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Ragged University: The Means to Organise Education Beyond Money Jan 15, 2021 – 9am PST

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Speaker: Alex Dunedin, Director, Ragged University, Scotland https://www.raggeduniversity.co.uk/

Alex Dunedin (@Raggeduni) has run the Ragged University project for the last ten years. The idea is based on the successes of the Ragged Schools, a social tradition in the UK where communities shared their knowledge and skills with each other in providing free education prior to any formal system. The Ragged University project takes up this history and carries it forward in the context of higher education with the aim of developing a practical philosophy which allows any individual to embody a form of human development suited for their needs and context independent of finance.

Alex is known for his kindness and generosity. He lives authentically; Alex is a community builder. He’s the greatest supporter of those engaged in addressing social injustice across the world including the Shoestring Initiative.

Email: Alex Dunedin alex@raggeduniversity.com

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Session Description:  This session will start with a brief account of what Alex understands education to mean to him in real-life terms.  To Alex, education speaks of the things which have helped him to develop skills, knowledge and understandings he has but also it includes being in an environment which nurtures him and others as a human being.  Alex writes about how education and learning is a part of our natural social habitat as living beings rather than a business in the document ‘Education as Human Development’ (https://www.raggeduniversity.co.uk/2019/05/03/education-as-human-development/)

In this session, Alex will explore the ideas which he sees as the foundations of learning as a behaviour which runs through our relationships with people: our parents, our siblings, our friends, our children, our communities and the natural world. This is in contrast to the idea of taking nurture behaviours, which we need to live happy, healthy, productive lives, and making them profit-driven activities. That is, if you don’t or can’t pay, you don’t get help; imagine if that is what parents did to their children!

From these points-of-view, Alex will then explore methods and strategies for doing educational activities which don’t require money and which can support communities of independent learners whatever their resources are and especially if they don’t have money. Alex views this as taking charge of our own human development and away from profit-making corporations which have lost this ethical compass.

The session will end with an interactive conversation to explore the practical ways that people can use what is found in the world around them to build communities of learning with like-minded people using, for example, free software and public spaces. This conversation offers the opportunity to learn more about the social traditions and practices of learning in the lives of the group involved in the session such as how and what we learn from/with our lovers and friends to do so many things and understand the world we live in. ~

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