About OKFestival 2014's Vision & Mission


“Open Minds to Open Action”

We envision a festival of action!

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The Open Knowledge Festival 2014 will be our biggest open data and open knowledge event to date. It will be global, inclusive and participatory. We expect it to create a significant local and international surge of innovation.

Organised by Open Knowledge and owned, in the broadest sense, by the open community, the Festival will bring together over 1,000 people from more than 60 countries to share their skills and experiences; encouraging them to work together to build the very tools and partnerships that will further the power of openness as a positive force for change. In addition, the festival will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all that the open movement has achieved so far, and an opportunity to plan and shape the landscape ahead.

So, we can expect lots to happen at the festival?

To create societies where everyone has both access to key information and the ability to use it to understand and shape their lives, we must build knowledge into the heart of all of our activities. This is a big task which requires not just a global shift in mindset, but also that we build the tools and communities to make such a society possible. We invite you to join us at OKFestival 2014 as we consider how to translate Open Minds to Open Action.

To inspire Open Minds, OKFestival 2014 will be a shared, immersive experience – you can learn, listen, brainstorm, make, hack, watch and explore. The festival aims to engage and inspire attendees, and in turn your active participation will shape the event and its outcomes. The festival is a place for learning and dialogue, and it is these conversations which will act as the catalysts that enable us to make progress together on the things we care about.

This translation of Open Minds to Open Action requires going beyond conversation. It means building solid partnerships, tools and projects which last beyond the festival. Let's use this unique opportunity to bring together the open communities from around the world to map out the next steps of the open movement – defining solid goals which will be accomplished at the festival and beyond, co-creating a roadmap for the future. We hope you’ll add your voice and your enthusiasm to this exciting event!