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Creative Commons Salon

In the 21st century we are more connected to each other and to information than ever before. As curious and social creatures living in a digital age, we tend to share and distribute the information we receive at remarkable speed and with remarkable outcomes. The end result? Every single one of us, on any given day, is both a learner and an educator. Some of us are more one than the other; some of us are both at the same time. But every single one of us stands to benefit from a revitalized look at what education means in the 21st century.

Join us Monday, June 13 at pariSoma Innovation Loft for a panel on the power of openness in education. Come hear how Creative Commons, Open Educational Resources (OER), technology, and openness in general have been crucial in reshaping the way we teach and learn (online, offline, in the classroom and out), and join the discussion of how we can continue to make it so. Our panel of educational movers and shakers, moderated by CC's new CEO Cathy Casserly, will help us rethink the way we do research, build programs, and create and disseminate educational material of every kind, so we can maximize educational impact for learners of all kinds, today and long into the future.

Panelists include:

Cathy Casserly (moderator), CEO, Creative Commons. Cathy’s career is dedicated to openness, and particularly to leveraging possibilities at the boundaries of formal and informal learning to equalize educational opportunity. She has been a long-time advocate of open educational resources (OER). Before CC, Cathy worked at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where she spearheaded work in the areas of transparency and technology as a Senior Partner and the Vice President of Innovation and Open Networks.

David Bill, Director of Educational Technology at the Urban School of San Francisco. David is an educator consumed by the idea of improving our educational landscape. To him, learning is not something forced but rather an exploration that can and should be driven by being an inquisitive and passionate problem solver. In order to create such a learning environment, David focuses his energy on the intersection of Design Thinking, open educational resources, learning spaces, instructional models, and the power of technology in education.

Pete ForsythOwner and Lead Consultant at Wiki Strategies. Pete is an Internet and communications consultant with deep expertise in online peer production communities, specifically the production of open educational resources using wiki-based web sites like Wikipedia. Pete's most recent engagement has been as the Wikimedia Foundation’s first Public Outreach Officer, working with Wikimedia’s vast network of volunteers and supporters to improve the experience of new project contributors. He was a key architect of the Wikipedia Public Policy Initiative, an innovative pilot project to support professors in the use of Wikipedia editing as a teaching tool.

Felipe Ortega, Researcher and Project Manager, Libresoft, at the University Rey Juan Carlos, Spain. Felipe is one of the main organizers of WikiSym, the premier conference on open collaboration and related technologies for researchers, industry, entrepreneurs and practitioners worldwide, which will be held in the Bay Area in October. Felipe has done extensive research with the Wikipedia project and its community of authors, including writing the first comparative quantitative analysis of the top 10 language editions of Wikipedia. He also works to develop novel methodologies to analyze open collaborative projects (like FLOSS development projects, Wikipedia and social networking platforms). He is interested in research, promotion and education/training on libre software. Currently, he teaches part time on Computer Architecture and Computer Security at University Rey Juan Carlos in Spain.

Date & Time

  • Monday, June 13, 2011
  • 7:00- 9:00 PM PST
  • Refreshments provided
  • Free but $10-15 donation requested
  • Plenty of street parking

169 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
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