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  • Open Workplace Recognition using Verifiable Credentials 2022-09-30 WeAreOpenCoop

    Yesterday, the draft Verifiable Credentials for Education, Employment, and Achievement Use Cases report was published […] The next version of the Open Badges specification (v3.0) will be compatible with Verifiable Credentials (VCs).

  • Creating a culture of recognition 2022-09-08 We are Open

    Open Recognition is the awareness and appreciation of talents, skills and aspirations in ways that go beyond credentialing. This includes recognising the rights of individuals, communities, and territories to apply their own labels and definitions. Their frameworks may be emergent and/or implicit.”

  • Keep Badges Weird: helping people understand the badges landscape 2022-07-25 Doug Belshaw, We Are Open Co-op

    Open Recognition is the awareness and appreciation of talents, skills and aspirations in ways that go beyond credentialing. This includes recognising the rights of individuals, communities, and territories to apply their own labels and definitions. Their frameworks may be emergent and/or implicit.” (What is Open Recognition, anyway?

  • How badges can change the world: Part 2: Why we need to transition 2022-06-15 We are Open

    In Part 1: The Two Loops Model for Open Recognition advocacy, we talked about how as one system begins to deteriorate, an alternative begins to emerge. We know the alternative system, one that integrates credentials with other forms of recognition, is better for everyone. Without that integration, cold-hard credentialing supports outdated power dynamics.

  • How badges can change the world 2022-06-07 WeareOpen

    This model […] shows how systems have a lifespan and what happens as that lifespan peaks.

    As one system begins to deteriorate, a new system begins to emerge. This got us thinking about how this model applies to the world of Open Recognition.

  • Open Recognition is for every type of learning 2022-06-01 We are Open Coop - From cold hard credentialing to warm fuzzy recognition

    We need all to embrace all kinds of learning and develop ways of recognising it in others. We need to develop methods that allow us to embrace our whole self, reinforce positive behaviours in our communities, encourage lifelong learning, and which contribute to the good of society.

  • What is Open Recognition, anyway? 2022-05-18 We are Open Going

    beyond credentialing and the formal/informal divide
    Badges as credentials includes approaches that are well understood and largely replace or augment existing certification practices. Badges for recognition, however, include approaches that remain somewhat confusing to many people.

  • WTF are ‘Stealth Badges’?: The case of the O.G. Badger 2022-01-26 We are Open Coop

    This information means that this particular badge, which is manually issued, can be given out in fair and equitable ways. It also means that someone else who engaged with the Open Badges community before 2017 could lay claim to it.

    Stealth badges at scale require an automated system that issues badges depending on particular criteria. This is why they are very common in games-based environments. For example, I unlock some most weeks playing new and existing games on my PlayStation and Google Stadia.

  • Open Badges as Verifiable Credentials 2021-06-11 Kerri Lemoie

    In the W3C VC-EDU call on June 7, 2021 we discussed Open Badges asserted as W3C Verifiable Credentials (VCs). This call began the public discussion of Open Badges as Native VCs (potentially as Open Badges 3.0) to inform the IMS Open Badges Working Group. Why are we discussing this? Why does it matter? How will it work?

  • Discover Open Badges 3.0! 2021 Keep Badges Weird
    1. Check out the (accepted) Open Badges 3.0 proposal
    2. Watch a video from the ePIC conference giving an overview of what Open Badges 3.0 will enable (or view the slide deck
    3. Discuss what this means for you, your organisation, or your community in this thread


Community Development

  • How to Unf*ck Your Organisation: Organisational strategy and architecture for n00bs 2022-10-06 WeAreOpenCoop

    We’ve put together an email-based course to help forward-thinking people in senior roles who might need a bit of help and orientation. We’ve broken things down into actionable steps based on the resources found at our Learn with WAO site, giving you enough direction and inspiration to get started transforming your organisation for the better!

  • Steps to Success when building a Community of Practice: Convening systems for maturity and development 2022-10-05 Doug Belshaw, WeAreOpenCoop

    This post outlines different types of work that needs to take place when planning, sustaining, and developing a Community of Practice. It is informed by work that WAO have carried out with Participate around the [Keep Badges Weird]-(https://badges.community/) community over the last 10 months.

  • Quick wins to improve your Open Source community’s Architecture of Participation 2022-07-13 WeAreOpenCoop

    Sociocracy is a system of governance that seeks to create psychologically safe environments and productive organizations. It draws on the use of consent, rather than majority voting, in discussion and decision-making by people who have a shared goal or work process.

  • Emergent community building 2022-02-15 WeAreOpenCoop

    Last week, we ran the first Keep Badges Weird community call, and it was even more energising than we expected it to be. We were so pleased to see so many people interested in the current and future status of badges and open recognition. We were elated to begin to have a deep conversation about counteracting the top-down focus of institutions and large organisations using badges for corporate stuff. There’s an outstanding question, for us, around how this community explores and thinks about the theoretical underpinnings of a Community of Practice (CoP), but one thing is for sure, Keep Badges Weird is a CoP.


  • Audience Ikigai - An attempt to simplify complexity in content 2022-03-09 Laura Hilliger, We Are Open Co-op
    could be useful for thinking about credential adoption profiles

    The complexity surrounding any global audience can’t be understated, really. I mean, we’re talking about millions of people. GPI communications have to take into account that many are coming to Greenpeace for the first time, while others know the organization well. The audience is diverse. From young to old, every color and creed, a massive spectrum of people who are interested in the mission to “ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity.”

  • Good things happen slowly, bad things happen fast 2021-11-30 We Are Open Co-op

    Some organisations were experimenting with digital badges before 2011, but these were siloed and easy to right-click and copy. The ‘technology trigger’, the innovation with Open Badges, was to invent and make available an open metadata standard.


  • Reflecting on the Evolving Badges and Credentials Ecosystem 2021-11-25 We are Open

    Recently, the WAO team took the opportunity to update the badge platforms page on Badge Wiki, a knowledgebase for the Open Badge community. As the ecosystem continues to evolve we’re seeing some early platforms fall by the wayside and new platforms emerge.

  • Badge Platforms Badge Wiki

    A list of all platforms accredited by1EdTech (the artist formerly known as IMS Global Learning Consortium) can be found here. This page does not currently list LMS systems that also issue badges.

    1. Accredible
    2. Badgecraft
    3. BadgeCollect
    4. Badge List
    5. BadgeFactor
    6. BadgeOS
    7. Badgetree™
    8. BCdiploma
    9. Bestr
    10. CanCred.ca
    11. Canvas Credentials
    12. Credly
    13. ForAllRubrics
    14. HPass
    15. Hyland Credentials
    16. Milestone
    17. NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS)
    18. Open Badge Factory
    19. Openbadges.me
    20. Participate
    21. RedCritter
    22. Sertifier
    23. VerifyEd