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Celebrating “The Power of Open”

If you teach about Creative Commons, if you have students and teachers interested in creating new media, in remixing or mashing-up, you will want to download a copy of The Power of Open.  The pdf book is a kind of temperature check, more accurately a celebration, of the impact of  the global explosion of openness that is the Creative Commons movement, now a decade old.

Now more than 400 million CC-licensed works are available on the Internet, from music and photos, to research findings and entire college courses. Creative Commons created the legal and technical infrastructure that allows effective sharing of knowledge, art and data by individuals, organizations and governments. More importantly, millions of creators took advantage of that infrastructure to share work that enriches the global commons for all humanity.

Soon to be available in nine languages, the little book shares the stories of creators of all walks of life–photographers, filmmakers, publishers, journalists, musicians, educators, writers, hardware and automobile designers, museum curators, storytellers, health care and human rights workers, and librarians–who have benefited from the Power of Open.

Teacher librarians must make learners aware of this movement as part of any instruction relating to modern understanding of  intellectual property and media creation.

As we look ahead, the field of openness is approaching a critical mass of adoption that could result in sharing becoming a default standard for the many works that were previously made available only under the all-rights-reserved framework. Even more exciting is the potential increase in global welfare from the use of Creative Commons’ tools and the increasing relevance of openness to the discourse of culture, education and innovation policy.


Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Joyce, I had not seen this PDF yet. It’s fantastic. I think many of our teachers and students could benefit from this positive view of CC.

  2. Sara Kelly Johns says:

    Thanks for this, Joyce! This is going to be so useful personally as I “go back to school” and for my students at Mansfield.

  3. Thanks Joyce,
    I had not seen this. I am always looking of ways to expand on and promote the uses of creative commons, esp with some of the school management personnel


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