Ali Gower Interview
This is a podcast of an interview with Ali Gower exploring various aspects of The Chocolate Tree as a sustainable, ethical business in the 21st century, and a discussion about issues that it faces as a independent business...
Edinburgh: Richard Gunn and Murdo MacDonald are launching the new edition of The Democratic Intellect with a free talk. Richard did a talk on Common Sense in the Scottish Enlightenment traditions for Ragged Uni, and has wound up co-writing a book with the Ragged Project on this subject... Check out his book launch folks.... :)
All Ragged events are free and open to all. The year has almost run it's course, and now over the cold months speakers are being found and next year's events are being planned and programmed. We all hope you have a great winter season, stay warm and happy!
So, what is social capital? Jeremy Shearmur describes social capital as loosely as situations where people choose to voluntarily associate with each other and where membership in that group serves as a free resource to those members.
Why is it important ? I feel that social capital is important because it expresses community or belonging. I suppose that it is because we are social creatures and I suggest we are social creatures because of the greater benefits of being part of a community than of being solitary.
Continue reading “A Crash Course in Social Capital” »
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The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, is the sixth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland’s ancient universities. The university is deeply embedded in the fabric of the city, with many of the buildings in the historic Old Town belonging to the university. The University of Edinburgh is ranked 17th in the world by the 2013 QS rankings. It is ranked 11th in the world in arts and humanities by the 2012–13 Times Higher Education Ranking. It is ranked the 15th most employable university in the world by the 2013 Global Employability University Ranking. It is a member of both the Russell Group, and the League of European Research Universities, a consortium of 21 research universities in Europe. It has the third largest endowment of any university in the United Kingdom, after the universities of Cambridge and Oxford.
The university played an important role in leading Edinburgh to its reputation as a chief intellectual centre during the Age of Enlightenment, and helped give the city the nickname of the Athens of the North. Graduates of the university include some of the major figures of modern history, including the naturalist Charles Darwin, physicist James Clerk Maxwell, philosopher David Hume, mathematician Thomas Bayes, surgeon Joseph Lister, signatories of the American declaration of independence John Witherspoon and Benjamin Rush, inventor Alexander Graham Bell, first president of Tanzania Julius Nyerere, and a host of famous authors such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, J.M. Barrie and Sir Walter Scott. Associated people include 18 Nobel Prize winners, 1 Abel Prize winner, several Turing Award winners, 3 Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom, 2 currently-sitting UK Supreme Court Justices, and several Olympic gold medallists. It continues to have links to the British Royal Family, having had Prince Philip as its Chancellor from 1953 to 2010, and Princess Anne since 2011
Where it started ?
The whole thing crystalised around a table in Stoke Newington in London. I had been asked to help out the Street Performers Community Organisation with sorting out their office. James Tonner and Roy Gurvitz had been thinking about doing a festival in Hackney Marshes. The question was asked what would be a good thing to do which was interesting, fun and brought people together. Around that table three other friends agreed on the idea and after some background work, I left to set it up in Glasgow whilst Jes Haley, Grant Crozier, and Will Bentinck did the first events at the Palatine Bar in Dalston.
The Ragged University is the concept of free education and self learning – everybody is a Ragged University sums it nicely. The Ragged project is something which is delivering free, fun and informal talks in pubs, cafes and libraries around the country. The idea is simple – anyone can do it. In fact that is how the Ragged Schools started, as did many other free education like the Chautauqua.