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Peer 2 Peer University: The Latest in Do-it-Yourself Higher Education!

Check out this exciting new venture from Anya Kamenetz, author of DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Future of Higher Education!

The Peer 2 Peer University is a grassroots open education project that organizes learning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements. P2PU creates a model for lifelong learning alongside traditional formal higher education. Leveraging the internet and educational materials openly available online, P2PU enables high-quality low-cost education opportunities.

“Half a year ago we teamed up with Anya Kamenetz to bring a social wrapper to her book, The Edupunk’s Guide to a DIY Credential. We created a study group on P2PU and amazing things happened. We realized we wanted this kind of support to be available to learners anytime, anywhere. We also wanted to help people through the first big step into the world of DIY education – making a personal learning plan.

We took our experience with the study group and transformed it into a project based challenge on P2PU. Independent learners can sign up at anytime, work through the steps at their own pace and receive support along the way. People feeling more experienced in their learning journeys are encouraged to join as a mentor! Why does building a personal learning plan matter? As more and more people are taking advantage of the access they have to information and social networks, their ability to use it towards continuing their education greatly increases. Being able to structure dispersed learning bolsters the ability to get recognition for it. Anyone can take their dream and build a plan to make it a reality, whether it’s learning how to become a working class activist, a steampunk engineer, fluent in ancient languages, a better project manager, brushing up on dusty skills or making a radical decision to drop out and strike forth on your own.. SIGN UP and spread the word!”


Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action

Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this […] Read More..

A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

For the past month, author Philip Ackerman-Leist has been on a Twitter MiniFesto campaign – each day sending out a new tweet designed to spark conversation and pass along some lessons he learned whilst working on his last book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. You might also know Philip as the author of his memoir Up Tunket […] Read More..

Books in the News: ‘The Tao of Vegetable Gardening’ & More!

What does Taoism have to do with gardening? That question is being answered in The Washington Post this week with a lengthy profile of Chelsea Green author Carol Deppe—gardener, plant breeder, seed expert, and geneticist based in Oregon—and her new book The Tao of Vegetable Gardening. “Once I read The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, with its […] Read More..

Depressed about Climate Change? Good. Here’s How to Take Action

The facts about climate change are settled. Mostly. In fact, the news seems to get worse, and more urgent, every day. Yet, the more the facts stack up, the less resolve many people seem to have about getting behind solutions that will stem, or turn, the tide. What gives? In What We Think About When […] Read More..