About

We believe that education should be a Commons.  Brisbane Free University therefore opens an autonomous space in which the empowering processes of teaching and learning belong to everybody.  We believe that a more just world is possible and that this is one way of bringing it into being.  We want to re-imagine education by bringing conversation and critical thought into the heart of the city.  We want to challenge the divide between the academic sphere and the public forum, between the sandstone and the street corner, and remember the sheer, simple joy of learning for its own sake.

In simple terms, Brisbane Free University:

  • has no fixed address
  • values free access to knowledge
  • sees the human aspect of educational processes as paramount and therefore situates discussions in a physical space, as opposed to online
  • changes learning structures by giving equal time to speakers as to open discussion
  • involves no exchange of money
  • offers no accreditation
  • operates independently of any political organisation, NGO, formal university or funding body

Contact: brisbanefreeuniversity[at]gmail[dot]com

If you would like to join our mailing list to receive updates about our upcoming sessions, please send an email to the above address.

8 Responses to About

  1. Terri Waller says:

    This is fantastic. We too are creating an Education Fevolution (fast evolution) at http://www.sevgen.com.au. Can we connect!

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  3. Andrew says:

    do u have a twitter account so I can keep up with upcoming events without being spammed?
    cheers,
    🙂
    Andrew

  4. Bhima EMZ says:

    I attended the session tonight on coal seam gas and found it both informative & inspiring. I seriously think the Westpac car park is the wrong space because it picks up the noise from the traffic & turns the space into an amplifier of traffic noise. I struggled to understand what people were saying even with the mike & without the mike I understood nothing. I have a science degree in sustainable cultural development & my intentional contribution to the world is to assist in the emergence of a new world civilization. I am happy to give a seminar or hold workshops but not inside a sound box. My best form of contact is 0439667116 but if you hate Ken Wilber, Alice Bailey & Fritjof Capra you will also hate what I have to say.

  5. gts79 says:

    Hello,

    Really impressed with the work you are doing in Brisbane.

    I am a Ph.D student at the University of Lincoln and a member of the Social Science Centre in Lincoln: http://socialsciencecentre.org.uk/

    The title of my Ph.D is ‘Re-imagining the idea of the university for a post-capitalist society’. A key element of my research is to try and create better networks between other free and alternative higher education projects and I am currently in the process of making a counter-cartography to help facilitate this: http://goo.gl/maps/gXHuw

    It would be great to develop a line of communication between the us and other groups around the world. If you would like to discuss this more, please contact me at gsaunders@lincoln.ac.uk.

    All the best

    Gary

  6. gts79 says:

    Hello,

    Really impressed with the work you are doing in Brisbane.

    I am a Ph.D student at the University of Lincoln and a member of the Social Science Centre in Lincoln: http://socialsciencecentre.org.uk/

    The title of my Ph.D is ‘Re-imagining the idea of the university for a post-capitalist society’. A key element of my research is to try and create better networks between other free and alternative higher education projects and I am currently in the process of making a counter-cartography to help facilitate this: http://goo.gl/maps/gXHuw

    It would be great to develop a line of communication between the us and other groups around the world. If you would like to discuss this more, please contact me at gsaunders@lincoln.ac.uk.

    All the best

    Gary

  7. Maria Rampa says:

    Congratulations on a great initiative! I am also passionate about lifelong education and try to help others to gain authentic experiences and learnings through travel – http://www.evvoke.com.au. I love Alain de Botton’s view on travel: “We are all on an inner journey. The point of travel is to go to places that can help us with our inner evolution”

  8. Liz Elliott says:

    our Ngara Insttute wouldlike to affliate with you. How should we make contact? love Liz

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