The importance of hope in renewing troubled universities: Riddell

Former University Affairs editor Léo Charbonneau recently interviewed Jessica Riddell (Bishop’s University) about the concepts of critical hope and rewiring institutions for human flourishing. Referencing her recently published book Hope Circuits, Riddell explains that “universities across Canada are flailing” as they contend with a fragmented mission, rigid hierarchies, and “deferred maintenance with regard to our statutes, policies, systems, and structures.” She outlines the necessity of getting people in the sector interested in systems change, developing a shared vocabulary and understanding of how universities work, and encouraging discussions between professionals in different parts of the academy.

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