Global Affairs Institute, LSE
Give Something Back to Berlin
Gribu Palidzet Begliem
On content side, we have cooperation pledges from individuals at Oxford University/UK, SOAS/UK, SciencesPo/France, ODI/UK, Marshall Fund/Germany, Migration Systems/Germany + more on our website. On production side: we have pledges from creative content producers eg Webkid.io/Germany, www.kitcoder.com/UK, Popathon visual storytellers/Berlin, www.migranthire.com/Germany. We are also members of MigrantHub Berlin-based network of migration startups.
Migration Matters will be Europe’s first free and open access MOOC on migration (Massive Open Online Course) that brings together leading researchers, practitioners, and migrants to help our audience step away from anxiety-fraught headlines and gain a more nuanced and solution-oriented understanding of migration. We want to reach our audience with formats they enjoy and deliver content through short-form videos, quizzes and interactives, and community tools and curation.
Europe’s current migration debate is full of anxiety, judgment, and opinion. It is framed by a "pro" vs. "con" debate, lacking the middle ground necessary for more nuanced discussion that can lead to Europe-wide solutions. In many countries, migration is the area where the distance between research findings and policy response is the greatest. The only way to improve political solutions is to have a better informed public, capable of demanding better solutions.
We aim to create a Europe-wide, free MOOC that we will run on one of the top educational platforms, offering a creative mix of:
- short-format shareable video lectures;
- interactives and games to spur curiosity and expose knowledge gaps;
- hands-on tasks where people are asked to understand each other’s viewpoints;
- curation: helping participants discover the many creative projects and initiatives devoted to the field of migration, home-grown in Europe.
We’ve begun work on the pilot module of Migration MOOC with a list of “star” researchers across the EU who are also passionate about educating the public. Our next step will be to extend modules to include star speakers among refugees/migrants themselves as well as solutions-oriented practitioners.
Once our video lectures are ready, we will run a "hack sprint" to design interactive experiences around our video content, data vault, and curatorial ideas, bringing together our collaborator network from motion design, coding, visual design, gaming, illustration, and UX backgrounds to ensure that we deliver evidence through formats engaging to our audience
We will assemble all of the above into a MOOC, run it on a top education platform, and open-source all deliverables.
Studies show that ~50% of the European population is in the middle of the spectrum when it comes to migration, but they have their anxieties and concerns. Our user research also shows that many younger Europeans, who hold more inclusive and liberal views, often choose to keep quiet because they feel threatened by the aggressive nature of the debate. Our approach is to empower these individuals Europe-wide through shareable content, evidence, and a sense of community.
We are looking for collaborators - anyone with interesting research or projects around migration we can tell about through our lectures+curation. We are also looking for video makers, interaction and game designers, visual and ux specialists and coders - everyone who wants to contribute to making migration engaging topic it deserves to be.