2021 Summit Program

The 2021 CC Global Summit: Better Sharing, Brighter Future

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The CC Global Summit gathers those in the open community under the umbrella of learning, sharing, and creating. We’re united by a passion for growing a vibrant, usable commons powered by collaboration and gratitude, to build a more equitable, inclusive and accessible world. 

As Creative Commons nears our 20th anniversary, now more than ever, we’ll be aligning our program with our 2021-2025 CC Strategy.

We invite proposals that address the topics and issues outlined in the tracks below with a focus on actionable insights and outcomes, from case studies to workshops and storytelling sessions. 

About the CC Summit Program:

Target Audiences

The CC Global Summit is open to anyone who is interested and we always welcome new faces and fresh ideas. If you are wondering whether you should attend the CC Global Summit or submit a proposal, it may be helpful to know our general audiences:

  • Active and potential members of the Creative Commons Global Network
  • Community members in like-minded movements concerned with issues regarding open access and copyright
  • Creators, content providers, and users working with open licenses 
  • Activists and policymakers advocating for open access to knowledge and culture
  • Educators, researchers, and open education activists
  • Practitioners and advocates of open technologies and open data
  • Individuals from underrepresented and historically marginalized communities working in the open
  • Supporters of the open ecosystem

Track Descriptions

Tracks are a way to align the submissions for the Global Summit and create the virtual program. Submissions will be evaluated by the volunteer Program Committee and will be aiming to create a program that fits community goals and objectives.

Creators of the Commons – The faces, work, and stories of those building the Commons 

Openly licensed resources are more than just singular assets — they are artifacts of human creativity and ingenuity, embedded with our cultures, knowledge, and expressions, as well as our critiques and biases. This track aims to gather and share the experiences, challenges, and successes of those who contribute to the global commons as artists, scientists, creators, or users in order to understand the journey every artifact makes before it is shared with the world.

Powering the CommonsExploring the tools, technology, and communities that power the Commons

The commons is powered by a set of tools and platforms that enable all of us to share our knowledge and creativity. In this track, we celebrate and highlight the builders of these tools and platforms that are improving discoverability, collaboration, publishing, archiving, and many of the other ways of enabling and improving the Commons.

Open Education and Open Scholarship Supporting and empowering communities that practice open access to education and scholarship

Open Education and Open Scholarship (Open Science/Open Data, Open Access) have a demonstrated global impact by increasing access to, and quality of, learning materials and by broadening participation in research and access to its results. This track features creative, innovative opportunities for international collaboration and positive change all around the world in education, research and publishing scholarly communication. We invite submissions that analyze, support and explore how to build stronger and more equitable communities and practices engaging with OER & OA from diverse perspectives.

Open Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums – Improving and expanding open access to cultural heritage, includes Hack4OpenGLAM

GLAM institutions are a core part of how we understand heritage and creativity. Open licensing is key to make cultural data and content available in an equitable and accessible way. This track explores Open GLAM today and discusses how communities active within the open movement can inspire and inform mindful, high-quality, and sustainable open access to cultural heritage.


Hack4OpenGLAM is a culture hack for getting creative with Open Access cultural heritage, arranged as part of the CC Global Summit. This year’s hackathon focuses on equity and the ethics of open sharing. We are now calling for submissions to arrange workshops around these topics. You can see last year’s project dashboard for inspiration.

If you wish to participate with a hack project or a dataset, there is no need to submit a proposal in this call. Joining the hackathon will be open up until the event.

Policy and Advocacy promoting the Commons – Strategies for legal action and copyright reform

This track invites insights and actions supporting open policies and advocacy for copyright flexibilities and copyright law reform. We welcome proposals that focus on local collaboration for legal reform, creation and adoption of open policies for publicly funded resources, and general strategies related to the benefits and/or challenges of different intellectual property (IP) regimes. This track aims to explore these questions and also others connected with a regulatory framework that stimulates and supports the enhancement and protection of the commons. 

Evaluation Criteria

The Program Committee will use the following criteria to evaluate proposals:

  1. To what extent does the proposal make it clear what outcomes the participants should be able to get out of the session? (scale of 1-5)
  2. To what extent does the proposal speak to, involve, or collaborate with one or more of the summit target audiences? (scale of 1-5)
  3. To what extent does the proposal, the matters being discussed, and/or the presenters incorporate diversity in gender, geographic location, underrepresented communities? (scaled of 1-5)
  4. To what extent does the proposal offer something interesting, useful, innovative, or important to the summit? (scale of 1-5)

Total possible score = 20

Submission Guide

Considering applying? There are a number of streams you can apply to, and they’re covered in our Submission Guide.

Ready to apply? Submit your application for the 2021 CC Global Summit Program

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To ensure a great experience for everyone, all Summit participants are expected to adhere to our Code of Conduct.