Alternative education summit

Interesting initiative around P2P learning, i.e. the SUMMIT of non-aligned initiatives in education culture, to take place in Berlin from May 24 to 28, 2007

Description of the conference:

Two weeks before this years G-8 meeting a wide range of projects, initiatives and protagonists from the fields of art, culture and political activism are going to gather in Berlin for “SUMMIT of
non-aligned initiatives in education culture”: SUMMIT is a proposal to question and to change some of the fundamental terms of the debate around education, knowledge production and information society.

Beyond the widespread lament about the crisis in education there are numerous initiatives converging around “education”, recognizing that it is equally a platform for cultural actualisation
and self organization: these projects range from free academies, to exhibitions as educational modes to ad-hoc initiatives within social, political and cultural organisations. Parallel to that many initiatives are taking place within or at the margins of institutions which work against the grain of their official modes and expand rather than defy existing aims.

SUMMIT seeks to bring together various approaches from different genres and calls to come forth and unalign from both, the tendencies of bureaucratization and privatization of knowledge
and education. The four-day event focusses on four thematic tracks: “Knowledge and Migrancy”, “Self-authorization, -organization, -valorization”, “Creative Practices” and “Education unrealized and ongoing”.

SUMMIT features an evening program with lectures, curated dialogs and performances, a series of meetings and sessions in working groups caucuses, workshops, drafting sessions and history
lessons as well as open forums for initiating proposals, highlighting practices and making theory urgent.