New Practices for New Publics Book Sprint

Today amidst major building work at Varley Park in Falmer, a group of academics and representatives of local community organisations have been summing up the learnings from the seminar series New Practices for New Publics. The seminars took place over two years, hosted by Brighton University and aimed to create a space for interdisciplinary exchange between academics and civil society organisations [CSOs] in health and social care, youth work and education about practice theory approaches.  Like and help us promote this...

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...

Financing Climate Change Adaptation Book Sprint finished!

Yesterday was the final day of the epic dual-language Sprint in Accra, Ghana. The policy paper written for civil society about how to engage the private sector in climate change adaptation initiatives was  headed by IBIS Ghana, ABANTU for Development, West African Civil Society Forum and SOS Sahel. The paper is rich with case studies of business opportunities which yield profit and positive effects for communities and the environment. Examples range from a micro-insurance scheme to protect small-scale farmers in Burkina Faso against drastic weather to innovative crop storage bags which improve food security across countries in West Africa. The paper ends with a set of recommendations for civil society and the public sector to create a conducive environment for, and guide the private sector, into funding projects which seek to adapt to the changing climate and mitigate its harmful effects. We hope the paper will prove useful to the field! Below some of their impressions:       You can check some of the photos of the Book Sprint here   Like and help us promote this...

Financing Climate Change Adaptation

Yesterday we started our first ever Book Sprint in two languages. Oxfam Ibis has gathered a group of half English-speaking and half French-speaking participants to write a policy brief about financing climate adaptation through the engagement of the private sector. Climate change adaptation refers to the efforts to reduce or minimize the harmful effects of the future climate and to make use of the opportunities which arise.  This is part of Ibis’ two-year project on West African Dialogue of Private Climate Financing, aiming to build the capacity and strategies of civil society to engage the private sector in climate change adaptation efforts. The participants from across West Africa have come together to share their experiences of effective climate adaptation efforts and provide a set of recommendations as a tool for civil society to use in dialogue with the private sector. The Book Sprint process itself is very challenging since traditionally we rely so heavily on quick and lively exchange between contributors, rapid production and reiteration of content, and equal weight of all voices. For this Sprint we have had to adapt our strategies, abandoning the simultaneous translation by the second day. We are running two parallel processes with the two language groups and finding moments to come back together and merge the two groups’ outputs. Luckily we have a few bilingual people who are acting as our bridges. See photos of the Book Sprints here on flickr. 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...