OWS E&E Nomadic University meet Sun Dec 18
Occupy University at the un-conference: LA occupy person said they were getting a bill through about campaign finance
Discussed motivation for university, different proposals working to combine
Pedagogy, curriculum, logistics
Moving forward: day of inquiry, space for new classes
Student debt group could be good to work with
Duarte Sq action on 12.17, 50 people arrested, 2 block long range of people, some got netted
Ben: RBA maintenance union going to strike on 12.31, labor and education link
People like the idea of having a main title and subtitle (example: Occupy University, free education for the 99 percent)
Occupy: general feeling that this is a good choice
Path of least resistance.
People like recognition of the occupy phenomemon
Jason comments that it does not feel international, might feel colonial to others
Melanie comments that occupy is a brand, that we need to be very conscious of the direct associations with that. Popular word now, but could have different associations years from now (trend)
2. Nomadic pro
Melanie comments that the name is poetic, referring to a curriculum that is not fixed.
Nomadic con: Others feel nomadic is too vague
3. Zane: School of the 99 percent (U99)
– Decided: put forward Occupy and 99 Percent names and discuss by email
David: during the week of inquiry, run a discussion experiment, to generate ideas for classes. We facilitate, and agree to have regular teacher facilitations
Jason: how will we publicize this? Through GA’s?
Melanie: we should think about getting together a contact list for communication, to get in touch with community based orgs that can help spread the word
Miguel will be teaching in Jan a class where public is invited to join
Other ways to set up ideas for classes: approach working groups, like student debt teaches on idea of that, alternative banking etc
We should start contacting other working groups
Question (Ben): question of accreditation: what do we do about degrees? Also possibility of badges (alternative form of accreditation).
Task forces, creation of 5
1. Zane would like to work on location task force, has an architect friend that can help, runs whownspace.com list of public spaces
2. David would like to work on interest groups for discussion experiments: GA’s, google groups, etc
3. Ingrid: would like to work on the task force for wish list for classes
4. Joe: would like to work on text about university
5. I missed the last one, sorry!
Question about standard course templates: should we make a standardized template now? Some concern might forestall variety
Next official meeting on Saturday January 7th
Zane proposes meeting in between Christmas and new years for drinks! Thursday Dec 29th. Zane will coordinate.
Happy new year!