Summer of Book Sprints 2017

  Some of us are using the summer break to get something done, like writing a book, for example. This summer we’ll have an interesting range of Book Sprints coming up in Europe. Book Sprints in July and August We’ll be facilitating a Book Sprint for the New Practices for New Publics project at the University of Brighton in the UK from July 19 – 22. During the same week (July 20 – 22), another Book Sprint will take place with Brigitta Wurnig Coaching in a spa resort near Hamburg, Germany. And also in Germany, in a monastery near Ulm, Die Akademie will be hosting a Book Sprint from August 8 – 11, 2017. The last two will be producing books in German which we rarely get to do! Looks like it will be a good summer. Like and help us promote this...

re:publica presentation on the #FreeBassel book

At re:publica last week we talked about free internet activist Bassel Khardabil and his love for free culture, and the love of the free culture community for Bassel. Bassel Khardabil was unlawfully detained in Damascus in March 2012. His name was deleted from the prison’s register in October 2015, and there have been no official news about his whereabouts since. #FreeBassel at re:publica 2017 It has now been 5 years since Bassel’s imprisonment. Therefore we used re:publica’s motto “Love Out Loud” to call attention to his case again. Although I don’t know Bassel personally it wasn’t easy to talk about his situation. But it was good to see the audience engaging with the story, writing personal notes about their thoughts on free culture and creating a wall of notes in support of the #FreeBassel campaign.   Re:publica recorded the presentation by Barbara Rühling and Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay. Cost of Freedom Book Sprint 2015 As one of many activities of the #FreeBassel movement, friends and supporters came together for an impromptu Book Sprint in November 2015. You can read about all the past and ongoing activities at freebassel.org. And consider signing the campaign letter to demand his freedom. The Book Sprint in 2015 focused on the topic “Cost of Freedom” with many stories around the personal costs people in the free culture movement have experienced. The book is freely available here: costoffreedom.cc And you can check out the slides of the re:publica presentation here: #freebassel : The cost of loving free culture | re:publica 2017 from Booksprints Like and help us promote this...

A 2016 Review – What Book Sprints has been up to

In review, 2016 was a year full of interesting Book Sprints and some changes to the management of Book Sprints Ltd. Founder Adam Hyde is now the director of the board and appointed Barbara Rühling as CEO and Katerina Michailidi as COO of the company. The new management is based in Berlin, Germany. Our amazing team is based all around the world between New Zealand, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, USA, and Nicaragua. The full team includes: Adam Hyde (NZ) – Founder and director Barbara Rühling (GER) – CEO Katerina Michailidi (GR)  – COO Mark Brokering (USA) – Client Liaison Juan Gutierrez (NIC) – Developer Raewyn Whyte (NZ) – Textual Clean Up Julien Taquet (FR) – HTML Book Production Henrik van Leeuwen (NL) – Illustrations Faith Bosworth (ZA) – Facilitator Laia Ros (AND) – Facilitator Thank you all and a happy 2017 to everyone! Book Sprints on four continents in 2016 2016 saw Book Sprints taking place on four continents. From east to west, we facilitated Book Sprints in Tokyo, Japan – Bern, Switzerland – Bad Honnef, Germany – Marrakesh, Morocco – several in Maryland, USA – Salt Lake City, Utah – and several in San Jose, California. Below is a list of the Book Sprints we facilitated this year.   Change Maker Education This Book Sprint, hosted by Ashoka, captured the wisdom of 12 highly inspired and passionate “ChangeMaker” educators. The book Changemakers: Educating with Purpose is a meaningful and usable guide for other educators wanting to implement similar practices in their schools. The book is available on Amazon: http://a.co/hq6jrEB   Power Purchase Agreements in Africa The second USAID Book Sprint...

Tool Sprint with the World Bank

This week, the World Bank invited eleven experts of open contracting and mining contracts as well as a Book Sprints facilitator to Kent Island in Maryland. In three and a half days they set out to collaboratively design a tool to prevent, mitigate and manage conflict risks through the mining contracting process. There have been various Book Sprints with the World Bank since the Open Contracting Book Sprint more than three years ago, and at least three of them have taken place in Kent Manor, this pretty place. Highly concentrated and only very slightly distracted by the elections playing out in nearby Washington DC, the group is developing a guiding tool to offer good principles to government officials and the private sector in the immensely complex mining contract process. See more photos here. Like and help us promote this...

Book Sprint in Tokyo is done!

After four days we completed the Book Sprint for the Quality Infrastructure Investment Partnership Operations Manual, and had some delicious ice cream to celebrate! Phil Karp, Lead Knowledge Management Officer at the World Bank who organized both the first and the second Book Sprint with TDLC in Tokyo, gave us some feedback at the end:   See more photos here.   Like and help us promote this...