• After an introduction to the video which Comitas gives in the audio (above), we watched this footage of Michael Manley, then recently ex-Prime Minister of Jamaica (he won re-election a few years later). […]

  • ThumbnailHad a minor freak out moment when I realized I wasn’t clear on how much work I had to do for College.  Drowning in things that I want to read, not knowing where to draw the line.  Is passionate interest the best […]

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    This week Comitas showed us some of his own early field work, and had a good laugh at himself.  He said he was quite proud of the work he had done until M.G. Smith asked him some basic questions […]

  • ThumbnailSpent a lot of time working on Video Editing.  Lots of time socializing with my friends.  Dinner parties.  Community.  Kids.  Reading history.  Reading Anthropology.  Reading Emile.  Churning, Turning, Deserving. […]

  • ThumbnailThis week Professor Comitas moved onto discussing what he called three periods in the History of research in the Caribbean.  Loosely they are: (1) Everything before 1945 (2) post war scholars (1945-1980s) (3) […]

  • ThumbnailThis week I’ve found myself using Trello less and less as I go through my days.  This is more on account of being overburdened with activity than with not needing or wanting to.  The fact that I am posting this […]

  • This essay is concerned with two texts by Plato: Gorgias and The Apology.  It was written as my first paper for the Philosophy and Education class with John Fantuzzo.  Through some strange coincidence or […]

    • graduate school much?

      I love the thoroughness!

      • Hope that means it made sense. I actually added the paragraph at the start for context. It was a tough argument to squeeze into the 1000 word limit. To be honest, I feel that the premises of my argument are pretty thinly laid (problem of the word limit). Looking forward to seeing what feedback I get from my teacher.

  • ThumbnailAfter class on Tuesday 16th of February, I asked Professor Comitas to help me clarify the history and overview of the field of Anthropology.  I’m becoming more interested in the idea of learning Ethnographic […]

  • ThumbnailAnother fascinating class with Lambros Comitas.  When we arrived he was telling us about how his offices had flooded the previous day.  Most of the damage had been cleaned up already, but it had brought to his […]

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    This week has been HUGE and not at all in the Bernie/Trump way.  Just been super busy with all of my extra-curricular activities, like TCPS, Logic Meet-up, Showing people ALC, Attending at Philosophy 4 Children […]

  • Note: This week I discovered that Soundcloud was not a solution that I could continue with.  Unless I’m willing to pay lots of money, the upload restrictions meant that this won’t be possible.  So my solution […]

  • ThumbnailWhat’s in a week? multitudes.  Going to a dance show. Holding a tenants meeting.  A talk in Chinese by trans choreographer Jin Xing, whom I adore but can’t understand. My Oma passing away.  Guitar playing keeps me […]

  • ThumbnailDuring the class today Professor Comitas spoke at length about the role of Anthropologists, their work, his own beginnings and how he started working in Barbados.  Will post more here soon, as well a response to a […]

    • I need to post my notes here.

      My response to the above questions about applying Bookchin to the Caribbean seems less interesting to me now. Primarily because my interests have shifted from trying to apply theories (not completely!) to wanting to be better informed of what historical and contextual knowledge I can gather. Whatever theories I may have, I’m more curious in the political sense about where there is commonality already in the thinking of those whose history I’m exploring.

      Having done quite a bit of reading now, the one thing that is most clear is the bright, fierce intelligence and clarity of arguments in the historical documents. Overlooking the racist and ignorant sentiments coming out of the mostly foreign voices, the creole intellectuals are a brilliant example of the universality of intelligence – which none can counter. Better to ask someone what they think than to tell them what they are thinking.

  • ThumbnailAn incredibly busy week, we had the Peter Gray at Spotify event, which was a huge success, I interviewed Tomis and Peter at MNN and generally achieved many firsts regarding ALC media projects, such as a […]

  • ThumbnailFollowing on from the awesome talk that Peter Gray gave at Spotify, Professor Gray visited the ALC with some other friends and guests. Scott Noelle (http://www.enjoyparenting.com), Lenore Skenazy […]

  • ThumbnailAn amazing night, many thanks to Vince for the IT support so we could stream it to our friends from out of town.  

  • ThumbnailTimo introduced me to a new game called Hive. The goal is to surround your opponents Queen Bee with tiles. I’ve played 5 games so far: 1W 1D 3L.

    I was most proud of the draw, because it broke the game. It was […]

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    This is ‘The ALC Network Vision Questionnaire’ that I submitted, it has only been edited for formatted and preserved here for future reference.


    Network Vision Questionnaire

    The ALC Network is […]

    • > The problems and challenges of the 21st Century need to be addressed by people connected to their own power and passions.

      I couldn’t agreem more! I think the use of a Bernie meme is a perfect way to illustrate this. Our culture seems to look to “leaders” who will make change which stems from our schooling which has us following authority figures as they decide our fate. People who understand their own power and agency in this world are the real change makers. This is one of the main features of ALC that drew me in.

      > I’m happy to say that I feel that ALCs generally ask the question of our kids: what are you doing to make your dreams come true?

      I find it hard to articulate this to parents when they ask “how will my child get into college”. We support kids choosing their own path and doing what they need to do to accomplish it. Even if someone doesn’t know what they want to do I feel that they will leave ALC with the knowledge to figure it out when the time is right.

      > To this end the community is developing their own ALF Summer program that will directly service these specific needs and others. This is ‘Network level’ work that is rooted in their needs and on their own initiative.

      This is how I see us managing the “scope creep” as communities grow within the ALC Network they can spin off into their own, focused scope. The ability for communities to split from the “main” branch of ALC should be a key part of the Network and further supports a need for a clear scope because it’s hard to split from an amorphous blob!

      > marketing for member schools

      I’m beginning to see the ALC Network as mainly a “marketing coop” which supports members with high level branding support as well as administrative support. Recently on a facilitation call I asked what people wished they had when starting their school and the response was legal and accounting support. Beyond that it’s access to a supportive community. Without the ALC Network to back me up I don’t know how I would have been able to do ALC Everett!

      I love your 5 year vision!

      > I hope that others recognize this diligence as an asset to the ALC project as much as I do.

      Yes! yes! yes!

      > Much like unschooling is un-fortunately defined by a negative.

      I liked @liam‘s interpretation that unschooling is a kind of zen art of moving beyond school rather than opposing it. Though like many things it’s popular definition hounds it.

      @abram this has been a pleasure to read and respond to. I am inspired to submit another vision! We are very lucky to have you playing with us.

    • First off, incredible post, @abram. I’m going to write a second comment, but first a reply.

      Right, John Holt was likely influenced by the “UnCola” ad, but so too was he, and the advertisers that made that ad, influenced by the philosophy of the “Un” as written about by Robert Pirsig and others. Wish I had references to cite here, but . . I don’t The idea is incredibly hard to research online because of it’s wording.

      Here’s an excerpt of something I wrote about the topic a few months ago. . .

      “. . .the Un in Unschooling is not actually the same un that you see in words like “undoing,” “unfair,” “unemployed.” It’s a deeper Un. It’s the un Un. And an Un that is exceedingly hard to define and more or less impossible to find other writings of on the internet due to the United Nations bugging up all the results. Unschooling is not un-schooling, it’s not a different spelling of “not-schooling,” it precisely is a thing, not just an anti thing. It’s schooling, schooling of the Un. It’s the Un that is not a specific thing, but is specifically the thing that the other thing isn’t. And it both is that and isn’t that.

      But that doesn’t really matter, because people think Unschooling is unschooling, so from an outsiders view the distinction is invisible.”

      I think that also applies to the “UnCola” and I think that’s what they were getting at with that ad. And I think the distinction has been lost to history.

      But who cares. . . I don’t why I’m writing this. But now that I’ve invested the time in writing this I guess I’ll just post it.

      Absolutely great writing, Abe!

      • Hey Liam, glad you mentioned the Robert M Pirsig connection – it hadn’t occurred to me at all. I read “ZAMM” years ago and only parts of “Lila”. It was pretty powerful stuff to read as a young teen. Might be worth a revisit given my current pre-occupations. I’m vaguely remembering something of what you are talking about here re: ‘Un’ and that seems right. The reference to the UnCola ad thingy is such a Pat Farenga reference (i.e. the kind of story that becomes disconnected when passed down from its historical time-place, no disrespect Pat), which I picked up from a documentary with him in it.

    • Great answers, @abram!

      >In five years time The ALC Network will be using its own financial resources to support Veteran ALFs moving into member ALC start-ups to work alongside ALF Summer initiated founders in their first year. There will be a clear expectation of the start-ups to repay this cost incrementally over an agreed period of time (months/years).

      Love this! Super well thought out. I think this should happen.

      I really like how you wrote about ALC Networks – plural. This is something I’ve talked with @drew about a little bit as well, and I think it’ll be very interesting to see unfold.

      I personally have a plan to start a second ALC Network – the Agile Unschooling Network, with its own buddypress network website. and everything. Could be cool to see how that works, but honestly that project might not take off quite as well without full time staff and CHs… We’ll see. Planning on working on this at #ALFWeekend2016.

      You wrote about network funding coming from ALCs, which is something I hope we can avoid for a while. I’m not exactly sure how the consulting-funding model that’s been talked about will work long term, but I hope it can sustain the network for a while. Consulting-funding might not be able to support multiple networks, though. Once there’s like a network in each country or state, then funding would probably need to come from member ALCs. Clearly you’re thinking ahead, Abe.

      I have a cold and sick-brain, so those are all my thoughts right now.

      Really well thought out, Abe. I’m glad there are people like you thinking about this.

  • ThumbnailAn amazing second week at the ALC.  I was so busy with all of the amazing things happening: like Liam/Lucy/Ingmar visiting, my parents visiting, a trip to the Uncommons, working at Teachers College and early phase […]

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     Abe and Askani getting deep into the blogging rabbit hole.

    Jacob: “Blogging rabbit hole? Meh. I live here.”

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