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Next Ragged University Events:


27th June Edinburgh: Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts from 7pm. This evening's event is about a bite of food, a chance to socialise and get involved in a discussion on 'Self Activation and Flow' by Leon Paterson...CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


8th July Edinburgh: Come along to St John’s Church Community Hall (Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ), doors open at 6.30pm and the film starts from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a film screening and a chance to meet European voices in Edinburgh… CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


10th July Edinburgh:Come along to The Lighthouse bookshop (43-45 W Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9DB) at 7.30pm to listen to the talk 'Autism; The Plot Against Consciousness/Cognition/Language' by Mike McInnes... CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


Call For People Who Know About Depression: Tortoise In A Shell

We are looking for people to help us create the show we are looking to connect with experts, people who have lived with depression and people who might have supported another person who is living with depression. We would like to share the piece with a small group throughout the process – helping to shape the story and the show to ensure it remains truthful to people’s experience of depression and resonates with people who may be experiencing similar situations. Read more

Ethnocentrism and Country of Origin Effects: The Process of Purchasing by Doreen Soutar

The early models of purchasing behaviour were developed in the 1970s, and were informed by research in psychology into the relationship between the individual’s intention to act and their subsequent behaviour (Fishbein & Azjen, 1975).

These models relatively simplistic, suggesting that behaviour was a result of a reasoning process which took internal thought processes and external influences into account. As these models were applied to purchasing decisions and expanded, it became clear that purchasing decisions were only partly rational, and contained a much wider and more complex interaction of influences.

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Education, Welfare and Economics: A Human Capabilities View

In terms of welfare, the human capabilities approach was developed as a means of measuring the opportunities open to an individual and through that, the welfare of a society. Two of the major authors in the capabilities approach are Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum. Popular metrics which gets conflated with the status of a nation’s welfare is that of Gross National Product (GNP) or Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Read more

Educating For The Steady State Economy by Susan Brown

On 1st November, 2012 the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change hosted a free public event at the University of Manchester, UK entitled ‘We need to talk about growth’. Central to the discussion of the speakers (Richard Sharland, Head of Environmental Strategy at Manchester City Council; Dr Alice Bows, Sustainable Consumption Institute (University of Manchester); Prof Mark Burton (Manchester Metropolitan University & Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy-CASSE) and Dr Dan O’Neill (University of Leeds and CASSE) was the argument that we need to move from a model of ‘economic growth’ measured in terms of gross domestic product (GDP), levels of consumption, international finance etc, to one of a ‘steady state economy’.  Read more