Category: Education/learning

Cultivating Self-Belief and Educated Hope – My ‘Capital City’ Project

Dear friends, The main focus of my work is on a project that aims to use a combination of art, media, and social science to cultivate ‘mass intellectuality’. What I mean by ‘mass intellectuality’ is the belief that everyone has great intellectual potential and that, for us to democratise society, everyone can become and needs…

Oxford Democracy-Builders: Reading/Viewing/Listening materials on austerity

Hi there, Ahead of our fourth (provisionally named) ‘Oxford Democracy-Builders’ meeting to discuss austerity, here is a list of materials for learning about the debate. I’ve tried to bring a wide range of perspectives into the conversation here. You can download the list in a LibreOffice document here… Don’t panic!! It’s intentionally long and full…

What does this Sun/Women’s Own email really show us? And what can we do about it?

Dear reader, It’s been an interesting 24 hours since my friend Kate Evans (@iamkateevans) showed me an email by a contributing editor to The Sun newspaper and Women’s Own magazine asking charities for a very particular request… I subsequently posted this email and a few observations on Agent of History here… Since then, Kate’s been…

A Statement of Belief and Intent – What’s the point of Oxford Democracy-Builders?

A number of people have, quite naturally, asked me to tell them my objectives for starting the Oxford Democracy-Builders (ODB) group. My responses have been hesitant and unclear primarily because, as I emphasise, it’s for the group itself to define its own form and objectives. However, after some reflection, I am able to offer a…

The Pint’s Half-Full! On knowledge, freedom, and unravelling hegemony, Part One: knowledge and freedom

The other day, when I was walking to the station with the usual blizzard of thoughts whirling around my mind, I came to pondering why I do a specific thing that I do. Why is it, I wondered, that, whenever I’m in the pub, I offer to get the first round of drinks in?… This…

Now is the time to love, to learn, and to listen; Now is the Freireian moment

I have come to realise that, whatever my political future holds, I will never be a good strategist. I am too emotional, too raw. For me, to cite the oft-used phrase coined by Italian philosopher Antonio Gramsci, my ‘optimism of the will’ too easily dominates any ‘pessimism of the intellect’. I can work on it,…

Audioboom of session on housing with Prof Danny Dorling and My Life My Choice

Dear all, Just a quick one. I run a political economy (power & money!) learning group alongside my friend Luisa with the wonderful people at My Life My Choice (MLMC). MLMC is a self-advocacy organisation run for and by people with learning disabilities. A really inspiring group! We’ve been working together over the past couple…