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In search for a balance between commons and personal. Creative Commons Global Summit 2017

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:15

The Creative Commons Global Summit happened in Toronto from 28 to 30 of April. Public licenses gathered people from all over the world: activists, lawers, writers, open source fans, librarians, authors, developers, businessmen and other. This Summit was dedicated to CC movement reboot in direction from legal to commons.

Global Network Strategy

The approach from legal to commons was revealed in speeches of active members of CC movement and headquarter staff.

Alek Tarkowski (Coordinator of Creative Commons Poland):

CC movement started with doing legal work. Network grown organically and now it should be designed.
Next meeting in November following issues will be discussed:

  • decision-making,
  • affiliate membership,
  • what to do with the resources that community already have and etc.

Delia Browne (expert in copyright law, Creative Commons and OER, Australia):

There will be created more open conditions for work and communications in community: blog posts, activity reports, consultations. Partners and sponsors will be attracted.

Ryan Merkley (Creative Commons CEO):

Today CC structure is the headquarter and country affiliates.
Coming Global Network will consist of country teams, platforms and governance. The ideas of new structure are values share, feel welcome, have opportunity to join.

Each active country affiliate will be country team. Platforms are the places for international collaborative work. Here is an issue of organizing the work the best way.
Governance means the organization of decision-making processes.

There is an idea to organize membership program like Mozilla vouching model when two people should offer you as a member.

Scann (DIY Book Scanner Project, Cinema Museum, Argentina):

It is important to figure out what a new strategy means for the movement.
We want to include new people with and without priviledges. So we need to speed down and set new rules. We need a decision-making platform (may be, to kickstart for it).

Now the network will take care of the network. It becomes more dynamic.
We will make clear Code of Conduct that allows to create safe spaces for collaboration.

We will raise funding for our strategy and directions not the vise versa.

Caudio Ruiz (director of ecosystem strategy Creative Commons):

The next step will be a transition from Global Affiliate Network to Global Network.
In some monthes there will be planning for platforms usage, and it's development after. New membership creates new network with Global Council (CC Global Network Council).

The detailed Network Strategy you can find here.


Practices of transition to commons

There were a lot of sessions on Summit divided by topics: Community and Movement, Future of the Commons, Policy and Advocacy, Social event, Spheres of open, Usable Commons. Several presentations run simultaneously that is why here are the descriptions only of some of them. Here are presentations and discussions that impressed more.

CC Global Network Open Education Platform Workshop
Cable Green (director of open education Creative Commons)

First of all it is important to define a platform. It is an "area of work" for organizing and coordinating collaboration. In this case it is a topic of Open Education.
On the session participants were divided on teams (5-10 people). They discussed and commented the following topics:

  • Platform definition.
  • The reasons why this platform is needed.
  • Vision, Principles and Goals.
  • Work of Platform.
  • Structure of Work.
  • Next Steps.

Participants commented google doc with previously written questions and answers actively and described the most interesting ideas of their group after.
So the facilitator got a good feedback about his vision of the subject and will continue communicate and work together with those who are interested via slack or online meetups.

Share or Die
Michael Weinberg (board chair for the Open Source Hardware Association)
Fatima Sao Simao (director of development, UPTEC - Science and Technology Park of the Univetsity of Porto)
Christian Lythje Villum (programme director, Danish Design Centre)

This session raised the open hardware topic. With understanding of open software it is ok, with open creativity and open aducation it is not so difficult as well, but with hardware there are some issues. Because hardware models usually protected by patents.

Hot questions were: How do you benefit allowing somebody to make a copy? What can loose a good idea during the long patent process? How and where can people easily manufacture an open model?

One of the ideas: when the model become open the trademark begin to play extremely important role. If trademark is trustworthy people will choose it and its services.

Thoughts about Open Education Resources
Grif Peterson (learning lead, Peer-To-Peer University, US)
Delia Browne (expert in copyright law, Creative Commons and OER, Australia)

P2PU (Peer-To-Peer University) - one of the project that shares the values of horizontal education, community and openness.
It raised issues of today online learning.

”Learning became a market product as an obligation to have a job”.

Digital Dignity
Alexandros Nousias (Creative Commons Greece)

Alexandros from Greece lifted a question of the up following economic development for sharing. He believes that "sharing" is a good business between altruism and individualism. And "commons" is an avant-guard form of capitalism production. In general, in his presentation there are a lot of philosophical thoughts about new digital dignity of a person.

State that opens itself
Hillary Hartley (Ontario's first Chief Digital Officer, previously deputy executive director of 18F)

There is an organization in US, 18F, which makes government more open and promotes open principles and approaches (like open data, open source and etc.). It sounds like a good example for other countries.

Open Business Models
Sarah Pearson (senior counsel, Creative Commons)
Paul Stacey (associate director of global learning, Creative Commons)

One of Summit's priviledges was a book as a gift "Made with Creative Commons", that covers topics of open business models. Book's authors raises important questions of the digital age: how do creators make money to sustain what they do when they are letting the world reuse their work?

The authors (with CC HQ) successfully kickstarted about $65.000 for the book, that is a brilliant example of topic they believe in. An instance of book will be held in Falanster's basement solemnly and can be shared for reading. (Now you can also download a digital copy).

It is not copyright you hate. It is capitalism

Besides the impressions above it is important to reflect and analyse the Summit in some details.

1. There were lots of people from different spheres of activities on Summit. From the one side it is a good opportunity to meet, get known to a different lifestyles, spheres of interests, behavior models. But from the other side it was an issue for the activist to understand a businessman deeply, even not to understand but to find common points in communication.

I can say the Summit was a networking area among various of population sections and language groups.

2. The event took place in a luxurious hotel that makes a little shift from idea of "commons" and community building to network of business people.

3. There were volunteers who helped to hold Summit. In my opinion the communications with them were very interesting and useful, even more than with some other participants. But it was a feeling that a lot of participants consider volunteers more like a service rather than people from community.

4. Language barier. That is a strong feeling that mostly "english" version of CC movement is a big gap for understanding its directions for non English people. Of course, it is possible to learn English and improve it but at this time native speakers go further and other languages cannot follow their activity with the same speed as well as provide own visions.

5. Our (Falanster's) swag (stickers) are good enough. We can share them world wide more active:)

Only attendance on such a Summit can give a vision of movement, how people who promote CC ideas work. After that it will be possible to change things not only in own country but around the world.


Author of text and photos: Sviatlana Yermakovich
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