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We are now starting to program the Ragged University year. Anyone is welcome to do a talk, run an activity or share their work through the project. Please get in touch if you would like to do so and you will be invited to fill in a speakers information sheet... More news on the events shortly.


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Podcast: Isak Stoddard Presents at Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research; ‘From Sweden With Care’

This is an audio recording of the presentation given by Isak Stoddard at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the University of Manchester. Isak is Project Coordinator in Climate Change Leadership, Educational Coordinator and Deputy Director of CEMUS at Uppsala University in Sweden. The presentation was called ‘From Sweden with care’ and it deals with education and societal change in troubled times. Read more

One Day Without Us Edinburgh: A Celebration of Migrants and Standing up to Xenophobia by Alex Dunedin

Concerned with some of the messages which I have encountered recently which are xenophobic and racist I found myself going along to the event staged on the mound to see and hear other people who felt strongly about some of the nasty rhetoric which is on the rise. I suspect it is connected with the insecurities which people are feeling in the general day to day lives of so many who live financially precarious existences and are also confronted with such a lot of media which is frankly poisonous. Read more

Systems Thinking; Management By Doing The Right Thing by Andy Lippok

What we have witnessed in the last 20 years is a series of programmes of change failing to achieve their intended outcomes. Customer Care, ISO 9000, TQM, ABC, BPR. All the research and experience show that the latest panacea does no better than its predecessors.

Over and over again improvement programmes are thwarted by commonly-known but illusive forces. The problem labelled as ‘organisation culture’, which typically leads to rationalisations like ‘change takes time’, or ‘each programme is an element in the total change programme’. Read more