Help write an open organization guide for educators

Contribute to a new playbook for open-minded educators

The next volume in the Open Organization book series will help readers re-imagine our classrooms, departments, and schools.

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Organizations everywhere are becoming more open—and more innovative, agile, and engaged as a result. But can we say the same of our educational organizations?

What if we could build classrooms, departments, or entire educational institutions on the same values that power the open source communities? What if we could infuse open principles—like transparency, inclusivity, adaptability, collaboration, and community—into reimagined educational organizations? How might that change the ways educators prepare students for life in an increasingly open world?

The next community-produced volume in the Open Organization book series will explore these questions. And you can contribute.

Participating is easy. Just follow three steps.

1. Learn about the book

First, familiarize yourself with the aim and scope of the project. The book's README is a great place to start.

You'll see that three principal sections comprise the book:

  1. Visions, chapters about the power, potential, and promise open principles hold for reimagining and reinventing modern educational organizations
  2. Case studies, examples of experimental and innovative initiatives aimed at making educational organizations more open
  3. Activities, step-by-step practices for introducing and scaling open principles in education

As per guidelines in this repository, all material included in this book is licensed via a Creative Commons license. So be sure to review those guidelines, too.

2. See what's in the works

Next, review the book's working table of contents to see what others have already agreed to contribute. Notice something missing? Great! Why not submit it?

3. Submit a chapter

To pitch your own contribution to this book, you can open an issue in the project's repository and describe the contribution you'd like to make, and an editor will get in touch with you. Alternatively, you can submit your ideas using our handy form.

Initial chapter drafts are due May 31, 2019, so don't delay.

About the author

The Open Organization - The Open Organization aims to reshape the future of management and collaboration in companies and organizations who want to transform the way they do business. Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst wrote The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance about his leadership transition from...

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Bryan Behrenshausen
Bryan Behrenshausen - Bryan edits and manages the Open Organization section of, which features stories about the ways open values and principles are changing how we think about organizational culture and design. He's worked on since 2011. Find him online as semioticrobotic.

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Ben Owens - Ben Owens spent 11 years as physics and mathematics teacher at a small, innovative public school of choice in rural Appalachia after a 20 year career as an engineer with a multinational corporation in manufacturing and R&D locations across the U.S. He now leads the national nonprofit, Open Way Learning, that helps schools build cultures of open, learner-centered innovation to better prepare their students for a rapidly changing world. He was the recipient of the 2017 Bridging the Gap...

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Aria F. Chernik - Aria F. Chernik, JD, PhD, is an open educator at Duke University, where she is Director of OSPRI (Open Source Pedagogy, Research + Innovation). Aria has over fifteen years of experience teaching at the K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. She is passionate about designing open learning environments and believes that open knowledge can create a more participatory, beautiful, and peaceful world.