Video Bridge / Pattern Language /
|Pattern Group, see Matrix
Maybe some of these alternative Universities might provide some varied patterns:
"Antioch University is founded on principles of rigorous liberal arts education, innovative experiential learning and socially engaged citizenship. The multiple campuses of the University nurture in their students the knowledge, skills and habits of reflection to excel as lifelong learners, democratic leaders and global citizens who live lives of meaning and purpose."
"Through a range of educational activities, participants are encouraged to consider some of the most urgent challenges of sustainability and to take responsibility for delivering effective solutions in their own working and personal environments."
"We notice the vital signs of an awakening of transitional energy amongst the world's peoples and so, we have launched Gaia University to provide the support we can to these bold world changers and future generations of Earth caretakers."
"The overarching goals of this educational approach are to provide young people the basis on which to develop into free, moral and integrated individuals, and to help every child fulfill his or her unique destiny... Schools and teachers are given considerable freedom to define curricula within collegial structures."
Big Picture Learning, one of America’s most successful high school reform organizations and the catalyst of more than 70 high schools across America, has launched College Unbound – a program designed to harness the goals and passion of first-generation college students to enhance their college and professional work success.
"Here education is about the whole person: the enlightenment of the mind is primary, yes - but not a disembodied mind. Through action combined with reflection, your mind sharpens, your activity in the world is more consistent and competent, and your capacity to attend to your spirit and your emotions builds.
We ask of you as well to analyze, assess and deepen your promise to be an advocate for social justice. Imposing no "official" way of thinking about our responsibility to each other, our world, and the Earth, we nevertheless want every Goddard graduate to develop a personal vision of his or her commitment to sustainability of our environment and the necessity to oppose injustice in whatever form it takes and wherever it is encountered."
"Contemplative education is learning infused with the experience of awareness, insight and compassion for oneself and others, honed through the practice of sitting meditation and other contemplative disciplines. The rigor of these disciplined practices prepares the mind to process information in new and perhaps unexpected ways. Contemplative practice unlocks the power of deep inward observation, enabling the learner to tap into a wellspring of knowledge about the nature of mind, self and other that has been largely overlooked by traditional, Western-oriented liberal education."
"If you’re committed to fulfilling a greater purpose, and bringing about great change in the world, Lesley University is for you. We focus on experiential learning, citizenship, and close collaboration between faculty and students. The result is action-oriented learning that fosters real change in our students and prepares them to bring about real change in the world."
1. Intercontinental open university for global change: http://www.iougc.cfsites.org
2. University of the People: http://www.uopeople.org/ (world's first tuition free university)
THERE will for sure be many more - maybe these can be useful for collaborations / setting up our virtual university. I also think the TED talks can be instructive in how we reach out / participate with others.
THERE is a huge amount out there on this.