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9th October Edinburgh Ragged University: Come along to the Counting House at 7pm to hear ‘Slow Leadership; Reframing Your Leadership Behaviour' by Don Ledingham - plus - ‘Welcome to the Mid-life Revolution' by Andy Ferguson....

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16th October Manchester Ragged University: Come along to the Castle Hotel at 7pm to listen to Simon Ward talk about '‘The Ragged Schools of Angel Meadow' - plus - 'Exploring the Dream of the Earth; my first person inquiry of discovery and understanding' by Helena Kettleborough....

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13th November Edinburgh Ragged University: Come along to the Counting House at 7pm to listen to ‘3D Printing: no-hype, promise, just extraordinary art and design!’ by Ann Marie Shillito - plus - 'Cerebral Diabetes and the Reversal of the Flynn Effect' by Mike McInnes....

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Charting The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator by Ken Banks

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who come alive”Howard Thurman (1899 – 1981)

When David Rowan, editor of Wired Magazine, invited me to write a short article for “Ideas Bank” last spring, it gave me a great opportunity to share something I’d been witnessing on an increasing scale since my days at Stanford University in 2007. Continue reading this article “Charting The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator by Ken Banks” »

Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck Uni

Birkbeck, University of London (formerly Birkbeck College, informally BBK) is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom which specialises in evening higher education, and a constituent college of the federal University of London.  It offers many Master’s and Bachelor’s degree programmes that can be studied either part-time or full-time, though nearly all teaching is in the evening. It also admits full-time (as well as part-time) students for PhDs.

Its staff members have excellent research reputations in subjects such as English, Economics, Statistics, History, History of Art, Philosophy, Psychology, Spanish and Science. It also offers many continuing education courses leading to certificates and diplomas, foundation degrees as well as other short courses.  There are four Nobel prize winners amongst Birkbeck’s former staff members. Continue reading this article “Birkbeck, University of London” »

University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is a public research university located in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world (after the University of Oxford), and the third-oldest surviving university in the world. In post-nominals the university’s name is abbreviated as Cantab, a shortened form of Cantabrigiensis. It is considered to be one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world.

The institute grew out of an association of scholars that was formed in 1209, early records suggest, by scholars leaving Oxford after a dispute with townsfolk. The two “ancient universities” have many common features and are often jointly referred to as Oxbridge. Today, Cambridge is a collegiate university with 31 colleges and six academic schools. Continue reading this article “University of Cambridge” »

Great Educator: Mary Wollstonecraft 1759 to 1797

Mary Wollstonecraftleft home after receiving a haphazard education in a miserable and unloving family situation. She spent the next nine years in some of the few occupations open to unmarried women at that time. First she was a companion to a widow in Bath. Next, with the help of a sister and close friend, she established and ran a school for girls; then when that venture had to close, she became a governess.

“The most perfect education, in my opinion, is such an exercise of the understanding as is best calculated to strengthen the body and form the heart. Or, in other words, to enable the individual to attain such habits of virtue as well render it independent. In fact, it is a farce to call any being virtuous whose virtues do not result from the exercise of it’s own reason”

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Podcast: A World Where Everyone Is A Teacher And Knowledge Is Up To You by Peter Shukie

The idea that the internet is changing everything, that all levels of living are now undergoing transformation, that we are in the midst of a revolution, is nothing new. Are we blasé about significant and widespread change? Is transformation and revolution the new everyday and normal?

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Music: NASOV

NASOV is Francesco Bordo, from Italy, singing around the classic topics of folk music, such as mammals, vegetables, body secretions.

He lived in London for four years, where he got inspired by the fresh air and the relaxedness of people. He’s now based in Naples, where he keeps on writing even whilst washing the dishes. Actually, especially whilst washing the dishes. You can find all the NASOV stuff you’ve always dreamt of on:

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