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The Differences Arise In Group Psychology

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

Creating A Ragged Event

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.

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It’s About Individuals Not Groups

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.

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Economics: Special Exam

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

11th Oct 2012: Why did the financial crisis happen? (and what to do about it) by Ben Stollery and Fran Boait

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On the 11th of October Ben and Fran will be giving a talk at the Counting House in Edinburgh on the following subject…

Name of speaker and subject:

Ben Stollery and Fran Boait

We are in a crisis because so few of us, including policy makers, economists and journalists fully understand how our monetary system works. This is a dangerous situation to be in when money drives almost all activity on the planet. If you want to understand how the system works well, at least the basics – come along!

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