A few months ago, CC CEO Cathy Casserly spoke at the IIT Institute of Design's Design Strategy Conference.
talk by laying out the three assumptions she
was making about the designers in the room:
You become designers because you want to change how things work.
You're uniquely able to change how your employers and clients work.
You know the value of sharing ideas with others.
Cathy Casserly keynote, IIT Design Strategy Conference from elliotharmon
Catherine Casserly to step down as Creative Commons CEO
Mountain View, CA, September 25, 2013: Catherine Casserly
announced that she
will transition out of her
role as CEO of Creative Commons
in early 2014.
, a Silicon Valley nonprofit that provides legal and technological tools for sharing and collaboration, was launched in 2002.
Casserly became the organization's first full-time CEO in 2011 after serving on the board of directors.
helped to secure the organization's considerable gains from its first decade and to lay a foundation for its second.
worked with the board and staff to integrate and grow existing programs, increase public impact, articulate key priorities and outcomes, and strengthen core operations.
One of Casserly's significant accomplishments was Creative Commons
' role in the development of open education policies, both in the United States and around the world.
In 2012 alone, the governments of Poland and California passed major legislation in support of open educational resources (OER) and others, like British Columbia, provided major public funding for OER
Similarly, the US Department of Labor
is currently awarding $2 billion in grants for OER development through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program.
In an email to Creative Commons
' global network of volunteers, Casserly
expressed pride in three years of growth as a movement and optimism about the possibilities for the organization's new leadership.
"The focus that we've seen over the past three years is remarkable, and what's even more impressive is the clarity of mission and priorities that Cathy
has brought to the organization.
leadership, the growth in the use of CC
licenses generally, in the field of OER
, and particularly in government-adopted OER
mandates, has brought us substantially closer to our vision - universal access to knowledge and culture - than ever before."
agreed, and predicted that the next CEO will play a major role in scaling Creative Commons