P2PU (Peer 2 Peer University) is driven by three core values.

Peer learning

Underlying all our work is the understanding that learning is a social activity. We believe that everybody is an expert in something, that sharing and connecting is how we learn best, and that feedback is necessary in order to improve.


P2PU began as a community-centered project, which is reflected across our organization through our volunteer network and governance model. By involving learners and collaborators in all stages of the design and delivery of our work, we foster networks of learners and facilitators, and contribute to the crucial role that informal learning plays in local communities.


Openness enables participation, replication, and accountability. We strive to use openly-licensed learning materials and always share our methodology and resources openly, so that as many people as possible can take leverage our work.

Here's a taste of some other things we've been working on.

Our Staff

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Rebecca Kahn
Happiness Officer

Bekka makes the trains at P2PU run on time (or as close to it as possible). A London-dweller by day but a South African in spirit, Bekka is currently finishing up her PhD in Digital Humanities at King's College, and serves as the Coordinator for the Open Coalition.

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Grif Peterson
Learning Cook

Grif keeps a watchful eye over peers and pedagogy at P2PU and is a proud member of the Learning Over Education initiative at the MIT Media Lab. In the past, he worked in investment banking, drove a school bus from London to Mongolia, and lived in Kyrgyzstan.

grifpeterson | grifpeterson.com
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Carl Ruppin
Operations/Dreamer Wrangler

An Aussie by birth and an attorney by training, Carl has heaps of experience in the open community as the National Copyright Manager for the New South Wales Department of Education and Training in Sydney. He keeps P2PU organized, optimized, spreadsheeted and focused.

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Dirk Uys
Wizard of 0s and 1s

Though Dirk leads tech at P2PU, everyone on the team can do technical things, which makes him very happy. Dirk is currently traveling through South America and learning Spanish before heading back to his homeland of South Africa. As he nomads about the globe, he’s writing code tutorials, tinkering with Raspberry Pi’s and sharpening his photography-fu.

riskycud | thebacklog.net

Our Board

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Philipp Schmidt
Co-founder, Director's Fellow MIT Media Lab

Along with a motley crew of edupunks, Philipp co-founded P2PU in 2009 through a Shuttleworth Grant. 5 years later he is still cooking up learning experiences (and mustard) at the MIT Media Lab, and nurturing partnerships for future P2PU projects.

schmidtphi | 1l2p.net
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June Ahn
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland

June is a human-computer interaction researcher at University of Maryland. He bravely collaborates with P2PU on research projects about engagement, motivation and cohorts.

ahnjune | ahnjune.com
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Ahrash Bissell
Project Manager Monterey Institute for Technology and Education

As a board member, Ahrash takes care of staying true to our original values, while pushing us to be more experimental. He is a wise man.

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Delia Browne
Chair of the Board

As a board member and active community member Delia makes sure things keep running smoothly at P2PU. Next to this she is involved in many of the legal aspects surrounding the organization.

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Allen Gunn
Gunner the Facilitator

It is not without reason that Gunner is our workshop facilitator of choice. He is Executive Director at Aspiration, helping NGOs, activists, foundations and software developers make more effective use of technology for social change.

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Neeru Paharia
Co-founder, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University

As original gang-star par excellence, Neeru didn’t think it was enough to theorize about starting a peer learning platform so she co-founded P2PU and created and organized the‘Behavioral Economics’ pilot course. Neeru has been at the root of P2PU’s success in many ways and now employs her vast experience on the board.

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Nadeem Shabir
Technical Lead at Talis

When Nadeem is not eloquently luring people at P2PU workshops into letting their emotions about peer learning run freely, he uses his vast experience in programming adds technical perspective to the board.

kiyanwang | www.virtualchaos.co.uk/blog/
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Mark Surman
Executive Director Mozilla Foundation

Mark loves all things open, including wine bars in San Francisco that are still open at 2am. As Mozilla Foundation ED he is leading an army of webmakers to keep the web open. As board member of P2PU he helps Philipp get more done.

msurman | commonspace.wordpress.com

Our Extended Family

Founded in 2009, Peer 2 Peer University is a non-profit organization that facilitates learning outside of institutional walls. Designing and leveraging open education tools and resources, P2PU strives to cultivate a high-quality, low-cost model for lifelong learning.


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