Unrest arising from acute societal division and unequal access to wealth prompts radical political change, and pressure to develop new economic, social and governance models.
Universities’ ‘third mission’ – to create and share knowledge to address societal challenges – becomes their ﬁrst mission. In the large research-intensive universities, disciplinary structures give way to radical transdisciplinarity focused on speciﬁc social challenge areas: poverty, climate, equality, governance and justice.
Universities collaborate to build their own open learning platforms as there is a mass move away from for-proﬁt, data-extractive big tech infrastructure. This globally-accessible, digital open learning is woven through local, context-speciﬁc autonomous ecoversities and there are many strong, activist partnerships between higher education and community-based movements.
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