I am Pedro, a Brazilian living in Oulu, Finland, who is searching for a meaningful work based on my history as an academic researcher. I think I am long enough in my profession to identify that it is not my place.
I have many ideas of how to make the whole academic experience more accessible and based on openness. My most recent idea is to use P2PU as a start point where I would “facilitate” a course but going one step further: using my experience in research, I would invite all the participants to discuss about a real-world problem to be solved following whatever we learn throughout the course. The solution would be “published” as a research report (in open databases with discussion forums).
I also plan to contact my close friends - who I am sure share the same vision I have about scientific jobs - to carry out similar activities in the places they live. After the first groups, I expect to happen a kind of network contagion process and “Ponzi scheme”. People start doing the same thing, contacting more people and so on. As in a diffusion process, after a certain number of participants, the group would build several links in the network that have its own (uncontrollable?) dynamics. In this case, the only rule is that everything shall be treated as commons and non-profit in essence.
By doing so, I hope to cover all points that a university shall cover (and fails to do so nowadays): teaching, research and extension to society, but involving potentially everyone. Today most of the university elite (I am included) generally sees (i) research = paper or patents supported by companies, (ii) teaching = overhead where students just need the credit points and pass the exam, and (iii) extension = nothing. The academic life is how many papers and courses you taught, or how it is your score, or how is your h-factor, what is your grade, etc. A whole fetishistic world of numbers…
However, as a normal person far from the 1%, I (still) cannot dedicate myself to this plan (which makes me very disappointed time to time)…
In any case, I would like to share my ideas and start discussing about them… I have the tendency of long thinking without acting or talking.
I hope I can get in touch with many in this forum.
All the best
ps. My view can be generalized as follows: University exists to generate, distribute and use knowledge as commons, and shall be manage accordingly.