SSC Cooperative Meeting
5th December 2015
Present: Wendy, Mike, Andrew, Joss, Laura Apologies: Lucy, Sarah, Mahmood
Last meeting’s minutes have been shared and agreed
Radical Histories Conference – 1-3 July 2016
“Towards a Radical Future of Education” – Wendy will get in touch to see if it is to late to submit a proposal. If not, Wendy offers to write a proposal and send to mailing list for comments.
SSC to support Wendy to attend, funds permitting.
Validation of Courses and Awards
Wendy asked about “next steps” for validating work. Joss described the various routes that SSC could support scholars to get accreditation from the state, which would include working in partnership with another university, e.g. the Open University, or with an accreditation body regulated by OFQUAL to award degrees. This route would have high resource and administration implications and would be suitable if we have hundreds of students. Alternatively, SSC can support scholars to obtain a PhD by publication, and they would need to apply to a university to do this.
Marx Law of Value
Wendy requested a lecture to help her move forward with her study.
Mike & Joss offer to share some online links via email (reading and recorded talks).
Curriculum for next term
Joss is keen to offer a ‘Politics of Archiving: Archiving Politics’ online course, supported by TESA, a US workers’ cooperative. It’s unlikely he will be able to do it this academic year though due to other commitments.
Raul Espejo http://syncho2.blogspot.co.uk/ offers a course in Social Cybernetics. Laura suggested that he might offer it on alternate weeks with SSI course in the new year. Mike will discuss dates with him. We would want to advertise this course.
Andrew, Wendy, Mike and Laura are all keen for SSI course to continue.
Gary offered to lead an SSC session in the new year – Mike will arrange a date with him.
Anarchist Research Group
Wendy gave feedback on a trip with Cassie and Lucy to the MayDay rooms. They gave a short talk about the SSC, and had interesting conversations with others who were there.
Others from the anarchist group suggest using libraries as a radical public space for meeting.
Cassie offers to do a write up.
Update on ISRF project
Project is continuing according to plan.
It is reassuring the ideas coming out of the focus group and workshops are similar to our own ideas.
People attending come from across the world and have lots of Cooperative experience.
Joss has put in an abstract to do a talk at the Cooperative College.
Laura will organise another workshop in the new year for people who are interested but missed the last one, and a subsequent meeting for those who decide to start a Lincoln Savings Pool. It will likely include people who are not currently scholars at the SSC, but Laura will send all info to the SSC email, and put info on the website.
Mike invites us to his place on 19th December.
Laura is getting a DBS check through the Voluntary Services Centre; others can get a DBS check but would need to pay for it. Mike (Secretary) agreed to file the VSC paperwork with other SSC documents.