What is the Ragged University ?
‘The Ragged University is the concept of free education and self learning – everybody is a Ragged University sums it nicely. The Ragged project is something which is delivering free, fun and informal talks in pubs, cafes and libraries around the country. The idea is simple – anyone can do it. In fact that is how the Ragged Schools started, as did many other free education like the Chautauqua.
With a few ales and chewing ears off, we discussed the theory of taking the origins of the Ragged Schools and update them using available infrastructure (i.e. pubs, cafes, restaurants, businesses) and available technology (internet, libraries, books, open access learning). Whatever your passion, if you love a subject, the idea is to create a space to share insight into that. There is no money involved, there is no registration nor accreditation. Just plain old pleasure in learning and a confidence with knowledge comes power, however it is only power when it is shared…’