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Exploring pathways through freestyle learning - a workshop for the Free Culture Incubator, Berlin.


Transmediale: Free Culture Incubator No 9 - Metanoia: Mindshift



Workshop Dates

Saturday August 27th, 2011. 


13.00 - 18.30 Supermarkt, Berlin. Brunnenstraße 64, 13355 Berlin (between U8 stop Bernauer Straße and Voltastraße).


Exploration Guide, Host and Facilitator: Pippa Buchanan


This workshop will be held in English.


"...in everyday use, learning has come to be synonymous with “taking in information.”…Yet, taking in information is only distantly related to real learning…Real learning gets to the heart of what it means to be human. Through learning we recreate ourselves. Through learning, we become able to do something we never were able to do. Through learning we re-perceive the world and our relationship to it. Through learning we extend our capacity to create, to be part of the generative process of life."

Peter Senge, The fifth discipline: The art and practice of the learning organization.


Can you explain your job to your parents?

Our ideas of a traditional career path and what we need to know in order to work have changed. Formal learning institutions in many parts of the world are too expensive and too slow to change.Technological advances have made it easier than before to share information and meet people with common and diverse interests. Formal education institutions such as MIT are sharing their content and community organisations such as P2PU are innovating with peer-driven online learning. Alternative learning (eg. skill shares, learning exchanges) has always existed outside of traditional education contexts, however the motivations and opportunities for learning outside and between institutions have changed significantly due to technology and a globalised economy. 

This half-day workshop will explore how we can navigate, define, share and remix our own learning (both formal and otherwise) in ever-changing contexts. Workshop participants will share their ideas and visions of learning futures to develop the foundations of a handbook for managing alternative learning journeys.


What will happen during this workshop?

We will work along these 6 questions.

How can we:


  • identify, learn and record our experiences?
  • connect with others and get feedback for what we've learnt?
  • balance what we want to learn with what we need to learn?
  • find space for continual learning amongst work, family and other life responsibilities?
  • connect our personal learning experiences with our formal learning opportunities?
  • negotiate the transitions between online, international learning and our local context? 


While we can't hope to answer these questions in the scope of a half-day workshop, the intent is to share our collective knowledge and to provide the beginnings of a general resource kit for lifelong learners. Young people's learning and education is of extreme importance but of tremendous scope, recognising this, the workshop will limit its focus to themes of lifelong and lifewide learning for adult audiences.

We invite educators, technologists, community workers, artists, social hackers and autodidacts from all walks of life to participate. Participant numbers will be limited to 30, however we will share the outcomes of the workshop under an open license with all applicants and invite their feedback.


Get started and inspired:


  • Add your favourite free and open learning tools and resources to these pages for other participants to explore.

  • Interested in helping facilitate a break-out session in the workshop. Let us know what you want to discuss.
  • Mind map or list the top 20, 50 or 100 things you want to learn and think about where you want your learning journey to take you.
  • Participate in the Deschooling Society book group at P2PU.org. 

    • Read Ivan Illich's classic social and educational discourse and share your thoughts with others in the world's most exciting free, online, peer-learning community.

  • Read the Cape Town Open Education Declaration




This workshop is part of the 12 months Free Culture Incubator workshop series, an initiative by Ela Kagel, transmediale and the Government’s Center of Excellence for the Cultural and Creative Industries.



Proposed Workshop Schedule




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