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Why we need a debate about the purpose(s) of education [IGNITE Talk at #DML2012]

Doug Belshaw, co-kickstarter of Purpos/ed gave an Ignite talk to a packed room of delegates at the DML Conference in San Francisco last week:

View on Slideshare. Notes are included. We’ll release the video as and when it becomes available.

The Ignite talk format is 20 slides auto-advanced every 15 seconds. It took some practicing!

Purpos/ed at #LWF12


Doug Belshaw, co-kickstarter of Purpos/ed is facilitating a workshop with Prof. Keri Facer (the inspiration behind Purpos/ed) as part of the FREE festival part of the Learning Without Frontiers conference 2012. Entitled Education for the Apocalypse the session situates our call for a public debate about the purpose(s) of education in the wider discourse. Do come along if you can!

Date: Wednesday 25th January 2012

Time: 5:00-6:30pm

Location: Salon Foucault (S1) LWF Festival Area, National Hall Gallery, Olympia, London


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What is the purpose of higher education? [Guardian debate] #HElivechat


The Guardian have announced that they are hosting a live debate about the purpose of higher education tomorrow.

Date: Friday 16 December 2011

Time: 12:00-14:00 (GMT)


Hashtag: #HElivechat

Please do get involved on Twitter, using the hashtag above as well as #purposed (and do link to this site!)

Postponement of Purpos/ed Oxford: Hacking Education

We’re sad to announce that we’re postponing Purpos/ed Oxford: Hacking Education. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but feel it to be the right (albeit very difficult) decision. The velocity of ticket sales, the lack of sponsorship and some logistical issues all meant that the event was unlikely to be as successful as we’d hoped.

Delegates will be refunded in full and we hope to learn from this experience to plan the next event more effectively. If you thought about attending Purpos/ed Oxford, but decided against it, we would love to hear from you to understand what led you to that decision.

We’ll be in touch soon with regards to new campaigns and ideas for future events!

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Purpos/ed Oxford: Hacking Education (SPONSORSHIP needed!)

On Saturday 19th November a diverse mix of educators, parents, representatives of businesses, activists, and other interested parties will descend on Oxford University for Purpos/ed Oxford: Hacking Education (#hackinged).

The event is an exciting one for us for three reasons:

  1. It’s our second opportunity (after #purposedpsi at Sheffield Hallam University in May) to bring together people to discuss and debate the purpose(s) of education in a physical location.
  2. We’ll have with us Professor Keri Facer, who inspired Purpos/ed, with us in person on the day to set out her vision for the future of education.
  3. Eylan Ezekiel, inspired by Purpos/ed to set about setting up a Free School in Oxford, is part of the planning process.

We know that #hackinged is going to be a fascinating day of discussion, debate and activism. Ticket prices have been set to (just!) cover the basic cost of the venue, which is why we need YOUR help. Last time, we had several sponsors who stepped up to add value to the event through sponsoring wifi, delegate packs and the like.

If you or your organization/business can sponsor – anything from £1 to £1,000 – we’d like to hear from you. We’ve had a couple of individuals and organisations say they’re interested, but nothing concrete yet! Sponsorship of any amount will guarantee that your name or logo will appear in the delegate packs and thanked in front of delegates on the day.

Can you help? Great! Email us:

Tickets now available for Purpos/ed Oxford (#hackinged)

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve booked the old-world charms of the Examination Rooms at Oxford University for our next event. The sub-title of the event, ‘Hacking Education’ gives you a flavour of what’s going to be happening on the day!

Buy your ticket and get further details here:

If you’d like to sponsor this event, please get in touch at

Purpos/ed Oxford event (19th November 2011)

Interested in sponsoring this event? Get in touch at:

We’re excited to announce that the next Purpos/ed event will be (almost definitely) on the 19th November 2011 in Oxford. It’s being co-organised by Eylan Ezekiel, who was inspired into action by Purpos/ed to set up a new (‘learning futures’) Free School in Oxford.

This is a wonderful opportunity to blend the abstract and the practical. The programme will be crowdsourced with (of course) lots of participatory elements and time to network and debate.

Want to come? We need expressions of interest to help us plan. The form is here and should be embedded below:


#purposedpsi: the missing content

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Our ‘drip feed’ approach of content from the first Purpos/ed Summit for Instigators has meant a slow and steady stream of audio and video from the event (one month ago today!). Given our next campaign starts on Wednesday, we thought it best that we link to the rest of the audio from the event available via Here goes:

Many thanks to John Johnston for sorting these out for us! Don’t forget to sign up for #purposedfutured (also audio-based).

Image CC BY-NC-SA ClareS76


Audio from #purposedpsi – 6 – Steve Bunce’s 3×3

Steve BunceJohn Johnston, co-founder of is kindly helping us chop up the audio from the first Purpos/ed Summit for Educators into manageable sections.

At the event, instigators were randomly selected to present a (pre-prepared) set of three slides in the space of three minutes (hence 3×3). This was Steve Bunce’s contribution:×3

Audio from #purposedpsi – 5 – Nicola McNee’s 3×3

Nicola McNee

John Johnston, co-founder of is kindly helping us chop up the audio from the first Purpos/ed Summit for Educators into manageable sections.

At the event, instigators were randomly selected to present a (pre-prepared) set of three slides in the space of three minutes (hence 3×3). This was Nicola McNee’s contribution:×3

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