These last few weeks, as I’ve been putting the FREDURES project together, I’ve been overwhelmed, once again, by the sheer volume of goodwill and generosity that make up a large part of the internet. I’ll be writing reviews of some of my major discoveries over the next days and weeks, but let me just start with something called Ragged Universities, for no better reason than that they befriended me on Twitter a couple of weeks ago (which is how I got to know about them!).
They’re based in the UK, so there’s a good chance that I’ll have a chance to meet up with them on future visits and participate in some of their events, which seem to be focused in Edinburgh and Manchester.
The setup reminds me of something known in Spanish as “la tertulia”. Potentially just a glorified name for a bunch of people sitting round drinking beer or coffee and having a natter, la tertulia at its best is a free informal learning network where people share their knowledge in social spaces … which is precisely how Ragged University describes itself.
The name is obviously inspired by the Ragged Schools of the nineteenth century, which also had their beginnings in Edinburgh.
So, there you have it! If you’re feeling bored and aimless and you’re anywhere near Manchester or Edinburgh just visit the Ragged University website and add one of their events to your calendar!