Born out of the 2008 Cape Town Open Education Declaration, P2PU has remained active at the forefront of open education ever since, establishing the first open badging standard with Mozilla, developing the tools that supported some of the first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and nurturing experimental online learning communities with a variety of audiences around the globe.

Since 2015, P2PU has worked with libraries and community-based organizations worldwide to realize our mission and vision through a methodology called learning circles: free, facilitated study groups for people who want to learn something together.

Our Values

Peer learning

Underlying our work is the conviction that people develop expertise through their own life experiences, that learning happens whenever people share and connect with others, and that feedback is necessary in order to improve.

Community

P2PU is a community-centered project, reflected in both what we do and how we do it. We believe that sustained learning communities are best created through grassroots collaboration, not hierarchical mandates.

Open

Our commitment to open is predicated on the belief that we create value not by gatekeeping but by working together, sharing resources, and lowering barriers to entry. P2PU is built on open source technology, and everything we create is free to share, remix, and redistribute.

Equity

Equity is only possible when we recognize education as a social good rather than a commodity. Systemic injustice means that providing access alone is insufficient, and we must actively design for inclusion at every step of the way.

P2PU Staff

P2PU is led by a small, distributed staff who maintain the community, develop software tools, and create courses and resources that reinforce the learning circle methodology, all of which is made available to the public for free.

Becky

Becky Margraf

Production Lead

Becky is a designer and toymaker motivated by learning about learning. She makes sure there’s interesting data coming in from the community and going back out into the world in all ways possible. She is based in Berlin, Germany.

Dirk

Dirk Uys

Development Lead

Dirk makes sure that just the right amount of tech is developed at P2PU. After travelling through South and Central America, he is now back home in South Africa and based in Cape Town. When he is not writing code, he is most likely hiking Table mountain, surfing the Atlantic or tinkering with a Raspberry Pi.

Grif

Grif Peterson

Executive Director

Grif joined P2PU in 2015 to help start the learning circle program. Since then, his role has grown with the project, and he does his best to make sure that folks around the world have the opportunity to keep on learning things they care about for free. A longtime resident of New England, he now lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Lydian

Lydian Brambila

Community Coordinator

Lydian (they/them) is a librarian committed to building community on- and offline and to making sure that learners and facilitators get their needs met. After work, you'll find them playing shows and making zines in Athens, Georgia.

Qumisha

Qumisha Goss

Partnership Lead

Qumisha or Q, as you may call her, is a Detroit native, librarian, and a plant lady, but also appreciates food, travel and good music not necessarily in that order. Q is a contributor to P2PU’s community assisting with the development of resources, facilitation support and library staff training. Q is passionate about education, community building and demystifying technology.

Ryan

Ryan George

Financial Administrator

Ryan oversees Financing and Accounting for P2PU. He is a vibrant and energetic person who has been with P2PU since 2012. He loves culture, innovative ideas, people and numbers. He is based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Board of Directors

Ahrash

Ahrash Bissell

President, 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.

Allen

Allen Gunn

Executive Director, Aspiration

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

Carl

Carl Ruppin

Assistant Vice President, MetLife

Carl joined P2PU as a team member soon after the organization was founded, providing incredible operational, legal, and project management support. He transitioned to the Board soon after he left the team and additionally serves as the Board Secretary.

Catherine

Catherine Penkert

Library Director, Saint Paul Public Library

Catherine serves as the Library Director at Saint Paul Public Library in Minnesota, where she oversees programs, serves, and community contributions across a 13 branch system. She brings an invaluable perspective to the work of P2PU.

Delia

Delia Browne

National Copyright Director, NSW Department of Education and Training; Board Director, Creative Commons

As a board member, co-founder, 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.

June

June Ahn

Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine

June is a learning sciences and human-computer interaction researcher at UC Irvine. He bravely collaborated with P2PU on past research projects and now serves on the board to help think about strategic new directions for peer learning.

Philipp

Philipp Schmidt

Director of Learning Innovation, MIT Media Lab (P2PU Board Chair)

Philipp co-founded P2PU in 2008 with support from a Shuttleworth Grant. Years later he is still cooking up learning experiences (and mustard) at the MIT Media Lab, and nurturing partnerships for future P2PU projects.

Sidsel

Sidsel Bech-Petersen

Head of Innovation and User Involvement, Aarhus Public Libraries, Denmark

Sidsel is a longtime friend of P2PU. We met her as she was leading the process of transforming the Main Library in Aarhus into Dokk1, the largest public library in Scandinavia. In her current role, she supports user involvement and special projects across Aarhus Public Libraries.

Supported by

Many people have made P2PU what it is today. A special thanks to: Adam Bush, Alan Webb, Aleksander Stachurka, Alex Ruthmann, Alexander Kehayias, Alison Jean Cole, Andrew Rens, Beck Pitt, Carl Ruppin, Cathy Casserly, Chloe Varelidi, Chris Ewald, Code Rodeo, Dany Javier Bautista Montaña, Erika Pogorelc, Gary Matkin, Jane Park, Jessy Kate Schingler, Joel Thierstein, John Britton, Jose Flores, João Menezes, Juliana Muchai, Karen Fasimpaur, Karen Gabriels, Kate Lapinski, Katherine McConachie, Larry Cooperman, Laura Hilliger, Lila Bailey, Maria Droujkova, Mark Andersen, Mark Surman, Molly Kleinman, Nadeem Shabir, Neeru Paharia, Nico Koenig, Niels Sprong, Paul Osman, Pieter Kleymeer, Pippa Buchanan, Rebecca Kahn, Sharon Kennedy, Steve Carson, Stian Haklev, Vanessa Gennarelli, Zuzel Vera

We’d also like to thank these sponsors for their generous support:

P2PU Teams

Teams are organized learning circle communities, typically affiliated with library systems and community-based organizations. Start a team.

Akron-Summit County Public Library

Akron, Ohio, United States of America Organized by Patrick, Barb, brett Established: July 2019

Berliner P2PU Lernteams

Organized by Kim, Juliana, Lernteams Established: May 2019

BLCS

Braga, Norte, Portugal Organized by Teresa, Isabel, Cláudia Established: March 2020

Boston Public Library

Organized by Jessica Established: October 2016

Cambridge Public Library

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America Organized by Susannah Established: January 2018

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America Organized by Daniel Established: November 2019

Cercul de învățare

Organized by Ovidiu, Ovidiu Established: March 2020

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Organized by Martha, Chantez Established: August 2016

Chicago Public Library

Organized by Kate Established: April 2015

Cleveland Public Library

Organized by Denise Established: April 2017

Detroit Public Library

Detroit, Michigan, United States of America Organized by Qumisha Established: June 2016

Free Library of Philadelphia

Organized by Kalela Established: October 2016

Greensboro Public Library

Greensboro Organized by Beth, Cristiane Established: February 2020

Kansas City Public Library

Organized by Wendy Established: August 2016

Kenya National Library Service

Organized by Juliana Established: July 2016

Klub Wiedzy

Organized by Jacek, Agnieszka, Magdalena Established: March 2020

La Veta Public Library

Organized by Ashley Established: March 2020

Los Angeles Public Library

Organized by Christina, Randall Established: April 2019

Miami-Dade Public Library

Organized by Athanasia Established: October 2016

Mid-Continent Public Library

Organized by Morgan Established: April 2019

Multnomah County Library

Portland Organized by Steph Established: October 2016

Onondaga Community College

Organized by Pauline, Timothy Established: January 2020

Onondaga Free Library

Organized by Susan, Scott Established: February 2019

Opintopiirit

Organized by Piia, Tuulikki Established: March 2020

Pierce County Library

Organized by Jaime Established: October 2016

Prince William Public Libraries

Organized by Kristen Established: July 2020

Providence Public Library

Providence Organized by Beatrice, PPL, Sherry Established: October 2016

Queens Public Library

Borough of Queens, New York, United States of America Organized by Jeffrey Established: January 2021

Rhode Island Library Association

Providence Organized by Beatrice Established: February 2021

Richland County

Organized by Susan Established: October 2016

Saint Paul Public Library

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States of America Organized by Rebecca, Xenia Established: January 2020

San Jose Public Library

San Jose, California, United States of America Organized by Marsha Established: October 2016

Spokane County Library District

Organized by Stacey, Gwendolyn Established: April 2019

Stadtbibliothek Köln

Organized by Nicole Established: March 2020

St. Louis County Library

St Louis, Missouri, United States of America Organized by Ricqui Established: July 2020

Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library

Organized by Megan, Lorie Established: April 2017

Toronto Public Library

Organized by Alex Established: August 2017

Twin Lakes Library System

Organized by Stephen Established: August 2016

Uganda

Kampala, Uganda Organized by Asia, Susan, Ugne Established: May 2021

West End Learning Unlimited (WELU)

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Organized by Julie Established: October 2020

Wichita Public Library

Wichita, Kansas, United States of America Organized by Sara Established: October 2016