Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in Higher Education

Due out in August 2017... "This book critically analyses intellectual leadership in the university, exploring ongoing efforts from around the world to create alternative models for organizing higher education and the production of knowledge. Its authors offer their experience and views from inside and beyond the structures of mainstream higher education, in order to reflect … Continue reading Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in Higher Education

Review: Co-operation, learning and co-operative values

I have written a short review for the Journal of Education Policy of Co-operation, learning and co-operative values, edited by Tom Woodin. Here are the opening couple of paragraphs: As Tom Woodin points out in his Introduction to the book, Co-operation, Learning and Co-operative Values, the Rochdale Pioneers of the nineteenth century Co-operative movement aspired to ‘re-arrange … Continue reading Review: Co-operation, learning and co-operative values

Beneath the surface of political forms

"All political instruction finally should be centered upon the idea that Auschwitz should never happen again. This would be possible only when it devotes itself openly, without fear of offending any authorities, to this most important of problems. To do this education must transform itself into sociology, that is, it must teach about the societal … Continue reading Beneath the surface of political forms

Is the worker co-operative form suitable for a university? (Part 2)

"A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise." (ICA identity statement) In my earlier notes, I listed six basic characteristics of worker co-operatives, as approved by the ICA in 2005. I then began to discuss them … Continue reading Is the worker co-operative form suitable for a university? (Part 2)

Questioning Technology in the Development of a Resilient Higher Education

With Richard Hall This article considers the impact that peak oil and climate change may have on the future of higher education. In particular, it questions the role of technology in supporting the provision of a higher education which is resilient to a scenario both of energy depletion and the need to adapt to the … Continue reading Questioning Technology in the Development of a Resilient Higher Education

A co-operatively run 'Social Science Centre'

UPDATE (01/02/2011): This idea is now developing into an autonomous Social Science Centre. Click here for the website. The university has a staff suggestion scheme that rewards good ideas from staff. I've just submitted a proposal to the university for help in setting up a Social Science Centre. This is based loosely on an unsuccessful … Continue reading A co-operatively run 'Social Science Centre'