The Creative Commons Global Summit is one of the biggest events that graces the Creative Commons community every few years. The CC Global Summit is generally a collaborative, fun space for everyone and anyone interested in exploring the future of the Commons and sharing the users, creators and activists.
The past summits were held in Toronto, Canada (in 2017); Seoul, South Korea (in 2015); Buenos Aires, Brazil (in 2013) and Poland, Warsaw (in 2011). This blogger previously wrote on the 2015 Global Summit in Seoul and about how the summit was a successful one.
The 2017 Summit also went as promisingly as expected as there were problems that arose during the 2015 Summit that the 2017 Summit addressed. One of these problems included lack of financial funding of the African Creative Commons community and as a result they could not attend the 2015 Summit. The Creative Commons society provided financial funding for the delegates from Africa and Latin America to attend the 2017 Summit (making it one of the most attended summits thus far).
Among the delegates were new members, outside the Creative Commons and open access community, making the 2017 Summit a diverse one; this blogger feels like this in itself is a big success and step in the right direction for the community as it means that it is making an impact and having an outreach to individuals beyond the CC scope.
The summit also made moves at gender-balanced panels as opposed to the largely male based panels the past summits had.
The CC Global Summit returns again in 2018 to Toronto once more. While expecting delegates in the near thousand this will be the first meeting of the Global Network Council. The Council will help in determining decisions regarding the future of CC Global Summits as well as the CC community.
It will be interesting to see what new ideas will come up during the 2018 summit. Submissions for proposals for the summit are now open. https://summit.creativecommons.org/proposals/