About #Influence as OpenEdInfluencers


What is Influence?

The process of influencing, as adapted from the Contribute, Attribute, Release and Empower [CARE] framework for Open Stewards (Petrides, Levin, and Watson, 2018) establishes 4 cornerstones of influencing practice.

The OpenEdInfluencers perspective includes a uniquely South African ‘humanising’ (Zinn and Rodgers, 2012) element, introducing Ubuntu as both a philosophy and practice of generosity. The revised UCARE framework establishes a process of influencing embedded in the activity framework.

How do OEIs influence?

Open Education Influencers seek to influence decision-makers through advocacy and facilitation, and aim to affect decision-making and practice through direct actions in Open education.

Six keys to influence people without manipulating:

1. Recognise the decision process
2. Establish trust
3. Create urgency
4. Gain commitment
5. Initiate change
6. Overcome objections (Jolles, 2019, para.7-12)

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