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Glenn Rikowski

LIFE IN THE HIGHER SAUSAGE FACTORY

Dr. Glenn Rikowski, School of Education, University of Northampton

Guest Lecture to the Teacher Education Research Group

Glenn Rikowski will talk about Capital in a Crisis of Higher Education, and Higher Education in a Crisis of Capital

22nd March 2012, 5.00pm, The Cass School of Education and Communities, Room 2.02, University of East London, Water Lane, London E15 4LZ

“Capitalist production is not merely the production of commodities, it is essentially the production of surplus-value. The labourer produces, not for himself, but for capital. It no longer suffices, therefore, that he should simply produce. He must produce surplus-value. That labourer alone is productive, who produces surplus-value for the capitalist, and thus works for the self-expansion of capital. If we may take an example from outside the sphere of production of material objects, a schoolmaster is a productive labourer, when, in addition to belabouring the heads of his scholars, he works like a horse to enrich the school proprietor. That the latter has laid out his capital in a teaching factory, instead of a sausage factory, does not alter the relation. Hence the notion of a productive labourer implies not merely a relation between work and useful effect, between labourer and product of labour, but also a specific, social relation of production, a relation that has sprung up historically and stamps the labourer as the direct means of creating surplus-value. To be a productive labourer is, therefore, not a piece of luck, but a misfortune” (Karl Marx, Capital, Volume I).

 

UPDATE, 5th March 2014: The paper can now be downloaded from Academia. There are many other of my papers there too. See: https://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo

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Public-Private Partnership

PUBLIC SECTOR REFORM: OPENING UP SERVICES

29th September 2011, The Barbican, London.

The government’s ‘Open Public Services White Paper’, due in July, will set out the bold blueprint for the reform of our public services. It is a process that is not just about efficiencies, cost savings or achieving value for money. But an opportunity to rethink and reform how services are designed, to systematically engage with communities and gain a better understanding of how to integrate services and create better outcomes. Releasing services from the grip of state control encourages bids for public work from voluntary groups, charities and the private sector.

The reforms aim to reduce unnecessary bureaucratic burdens, duplication and overspending. Opening up public services to a range of providers fosters greater competition to offer better services, ones that are tailored to local needs and allow for more innovative and flexible models. The government plans see competition as crucial to raising the standards of quality.

At the Public Sector Reform: Opening Up Services conference we will explore how we can seize the opportunities presented in the white paper, engage with communities and new providers, and deliver credible benefits to public service users.

OVERVIEW

The challenge for change has been set – requiring a seismic shift in the delivery of public services. Top-down policy direction has been consigned to the past and replaced by the localism agenda. There can be no doubts that the depth of public spending cuts increased the complexities, debates and urgency of delivering this change. But it is a process that is not just about efficiencies, cost savings or achieving value for money. It is also an opportunity to rethink and reform how services are designed, to systematically engage with communities and gain a better understanding of how to integrate services and create better outcomes. Releasing services from the grip of state control encourages bids for public work from voluntary groups, charities and the private sector. However, many public sector workers are likely to be unenthusiastic over job losses or reapplying to take on a service – is the public sector too risk adverse for such change?

The reforms aim to reduce unnecessary bureaucratic burdens, duplication and overspending. Opening up public services to a range of providers fosters greater competition to offer better services, ones that are tailored to local needs and allow for more innovative and flexible models. The government plans see competition as crucial to raising the standards of quality. What is the role of local authorities in making this new approach work? Responsibility lies in setting up investment and advisory services to help community projects and organisations have a rigorous business plan, ensuring a level playing field, and fair funding and access for all. Council and policy leaders will need to understand the limits of what can be achieved within core budgets and what the acceptable operational risk across services will be.

The reforms are not without sizable concerns, as highlighted by the Deloitte report ‘A Little Local Difficulty’. The report findings suggested that there remains ambiguity on what exactly is meant by the localism and Big Society agendas and how they should be delivered at a local level. How will frontline services be affected in this period of upheaval, and do authorities realistically have the timescales to manage performance, service outcomes and set accountable frameworks?

At the Public Sector Reform: Opening Up Services conference we will explore how we can seize the opportunities presented in the White Paper, engage with communities and new providers, and deliver credible benefits to public service users.

Booking online: http://www.cvent.com/events/public-service-reform-opening-up-services/event-summary-8a1f6a8e93164c64b9342e8c30ab987e.aspx

Speakers include:

Keynote Address
Rt Hon Greg Clark MP (invited)
Minister of State for Decentralisation, Communities & Local Government
“Opening Up Services”

Councillor Richard Kemp (confirmed)
Vice-Chairman of the Local Government Group; Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Local Government Association
“Modernising Public Services: A Flexible and Community-led Approach”

Closing Keynote Address
Julian McCrae (confirmed)
Director of Research, Institute for Government
“Reforming Service Delivery to Meet the Citizen’s Needs”

Further details of the programme can be found online: http://www.publicserviceevents.co.uk/190/public-sector-reform  

Places are limited to 250 and are awarded on a first come, first served basis

If you are unable to attend, please feel free to forward details of this event to a colleague.

If you wish to register your interest in exhibiting or delivering a workshop, you can submit your contact details online and one of our advisors will be in touch shortly.

If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

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Obviously this is a pro-business takeover of public services conference. It would be good to have some critical voices at this shindig – Glenn Rikowski

 

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Midnight

TOWARD THE LAST JUBILEE! MINNIGHT NOTES AT THIRTY YEARS

New Pamphlet: Toward the Last Jubilee! Midnight Notes at Thirty Years

(Edited by Craig Hughes. Published by Autonomedia & Perry Editions)

In November 2009, the Midnight Notes Collective marked thirty years of work with MN30, a day-long conference held at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan that was attended by more than seventy comrades. This pamphlet, which includes essays by writers involved in or inspired by the work of Midnight Notes, developed from that gathering.

The short pieces in this pamphlet are characteristic of the crises – of capitalism, of the working class, of movements – that MN30 occurred in. The authors don’t mince words—not in their celebration and admiration of Midnight Notes, nor in their presentation of the very real difficulties of the period; not in their critiques of where the project has been and gone, and certainly not in their raising of the real pressing political issues we all need to grapple with.

Available for sale from Autonomedia (http://www.autonomedia.org) and AK Press (http://www.akpress.org).

Table of Contents:

Craig Hughes: Introduction

p.m: From Midnight to Dawn: Permutations of a Crisis and the Comedy of the Commons

Steven Colatrella: Comments on Midnight Notes 30 Years

George Caffentzis: Two Themes of Midnight Notes: Work/Refusal of Work and Enclosure/Commons

Chris Vance: A Short Reflection on Midnight Notes

Team Colors Collective: High Entropy Workers Unite!

Sabu Kohso: An East Asian Mediator’s View of Midnight Notes Collective

Jenna Loyd: Beyond Walls and Cages: State Violence, Racism, and the Possibility of Abolition Economies

Manuel Yang: Elegy for Midnight Notes?

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Volumizer Resurrection Four

 

 

The Volumizer was Glenn Rikowski’s AOL blog. It was started up on 29th September 2005. On 30th September 2008, AOL announced that all of its Hometown products, including its blogs and newsletters, would be closed down on 31st October 2008. Glenn’s articles, many of which were written for his students at the Volumizer, will be preserved here at The Flow of Ideas. Work has begun on this project, and the latest articles to be included are now available, as listed below:

 

 

 

2007

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) A Capital-friendly Culture for Further Education in the UK, 17th November, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=A%20Capital%20Friendly%20Culture%20for%20Further%20Education

 

 

 

2006

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2006) The Last Parents’ Evening, 18th November, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=The%20Last%20Parents%20Evening

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2006) Education Fireworks! 5th November, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Education%20Fireworks

 

 

Hatcher, R. (2006) Privatisation in England – A Reply to Rikowski’s ‘Dentist’s Chair’ Paper, 12th February, Birmingham, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Privatisation%20of%20Schools%20in%20England

 

 

 

2005

 

 

Hatcher, R. (2005) Business Sponsorship of Schools: For-profit takeover or agents of neoliberal change? 5th November, Birmingham, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Business%20Sponsorship%20of%20Schools

 

 

 

 

The Rikowski web site, The Flow of Ideas is at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Profile is at: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Volumizer Resurrection Three

 

 

The Volumizer is Glenn Rikowski’s AOL blog. This was started up on 29th September 2005. On 30th September 2008, AOL announced that all of its Hometown products, including its blogs and newsletters, would be closed down on 31st October 2008. Glenn’s articles, many of which were written for his students at the Volumizer, will be preserved here at The Flow of Ideas. Work has begun on this project, and the latest articles to be included are now available, as listed below:

 

 

 

2007

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) On Education Studies, 3rd October, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=On%20Education%20Studies

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) An Educational Mansion House for Business, 8th August, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=An%20Educational%20Mansion%20House%20for%20Business

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) Brown’s PFI Monster Creates Education Spending and Policy Crisis (in Three Parts), 31st July, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Brown%20PFI%20Monster

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) Finance and Fear: Lessons in Money and Debt, 27th July, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Finance%20and%20Fear

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) Education the HSBC Way, 23rd July, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Education%20the%20HSBC%20Way

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) Education Repetition: Brown Follows Blair’s Neoliberal Education Reform Agenda, 8th June, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Education%20Repetition

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) Academy Chains: Building on the Neoliberal Education Policy of Tony Blair, 3rd June, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Academy%20Chains

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) Privatisation of Student Debt, 16th March, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Privatisation%20of%20Student%20Debt

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) Education for Debt, 22nd January, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Education%20for%20Debt

 

 

 

 

2005

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2005) The Capitalisation of Schools: Federations and Academies, London, 1st October, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=The%20Capitalisation%20of%20Schools%20-%20Federations%20and%20Academies

 

 

 

 

The Rikowski web site, The Flow of Ideas is at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Profile is at: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Glenn’s MySpace blog, Wavering on Ether is at: http://blog.myspace.com/glennrikowski  

Volumizer Resurrection Two

 

The Volumizer is Glenn Rikowski’s AOL blog. This was started up on 29th September 2005. On 30th September 2008, AOL announced that all of its Hometown products, including its blogs and newsletters, would be closed down on 31st October 2008. Glenn’s articles, many of which were written for his students, will be preserved at The Flow of Ideas. Work has begun on this project, and the latest articles to be included are now available, as listed below:

 

 

 

2007

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) When Bullies Roam the School, 3rd November, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=When%20Bullies%20Roam%20the%20School

 

 

 

 

2006

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2006) Lazy Brit Kids? London, 10th November, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Lazy%20Brit%20Kids

 

 

 

 

2005

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2005) The Education White Paper and the Marketisation and Capitalisation of the Schools System in England (in two parts), London, 24th October, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=The%20Education%20White%20Paper%20and%20the%20Marketisation%20of%20Schools

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2005) The Business of Becoming a Business for Academies, London, 7th October, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=The%20Business%20of%20Becoming%20a%20Business%20for%20Academies