Almeda University. A university which offers life experience degrees – contra degrees, I’d say. Eligible candidates are those who do not have a ‘regular’ degree. Eligible candidates are those who are well above the ‘regular’ age of schooling – between 35 and 54. Eligible candidates are those who have a certain level of practical experience. Not everyone satisfies these conditions.
Wikipedia. We all have heard about it. We all have browsed through its pages. We all are aware of its so called ‘encyclopedic’ status. Amidst all the hoopla, we tend to forget what a wiki is.
A wiki is a dynamic interactive website in the sense that it lets users add, delete, and modify the content. Wikipedia is the most famous example of a wiki; the site registering huge amounts of hits daily and continuous churning of content on the pages. Users add and delete and modify the content on the Wikipedia pages upon their free will. Such is the power of a wiki.
Mutual funds. We all invest our money in them. There are two basic directions a mutual fund takes. It may invest the funds in a business which is growing right now – not caring for the long term effects. It may go with the market. Or it may choose to go *contrary* to the market direction, that is, bank its money in a tried and tested business, so what if the business is underperforming now – long term gains are assured.
What is the relation between mutual funds, Almeda University, and Wikipedia, you may ask? The answer is pretty simple.
In life, we choose to go either way – tried and tested, with everyone, or we make our own paths. Either we follow or we lead. When we follow, nobody blames us, when we go a different path, voices start emerging.
It is a natural human trait to feel endangered when someone attempts to violate the standard. It is a natural trait to complain, to find ways to thwart the attempt to break away.
The relation between Almeda University, Wikipedia and Mutual Funds is that like the contra mutual funds, which take a path opposite to the regular funds, Almeda University is a brave attempt to break the shackles of our present-day educational qualification system, and Wikipedia is the massive crowd aiming at thwarting the successful attempt of Almeda.
How: The Concept of Life Experience
Two words – life and experience. A child is born, he grows up a little, is sent to school. When the time to choose a college comes, there are a lot of families who can not afford the exorbitant tuition fees of the colleges, and thus, stay without a degree and get a job somewhere.
Now, this creates a stagnation of sorts. Those well-affluent, who have the money, send their wards to colleges, and the colleges hand them a paper at the end of the term (4 years) declaring that they are now fit to do …