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The Emporium of Dangerous Ideas aims to re-establish the importance of dangerous ideas as agents of change in education – to shift the axis of what is possible! It is for everyone who is passionate about education including college, university, school staff and students as well as those engaged in education throughout the creative communities.

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Friday, 11 October 2013

Public workshops - a dangerous idea?

I went to an incredibly inspiring RSA lecture by Mark Miodownik where he set out his argument that public libraries were set up to empower the public by giving free access to books at a time when few people could possibly own them or indeed readily access them.  However this has changed and books in general are readily available via technology.  He was arguing that  people are de-skilled in making things and we need access to public workshops we we can make things, but also borrow tools.  He also related this to creativity, innovation, enterprise, industry and cross curricula provision.  

Out of the debate and discussion that followed there was a lamenting in the audience on the demise of the technical colleges and the general split between academic and occupation/craft and skills based education.  There was a great deal of talk about the missed opportunity when some colleges became universities and how the skills based, contextualised learning had been lost in Scotland.  No-one mentioned colleges! I did my best, but it really hit home that for many people there is little knowledge of what the sector has to offer.  Who better to offer a range of skills based public workshops that a college?  What more can we do to raise the profile of the skills based learning opportunities that colleges have to offer?

I think this could be a good area to develop during the Festival of Dangerous Ideas - hands on experience of making, demonstrating cross-curricula skilled based work in action?  Let me know what you think. 


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

How Far has the Axis Shifted?

Friday 31 January 2014
College Development Network, Stirling

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Please join us for this one-day event to reflect on how far the axis has shifted.  There will be opportunities to hear from our partner organisations and individuals about how they have the used the inspiration of the festival to change policy and practice, as well as sharing highlights from the festival.  There will also be opportunities to shape next year's festival happening in June 2014 all across Scotland, and beyond!

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If you were inspired by the last festival and put your dangerous idea into practice, please email Karen Lawson - we would love to give you the opportunity to share your experiences at this event.