provides a simple, worthwhile, and debt-free alternative to university.
It does a better job in preparing you for real life and helping you
become the best possible version of yourself. You will explore and
develop your interests, talents and innate genius and you will learn
to use and coordinate the 'perfect storm' of resources at your fingertips,
all as part of a world-wide community of kindred spirits.
by your heart, fuelled by your curiosity, integrated by meditation.
Who is it for?
It is for you, if:
- you are thinking about going to university
- you are already at university and considering a sabbatical or a
- you are planning or enjoying a gap year before university
- you are at school, in any year
- you cannot possibly go to university for academic or other reasons
- you are doing Workaway or something similar
- you are not sure of your next step, whatever your age
- you feel stuck in the system and cannot see an alternative
What is DiVersity?
DiVersity consists of an organisation and a programme. As a member
of DiVersity you spend the time you choose to enrol for, either at
home, elsewhere in your home country, or abroad, building a Dossier,
possibly with the same rhythm of terms and holidays as university,
but totally under your control.
During your time as a member of DiVersity - which could be anything
from six months to three years - you build a Dossier. At the end of
the time, you do not have a degree in the existing meaning of the
word. You have a Dossier.
The Dossier contains whatever
you have chosen to put into it. Nothing is excluded and nothing is
compulsory. It could consist of an in-depth study of a single subject
(to way beyond current degree level) or it could contain a hundred
different elements - with or without a theme. You can import into
the Dossier elements previously worked on or acquired. For more details,
Your Dossier does not have
to satisfy anyone except yourself. At the end of your time as a DiVersant
your Dossier could be used as a credential to join a group or organisation,
but it is more likely to have helped you to find a life activity,
or a series of life activities, that satisfies you. The elusive overlap
between what you like doing and are good at, and what people will
exchange resources for.
Not for everybody
It is clear that if you wish to become a doctor or an engineer, for
example, DiVersity is not for you - although it could fill a gap or
sabbatical year. Other contra-indicated groups are listed below.
There is no upper or lower limit for starting DiVersity; school leaving
age may have an effect. Home-schooling as it is practised in some
countries may be an option to allow you to get started.
There is none; no exams required, no required grades, or minimum passes
in English or Maths.
When can you start?
Anytime. Agree to the Charter, sign on online and you are a DiVersant.
You can also do a Gap Dossier to see if it is for you. Or a Sabbatical
Dossier - halt your current course for a year (if that is permitted).
Unintended but welcome
1. The existence of DiVersity as an option will have a 'reachback'
effect on the school experience and remove the key block to school
reform. We go into this below.
2. The existence of DiVersity will have an 'afterburn' effect on 'jobs'.
What are they, why would you want one, and working for whom? We go
into this below.
3. Many people have found anything like a gap year frowned upon (and
in some countries academically penalised). DiVersity will make respectable
- even desirable - both the activity and the individual.
4. Also, although DiVersity is not completely free, there is absolutely
no need to incur debt, either for tuition or accommodation.
What are the costs?
Annual subscription £27: you get: membership card and number,
joining pack, levels of membership, storage options.
Background reading: Instead included in sub.
Annual subscription to Workaway 34€ per year. http://www.workaway.info
Extra costs will include:
Travelling - to get to swaphosts (or hitchhiking, blabla cars, Ddrivers)
Online course fees if you decide to follow one, one-off fees for optional
DiVersity gatherings, subscriptions or donations eg Wikipedia.
Accommodation when not at home or in placement - ad hoc, emergency
(Locationing nearest Dhost)
Revenue: Many will take jobs as they do now during vacations,
but competition for them will be spread out, and your Core Subjects
will help you in selection of activity and working conditions.
Where will DiVersity
A lot could take place in the existing family home, but for most young
people a change of scene may be indicated. (Note that the reachback
of DiVersity may well have changed the dynamics of many families to
make this less vital!)
A fundamental aspect of DiVersity is travel, both domestic and foreign,
and foreign language acquisition using the DiVersity method. On the
Workaway model, you will stay with a Dswap (a family whose own children
are members of DiVersity) or topic-related family exchanging your
skills, energy, and work for your keep while you are there. The rest
of your time will be spent as you wish. (see Charter)
There will be DiVersity social events in different locations - possibly
taking advantage of existing long vacs at universities freeing up
There will be topic-based physical gatherings regularly and ad hoc
- taking advantage of low cost accommodation.
There will be regular online group events including Midwich reports
(where one person shares with the group knowledge or experience.
I've never heard of
Neither had I - which is why I am founding it.
Who's the Founder?
Anthony Withers is the principal of the language school English and
Foreign Languages for Executives Ltd (906501) which is the company
behind DiVersity. The registered office is in Reigate, UK and the
head office is in Pau, France.
The Founder's Dossier consists, among other things, of teaching -
English and foreign languages, yoga and meditation, riding, Scottish
reeling, working with computers, writing software, and running a small
business. DiVersity is a good fit.
What is this 'perfect
storm' of facilitators?
Apart from the internet itself which permits productive interactive
activity wherever there is a signal, you have (in no particular order):
Workaway, Wwoofing, FaceBook, proximity apps, Google maps, Whatsapp
(for groups), Skout, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, MOOC, Khan Academy,
Coursera, Quantum course, Youtube, Wikipedia, Skype, Airbnb, Uber,
low-cost airlines, and so on.
What's the plan?
First, how many people are interested? And how seriously? So, please
join the facebook group or follow on Twitter. This is the best way
to keep in touch until our membership software is ready
to accept members.
The next step and more
Please buy the DiVersity eBook to find out all the details and whether
it is really for you - here..
Follow on Twitter or Keep
in touch though the group on facebook
Your Dossier could be like a journal, a scrapbook, a filing-cabinet
or anything you can imagine. It is likely to contain video, audio
and text files, or software, or graphics, or holograms of 3-D objects
you have created, or musical scores, or certificates of achievment,
or evidence of a skill, or... And the OR... is limited only by your
Neither is DiVersity for: anyone needing sustained access to specialised
equipment (chemists, vets, actors), facilities (stage and lighting,
operating theatres, legal libraries, cabinet making, workshops); people
who want a sustained academic atmosphere for a particular specialism;
people who want networking access to an elite or future elite group
(Grandes Ecoles, Oxbridge); people who actually want to work for institutions
(schools) or organisations that currently require a conventional degree
(but note that this may change).
You if you do not want to sign the Charter
seven intelligences proposed by Gardner are linguistic, logical-mathematical,
spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal and intrapersonal.
Linguistic intelligence enables individuals to read, write and speak
well. Logical-mathematical intelligence encompasses logical thinking
(as might be used in chess or deductive reasoning, for example) as
well as mathematical and scientific problem-solving. Spatial intelligence
makes its appearance when an individual navigates an unfamiliar set
of streets, or when an architect visualizes her plans for a building.
Musical intelligence generates the set of skills that allow musicians
to play a tune by ear, or to execute a phrase with sensitivity and
grace. Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence is necessary for problem-solving
that requires the individual to use his or her physical body, as would
be necessary for performing a complex surgical procedure, executing
a series of dance steps or catching a fly ball. Interpersonal intelligence
drives social skills and things like empathy and intuition about what
motivates other people-a type of understanding that is necessary for
salespersons, teachers and clergy, for example. Intrapersonal intelligence
involves a similar set of abilities, but these are turned toward the
self; individuals who have high intrapersonal intelligence have an
accurate self-understanding, and can use this to their advantage in
problem-solving. Gardner asserts that logical-mathematical and linguistic
intelligences are overemphasized in traditional models of human intelligence,
but that this is a cultural artifact; in different life circumstances,
different intelligences would gain higher priority ( Gardner, 1993).