Here is our manifesto of May 14, 2011, just to bring it back into the public sphere again. All who were present contributed to it and Nate collected it. We all changed a few words here and there to make it acceptable to everyone. Of course it's still open to change.
I’m proud of it.
Our Manifesto - May 14, 2011
Among many visions for the reform of education in a connected world, we have chosen to learn in a collaborative, peer-organized and free way. We believe that greatlearning can occur in groups in free, open, and self-organizing online spaces. We reject the notion that an education must be bought and sold. We believe that all may be teachers, and all may be learners, and we claim the right to accredit ourselves and each other on our own learning. We need no authority to decide what we should and shouldn't learn.
We believe we can collaboratively learn from one another and the cultural commons and acknowledge each other's learning so that we do not need to pay thousands of dollars to get an education that should be respected professionally by our peers. We believe we can use the experiences, technologies and talents available to each of us to create valuable resources together that can be made openly available to the world.
To this end, we jointly accredit one another's learning as documented through our participation in the Intro to Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning course on the Peer to Peer University in spring2011. We provide reference for one another to verify our collaborative learning and assert its value independent of any commercial or institutional authority.
We announce our intentions and methods so that others may follow and claim their own right to learning.