Social entrepeneurs and deschooling capitalism

So close but so far, the limits of the framework
WORK IN PROGRESS

Just found this, been thinking for ages about building a web platform that better serves GOS, found the perfect example. However -it’s a collaborative educational social network for social entrepeneurs.
They even have editable wiki’s for classes.

http://startup.supercoolschool.com/session/new
http://http://www.entrepreneurcommons.org
http://www.startupcause.org/

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Startup School The Indian Startup Scene by Arun Pattnaik http://supercoolschool.typepad.com/startupschool/2010/12/startup-scene-in-india-one-year-later.html
supercoolschool.typepad.com
It’s been exactly a year since I had written about the Indian startup ecosystem. In the meantime, a lot of things have changed, for good. So here’s the good, bad and the ugly, one more time. The real startups Oh boy! They’re everywhere! I see hot new startups budding every other week. Unlike before
December 28, 2010 at 6:23pm
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One class they offer, Education Ventures in Emerging Markets:

Opportunities and challenges for education ventures in emerging markets – with a particular focus on AfChindia* (Africa, India and China).

Chindia is a used term (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chindia) – AfChindia may not be……

Once you’ve had knowledge transferred you can store it just like capital in your knowledge profile.

According to their partner website ‘Entrepeneur Commons’:

‘…the stated aim of Social Entrepeneurs is to improve the community at large while generating profit only as a way to guarantee the sustainability of their project over the long term.’

‘For us an entrepreneur is somebody with 2 major drivers:

– Drive to be independent: you want to work for yourself rather than for somebody else
– Drive to achieve: you want build a solution because there is a problem and nobody else seem to be able to fix it’

Trading ideas as capital

Here a knowledge-sharing model fits snugly with one of micro-finance. Investments of knowledge and cash are inputted with the aim of accumulating further capital on them. I think we need to look into how self-organised educational models are so quickly becoming tools for even more ‘open-source’ boundary-blurring capitalism. There is a need to clarify a stronger position on the difference between our pedagogy of deschooling and their pedagogy of deschooling. The google doc ‘Alter-education/Anti-University‘ had begun to do this.
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The nascent Scottish arm of EntreCo:

‘Our initial aim is to foster a local entrepreneurial network capable of promoting new business and economic models that leverage:

  • participatory culture
  • sustainability
  • socio-economic change
  • knowledge sharing
  • resources pooling
  • …..more?

-We are open to ideas and suggestions, and may contribute our own ‘local flavour’ model to EntreCo
-Currently talking to members interested in being part of the founding team, and decide on the direction ahead.
-To receive an invitation to our next meeting, drop us an email
Look forward to be hearing from you soon -ECS istcsys@googlemail.com’

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EntreCo + Super Cool School have initiated a joint project to encourage people to set up their own businesses through innovative models like their own. Here they borrow the aesthetic of the Creative Commons licenses to situate the project within the domain of collective action . The word ’cause’ implies a project intended to solve a particular issue, however a cause here could be identified as a venture.

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One Response to Social entrepeneurs and deschooling capitalism

  1. tadramgo says:

    This is important Liam – what are our distinctions? The problem with the educationMovement, and gos to much extent, is its tendency to move into modes of social capital production (I would try to contest that it is instead ‘sociability’ that we are trying to ‘manufacture’: i.e. the product is society). But what do we mean?

    Here is some arch-Thatcherism/Post-Fordism:

    “FROM ECONOMIC LIBERALISM TO ENTERPRISE CULTURE

    During the course of the 1980s, the idea of an enterprise culture has emerged as the central motif in the political thought and practice of the Conservative government in Britain. Its radical programme of economic and institutional reform had earlier been couched primarily in the rediscovered language of economic liberalism, with its appeals to the efficiency of markets, the liberty of individuals and the non-interventionist state. But this programme has increasingly also come to be represented in ‘cultural’ termms, as concerned with the attitudes, values and forms of self-understanding embedded in both individual and insitutional activities. Thus the project of economic reconstruction has apparently been supplemented by, or at least partly redefined as, one of cultural reconstruction – the attempt to transform Britain into an ‘enterprise culture.'” Russel Keat, in ‘Enterprise Culture’, p.1

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