[open-development] OpenDev Proposals for OKFestival 2014

Duncan Edwards D.Edwards at ids.ac.uk
Wed Feb 26 20:01:58 UTC 2014

Hi everyone,

Just a quick update from my side. I joined a call hosted by Beatrice and Zara lasted Friday for an initial call to kick off the planning.

The OKFest 2014 will be built around three streams framed around Knowledge, Tools, and Society - I think this is fantastic idea! In the words of the late Harold Ramis "we'll cross the streams" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OOF0FpKiYk)... Hopefully we won't end up covered in marshmallow.

I think many of us were feeling that there was a fair amount of siloing happening in the many different streams but that some common opportunities and challenges were being faced but that learning is not necessarily happening across these silos. So pulling it back to 3 streams could be a great opportunity to enable people to come together to learn. Privacy and ethics is clearly one area that leaps out. Diversity is another.

Having said that, I think we need to think very seriously about how we maximise this opportunity - in my mind the biggest challenge we will face is how to effectively facilitate sessions so that participants (up to 2000 at the whole event!) who will be coming with very different perspectives and experiences are able to engage productively. I also think we need to pull together some more clear messaging on how and why underlying assumptions on the value and risks associated with applying "open" in different contexts can be very different.

One of the things that I thought would be good to put up front at the festival is something looking at how the world has changed, is changing, and will change. How ideas around developed/developing/North/South are a little outmoded. How the aid landscape is changing. Rising powers such as Brazil, India, and China.

I would LOVE to see a session looking at the tensions of advocacy vs critical reflection in "Open".

On the Open Dev side event idea - we did one at the OKCon last year which was, from my perspective at least, hugely useful.


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From: open-development [mailto:open-development-bounces at lists.okfn.org] On Behalf Of Claudia Schwegmann
Sent: 26 February 2014 18:33
To: OKF Development List
Subject: Re: [open-development] OpenDev Proposals for OKFestival 2014

Dear all

This is great. Thanks a lot Pernilla. It is really time for us to get going :)

Just to keep you in the loop. I had a discussion today with the German development ministry and GIZ (the implementing agency) about the OKFest. They want to get involved either by suggesting session or by doing a side event. They are worried however, that not enough people would turn up for a side event. But if people here are interested to have a "development day" without going through the proposal process e.g. on Friday 18th that may be possible. This does not mean there cannot be joint sessions with other streams during the okfest.  I would really love to hear what people think about that. I am also trying to do the "Pernilla-trick" in Germany and get some funding for travel bursaries. But that is very uncertain so far.

My second thought is that we may use the opportunity to do IATI TAG stuff. For example some the issue of privacy and ethis keeps coming up. At one point the Open Society Foundation was very interested in IATI but had huge concerns about that. This is also a major issues for NGOs in Germany when talking about IATI. Wouldn't it be interesting to try and collect some best practices and new ideas on how to deal with that?

Really looking forward to talk more next week!
Best wishes

Claudia Schwegmann
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2014-02-26 17:52 GMT+01:00 Sarah.Louise.johns <sarah.louise.johns at gmail.com<mailto:sarah.louise.johns at gmail.com>>:
Great initiative Pernilla, thanks for kickstarting us! If we're looking at privacy,  might be worth hooking up with the folk over at the responsible data forum who are getting a conversation going around opendev data. Typing this on a crap phone so can't link to them but google it! Think Christopher is on this list too.

Cheers, Sarah

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From: Pernilla Näsfors
Date:26/02/2014 3:58 PM (GMT+00:00)
To: Open Development OKFN working group
Subject: [open-development] OpenDev Proposals for OKFestival 2014
Dear OpenDev friends,

Nice to meet many of you recently in Montreal for OD4DC and IATI TAG! It's time to continue planning for next time to meet - at OKFestival in Berlin this summer! See the Call for proposals below if you haven't seen it already.

I think we should schedule a Skype call where we can discuss ideas. I have set up a Doodle with suggestions next week and the week after. I hopefully picked a time that is not too bad for any time zone... Here it is: http://doodle.com/hazac6w2wkmrtd9i. Answer before 15 GMT on Friday so that we can decide what time we choose and send out an invite.

Do you think we should have a separate email list or group for planning for OKFest or would people be OK with using this list for that purpose..?

Rolf sent out this link before to an etherpad with notes from our meeting about OKFest in Montreal (http://okfnpad.org/p/okfest2014-opendev) and suggested to have that as a workspace. Open source ether pads are of course nice, but I became quite fond of Hackpad in Montreal since it is a bit more user friendly and easier to create a wiki-like structure... I therefore took the liberty to set one up where we can start collecting ideas and proposals for sessions:
There you can also add you're names to the People section if you're interested to participate in the planning process. I also created a Session Proposal Template that you can copy and use when writing proposals: https://hackpad.com/OKFest-Session-Proposal-Template-pJI8M4ZvTNp

I saw that it seems like we have some OpenDev allies in the Programme team, e.g. Anahi and Duncan. Perhaps you have some insight in what other sessions and workshops are in the making that we could perhaps tap in to, to spread our "development message" to a wider audience..?

This year, there are three bigger streams: Knowledge, Tools and Society, so instead of planning for a whole OpenDev stream like we did for Helsinki 2012 I am thinking we can take the opportunity to collaborate more with others from other OKFN working groups (http://okfn.org/wg/), e.g. Open Government, Open Spending, or why not Open Hardware in a development context - such as the Global Village Construction Set (http://opensourceecology.org/wiki)?

Personally, I'd also like to see a continuation on the theme about Ethics and Risks that you apparently had at OKCon that I unfortunately missed... (http://blog.okfn.org/2013/11/05/ethics-and-risk-in-open-development/) Perhaps focus on Privacy now that it is such a big topic overall in this NSA monitored world... We could collaborate with the Personal Data and Privacy group: http://personal-data.okfn.org/

That's all my thoughts for now. :)

Best wishes,

Pernilla Näsfors, World Bank / Open Aid Partnership

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Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Subject: Call for Proposals for OKFestival 2014
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[Open Knowledge Festival 2014]

Announcing the Call for Proposals for OKFestival
Now that the OKFestival website is live and tickets are on sale<https://sendy.okfn.org/l/XMvlAmCbwO5KjtYlOTyWSQ/lMWAi892zvwWPkHnmZ2FJ3uA/E8DFCo5uE1892zyhY3ANnaxw>, we can share more details about the narrative streams that will run through the event. We're also pleased to open the call for session proposals at this time.
A Theory of Change
The programme for the 2014 edition of the festival is fuelled by a theory of change. Using this theory as our outline, the event provides an ideal opportunity for the open movement to come together to co-create the roadmap that will guide its next steps.
Our Theory: we believe that Knowledge, Tools and Society are the levers of Change. As such, Knowledge, Tools and Society will be the three streams that form the architecture of the programme.
Knowledge: Knowledge informs change. At OKFestival we're keen to discuss ways of unlocking, expanding and sharing knowledge through open access, open research data, open educational resources, open science, data journalism and campaigning, data visualisation and literacy.
Tools: Tools enable change. We'll be discussing facilitating the flow of knowledge through non profit technology, open source software, open hardware, design, architecture and urban planning.
Society: The group(s) who effect change. Topics may include designing institutions, building communities and protecting environments. Additionally, powering economies through open government, transparency, open tech businesses, open development, open education, open culture, open sustainability and open economy will feature on the programme. Security and privacy-related topics also fit into this stream.
The festival will weave together these three streams of open knowledge innovation and impact. Each session will go deep within its realm as well as identifying interdisciplinary features that span different domains or discipline.
Submit your proposal

Never facilitated a session at an event before? Don't let that stop you! We encourage proposals from folks who don't often attend events and we're ready to support you to run an awesome session. All you need to do is complete the form here<https://sendy.okfn.org/l/XMvlAmCbwO5KjtYlOTyWSQ/VlVqAWagALZAwRFnRvwntw/E8DFCo5uE1892zyhY3ANnaxw> by March 16, 2014, 23:59 CET.

We will be hosting two information hangouts on Proposing OKFestival Sessions in March. Follow us on Twitter<https://sendy.okfn.org/l/XMvlAmCbwO5KjtYlOTyWSQ/fzExAl4iZSDVgTjTJ1ur1A/E8DFCo5uE1892zyhY3ANnaxw>, Facebook<https://sendy.okfn.org/l/XMvlAmCbwO5KjtYlOTyWSQ/2PHux3CxCBHuauwxee2763JQ/E8DFCo5uE1892zyhY3ANnaxw>, or wait for more updates via these newsletters to learn more about them.

Please share this call far and wide!

The selection process

Once the deadline for proposals has passed, all submissions will be reviewed by the Programme Team. The proposals that we'll select will consider:

  *   Does the proposal advance the overall goal of the event and agenda (see the festival's theory of change)?
  *   Does the proposal give concrete value to participants via its proposed outcome?
  *   Does the proposal offer unique benefit to the agenda?
  *   Is the proposal interactive? Hint: slides and lectures strongly discouraged
  *   Does the proposal value and build on OKFestival's principles of inclusivity and diversity?

If you'd like some more guidance, check out our Programme FAQs<https://sendy.okfn.org/l/XMvlAmCbwO5KjtYlOTyWSQ/y763XA7Awm5NtkwhjH6F0P8Q/E8DFCo5uE1892zyhY3ANnaxw>. You can also find out more about the Programme team<https://sendy.okfn.org/l/XMvlAmCbwO5KjtYlOTyWSQ/zsoXnQbYC7l0zfgTo6ztoA/E8DFCo5uE1892zyhY3ANnaxw> under the Programme<https://sendy.okfn.org/l/XMvlAmCbwO5KjtYlOTyWSQ/qVQwN6g76340763T4yyDtjImDA/E8DFCo5uE1892zyhY3ANnaxw> tab on the website.

Looking forward to hearing your ideas about how to shape the programme at this year's festival!

The OKFestival Team



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