Change the education worldwide by remixing the web

We want to empower students to show their originality and knowledge, all while speaking to them in languages they understand: Multimedia and the Web.

Through discovery and implementing new ways of teaching, we could inspire the creativity of the next Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Larry Page or Sergey Brin to create something new, exciting and special.

The initiative is on: Go and check it: http://changedu.org

Don’t forget to read the manifesto

 

 

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Make me run and support your favorite opensource project

Couple of months ago I started a little “via Twitter” only campaign and now I think it’s the time to give it more visibility, because the deadline is in 20 days.

What?

The main idea is:  for every tweet [tooltip title="Yes I Will" gravity="e"][mark color="yellow"]I will run 1[/mark][/tooltip] meter on Prague Marathon on September 8th 2012 (yes in 20 days) and will donate some money to an open source project.

How?

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Join the campaign now – it’s FUN. Fell more than free to share it with your friends.
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Remixing the Web and Creative Learning? My new mission.

Maybe some of you know, maybe not, but I am part of a great company now called Glogster EDU.  The reason I joined was I will have the opportunity to change how the education system works and to try to implement THE WEB into every school in the World. How awesome is that?

Those who knows me well, probably know the fact that I am a bad-ass person and I don’t like stupid rules and any form of Autocracy (One of the reason I am not active in the Mozilla Project anymore) and now I will have the opportunity to teach people how to remix the web and how to be part of a Great teaching community. (We have more than 3 000 000 community members so far. )

I just create a course in P2PU about Remixing the Web and Creative Learning for Teachers. Feel free to invite your peers to join our mission.

Great Teachers don’t take students to a destination, they provide them with the tools to get there on their own.

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How to remix the web or how Forbes writes about me.

I have spent most of my free time in last 2 years to teach people how to use web and technology for their own causes. Unfortunately I have a very limited ‘free’ time and I can only “start the fire” and to let people to develop the idea by them selves, with little push (or kick) from time to time.

I was a speaker to a very amazing group of art students and right now they have very short idea on what they can do on the Web, except hanging around on Facebook or downloading a movie from a torrent site. We had a great practical session together and I think they think differently about web right now. I’d love to do that again.

Forbes mentioned me in an article about remixing the web and using the the technology to fight for our own rights and for freedom of speech. I have “fired” our prime minister by creating a copy of the official government webpage with a surprising news :) The news was on every news e-paper in Bulgaria on the same day and on every hard copy edition on the next.

On the next day even the PM mentioned that “action” on the TV :)

Change can happen in seconds, especially with the tools and technology at our disposal

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OpenCamp Sofia 2011

In June a 2 day event will take place in will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, under the title ‘OpenCamp Sofia‘, addressing open government, PSI re-use, Open Web, Free Software and Open Source, Open Knowledge and other important topics.

On the first day a workshop/camp will be held. Both presentations (a growing list of presenters is on the site) and discussions are planned on topics such as Open Web, Open Government, Open Knowledge, and Open source software. In that context PSI re-use is sure to be part of the discussion as well.

On the second day a Mozilla-related event will be held. At the same time in Sofia will be next Balkan’s Meeting of Mozilla Communities.

website: http://opencamp.talkweb.eu

hashtag: #opensofia

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Community Management Course and a CC Manual.

As usual I have an idea. I was thinking to organize a course about Community Management at P2PU and a Manual, licensed under Creative Commons license with best practices, ideas, theory and so on.

Let’s do it.
I decided to be a facilitator and co-author for this project and I am searching for co-authors && contributors.

If you have experience leading (or being part of a great community) and/or creating communities, please drop me a note here and let’s start thinking what is the better way to do that. You can send me an email as well: shopov.bogomil at gmail got com or via twitter @bogomep

Why?
I know there are many books on community management, but they are mostly theoretical or encompass only a little of what is going on in the field, because the things in the Internet change with every second. Let’s create something open (as in Open Web) and Together (as in Sharing is Caring).

Love,
Bogo

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Make my birthday open wish comes true.

Every year at December 22th I have a birthday. Strange isn’t it :) Every year I am asking my friend and colleagues to donate money to a great cause instead of buying me some ordinary presents. Two years ago we together have made a great KIVA campaign and we are still helping businesses in Africa with almost 5000 USD. I am really proud with my friends.

So my next birthday is approaching. Do you want to make me happy? Here is my birthday wish. Please donate 10$ (or any other amount) to Mozilla from here.

Mozilla is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the web.We are focused on building communities and enriching people’s lives rather than financial gain.

Get a gift from me.
Please let me know your postal address and I will send you something cool via snail mail. You can send me your address to shopov.bogomil at gmail.com

Thank you and Happy Holidays !

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Talks in Romania and Bulgaria (feat. Chuck Norris)

I am going to talk at several events in next weeks.

I am starting this weekend. I will share my ideas about how to make money using your hacking skills at Wordcamp Romania. The exact topic is (if you are from North America, don’t read this – warning) Fuck the cola, Fuck the whiskey, all we need is more hackers :)

Next one will be in November 12th in Sofia. I will explain why “Only Chuck Norris can CLOSE the open web“.

One week after this event I will be speaking at very very popular OpenFest conference, and the topic wil be, well …. ” Only Chuck Norris can CLOSE the open source.

The final talk will be at November 26th, during Freelance Con in Sofia and will be about “Effective Telework, Online Project and Team Collaboration”.

It will be very interesting month full of emotions and freedom

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Drumbeat Berlin – 8 May 2010, Betahaus

Will the web still be open in 100 years? Mozilla thinks it can — and must — be. That’s why we’re starting Mozilla Drumbeat, an invitation to teachers, artists, lawyers, filmmakers and other everyday internet users do things that will make the web better, and keep it open for the long haul. We want you to get involved.

Offline and on, we are building a new community that includes open web geeks, but also teachers, artists and designers, bloggers, lawyers and even enlightened people in government. Come to Drumbeat Berlin and learn how you can help keep the web open, or show others what you’re already doing!

Check out the Drumbeat Berlin Agenda, and feel free to add a topic for discussion like I did.

Come to the Berlin event to learn about, work on, or even propose a new Drumbeat project.

Drumbeat events are:

* Active and participatory: we’re going to be making and building the Open Web. Less talk, more action!
* Inviting to people who love the Web, but may not be geeks. As part of Drumbeat, people can make more than software. Videos, universal subtitling, design projects, training courses, books, and more!
* Opportunities to weave together local networks of creative, Web-loving people and share their exciting local work with the global community.

Come prepared to share your vision for the future of the Web, the challenges you have with the Web in your work, ideas you have for new projects to address those challenges. Most importantly, come prepared to collaborate and build the Open Web!

Register here FOR FREE and let’s Rock ! If you have time, you may visit my article about our first Drumbeat event in Bulgaria !

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Drumbeat event in Bulgaria

On the contrary of my initial expectations a lot of people took part in the first Bulgarian /Mozilla Drumbeat /workshop.

The workshop was divided into 3 parts:

0. The first was a 15-minute speech giving a short account on what is open web, what is the Drumbeat mission and why this open web is so valuable;

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1. All participants were divided into 10 teams and were given 25 minutes to work out an idea;
Photo by niki
photo by Lubo

2. A special jury, selected at random, assessed the projects on one single condition – the projects had to be designed to keep the Internet open.
photo by Niki

From the 300 conference attendees, about 120 joined the 10 teams which had to create an idea to help the open web. All the ideas were great and I hope the team could find some time to upload them to drumbeat.org.

Another interesting event was the DrumBeat competition. There ware 11 teams that had to propose an OpenSource Project idea in about 15 minutes. I was left out for the jury. I was very supprized that 6 or 7 of them had the same bases. If I should summarize the idea I would say “Self driven community knowledge educational program”. Obviously people realize that the current educational system suck and a very interesting and promising idea would be to implement the open community method (like wikepedia) to make better schoolbooks and test for the young generation. This certainly needs more investigation and tough.

The aim was to give significance of the open web values and to make the participants, who were of various ages and field of technological expertise, to contribute to the development of an idea and of course to receive a price. Each member of the two winning teams received a bottle of wine, designed especially for the occasion.

Photo by niki

But …
I do not know if it was a coincidence but two days before the conference we went to an event-performance in the old postal building in Veliko Tarnovo. The event was divided into two parts and the second part was going to be based on the pictures, taken by all the people who had visited the first.

I had a chance to talk to the group of students organizing the event and I asked them if they would like to make a third part – on the Internet, to use the resources of the worldwide net and to visit the Drumbeat workshop as well.

Автор: Кристина Танева

Автор: Кристина Танева

автор: Милица Николова

It turned out that there is a slight difference between wanting and being able to. If we want Drumbeat to make a significant contribution to the open web, we will have to teach the artists, the teachers and all the other target groups how to use the Internet. No matter how good was the idea of the Veliko Tarnovo students, they did not know how to implement it in the Internet. That will change soon, of course, because there are people, willing to help them.

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