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Saturday, November 3 • 3:35pm - 4:45pm
Ping pong balls for people power! (or “How might we raise awareness of open practices or issues in fun and inclusive ways?”)

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Why did a Syrian drop ping pong balls down the staircases of Damascus? Who is Jorge Cham and how did he get half a million people to subscribe to his thoughts? Are you part of the OpenCon Rebel Alliance?

To change a culture, we must first raise awareness of an issue and increase participation in the discussion, creation and adoption of potential solutions. There are many strategies and tactics for raising awareness, and at OpenCon we appreciate the importance of considering diversity, equity and inclusion when we plan for new engagement strategies and campaigns.

In this session, we will find out about strategies used in political campaigns, on social media and by non-violent direct action-based resistance movements. We will share the issues we are trying to raise awareness of. We will identify who we are trying to engage with and explore their needs and motivations. We will have fun coming up with our own ideas for fun, humorous, inclusive and engaging ways to raise awareness of open issues, inspired by campaigns that have toppled power structures!

This unconference is a workshop session leading into the doathon challenge: “How might we raise awareness of open practices or issues in fun and inclusive ways?”

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Naomi Penfold

I have a PhD in neuroscience and now work to encourage the adoption of preprints in the life sciences through community building and support as Associate Director of ASAPbio

Saturday November 3, 2018 3:35pm - 4:45pm EDT
Accolade East 008