Open Knowledge Leaders Program


Announcing the "Open Knowledge Leaders Program

  • What: an in-depth course in becoming an “Open Knowledge Leader”.
  • When: July 2016 - November 2016 starting with a two day in-person workshop in London followed by regular virtual classrooms.
    • Workshop weekend: Friday 15th July (7pm) – Sunday 17th July (5pm) in Berlin (London)
    • Virtual Classrooms: approx biweekly
  • Where: primarily virtual with a first in-person event in Berlin London.
  • Who is it for: current or future members of the Open Knowledge network as well as those working or planning to work in areas such as open data, open research, open content or open software.
  • Who is running it: led by Open Knowledge Founder and President Rufus Pollock and open data expert Irina Bolychevsky
  • Apply:

What is it?

Openness is transforming our societies and economies. This program will introduce you to the ideas, possibilities and communities in this rapidly developing space.

You will get an opportunity to interact with experts and peers, and work on practical, concrete challenges; growing through regular interaction, coaching and support.

You will learn the detailed reasoning and case studies for open transformation – while developing and practicing the key organising, speaking, convening and leadership skills needed to make a real difference in the world and drive openness forward.

The program is led by Open Knowledge Founder and President Rufus Pollock and open data expert Irina Bolychevsky.

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Why Participate?

This program provides you with the knowledge and skills to understand and navigate the world of digital information – and make it an open one.

Key outcomes:

  • Knowledge: understand the information age, its society and economy, its history and future. Understand the open landscape and community, key themes, challenges and opportunities.
  • Skills: Present, communicate, hear and be heard. Be powerful in engaging and communicating with others. Plan and manage events and projects.
  • Leadership: inspire, engage and develop others.
  • Community and support: connect to wider community and networks, understand who else you could work with or get support from.

Specific examples:

  • How to talk to a crowd and really connect
  • Getting your point across quickly and effectively
  • Knowing who to talk to - and when
  • Concrete, powerful examples of the benefits of openness
  • Handling common objections and issues
  • Talking to different kinds of stakeholders such as policy-makers, academics and technologists
  • How to build sustainable activities and manage volunteers