On Friday 29th November 2019 I got consent from the three trustees of Ragged Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Scottish Charity 048364) to wind it up and close the books. With unanimous agreement the request to dissolve Ragged as a charity was put to OSCR and is awaiting legal processing. This post is a document of the communication(s) I made and some of the conversations I have had over the year about Ragged University and what place it might or might not have in the Third Sector as it stands. Read more
The behaviour of the group is enigmatic. A group acts in our minds as a corporate person in as much as we imagine what the norm is and normalize behaviour to what this imagined person embodies. This gives rise to worrying outcomes in many situations. Throughout history, the madness of crowds has been known to overtake the individual responsibility of thinking and acting according to personal responsibility.
Most famously, Adolf Hitler dehumanized the Jews by creating an ‘in-group’ and other ‘out-groups’. The creation of a political myth of the Aryan race placed at the top of a hierarchy, thus denigrating and belittling any type of other so that the idea of just power coursed through the minds of the people urged to take power to unspeakable cost. The atrocities came about for many clever manipulations, but central to this was the development of the idea of a distinct group. Read more
Here are instructions for creating a Ragged University event. This is part of the list of processes which are used as guides to bring the project together. Anyone can create their own free education project and Ragged aims to share information about how to do this.
Identify two (or more) speakers who love their subject. The people who love their subject are the ones motivated to share, also they have less problems sharing with a diverse audience.
Plain and simple, Ragged University events are about individuals sharing their passion and skills with other individuals, not about individuals promoting a group or organisation…who else you connect with is inherent in your story.
This needs continually restated so that the project does not become a platform for marketing. In an age of ad nauseum advertising, personal and humanised spaces have been increasingly lost and turned into monetized spaces which feed into an agenda removed from that of interpersonal relationships and non-profit driven communities. Ragged is partly about reclaiming this ground.
In an attempt to make a holistic project model, I have been talking with as many economic minds as possible – alongside educationalists, sociologists and artists; as well as people from different communities. The plan is to try and underpin local economic regeneration so that there are tangible benefits which come of the activities. Hence starting the odyssey of learning economics so this is approached in a level headed and pragmatic way. There is too much speculation in this area, so surprise surprise, I turn to the answer found through education…
To start the ball rolling, a local teacher of economics, Donald Rutherford, has set me a special exam. These are complex matters which would not do well to have clumsy projections made on them. In the spirit of valuing knowledge he has said that he would write me a letter saying that I had managed to rise to the challenge should I provide sufficient answers. Read more