Shouting from the Heart - a short polemic on Open Education by Lorna Campbell at OER17
From Ewan McAndrew
A short polemic reflecting on political and personal events that have led me to both question and strengthen my commitment to open education over the last two years. These include the detention and disappearance of Syrian open knowledge advocate Bassel Khartebil, and the project that created an open book dedicated to his life and work The Cost of Freedom: A Creative Enquiry. The privilege of co-chairing the OER16 Open Culture Conference. The result of the UK’s European Membership referendum, announced the day after a meeting of European colleagues to discuss how we could work together to join up open education policy and practice across the Europe. The appointment of the first Gaelic language Wikimedian in Residence by Wikimedia UK and the National Library of Scotland. The surge of horror and shout of rage following the results of the US presidential election.
My response to these disparate, seemingly unconnected events was to write, to blog, to try to find words to make sense of events and my reaction to them, and to reassert my belief that we have a moral responsibility to work together to improve education opportunities for all, not just the privileged few.
I can’t promise this talk will be neutral or balanced, but it will be honest and from the heart, and ultimately it will be open.
 Campbell, L.M., This time it’s different, http://lornamcampbell.org/politics/this-time-its-different/
 Campbell, L.M., The wrong side of history, http://lornamcampbell.org/politics/the-wrong-side-of-history/