This year I have kicked off a new venture. I am in the process of creating a new nonprofit research institute called the Ronin Institute. The purpose of the institute is to support independent, non-traditional scholarly research. Drop by the Ronin Institute website and check it out. If you want to read more about the motivation for this endeavor, check out the Ronin Blog.
I am also writing a series of blog posts on The case for independent scholarship, which detail the advantages that the independent-scholarship model has over the standard, university-based model.
If you're a scholar, this series will outline the reasons why you might not want that university job that everyone tells you is the only legitimate career goal.
If you're a philanthropist, or work for an organization that supports scholarly research, this series will outline the reasons why your money will have a much bigger impact if you direct it towards independent scholarship.
Here are the installments so far:
#2: Administrative Bloat