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Next Ragged University Events:


11th Sept Manchester: Come along to The Castle Hotel (66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE) from 7pm. Come along for some food, some socialising and an opportunity to listen to 'Thinkers or Junkers? Germans in England 1860-1915' by Anne Hill Fernie... CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


24th Sept Edinburgh: Come along to the Talbot Rice Gallery (The University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL) at 11am for a talk by James on Lucy Skaer’s art and a leisurely lunch kindly provided by the Talbot Rice Gallery. The event is open to all and a chance to hear thoughts in relation to the art which he helps curate... CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


13th Oct Edinburgh: Come along to St John’s Church Community Hall (Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ), doors open at 2pm and the event starts from 2.30pm. Come along for a bite of food, a film screening and discussion on 'Prison and Dehumanisation; Film Screening and Talks on Crime, Prison and Us'… CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


Harmonisation: A Theory by Dan Zambas

I am outraged, apathetic, empowered, disenfranchised, cynical and optimistic. I am all of these things, contradictory feelings that are equal outcomes to a mindset that I doubt I experience alone; A product of the modern era and the human condition.

In my youth I believed that we were heading to a period of enlightenment, the information era. An era where at our fingertips we had access to the most beautiful theory and experience that humanity could possibly offer. That the pure infection of its positivity would overwhelm previously negative constructs and push us towards a direction that would see an end to the ‘evils’ in the world. Read more

Interview With An Educator: Sugata Mitra

On visiting Edinburgh for a lecture on his work, he agreed to give an interview with the Ragged University.  We sat down in the grounds of Edinburgh Napier University in view of Craiglockart hill and talked. In the interview he talks about the surprising results and what he is doing to develop these self directed learning scenarios in the UK and other places. He discusses the findings more clearly and what his vision of the future of education and technology might hold.

Since the 1970s, Professor Mitra’s publications and work have stimulated training and development of hundreds of thousands of young Indians, helping to develop the capabilities of some of the poorest children in the world.

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Mindfulness: The Importance of Being in the Moment by Joel White

Mindfulness is a term that seems to be appearing everywhere at this moment in time. Its plastered across bill boards, the media are talking about, many famous people are practicing ‘mindfulness’, and even the Queen herself has been practicing becoming more ‘mindful’. But what is mindfulness and what are its benefits? Also how do you apply it to your life in a simple and easy way? Well let me perhaps help you with this and by the time you have read the rest of this article you too can become more ‘mindful’.

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The Ways in Which We Do Things…

I was recently made aware of the most amazing practical demonstration of what motivation involves. Whilst reading through Andy Cranwell’s website, it struck me as interesting the way he approaches team building. He makes reference to The Fun Theory through, amongst other things, the piano stairs. This video is an impressive example of how the perception of the task defines the response to it. This rings true to me on a number of levels…

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