Reinventing the university for the 21st century

Dialog around our vision, and how to achieve it
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Re: Reinventing the university for the 21st century

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Hi Leland,

Thank you for your latest questions. In the interest of time and space, I'll try to respond compactly.

A good number of these details will be considered as time, energy, and resources allow. Our capacity to develop both programs and resources will depend on the willingness of people to make meaningful commitments to work with us on creating them. We hope, for example, that we can find someone willing to work closely and collaboratively with us to develop an online resource library.

In terms of creating formal WDU affiliations/titles with individuals outside of a small core of people doing the infrastructural grunt work (such as Uli's building and managing this site), I seriously doubt that we will be making academic appointments and developing faculty titles as one would find in a traditional university. Our approach will be a more networked and partnered one, rather than trying to build an extensive, formal "faculty."

To answer your more immediate question, your climate change talk would not be a WDU event. As I explain in this item, we are accepting program and project proposals to collaborate with us:
https://www.worlddignityuniversity.org/forum/topic/18

I hope this is helpful!
David Yamada
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dyamada@suffolk.edu
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WDU library

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lbeaumont wrote: Sun Dec 18, 2022 8:57 am Certainly, WDU deserves to feature a fine library; what would be most fitting?

I recently began to learn of The Society Library.
Dear Lee,

thanks for making us aware of the Society Library. This looks interesting and it is great that you plan to monitor their progress.
Regarding the WDU Library, at the moment we can use Evelin's massive collection on the HumanDHS website. I do admit, I do not yet know how best to develop that into a structured database to make access to specific items easy. This is not a technical issue: I have already added extensions to our website software platform which allow for cataloging and organizing content in any way we decide. Rather, it is an issue of time needed to transfer what we already have. Before doing so, we have to agree on an appropriate system of categories, keywords, ... and so on. I would expect an experienced librarian to need some months to do this. And this is just what Evelin brings to the database. Many of our users also can contribute important stuff.
In my view, we can only achieve something, if we have a very focussed approach, not collecting every information which is somehow connected to human dignity. There is too much. Why not start with small collections on very specific, carefully chosen topics?

I invite all to share their ideas on this.
Uli
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Nelson Mandela
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Re: Reinventing the university for the 21st century

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Uli, thank you for sharing more ideas about building a WDU resource library. I agree wholeheartedly that we should not try to list & link every possible source relevant to dignity. But if we want to encourage access and use of the core materials produced by those within our community, then I think we need to be very deliberate about how we start this process.

The HumanDHS site includes many core writings and links to pertinent materials, but it is not user-friendly. The site overall is more of an archive, such that only those patient enough to work through it can maximize its value as a research tool. (This excludes a lot of younger folks, who expect material to be only a few clicks away.) I've remarked many times that we need to develop curated lists and annotated bibliographies to help identify the most useful and authoritative material.

Even without dedicated help on the library project, we can make a start on this by identifying truly core works and going from there. It's something that I'll have some time to think about this spring.
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Re: Research projects at WDU?

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ulisp10 wrote: Thu Dec 08, 2022 8:42 am Dear all,
to me, this topic raises several key questions. One of them is which research projects we as WDU supporters would like to pursue. Realistically, we will have to start small. If you have suggestions for small projects which add to the knowledge and wisdom about human dignity, please share them as replies here.
Dear Uli,

Hayal would like to develop a workshop on "Project-Based Training and Use of Quality Tools." She has done this training before for London Kingston University, Law and Business School students and the Alumni center. We will be discussing this project in the near future to see how may further collaborate on this wonderful initiative.

-Kim Eriksen
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Re: WDU library

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ulisp10 wrote: Sun Dec 18, 2022 7:22 pm
lbeaumont wrote: Sun Dec 18, 2022 8:57 am Certainly, WDU deserves to feature a fine library; what would be most fitting?

I recently began to learn of The Society Library.
Dear Lee,

thanks for making us aware of the Society Library. This looks interesting and it is great that you plan to monitor their progress.
Regarding the WDU Library, at the moment we can use Evelin's massive collection on the HumanDHS website. I do admit, I do not yet know how best to develop that into a structured database to make access to specific items easy. This is not a technical issue: I have already added extensions to our website software platform which allow for cataloging and organizing content in any way we decide. Rather, it is an issue of time needed to transfer what we already have. Before doing so, we have to agree on an appropriate system of categories, keywords, ... and so on. I would expect an experienced librarian to need some months to do this. And this is just what Evelin brings to the database. Many of our users also can contribute important stuff.
In my view, we can only achieve something, if we have a very focussed approach, not collecting every information which is somehow connected to human dignity. There is too much. Why not start with small collections on very specific, carefully chosen topics?

I invite all to share their ideas on this.
Uli
Dearest Uli,
During our WDUi workshop, I offered my support to assist you on this work. I understand there is an extensive collection to transfer, organize and upload from the HumanDHS website.

Perhaps it would first be a good idea for us to consider a "user-friendly structure" so that we may streamline an efficient process to best prepare, organize, transfer, and catalog content.

As the collection is massive, could you please provide us a "link to the archives" so that we may share ideas on the potential structuring whether it be by "system of categories, authorship, year, keywords, hashtags, etc."?

I am not an experienced librarian (although I wish I was;). However, it is my hope that some knowledge from my past experiences on knowledge management projects and intranet portal development and management may extend us some support as we grow in this initiative together.

-Kim Eriksen
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Re: WDU library

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kim.eriksen wrote: Mon Jan 02, 2023 11:54 am Perhaps it would first be a good idea for us to consider a "user-friendly structure" so that we may streamline an efficient process to best prepare, organize, transfer, and catalog content.

As the collection is massive, could you please provide us a "link to the archives" so that we may share ideas on the potential structuring whether it be by "system of categories, authorship, year, keywords, hashtags, etc."?
Dear Kim,
many thanks for your thoughtful comments to this and related topics. Indeed, having you onboard will be immensely valuable.

You asked for a link to the archives. Our archive is the HumanDHS website, where Evelin and Linda over more than 20 years have created the world's most authoritative repository of resources on Human Dignity matters. In the WDU Resources Library we certainly will not duplicate this. We rather want to create a curated collection of materials which are most relevant for students to begin with. We did not yet discuss what to include, how to present it, how to create a meaningful catalog, and so on.
I will suggest to David that we organize a brainstorming session with all interested people. There we may decide on the first steps to do. In the meantime, I am happy if we get some suggestions beforehand, maybe in a special subforum.

Finally, I wish you all a Happy New Year.
Uli
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Re: Reinventing the university for the 21st century

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Dear Uli,

Happy New Year! Thank you kindly for your feedback. My apologies as I just received this post today as I did not get an e-mail notification. When I logged in just now, I found your message.

I believe David initiated this brainstorming session in the Librarian sub-forum.
Looking forward to share some suggestions there.
-Kim
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