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September 7, 2017
by Dr. Budd Hall, UNESCO Co-Chair
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Higher Education and the Right to Learn

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 … Continue reading

August 22, 2017
by Dr Rajesh Tandon
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Engaged Universities Embrace Diversity

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 … Continue reading

June 23, 2017
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Cartagena 2017: Mecca of Participatory Action Research?

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 … Continue reading

June 19, 2017
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Epistemic Justice & Knowledge Democracy

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 … Continue reading

June 13, 2017
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Take Risk, Engage with Peace

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 … Continue reading

June 9, 2017
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Towards Social & Epistemic Justice

Community engagement in universities has typically been narrowly defined to imply service learning by students. Engagement in teaching and research has  been rarely institutionalized in most Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Recognising engagement as a value to address social and epistemic … Continue reading

May 26, 2017
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Mulembe Mutinze Cuusansi – The Great Turning: Confluence 2017 “Exceeds Expectations”

The Mpambo African Multiversity in partnership with the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research, Inclusion Press and the Victoria International Development Association (VIDEA) concluded a week’s events called Confluence 2017 with the installation of the Saaba Kabona (the highest spiritual … Continue reading

May 8, 2017
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Is there a Canadian Approach to Knowledge Democracy?

C2UExpo, Vancouver, May 1-5, 2017 Elder Margaret George of the Squamish First Nation and President Andrew Petter of Simon Fraser University Opening C2UExpo on May 2, 2017 The C2UExpo (Community Campus University Exposition) is ending today, May 5th, 2017.  It … Continue reading

April 4, 2017
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Rethinking Research Partnerships

Evidence and the Politics of Participation in Academic-INGO Research Partnerships A Conversation on Knowledge Democracy On Monday of March 27th in London, UK, I had the opportunity to attend a day of the two-day workshop jointly organized by a wide … Continue reading

March 20, 2017
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Celebrating 40 Years of Community Based Research with FOIST- A Visit to Sassari, Sardinia, Italy

The Jesuits founded the University of Sassari in 1558 as a Catholic learning institution.  There are over 18,000 students today.  Located in the town of Sassari, in Northern Sardinia, the University has 700 academic staff and 13 departments, study centres … Continue reading

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