Doug Belshaw

Dr. Doug Belshaw

Hello! I'm an Open Strategist: a product manager, researcher, technologist, and educator advocating for greater openness and transparency in the world. I now work primarily through We Are Open Co-op but also via Dynamic Skillset, the consultancy business I own with my wife Hannah Belshaw, a UX designer.

I work from home in Northumberland, the English county of castles and coastlines, with my wife and two children. My career has taken me from History teacher through to co-op founder, through a variety of interesting roles along the way with organisations large and small.

I'm perhaps best known for my work on digital literacies, having successfully defended my doctoral thesis on the topic and then subsequently wrote a book entitled The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies. I did a TEDx talk which has over 125,000 views, and my thesis has been accessed almost a million times. My ebook is on the reading list of Masters-level university courses around the world, and I spent a few years as Mozilla's Web Literacy lead.

As a believer in re-decentralising the web, it was my privilege to build a team to deliver the world's first federated, resource-centric, social network for educators. I took the MoodleNet project from zero to one after building a talented and diverse team.

I'm an evangelist for digital credentials, most notably Open Badges. I've spoken about this and many other topics at hundreds of events as a keynote speaker, panellist, MC, and workshop leader. It was the original reason I joined the Mozilla Foundation back in 2012 as, despite my formal qualifications, I believe peer-to-peer credentialing to be much more powerful.

I'm always on the lookout to work with awesome people who are doing things to make the world a better place. Please get in touch if that sounds like you!

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