Common Ground Publishing

  • Description
  • Com­mon Ground is com­mit­ted to build­ing new kinds of knowl­edge com­mu­ni­ties, inno­v­a­tive in their media and their messages.

    Our messages

    Her­itage knowl­edge sys­tems are char­ac­ter­ized by ver­ti­cal sep­a­ra­tions — of dis­ci­pline, pro­fes­sional asso­ci­a­tion, insti­tu­tion, and coun­try. Com­mon Ground takes some of the piv­otal ideas and chal­lenges of our time and builds knowl­edge com­mu­ni­ties which cut hor­i­zon­tally across legacy knowl­edge struc­tures. Sus­tain­abil­ity, diver­sity, learn­ing, the future of the human­i­ties, the nature of inter­dis­ci­pli­nar­ity, the place of the arts in soci­ety, technology’s con­nec­tions with knowl­edge, the chang­ing role of the uni­ver­sity — these are deeply impor­tant ques­tions of our time which require inter­dis­ci­pli­nary think­ing, global con­ver­sa­tions, and cross-​institutional intel­lec­tual collaborations.

    Com­mon Ground is a meet­ing place for peo­ple, ideas, and dia­logue. How­ever, the strength of ideas does not come from find­ing com­mon denom­i­na­tors. Rather, the power and resilience of these ideas is that they are pre­sented and tested in a shared space where dif­fer­ences can meet and safely con­nect — dif­fer­ences of per­spec­tive, expe­ri­ence, knowl­edge base, method­ol­ogy, geo­graph­i­cal or cul­tural ori­gins, and insti­tu­tional affil­i­a­tion. These are the kinds of vig­or­ous and sym­pa­thetic aca­d­e­mic milieus in which the most pro­duc­tive delib­er­a­tions about the future can be held. We strive to cre­ate places of intel­lec­tual inter­ac­tion and imag­i­na­tion that our future deserves.

    Our media

    Com­mon Ground cre­ates knowl­edge com­mu­ni­ties which meet in per­son at annual con­fer­ences. Com­mu­nity mem­bers also stay con­nected dur­ing the year between con­fer­ences as online knowl­edge com­mu­ni­ties — through both a for­mal, aca­d­e­mic pub­lish­ing processes (peer review jour­nal and book pub­lish­ing, and pre­sen­ta­tions on our YouTube chan­nel), and infor­mal con­ver­sa­tions which con­tinue though blogs, monthly email newslet­ters, as well as Face­book, Twit­ter, and Flickr feeds. The con­fer­ences cre­ate as many ways of speak­ing as pos­si­ble, encour­ag­ing each and every par­tic­i­pant to con­tribute their knowl­edge and per­spec­tives. The jour­nal and book pub­lish­ing processes, enlist the peer com­mu­nity as arbiter of intel­lec­tual qual­ity, and use Com­mon Ground’s own, path­break­ing social net­work­ing software.


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