This is a guest blog post by Kersti from Open Knowledge Netherlands and Rayna from Open Knowledge France/OpenMENA. Both are leading the organisation of the Open Knowledge Community Summit with the support of the Open Knowledge Central team.
Less than two weeks to go until the global open community will meet in Berlin and at digital and physical fringe events all over the world. OKFestival is driven by the shared values and the enthusiasm for openness of hundreds of people from all cardinal directions.
We are all engaged with the Open Knowledge network for a reason, for a cause. But what is it that brings us together and how do we want to shape this community for the future? These are crucial questions and we wish to dedicate a full afternoon to discuss, define and shape it together!
WE ARE THE COMMUNITY and as such, we would like YOU to join a very special fringe event, the OKFestival Community Summit
Everyone is welcome to participate, whether you consider yourself an active member of the community or are simply interested in meeting people over an in-depth discussion about strengthening digital communities.
When and Where?
The OKFestival Community Summit will take place on Tuesday July 15th, 2014 from 13:00 to 16:00. We have booked a space at the OKFestival Venue, the Kulturbrauerei, and so you can find us in the Franz Club.
Why is this event important?
The OKFestival Community event offers the unique occasion for everyone to meet, discuss and craft our identity as the Open Knowledge community, the way we envision it and the way we can all continue to identify with it.
We are a fast-growing group of like-minded individuals who have had the pleasure of contributing to the rapid expansion of open knowledge community over the past few years. Such organic growth also poses new challenges and motivates us to rethink the way we interact with staff members and the different paths through which we can channel expertise and knowledge within the community. It is thus in our hands to shape a community that enables everyone to identify and engage with the path forward we choose to take!
Therefore, it will be imperative to shape this way forward together.
What will we discuss?
Through consultation with the community leading up to the festival, we have identified a handful of topics that we will discuss during the session:
- How do we provide better support and follow-up to local groups, ambassadors, working groups and individual community members?
- How do we develop mentorship opportunities and peer-to-peer support within the community?
- How do we root more of some shape of organized effort in the Global South? What are the different challenges, depending on local contexts and more globally?
- Community or organisation: how do we decide? Are we a network, a movement, a community — and what implications does that have for our structure and actions?
- Community programming: what next? Co-building and interaction online.
There is still room for more ideas, so bring yours along!
Looking forward to seeing you all at the summit!