Thoughts on a New Year

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The arc of the moral universe in long, but it bends towards justice Martin Luther King You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water Rabindranath Tagore To annihilate indigenous populations eventually paves the way to our own annihilation. They are the only people who practice sustainable living. We think they […]

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Reflections from K4C Canada Launch

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"Innovative solutions for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can only be found through partnership research in local contexts", said Dr Budd Hall while opening a panel where the Canadian Commission of UNESCO co-convened a launch of Knowledge for Change (K4C) global consortium in Ottawa Canada on December 14, 2017. Pic 1: Dr Budd Hall, delivering his […]

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Mobilizing Community and Academic Knowledge to Address the UN SDG’s

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Budd L Hall and Rajesh Tandon, Co-Chairs, UNESCO Chair in CBR and Social Responsibility in Higher Education Community-Based Participatory Researchers from Universities and civil society organizations from 10 countries gathered in New Delhi on November 13, 2017 to kick-off the Knowledge for Change Global Consortium (K4C).  The K4C, an initiative of the UNESCO Chair in […]

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Decolonisation in Practice: The University of Victoria Releases its First Indigenous Plan

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We read much in the news of higher education around the world about decolonisation.  We have heard of the struggles in South Africa where political apartheid was ended, but epistemic apartheid was not. We have heard of the debates about taking down the statues of colonial figures at universities such as Oxford.  Perhaps less is […]

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Preparing Global Citizens

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“Universities have abandoned their previous commitment to educating future citizens. In this world where globalisation of indifference is growing, universities must prepare their students as citizens who practice and value freedom, equality and solidarity,” said Dr Frederico Mayor, former Director-General of UNESCO, in Barcelona on September 19, 2017. Pic 1: Dr Frederico Mayor, Former Director-General […]

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Higher Education and the Right to Learn

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Thoughts on International Literacy Day, September 8, 2017 The ability to read and write has never been of more importance than it is now.  The digital age means that there are more cell phones in the world than there are people.  Smart phones, laptops and desktop computers have connected a staggering among of information vital […]

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Engaged Universities Embrace Diversity

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Over the past year, university campuses around the world have witnessed conflicts and tensions being played out in the larger society around them. Anti-colonial struggles in independent South Africa have found echo on campuses in #RhodesNoMore. Afro-descendants in Colombia, Mexico & Brasil have been struggling to gain visibility and identity in their ‘white-European’ majority world, […]

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Cartagena 2017: Mecca of Participatory Action Research?

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Both of us made a pilgrimage to Cartagena for the Action Research of the America’s conference and the First Global Assembly of Knowledge Democracy, June 12-17, 2017. For Budd it was a third visit to Cartagena having been there for Orlando Fals Borda’s first time 1977. The 1977 event was billed as the first international […]

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Epistemic Justice & Knowledge Democracy

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Continuing the Cartagena Journey Colombian sociologist Orlando Fals Borda had convened the first dialogue on Action Research in Cartagena Colombia in April 1977. Nearly 130 delegates attended the four days of dialogue. Budd Hall, UNESCO Co-chair & Normando Suares were there. Prof Budd Hall Prof Normando Suares Orlando chose this part of Colombia because of […]

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Take Risk, Engage with Peace

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Opportunities for Universities in Colombia “I do not know if I can make this commitment? My family and my university may not support such engagement?” “This is a historic opportunity to contribute to creation of a new Colombian society; universities must come forward to engage.” Such ambivalences and dilemmas were expressed by dozens of academics […]

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