Building Education for the Commons
Arundhati Roy’s words have never been more true: “People who are privileged are also the ones who are the most hopeless and the most easily decided there is no hope…. The point is that the alternative and the hope is not going to come from the people who designed the system and who profit from the system, in the first place. It is going to come from the people outside it, and they are going to say ‘enough’.
You cannot have our mountains…. And when that begins to unfold, there will be a domino effect and people will have to find different ways of managing.”
We are on the verge of a global transformation; a revolution is at the gates of empire. The dominos are about to drop. One of the main misunderstandings of revolution is that it happens in an instant, and although sometimes that is true, more often significant and deep historic change takes time to unfold, to develop and to unleash it energy and desire onto the world. We live on the verge of an unimaginable release of energy pressurized by the crushing weight of the immoral demands the wealthy have exacted on our bodies, our children, our education, our water, our houses, our planet. Everyone has a breaking point, and we have reached that point of no return.
But instead of just writing about it or filling up space with our empty chatter in smoked filled cafes, we propose doing something within the emerging transformation that is already afoot. The time to act has come. It’s time that intellectuals take a stance with workers to form an unbreakable bond in the name of justice and freedom. It’s time we stop fighting each other, but to fight agains our real and common enemy who have sought to slowly, subtly dissolve democracy from our hands over the past several decades. History has not ended, it is being reborn.
This is the reason why over 100 top intellectuals, artists, activists, writers, radical educators and poets have come together to form not just a school, The Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS), but in the very act of forming our community of empowerment, we simultaneously join a global movement in the wake of The Arab Spring, The Occupy Movement, the student protests against corporatizing universities, and the growing resistance against the Neoliberal onslaught.
What is unique about GCAS is that anyone can be part of the empowering process of learning. We teach courses on-line and organize conferences, seminars, series, and workshops many of which are free and open to the public.
If you would like more information please contact us at <email@example.com>. Also consider supporting us by participating in a free course or workshop and giving a talk in our upcoming World-Conference, “Democracy Rising“.
Join us and be part of reclaiming our future for all people and not just the 1%. Solidarity is not just a word it’s a way of life.