Building Education for the Commons
We are pleased to announce The Global Center for Advanced Studies, community organizer, Anghelos Palioudakis. Anghelos was born in Athens, lived in Crete for a few years and returned to Athens at a young age. Anghelos was a leader in the Cultural Club at the University of Athens where he studied French literature & philosophy.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Anghelos.
Creston Davis: What do you see as the biggest challenge of your generation?
Anghelos Palioudakis: The renewal of the emancipatory movement. Generation X was the “Lost Generation” where all the hope for radical change died out. They are cynical. I belong to that generation, and have grown disappointed with it. And I desire change and believe in it. This is why I want to continue organizing, and GCAS is a great idea that believes in genuine change. I am pleased to be part of it.
CD: In what way do you see change emerging?
AP: There are two prerequisites for radical change. First, radical critique. We need a coherent critical social theory. The second one is close to it: it is building alternative social institutions drawing on new technologies and forming communities around ideas such solidarity, equality, and freedom. Commons based peer production projects, such as wikipedia, open software communities, open courses/learning projects give us a glimpse of what the future could materialize.
CD: What is one of your goals in life?
AP: To bring about positive change in the world through my labor and connections with others.
CD: Who is your favorite philosopher and why?
AP: Cornelius Castoriadis without a doubt. I think that he is the only theorist in the 20th century that renewed the old philosophical question of how you bring together theory and praxis in a coherent and compelling way via the concept of autonomy.
Welcome to GCAS, Anghelos!