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Open for a cause: fostering participation in society and education

November 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm CET


Education, open participation and democracy: critical reflections

The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and Wikimedia Deutschland are inviting you to an open evening “Education, open participation and democracy: critical reflections”. The event, inspired by the OER20 Conference theme “The Care in Openness” will focus on the ways in which Openness, individuals and communities can foster a participatory and democratic culture in Open work and in society in general.

We hope that this event will stimulate discussions that can continue at the OER20 Conference, and encourage participants to consider making a submission for the OER20 Conference.

Time, place, and registration

Wednesday, November 27, 2019
5pm – 9pm

Wikimedia Deutschland Offices
Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24
10963 Berlin
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Subway: Möckernbrücke (U1 / U3 / U7)

The event’s facilities put a limit on the maximum number of attendees. Registration is free, please use the link below to sign up for the event.

Register by Friday, November 22nd

This event aims to claim and open a space for critical conversations and questions: Who is Open for and who is it open to? How can Open be leveraged as a force for participatory culture in society and education? Which roots of Openness do we need to be especially critical of when we claim that Open is here to save us all from the world of proprietary, industry-driven and techno-solutionist claims around education and participation in society? How do larger narratives around web culture play into the ways in which education, participation and the web are framed?

We are delighted to have a group of dedicated activists and researchers as guests and contributors to this evening (please scroll down to find more detailed bios and links). If you would like to contribute to this event, please get in touch:

Our preliminary agenda:

5.00 pm Doors open

5.30 pm Welcome and salute to OER20

  • Nicole Ebber (tbc), Advisor on International Relations at Wikimedia Deutschland
  • Maren Deepwell, CEO of ALT
  • Christian Friedrich, Education and Science Advisor at Wikimedia Deutschland

5.45 pm Short talks

  • „Principled Pragmatism – Reflections on changing higher education from within“ Laura Czerniewicz, Director of the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, University of Cape Town
  • „Openness in the age of surveillance – who is watching what we are doing?“ Martin Hawksey, Chief Innovation, Community and Technology Officer, Association Learning Technology
  • „Predicting the future (of open) — the stories that we tell about ’the school of tomorrow“ Audrey Watters,  independent scholar and author, best known for her work at hackeducation.com 

6.30 pm Discussion: Open for a cause? Participation in education and society  through the Open

Lorna Campbell, Maren Deepwell and Audrey Watters chaired by Christian Friedrich. We aim to open the discussion for contributions by and exchange with the attendees onsite.

7.15 pm Closing remarks

Vegetarian snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments

9.00 pm Close of the evening


November 27, 2019
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Category:


Wikimedia Germany


Wikimedia Germany
Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24
Berlin, Berlin 10963 Germany
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