As the Community Engagement Manager, Alison is passionate about creating the spaces for CC's community members to come meet, explore, and do important work together. In her time at Creative Commons, Alison spent 4 years running CC's flagship event, the Global Summit, as well as other internal and external events.
Before joining CC, Alison worked at Girl Guides of Canada, where she's been a member for over 15 years. She's led programs at local and National camps, but now stays closer to home as a volunteer leader for her daughter's group.
Alison has been sewing and crafting since she was a kid, is an exhibited textile artist, and made her own wedding dress. She loves being outdoors, rain or shine, especially camping, hiking and gardening. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two kids, and two cats.
Photo credit: Victoria Heath, CC BY
We are grateful to introduce our Summit Program Committee! This year’s program wouldn’t be possible without this amazing group of volunteers, and we want to thank them for their dedication to creating a groundbreaking program so we can gather again to learn, share and create! Special thanks to our co-chairs Brigitte Vézina and John Okewole. … Read More “Introducing the CC Global Summit Program Committee”
Exciting news! Registration for the virtual 2021 CC Global Summit is now open! It’s a special year because Creative Commons is turning 20! The 2021 CC Global Summit is shaping up to be one of our biggest, boldest events yet, so join us 20-24 September for a week of discussion, collaboration, creativity and community building. … Read More “Registration for the Virtual 2021 CC Global Summit Is Now Open”
The 2021 CC Global Summit will be going virtual again this year – join us 20-24 September, 2021 for an extra special event – Creative Commons is turning 20! We’ll be building off of the successes from our 2020 Summit to bring you another week filled with discussion and debate, workshops and planning, talks and … Read More “The 2021 CC Global Summit Call for Proposals Is Now Open”
Dear CC Community, This past year has been full of change and challenges for all of us, and I’ve never been more grateful for (and amazed by!) the people that make up our CC community. I joined Creative Commons in 2016 as a newbie to the open movement, eager to learn from this incredible community … Read More “New Season, New Beginnings at Creative Commons”
We’ve grown the CC Global Summit every year, with over 1300 participants and 200 presenters joining us in 2020 for discussion and debate, workshops and planning, talks and community building. After consulting with our community, we’re excited to build on the success of last year’s virtual event and host the second-ever virtual CC Global Summit … Read More “Save the Date for the 2021 CC Summit!”
We have exciting news…we published the keynotes from the 2020 CC Global Summit! In addition to the 170+ sessions hosted at last year’s virtual event, we hosted three keynotes that helped us think through how to connect the events of 2020 with our work—and find a path forward in hope and optimism. We’re excited to … Read More “The 2020 CC Global Summit Keynotes Are Here!”
1300+ participants | 200+ presenters | 170+ sessions | 60+ countries The 2020 virtual CC Global Summit exceeded our expectations—over 1300 community members, from Canada and El Salvador to Nigeria and New Zealand, chose to spend a week with us to discuss the future of open, the unknowns of artificial intelligence, the possibilities of open … Read More “A Look Back at the 2020 Virtual CC Global Summit”
The CC Global Summit is back and better than ever! For the first time in its history, we’ve moved the entire event online. This has allowed us to support multiple time zones and languages as well as host two keynote panels and over 150 sessions with more than 200 speakers across 40 countries (with more … Read More “Registration Is Now Open for the CC Global Summit! Join Us on 19–23 October!”
At Creative Commons, we value sharing, openness, and gratitude. Over the last few months, we’ve had the privilege of working with a group of global volunteers who embody these values. In order to make the CC Global Summit a reality each year, we enlist the help of dozens of volunteers, many of whom are members … Read More “Meet the Program Committee Making the 2020 CC Global Summit a Reality!”
The wrap-up party for the annual CC Global Summit is always incredible, featuring local artists and musicians who send us off in style. Of course, things are a little different this year as we’ve transformed our in-person event to an entirely virtual one—but that doesn’t mean we can’t find a way to party together like … Read More “Your Chance to Perform for the CC Global Summit!”