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Saturday, April 29 • 11:30 - 12:30
Policy "Listening Session": Surfacing Legal and Policy Issues Areas and Trends that Affect CC

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This will be a policy-related "listening session" facilitated by staff but hearing from affiliates and partners about pressing or important legal and policy issues and trends that affect CC.

Policy "listening session": surfacing legal and policy issues areas and trends that affect CC
Saturday April 29
Facilitated by Timothy Vollmer, Sarah Pearson

The goal of the session is to identify policy areas where CC has a stake and would like to be involved, either in leading, or supporting what’s going on within other civil society and advocacy organisations.   

I’d like for this to truly be a listening session (or as close as it can be to one), so I’d prefer to not have any presentations or panelists talking. If there are questions about what CC is working on from a policy or legal team perspective, then we can answer those.

The clear target participants are CC affiliates. Also, we might want to specifically invite particular attendees from digital rights orgs that tackle issues beyond copyright/IP. For example, we could ask OpenMedia, EFF, Wikimedia, and other NGO reps to come, in addition to some of the typical players already within CC, like Derechos Digitales.


  • Intros around the room (10 min)

  • Set the stage and goals for the session: CC’s role in copyright policy and commons advocacy under updated strategy, and especially in relation to new global network formation (5 min)

  • Open floor: Issue identification (20 min)

    • Stickies: write down top three policy areas you think CC should address in the next year

    • Be ready to explain them to give a bit more context to the group

    • All ideas can go on the table

    • Around the room sharing and grouping similar stickies to the wall

  • Discussion of grouped issues (30 min)

    • Including policy & legal trend spotting related to CC

  • Discussion of resources & capacity needed (15 min)

  • Next steps: ideas for action and collaboration (10 min)

    • Draft a summary of today’s session to be shared with the CCGN and larger community

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Timothy Vollmer

Senior Manager, Public Policy, Creative Commons
Right now I work on public policy issues at Creative Commons. I also ride bikes and bake bread.

Saturday April 29, 2017 11:30 - 12:30 EDT
Harbourfront Room