Welcome to Tent City University

This is a space to learn, share knowledge and develop skills through a wide series of workshops, lectures, debates, films, games, praxis and action. As formal education becomes more and more commodified and inaccessible, here we have an opportunity to explore alternatives. Because between us we have all the resources we need.

Anyone can teach, everyone can learn – and the two go hand in hand. Feel free to propose sessions, listen to new ideas and share with others what you know or want to know.

Post eviction we remain committed to promoting collective wisdom and looking at how we use knowledge together. We’re now focusing on how we relocate TCU both conceptually and physically. We will focus on outreach and communication using teach outs and holding TCU events in many places. We will be surprising and unlikely, creating a database of places closed and open.

Please email suggestions to tentcityuniverity@gmail.com.

47 Responses to Welcome to Tent City University

  1. Obi says:

    The four and a half months of it’s existence in theOccupyLSX camp and Bank of Ideas, Tent City Uni as a physical presence changed lives amongst people.

    The judgement from the Royal Courts of Justice and Court of Appeals. that the tents are not necessary for protesting and reforming the world, is a travesty to Justice.

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  24. mary of cumbria says:

    I should like to thank you for the wonderful lecture and discussion I attended early in November on sustainable farming. It was so good to be amongst such a mixture of people, of different ages and backgrounds, but with one thing in common; an enquiring mind. The development of an enquiring mind is surely what university education is all about. To have these lectures in a tent is a superb idea. No UCAS forms, no tuition fees, no intellectual snobbery, a truly OPEN UNIVERSITY, and open to ALL. Please thank all your lecturers and speakers for giving their time so freely during these months. You have been an inspiration to all who have attended.

    With best wishes to all of you at Occupy London…Mary of Cumbria

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  27. mary eng says:

    hey, the smokers have taken over tent city u.
    can we do something to control this.
    mandatory smoke inhalation makes this unhealthy for kids and asthmatics.
    the smokers get mad when i mention it.
    kids deserve clean air.

    other issues:
    the sexual harassment of women and transgendered persons.
    the violence and police collaboration of tranquility/brutality.

  28. Hallo folks,
    am giving a talk on 7th at 11am as arranged by Peter Colville. Please update the website with this please.
    Chris Philpott, author of “Green Spirituality-one answer to global environmental problems and world poverty “(pub http://www.authorhouse.co.uk) will describe his findings of 13 years research into solutions to our current ecological crisis and social injustice. He has concluded that Eco Villages, which now have a global population of 250,000 , have models of sustainability worth following. He will outline the basic principles on which Eco Villages are based on and illustrate with examples of different types of Eco Villages found around the world. There will be space for deep discussion especially in relation to the idea that Finsbury Square could become an urban eco village. All true seekers for the answers welcome.

  29. Gilbert says:

    “The fourth law of motion: ‘For investors as a whole, returns decrease as motion increases.’” – Warren Buffet commenting on frictional costs of investing/transacting ‘helpers’

  30. ‘Occupy Camps of the World’; until you address this…
    People of the world, and particularly those in the present ‘occupy camps’ around the world; ‘best wishes to you all’ – though you need to understand, the most fundamental objective of this, should be taken full advantage of, which is to make sure the people of the world, – who many are kicking off in various parts of the planet; get their voices heard, – and as importantly; – ‘their demands known of’. As presenlty not so many people seem to be coming out with to many concrete ideas, – as what I am saying, a new a strong foundation is required to work from, – though there is no need for hands of the Masons to lay this one, – as this must be laid by the hands of the people, those with no white gloves to protect themsleves from the blood that may be shed in order to lay this ‘people’s foundation’, – a foundation without all these manmade vodoo religions and their anointing rituals and ceremonies – one solid enough to support the worlds populations, – which sounds all NWO, which in the right hands, is most definitely what we need, though not a ‘order’, but a worldwide understanding and harmony that truly represents every man, women and child on this world, – as opposed to just looking after a few million here and there of the elite families – who have got thier fingers in every pie and the world resources, that should be basically free, or at least non-profitable, or not at least so much profit being made, – as we all need; heat, light and water etc., – these precious commodities belong to ‘the people’ – and not to half a dozen men around the globe, – with a few thousand shareholders having a slice of the cake, whilst the people don’t even get a crumb! Presently our world governments are so corrupt, infiltrated and over-run by nepotistic chums, whom in turn appoint their buddies into positions that they uphold and help cover-up all this stealing of trillions from our world public purses. – They’ve distracted us for so long, – so whilst we’re watching the football match, Come Strictly, X Factor and being sent gaga by that Lady, – being force fed false news about the middle-east, constant threats of cuts, the collapse of the world economies, wars and crime etc. – these lot have been running out the back doors with their suitcases stuffed with trillions of dollars, pounds, Euro’s and gold, you name it, they’ve nicked it from us! – They haven’t even yet really started, as it costs trillions to fund a world war, or should I say ‘human cull’, population getting out of hand and all that… -
    Though until we address these issues, then any demand to banking reform etc. is not worth the paper it’s written on. – If we can address this cancer, and get passed certain laws and regulations, – then the world may be able to move on in honesty and full transparency, – though this can only be possible if the present nepotistic corrupt system, in the guise of a ‘Demockracy’, – as the only true alternative we have ever had, is the offer of the; “Blue pill or Red pill”, – we have been lied to, – it’s plain and simple, – and they have been well and truly caught with there pants down, and they too know it, – thus want to lead us into WWIII, – so are now kicking the heels of Iran and causing all sorts of bother in places such as the middle-east and Africa at the mo.
    For time immemorial, these elite members of the same secret society, have rode the merry-go- round, – elite families whom simply pass the baton of fame and fortune from one pirate family to the other. And every demonstration, protest march or rally, will simple be in vain, if we the people don’t address these critical and deep-rooted flaws that have suffocated any chance of ‘real democracy’ being given to the people, – as this corruption pervades all our world governments, villages, towns and cities.
    Don’t even bother raises your voices or pitching your tents, if you’re not brave enough to stand up and demand that it should be; ‘illega’l for any member of our local town-halls, police forces and armies, – though particularly, and should be dealt with first; our judiciary and those members of Parliament, the House Lords etc’. – as new laws need to be introduced, that prevent members of these nepotistic secret societies, – whom almost all these people belong to the same ‘one’ club – from also being able to serve in publicly appointed positions of great power and financial influence, like those running PFI; – whose corruptive hidden pricetag – in turning to private finance to help fund Britain’s much-needed public infrastructure, is holding the public yet again to ransom, – they need to be stopped and these places and industries need to be returned to the public and off those with a “Common Purpose” agenda, whose purpose is far from helping the masses, but is aimed to help the select few. The BBC’s recent Panorama programme did an excellent job in helping to expose as to what dodgy deals are going on. The only sincere, true and genuinely honest way to help change this world of ours into a better place for everyone, is to sign the following petition http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/14653 and make these points known about and heard, raise these objectives as parts of ‘our’ demands, the planet is screaming out for justice, and now is the time to act, so we can get it right for all of our children’s sakes and futures.
    As well as real banking reform, we need to also make sure that all companies, no matter where their head office or origins are from or based, – must pay their full 100% income tax on all products that are sold within any one country, and tax those on really high incomes, that little bit more. And then it’s up to you lot to come up with more ideas, though failing to address issue one; the petition, – then like I say, everything else is fruitless. Viva the peoples revolution – power to the people, power to the people right on!

  31. colin aries says:

    The answer to the present financial crisis is rather simple. The problem is actually accepting the answer.
    Every single one of us was born into this present financial system. Since our first breaths we have all been socially conditioned into accepting this system as being a totally normal aspect of our lives. To the point where we can not actually envisage any other way of doing things. Money enables and money creates is what we all believe.
    As the present crisis has highlighted though, this just isn’t true. Rather than helping us to progress, money is now holding us back and preventing us from doing things that we are very capable of achieving.
    This present money system is not working. Most people can see this. It’s roots lie way back in history when as a race we did not understand very much. I like to think we have evolved since then. So maybe we should start thinking about adopting a system that does not rely on money. A system where all goods and services are free.
    The ‘big society’ and ‘all in it together’ are all buzz words we have heard of late. But how can these things come to fruition when there is such inequality.
    The answer i believe is to create a work hours system. Based on a 371/2 hour week, people do 95,550 hours of work in a lifetime. When you leave school you get issued with an account and it is up to you to work those hours away. Great and small alike, you do an hours work, you get an hour knocked off your total. When you hit zero you retire.
    This system is totally open to tweaking. And the good bit is that this tweaking will never cost anybody anything.
    For example, you could say that all hours done over 371/2 in one week could be paid at time and a half in much the same way that overtime is paid at the moment. And the same for unsocial hours. You could also say that if people want to carry on working after they have reached retirement, all hours done should be paid at the enhanced rate.
    I have mentioned that all goods and services would be free. That’s free housing, free utilities, free food, free medical care, free transport, free entertainment, free holidays etc. However, in our world there are rare and exotic goods. Vintage sports cars for example. Should you have a need for some of these goods then we could apply a system whereby you exchange some of your hours for these goods.

  32. Dave Wetzel says:

    Surely we need to look at the root cause of the banking crisis – not bankers’ bonuses or lack of banking regulation – I refer to the speculation in land and natural resources which not only do bank loans foster but is used as collatoral for bank loans made with no depositors’ funds when banks create money by advancing credit without funds to back it.
    The subprime mortgages that were based on land speculation presented no problem whilst land prices escalated (the loans were “safe” even if the mortgagee had little income to repay the loan) but once the land bubble burst, the collatoral was worthless.
    An annual Land Value Tax on all land would not only have many excellent effects on the wider economy but curb such bank specuation.

  33. Airat Teregulov says:

    New stage of Occupy Movement.
    The first stage of Occupy Movement is Occupy Wall Street and US cities (occupywallst.org). The second stage is expansion of Occupy Movement by global actions on 10 Dec. 2011 etc. (www.occupytogether.org). The third stage of it should be a development of Occupy Movement ideology. It is started in London by setting up of a Bank of Ideas (www.bankofideas.org.uk). The bank may become a creative potential of the Occupy Movement.
    There is a need to supplement it with the tech and social general ideas on Optimal Development obtained in the East (Russia) as an addition to Occupy Movement in the West. These ideas will make the Occupy Movement ideology. It’ll ensure the globalization based on wisdom, general interest. This’ll reduce the power of force, particular interest. The ideology will set up a union of Occupiers (cleverworld-generalbusiness.blogspot.com).
    Ideology & program of New World.
    The XXI century’ feature is globalization to be added to the countries’ and regions’ development. For its way to be peaceful it should be based on a compromise between the features of the East (wisdom – general ideas) and of the West (force – big capitals). Wisdom is presented by an author from Russia, for the complex phenomena are triune, i.e. can’t be divided into parts and are defined by one brain of triune form, and force is the protesters.
    They and the author will set up “New World”: 1) Optimal Development Center; 2) Counsel; 3) Members. The Center should be set up near Kazan as the New World embryo. “New World” will demand credits for the Center and income to Members, elect heads of states to optimize incomes, economy, science etc. Sasha Sethi said about Occupiers: “They need to focus on some firm intellectual ideas.” They say: “Ideas rule the World”
    Got Univ. ed., scientific degree & title. A. Teregulov. Ph + 7 843 2365517. E-m razum21@hotmail.com
    P.S. To set up the New World Bank of Ideas to develop the Bank of Ideas (www.bankofideas.org.uk), the New World University to develop the Tent University (tentcityuniversity.occupylsx.org/), the New World Fund, to support Optimal Development as Occupy aim, there’s a need to help the author to make the relative web sites.

  34. jay says:

    After Castells talk earlier today, I was thinking, if retrospectively taxing those who benefitted highly from making the crisis (individuals who were running the financial institutions) would be an implementable and idea ? Given that the politicians are shying away from tobin tax arguing that this is possible only if implementable at a global scale. Retrospective taxation can happen at the country level, if there is enough public support.

  35. rita ashworth says:

    I am interested in governance concepts and how the citizen is to interact more in the actual governing of society. I think in one of the recent videos about BOI -a computer programmer was interviewed and he talked about using the web to foster the making of laws and governance principles in society -it would be great if you could get hold of him and to get him to give a talk on his ideas. He said on the video he actually worked in the UBS building as a programmer so I guess he knows what he is talking about – Yes I do believe although you having many good speakers at UBS -you need to get down to fundamental ideas about new ways of governance in the coming years -I have been much impressed by GAs but I think you need to go further with this whole thing to show people that many radical and cohesive plans could be envisaged for the running of society on a large scale —-here is the video which the programmer was in I believe on utube http://youtu.be/CHO4vevmWbc best rita ashworth

  36. Vance Martin says:

    Pessimists about Occupy’s supposed lack of clear purpose/goals need to pay close attention to the resourceful use of social media and open source approaches to communicatng factually and engagng dialogue across social barriers and geographic distance to create critical mass for political effectveness. Occupy may not be absolutely novel, but it represents rich possiblitues for systemic change. Let’s face it: it’s only been two months. Give ‘em a break. They will not die a natural death. They’ll have to be invaded, undermined and destroyed. And we’re already observing the forces of nefarious statecraft intent upon accomplishing that end. Hallelujah to Occupy!

  37. Mannie Sher says:

    To follow the social dreaming event at Tent City University visit the blog at:

    http://socialdreamingeventstentcityuniversity.wordpress.com/

    Updates are posted regularly

  38. I’m visiting London from Derbyshire on Wed 23 Nov, and would love to have come to the workshop at 11am. However I don’t arrive at St Pancras till 1. 15ish. I’ll try to get to the camp as soon as I can. Would it be possible to meet with someone to share ideas sometime in early afternoon?

  39. Anonymous says:

    Through history, when governance fails the people, there is always an uprising…that is clearly the start of enlightened way to bring in transformation.

  40. Helen Hills says:

    It is encouraging to see resistance to some of the greatest injustices of recent years.

  41. chris massey lynch says:

    Here is alink to the DR GENE SHARP’s SITE the AlbertEinsteinInstitute Which has free downloads of books like FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY and 198 METHODS OF NON VIOLENT ACTION all free ( Dr Gene Sharp is world expert on non violent revolution,there has been a documentary film made about him called (How To Start A Revolution) His writings about non violent revolution has been read and use3d in the ArabSpring……so that gives you a clue…. http://www.aeinstein.org/organizationsde07.html (Dr Gene Sharp’s Site) Also here is a link to Chris Hedges giving a short lecture about Protests recently (he was arrested recently outside Goldman Sachs with Rev Billy)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKb9rCsFBV0&feature=related Its about NON VIOLENT CITIZENS RESISTANCE This is recommended and i hope you can take the time to watch this one…..We are preparing to come down from Cambridge to see you very soon…and we wish you well. Anyway Thats all for now. Chris/cambridge

  42. Valdemar Alsop says:

    Hi,

    I’d like to come along to Steve keen’s Workshop:

    Saturday 19, 2-4.30pm. Workshop on the financial crisis at Occupy LSX (London Stock Exchange). Contact: tentcityuniversity AT gmail.com, http://tentcityuniversity.occupylsx.org/.

    Thank you.

    Valdemar

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