http://www.guninetwork.org/frontpage_utils/banners/newsletter1. Learning to read reality

We need to re-invent all systems that organize life: economic, political, environmental and social, to respond to new needs, overcoming the limitations and undesirable side effects of the models that we have used up to date. We should urgently and seriously consider the priorities in the generation and use of knowledge in our societies. What is at stake is the very concept of the idea of progress. [ + ]

  • 2. Building the world we imagine

This session will explore the vision of the world we want. We need to re-invent all systems that organize life: economic, political, environmental and social, to respond to new needs, overcoming the limitations and undesirable side effects of the models that we have used up to date. What is at stake is the very concept of the idea of progress. The session will present fresh and innovative ideas and visions of students, practitioners and scholars with the aim to share everyone’s imagined world. Education has a big intergenerational responsibility in building the world we imagine. [ + ]

  • 3. Why is engagement critical for social change?

Engagement necessarily entails struggles for change and transformation that require altering the current social structures and power relations. Engagement is key in breaking the conformity of thought by proactively criticizing the world of ideas and transforming those paradigms and beliefs established in the social systems about how we organize our community. With this key idea we want to discuss how community engagement is central for the creation of a new citizenship. [ + ]

  • 4. Building partnership: making cooperation mainstream

Partnership is the central aspect in developing community engagement initiatives that deal with the issues of people. A partnership is a way of being and a way of working with others that implies mutual understanding, common good, reciprocity, collaboration in decision making and transparency regarding outcomes. [ + ]

  • 5. Enlarging the conception of knowledge

In this session we will discuss what we understand by knowledge and its role in society, and how engagement contributes to make all cosmologies of knowledge count. [ + ]

  • 6. Redefining political frameworks and structures for making engagement to happen

Adapting and creating appropriated structures at all levels is key for the mainstreaming of community-university engagement. The session will examine inspiring institutional design examples, the most relevant national policies, political frameworks and the role of networks, and how they have contributed to a scholar’s cultural change. [ + ]

  • 7. Engagement with added value and collective impact

This session is about quality assurance of engagement. The session will discuss the need of a system of indicators that measures the quality of engagement, and how it can be generated in ways that is consistent with the spirit of engagement and that engages all actors together. The session will also explore ways in which the system of indicators of engagement can be defined collectively and be introduced in the international agenda. [ + ]