Archive for June, 2011

For those who wish to access all the videos of the international conference held last year in Tehran by CISSC, these can now be found all together at:

Those who want access to the videos of the Learning Societies Conference at Tehran in 2007 can also look up the following site:

Happy viewing. There is a tumult developing across the Global South that Western knowledge in the social sciences is best for Western societies. Others should be creative and develop their own. Think of the implications, all down the line.

Comments Off on Academic Imperialism
4 Jun 2011

Academic Imperialism

Author: hashcookies | Filed under: Multiversity

I have been awarded a golden ticket to the heart of Silicon Valley: the Thiel Fellowship. The catch? For two years, I cannot be enrolled as a full-time student at an academic institution. For me, that’s not an issue; I believe higher education is broken.

I left college two months ago because it rewards conformity rather than independence, competition rather than collaboration, regurgitation rather than learning and theory rather than application. Our creativity, innovation and curiosity are schooled out of us.

Failure is punished instead of seen as a learning opportunity. We think of college as a stepping-stone to success rather than a means to gain knowledge. College fails to empower us with the skills necessary to become productive members of today’s global entrepreneurial economy. Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on Un-college
4 Jun 2011


Author: hashcookies | Filed under: Multiversity

Here’s a report on the first year of functioning of Swaraj University. This new informal institution located in Udaipur and managed by Reva, Manish Jain and others, supports the learning of young men and women outside college and university walls. Worth a try, if you have youngsters around who are bored to death with pointless academic stuff.

Swaraj University One Year Update

Comments Off on Swaraj University
3 Jun 2011

Swaraj University

Author: hashcookies | Filed under: Multiversity