Have you ever contributed to an open source project? If so, what was your motivation?
Last week I was facilitating a Think-a-thon with a WeAreOpen client in Edinburgh alongside co-op member Grainne Hamilton. We were helping our client to think through the integration of an Open Badge programme into their current offering.
The Pre Mortem is an extremely helpful way to air intuitive spider-sense discomforts amongst the team, without anyone being seen as negative or disloyal.
Here’s Dr Doug’s whistlestop tour if you’re curious…
Whilst prepping for a design-a-thon with my We Are Open colleagues, focused on building a digital literacies MOOC for teachers in Israel, we talked briefly about the importance of embedding practice…
If you look around the tech sector, it would be easy to think that this was the only model of generating wealth. And generating wealth for whom? A Co-operative is a business that exists for the benefit of its members (as opposed to its shareholders), and is built around a set of co-operative principles. As I’ve found with our own co-op, our shared ownership affords us a different level of care towards each other – and I’ve found it totally refreshing.
This thought was sparked by an excellent keynote at the Co-op Education Conference by Emer Coleman of Co-op Digital.
In 1972 a team of open workers was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. This team promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the global underground. Today, still wanted by the bad guys, they survive as members of a worker’s co-operative. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the Innov-A-Team…
(If that all made no sense, then I’m guessing you either weren’t around in the eighties, or had better things to do with your time…)
Happily created for this WeAreOpen blog post.
You may not know that there are Seven Co-operative Principles. Yesterday, I was at Mozfest, hosted by Ravensbourne College in Greenwich, facilitating a visual conversation all about co-operatives. In fact, Mozfest is so chock-full of conversations, you can easily spend an hour getting to the right floor, bumping into interesting people you half-know. And that’s not because the lift/elevators are confusing. Which they are, but anyways…
I’m a founding member of WeAreOpen, a worker co-operative set up to help a few of us combine our skills, networks and voices.
It’s one thing to decide how to badge a group of people on your own terms. It’s quite another to catch potential badges as they appear like apparitions out of dialogue with the people.
What is that? … and what would it look like?
This thinkery is from the We Are Open Co-op meetup.
I really enjoy being in a Co-op (weareopen.coop), especially when we get together to make something, or think about something. As a result, I’m really keen to spread the word…
Conversational thinkery is where it’s at. Armed with a pen and paper, there are gems to be uncovered and captured. Recently, with my WeAreOpen comrades Doug Belshaw, Laura Hilliger we thought (online) through the overlap between Digital Literacies and Employability and before long I found myself capturing these book titles which ultimately helped us frame what we were talking about.
It’s evolved much further as part of Doug’s post: Eight ways to think about digital employability
When a friend of mine asked if I’d be interested in forming a Co-op, I had to admit, I’d never considered it as a viable vehicle for business. Having come to the conclusion that there was no reason not to be a part of the adventure, I jumped in. I’d come across co-ops briefly having come from a farming background, but even in digital consultancy sphere it now makes total sense to me. This thinkery is my attempt at illustrating why…
Originally created for this blog post: Are YOU ‘Co-op Curious’?