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Help Build the Peeragogy Accelerator

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The Peeragogy Accelerator is a space for symbiotic synergism of peer learning and peer production projects.  We aim to help participants improve the efficiency of their learning and collaboration processes by leveraging the work of peers.  We will be running a “kick off” workshop at the 2014 “Open Educational Resources (OER14) conference 28-29th of April as a contribution to the theme is “building communities of open practice.”  Details to follow.  Much more importantly — we’re already getting started online, with weekly meetings and a detailed production schedule.

The idea is to build on the experience we accrued working together on the Peeragogy Handbook for the last two years, and put what we learned into practice in our own projects and by helping others.


Work on the Accelerator will help us refine our understanding of Peeragogy, and what we learn will feed into our revisions for 3rd edition of the Peeragogy Handbook.


Some of the projects undergoing acceleration are:


  • P2P SOLE and SOLE Out of the Box


  • The Uncertainty Principle

  • IPNE

  • The Peeragogy Accelerator and Peeragogy Handbook themselves


In addition, we have built some briefs for the FLOK project in Ecuador.  You’re welcome to join at any time!

Ongoing Activities


Discussion (14)

  1. Profile photo of Fabry says:

    "Failure is not a necessary evil, it is a necessary consequence of trying something new." 🙂



  2. Yes, lots of fails here… isn't failing a form of learning 🙂 ?

    I think it's an incubator/accelerator of change or transformative action through research and learning in all its forms that we need to build 🙂 (self-learning, co-learning, assisted learning). Because once we have this, implementation becomes easy…

    I remember @joe-corneli our discussions on bundle submissions… Maybe that's what we will actually be doing here? Bundling a certain number of projects in order to accelerate them?

    We can add to the mix the work @wolfgang-hoeschele will be doing with Flok, bringing Flok research into the NORA taxonomy.

    Charlotte mentioned the Europe Horizon 2020 project, that's also something we are looking into and that we could approach as a network of projects.

    • Profile photo of Joe Corneli Joe Corneli says:

      Oh, yes, the Indie Edu Bundle should be added to the list of previous efforts, thanks!  I'll look for the link.

      Oh, and, I think failing is one necessary but not sufficient condition for learning.  You also need awareness, and willingness to change, as well as a lot more effort by trial and error to figure out HOW to change… Sorry to be all "deep" about it 😉

  3. Ok ok, its just part of learning… just implying it was not just all lost and let's see how we can revisit these to move forward…

    I added the link to the WOW working group submission, which itself has a link to the other working groups.

  4. As far as the success of the CAN is concerned, well, we shall see… 🙂 Probably not as a regular 'social network', but maybe as a network of on-line off-line focused projects that cross pollinate each other to forward the commons. Totally dependent of the partnerships and accelerations we will make! And don't hesitate to share any technical issue or comment on usability!

  5. Hi Everyone,

    Thanks for getting this conversation started! I still need to get up to speed about Peeragogy; it took me a few days to recover from end-of-the-semester business, and I'm planning to study the peeragogy handbook in order to get a better sense of it.

    Meanwhile, I have created a "member links" section on the "opportunities to learn" page to Joe Corneli's profile and to the Peeragogy site; if I should link further names and sites or publications there, please let me know! This is the page:

    Also, as the NORA knowledge base continues to grow, there needs to be a page on the "organizational form" of "free knowledge" – perhaps some of you in this group can contribute to that?

    FYI, I am now at work studying EU Horizon 2020 documentation – possible funding source for our work, and if we can show them that we are linking a variety of knowledge communities together, I think we can strengthen our case for funding. Once I am familiar with both some of your literature and those funders' ideas, I hope to offer some suggestions how we can jointly apply!


  6. Profile photo of Joe Corneli Joe Corneli says:

    Hi Wolfgang!  The peeragogy handbook is under heavy revision this week — is always the latest and most up to date.   New major release on Jan 1.

    Thinking about the organizational form question: My friend Ray Puzio (who may have already signed up here?) wrote to me yesterday about something relevant, I'll quote:

    My personal vision of how a "Digital Library of Humaitarian Issues" would work is more like a metacommons than as a single project. That is to say that, whilst there would be a central website somewhere, it would function more like a hub in a webring than as a stand-alone library.  Rather, the bulk of the action would involve setting up some shared system of tagging and interfaces which member websites would agree to use on their collections so that one could access them in a unified fashion as if they were a single website.  On top of that, there would be a collection of open-source programs, both utilities for downloading and running on one's own machine as well as web services which one can access via a web page or API for accessing this data, searching it, analysing it, and running simulations.

    I think that the CAN is part way there and could function as the "hub" that Ray is talking about.  But there's a lot more to do to support and build the individual "spokes", and to get them all talking with each other in data-oriented and reflective-action-oriented ways.  At the moment, our infrastructures for doing citizen science, journalism, and activism are not very advanced, still mostly "Web 2.0" and not "Web 3.0". 

    Anyway, the neat thing about this quote from an "organizational form" perspective is that it describes something that's almost self-similar at different scales.  Just as the CAN can be a large hub, there can be smaller hubs (like Peeragogy) for bringing together people with specific interests in one domain.  In the end, all of these connect back together, not just in a hierarchy: "A city is not a tree."  But keeping that in mind, hubs and spokes are still quite useful.

    I think potential funders would have to be aware of the considerable complexity and need for multiple different kinds and levels of engagement.  We are not simply building "a product".  It's much more like building a city.  Also, as we can see from looking around, we're not starting from scratch, there's been tremendous "organic" growth throughout human history that we can connect with!

    I do wonder about the possibilities with Horizon 2020, particularly given that this really ought to be an international project, not "European".  The real question for me is, what funder(s) would possibly "get" the kind of complexity that's going on here?

    • That's nice Joe, the analogy of the city, I can relate to that. A bit like what I was describing on another thread. "Network or constellation of projects that cross pollinate each other and a set of tools and spaces that can help it happen, with ways of 'pulling' the resources needed on an ad hoc basis…" and "workspaces/libraries of resources/toolboxes interoperable and 'hookable' to each other for exchange, fusion etc etc… ".

      I'm pretty sure Netention can bring things to the mix, we need to find ways to stabilize the development of a minimum viable project that can sustain the developers as well.

  7. Hi Joe,

    That quote you brought up really does sound interesting. As somebody who doesn't know anything about the underlying ICT, I have no idea how it would be realized, but it sounds like an excellent approach to ensuring that people don't reinvent the wheel, and that what each contributes within the context of their own projects also contributes to a larger common project of information and knowledge sharing.

    The Horizon 2020 program of the EU does support international cooperation beyond the EU, as long as the funded programs have some EU partners. I have been delving into their publications, and they explicitly say that. They also talk about supporting inclusive and sustainable growth (they use the "growth" idea, but we can always say that we're for growth too – growth of real needs met, growth of knowledge sharing, growth of biodiversity, etc., just not growth of economic indicators which are only means, not ends). The point here is that if we want to be inclusive and sustainable, then we need to talk about the commons! They also talk about promoting synergies between their different programs, about supporting research and innovation by SME's. We're promoting synergies, and most of the businesses that are organized according to commons principles (or social and solidarity economy) are in the SME size range. There is really a lot that we can bring into this that fits with the goals the Horizon 2020 people are tlaking about, we just need to make sure that we make that all highly epxlicit so that they recognize their own language in what we are doing.

    From a funding point of view it's also important to know who is what kind of legal entity, and so how we route the money. CAN is not yet a legal entity, but I'm thinking that money to us could be routed either through the P2P Foundation or through the Free Knowledge Institute – both of which are legal entities based in the EU. Is Peeragogy a formal organization, and where is it based? Would it be possible to route money to it via the FKI, so that could handle the money going to both CAN and Peeragogy? Further partners could be the Global Action Plan International (based in Stockholm, but with country programs in numerous countries in Europe and elsewhere), the Union of International Organizations (based in Belgium, but with members in many countries – the majority of members are in western Europe), the FLOK Society with its program in Ecuador, and also potentially the Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation. Each of these organizations would bring in different kinds of focus and strengths; if we can create a synergy among all those, then we've got a strong base to bring in yet more groups in future.

    I am thinking of doing a conference call, maybe the week of January 6, to bring together people from all or most of the organizations just mentioned – about eight people. This many people tends to become difficult on a Skype call; if somebody has access to a conference call service, that might be better. We'd also have to have a good sense of what we're planning to do on the call to make sure we really get something done. The first deadlines for proposals are coming up in March, though deadlines are spread across the next two years for a variety of "calls" within the larger program; one thing to do is to decide on which of these calls to focus on, and then set our energies to working on that one.

    Are you all interested in pursuing this?

    Best wishes,


  8. Profile photo of Joe Corneli Joe Corneli says:

    Hi Helene:

    Yes, Netention seems very similar to a key part what Ray described in that email (a "shared system of tagging and interfaces").  Do you know, or could you ask Seth, if this is the most current version? (why the weird name?).  The docs there look pretty up to date and the last commit was one month ago, so, pretty recent. I requested to join the netention mailing list.  I like their logo:

    In terms of making it viable and (self-)sustaining: Netention would be a good candidate project for our Peeragogy Accelerator.  Joining and talking with other participants might help a show the way!


  9. Hi @joe-corneli, I hadn't seen this message. Not sure if it is still up-to-date. This would be interesting to do if we could gather a stable team of developers. I also saw Seth is developing things specifically around needs, which Wolfgang may like :). Maybe we could organize a call with people who can show a way and help draw a roadmap.

    For the moment, I'm focusing on getting use cases, demo, documentation. Working with Seth this afternoon.

  10. @joe-corneli, looking back at this thread, I see you quoting @rspuzio on Digital library of humanitarian issues. The UIA is reviving an encyclopedia of world problems, and we are talking with them to see how the pattern language we are working on could serve as an 'orientation' system to access relevant solutions in existing solution data basis see the Pattern Language Doc .

    Where I see the role for the peeragogy accelerator is as facilitator of navigation, exploration, diffusing and using the pattern language as learning and discovery methodology, and co-building the tools for this.

    We were talking of an article I could contribute to the Peeragogy accelerator. Maybe I could do something on navigation and discovery.

    • Profile photo of Joe Corneli Joe Corneli says:

      @helene-finidori:  That sounds great!  What I've been thinking about with peeragogy (and my thesis, and our WoW session, and in further talks with Ray, etc….) — but not writing much about yet — is:  how can we do ongoing development of pattern languages?

      I think it's very good to develop a new pattern language, but I think what peeragogy can "really" contribute – if we work on it – are some methods for doing ongoing development of the language, capturing what we learn in a new growing knowledge commons.  It seems to me that we're both converging in that direction, but maybe looking at different aspects of it — I'm talking about input and you're talking about applications.  Both are needed and both are relevant to the "lifecycle" of the language.

      I'd like to schedule an appointment to talk more about this sometime this week.    Also, I'm starting to get a draft of the WoW contribution together — mostly copied from emails you've already seen — so I'm increasingly close to ready for "workshopping" our essays/outlines/ideas together.  You've been doing a LOT of work here on CAN and I haven't been able to follow everything.  So, let's catch up.  And – if you agree, let's think about how we could combine the various papers and drafts and ideas into a journal article, to submit sometime this autumn.


  11. Profile photo of Joe Corneli Joe Corneli says:

    I've revised this page with almost completely new text.  The backend/upstream version of the document is at:

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