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About the Institute for Open Leadership

Creative Commons has been hosting an Institute for Open Leadership (IOL) to train new leaders in education, science, and public policy fields on the values and implementation of openness in licensing, policies, and practices. By training new leaders, connecting them to each other and helping them complete their first capstone open project in their institution, we will prepare them to guide emerging movements in open science, open education, open government, and open culture. These movements are using Creative Commons licenses to broaden public access to knowledge, data, culture, and research around the world, creating new opportunities for education, innovation, and creativity.

The first Institute for Open Leadership took place 12-16 January, 2015 at the Thoreau Center for Sustainability in San Francisco, California. The second round of IOL will take place in February 2016. Fellow applications will open in June 2015.

2015 Fellows

  • Dairo Alexander Escobar Ardila; Instituto Humboldt – SiB Colombia; Bogotá, Colombia
  • David Ernst; University of Minnesota; St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
  • Eric Phetteplace; California College of the Arts; Oakland, California, USA
  • Fátima Silva São Simão; UPTEC – Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto; Porto, Portugal
  • Georgia Angelaki, National Documentation Center/Hellenic Research Institute; Athens, Greece
  • Jagadish Chandra Aryal; Social Science Baha; Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Jane Gilvin; National Public Radio; Washington, D.C., USA
  • Julian Carver; Land Information New Zealand; Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Klaudia Grabowska; Polish History Museum; Warsaw, Poland
  • Mohamud Ahmed Rage; Ministry of Higher Education & Culture, Somalia; Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Nasir Khan; Management Information Services, Directorate General of Health Services, Bangladesh; Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Paul UE Blackman; Barbados Community College; St. Michael, Barbados
  • Vincent Kizza; Open Learning Exchange Uganda; Kampala, Uganda
  • Werner Westermann Juarez; Instituto Profesional Providencia, Santiago, Chile

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Applications for the second Institute for Open Leadership will open in August 2015. The second in-person Institute will likely take place in February 2016. We are looking for a location now.

Who should apply to be an IOL Fellow?

Public and private sector professionals interested in openness and policy with the passion and potential to make a high impact at their institution and/or government through open policy*. Emerging leaders in academia, the arts, cultural institutions, government, scientific labs, and others who are eager to become experts in open licensing, pursue new opportunities for open publishing of content and data, and directly influence policy decisions in your institution and field of work.

Ideally participants in this Institute should have a real need/opportunity and use the Institute to develop open policy that they immediately apply back in their workplace.

We seek candidates with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, proven leadership abilities, and a commitment to the program and follow-on activities. Those selected will come from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities and organizations. We also aim for gender balance. Strong English language skills are required as the participants will need to communicate about complex open issues with peers and experts.

* Open policies promote open licensing of resources financed through public funding in order to maximize the impact of the investment.

What is required of IOL Fellows?

All applicants are required to propose an open policy project they will complete after attending the IOL. These projects must be properly scoped and must contain a strong open policy component and contribute to increasing openness within their institution and field of work.

The point of the open policy project is for the IOL fellow to transform the concepts learned at the Institute into a practical, actionable, and sustainable initiative within her/his institution. Open policy projects can take a variety of forms depending on the interests of the participant and the type of institution or government where the project will be implemented. Common features of a successful open policy project will be to:

  • Increase the amount of openly licensed materials in the commons;
  • Increase awareness among colleagues or related stakeholders about the benefits of openness;
  • Propose an open policy within the fellow’s institution / government with an action plan to implement the open policy;
  • Demonstrate measurable results and report back to the IOL after 12 months analyzing project progress, challenges, and sustainability.

An example of a successful open policy project might be a librarian at a university that is able to foster an open access policy at their institution whereby university faculty agree to contribute publicly funded research into the university repository under open licenses.

IOL fellows will also need to travel to the weeklong institute, participate in the IOL mailing list and online community space with other fellows, be willing to contribute to Open Policy Network in some fashion, and give a webinar on their open policy project 12 months after they attend the IOL.

In the spirit of openness, IOL fellows and instructors will be asked to share resources created at the Institute under a CC BY 4.0 International license. Fellows’ open policy project plans and resulting open policy work will be highlighted as case studies on the Open Policy Network web site.

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The selection criteria include:

  • Potential for impact – Are you in a position to influence policy at your institution and/or government?
  • Strength of proposal – Is your project well scoped with concrete outcomes? Does it have a strong open policy component?
  • Expertise in your field – Are you an expert in your field? For example, if you are advocating for openness in science, are you yourself a scientist?
  • Collaborative element – How will you work with others in your field and across fields to promote open policies?
  • The Big Picture – How does your proposed open policy project fit into your past, current, and future work? How do you, as an individual, fit into the larger open movement?

Additionally, final round IOL applicants may be interviewed by phone / Skype / Hangouts.

How many applicants will be accepted?

  • ~15 fellows per Institute

When are application submissions due for Round 2?

  • Applications for Round 2 will be accepted through 31 July 2015 (TBD).

When will I be notified if I am accepted?

  • All applicants for the Round 2 IOL will be notified by 31 August, 2015 (TBD).

What are the benefits of being selected?

  • IOL fellows will learn about various aspects of openness (licensing, policy, education, science, culture, data, etc.) from global open leaders, form professional connections with other fellows, receive feedback on their project proposals and help revising project plans, and will join the global open movement.
  • The Institute will provide attendees with multiple examples of real open policies for review, critique and potential adoption.
  • Graduates will receive a letter of completion, plus a single digital cohort-specific badge that they can display on their resume (and other locations) that links to their IOL open policy project.

Who pays for the institute travel and accommodations?

  • We will ask each applicant to submit an estimated travel budget. We aim to help defray as many travel expenses (airfare, hotel, ground transportation, food, parking, visa costs, etc.) as we can for each IOL fellow.
  • Every effort will be made to host the Institute in a cost effective location so IOL fellows and their institutions bear little or no additional expense.

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