Today is the last day of a one month Creative Commons fundraising campaign in which all donations go to funding projects proposed by CC affiliates and other organizations — projects that address a particular bottleneck to CC adoption or build capacity in the global CC movement (e.g., capacity to raise local funds). Please help.
I’m currently at the COMMUNIA network’s 2010 conference, University and Cyberspace: Reshaping Knowledge Institutions for the Networked Age, where many project leads of CC affiliates in Europe have gathered. It is very good, and very productive, to spend time with so many long-term and long-distance colleagues.
The end of next week Alek Tarkowski, Michelle Thorne and I will hold a session at Wikimania on the CC affiliate network’s origin, role, future, including collaboration and shared learnings with Wikimedia chapters. One of the things we’ll discuss is the grants program mentioned at the top of this post — which was largely inspired by Wikimedia chapter grants and secondarily by Global Voices’ Rising Voices.
There are many interesting challenges and opportunities in building a transnational network, funding and governance among them. For a high-minded perspective, see Epistemic Communities and Social Movements: Transnational Dynamics in the Case of Creative Commons by Leonhard Dobusch and Sigrid Quack. I also highly recommend their blog, GovernanceXBorders.