Open Book aims to break down the barriers that discourage people from entering higher education. The project works closely with a network of agencies to support people from a wide range of non-traditional backgrounds including offending, addiction and mental health, as well as those who have never truly considered further and higher education as any kind of route to enhancing their future career choices and personal development.
Open Book are keen to grow, to unleash their approach into the world and ensure as many people as possible get access to a free education. They would like to explore whether one way of achieving this could be to support and encourage groups from across the country to self-form, self-fund and self-organise, running their own version of Open Book unique to their needs and local circumstances. In theory this is very attractive, but there remains a
concern that this could dilute the core ethos and quality of the model.
What Open Book would like to understand is how they might support and encourage groups to self-form, self-fund, and self-organise - how might that work in reality - and specifically what core set of values, and decision- making processes would be needed to continue to bind that network, keeping it true to the overall vision and ensuring the ‘whole remains greater than the sum of its ‘parts'.