It was very nice to meet you after your timely and topical talk about
anthropology's role in analyzing institutions like banking at
International House at UC Berkeley this March, - after which I mentioned
I would email you, and about World University and School, especially.
(I was glad to find your talks online again here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sIpY0k2cck and here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdpeFQw0LYM). I'm also an anthropologist, currently writing an actual / virtual
ethnography about Harbin Hot Springs in northern California. At the
time, we talked about Cambridge University Anthropology Professor
H.M., whom I know a little from Stanford, and with whom you
studied, if I remember correctly.
World University and School is like Wikipedia with MIT OpenCourseWare,
with a wiki-focus on great universities' open educational resources, and
is planning to offer not only free, online, bachelor, Ph.D., law and
M.D. degrees, accrediting on MIT OCW, but also planning to be an open,
wiki school in all 3,000-8000 languages (Wikipedia, by way of
comparison, is now in 285 languages) and greater than 200 countries, for
people-to-people teaching and learning. Here's a recent overview about
it from my blog -
Startup World University and School will not only help so many people with
access to free education, it has the potential to become immense, and
would be news' worthy in the Financial Times in this regard. As a
potential, significant jobs' producer worldwide, WUaS would like to hire
anthropologist Ph.D.s, in particular, who have worked in all 3,000-8,000
languages, and < 200 countries, and for their academic orientation
especially. WUaS would like to become the online MIT / Harvard /
Cambridge universities of all languages, and MIT OCW is a remarkable
basis as a beginning, upon which to accredit.
At the Computer History Museum yesterday evening, its CEO John Hollar
mentioned your upcoming talk there - http://www.computerhistory.org/events/bio/Gillian,Tett and http://www.computerhistory.org/events/ - in September, at which I look forward
to meeting you again, as well as to developing this conversation further.
All the best,