your digital home

If you don't already have them, we'll set you up with:

  • A domain name
  • A website
  • + a whole bunch of other services you might need

These will be the foundations of your digital home. You can use them to store your references and works, run a blog to chart your learning, publish a newsletter for your peers, or just experiment with whatever you want. They're 100% in your control, and you'll own them as long as you want to.

Planning your learning adventure

We'll also work with you to plan out your learning. A big part of this is deeply understanding what you want to learn, and using that to figure out how best to learn it. Together we'll pick learning structures and an accountability system, and help you compile it into a document to define your plan. Then we'll help you find your feet in the community by connecting you to those whose learning intersects with yours.

Your Launch Group

When you start you'll be together with your launch group, the others starting FNS at the same time.


We want everyone to be able to be a part of FNS. To encourage this we are offering $1000 scholarships. To apply just indicate you'd like to be considered in your application form with a small statement on why you'd benefit.

We don't want to limit it, but possible reasons for applying might include: geography, gender, income, race, disability, or sexual orientation.


Is FNS a school?

FNS is Not a School

Okay. Is FNS a code school?

No. And you don't need to know how to code to join FNS. But code is a core part of how FNS functions. We use digital systems to empower learning, and to organize with each other. Being able to manipulate those systems, to leverage and extend them to your needs, is essential to get the most out of FNS. And for that you need to learn to code. Luckily, FNS is a great place to do so.

You can pick code up while you learn whatever it is you're focused on. And you can apply code directly to that something that affects you. This makes for a very powerful feedback loop, that lets you grow in your coding ability as you learn.

Does FNS offer Diplomas or Credentials?

Credentials are very important within FNS. We use them to capture our learning so that we can communicate both within the community and with the outside world. But FNS is not a school, so we don't issue credentials like a school would.

Instead we've built a decentralized credentialling protocol. Anyone, in or out of FNS, can create credentials and build a community around them.

How much should I pay for FNS?

This is up to you. You should pay for FNS based on your financial situation and how much time you're commiting to your learning. Here are some rough guidelines:

If you're learning:

  • 2 hours a week you should pay $10 a month
  • 10 hours a week you should pay $40 a month
  • 50 hours a week: you should pay $150 a month

The reason the suggested prices decreases on a per hour basis the more time you spend is not because we're offering a bulk discount, but because the more time you spend in FNS the more you contribute back to the community.

Remember also, that 60% of what you pay is returned to you to use for financial structures for your learning.

What's DAI and why do we use it?

DAI is a stablecoin. It's a cryptocurrency that uses an asset backed system to maintain a stable value. This makes it a very useful tool to build financial systems with.

How do we handle your data?

FNS is set up to keep your data firmly in your control.

All your educational resources and the output of your learning is stored in whatever repositories or services make sense for you, though we'll encourage you to favor decentralized and open source solutions.

We use discord to communicate, and it's a proprietary service with it's own privacy policy. We also use some decentralized and FOSS systems to communicate like Matrix and Scuttlebutt.