Parting is such sweet sorrow

It’s a very sad thing to write after such a good, long run, but on Feb. 18, I’ll be ending my full time position at Creative Commons.

It’s darn near impossible to say goodbye to this fantastic community that has taught me so much, so it’s comforting to know that in Creative Commons, one never really leaves.

Rounding off a fourth year at CC, it’s important to keep learning and trying new things. If all goes well, I’ll soon be in a position with another organization that shares a lot of values that CC does. I’m eager to help, in whatever way I can, to continue bridging communities and projects. Global, peer-driven movements are fascinating and very needed, and hopefully I can continue to work in this field and support stellar people making the world a better place. (See the forthcoming Global Melt meeting in Berlin for a promising initiative).

To the extent it’s possible, I’d love to keep a channel open at CC and please know that I’ll always be available to help or talk — a lifetime volunteer for the cause. ^_^

The Creative Commons team will be working closely the CC Affiliate Network to identify regional leadership and bolster jurisdiction activities and teams. To achieve these aims, three job postings are live. Working closely on drafting these positions, I wanted not only to replicate the tasks I had, but push them further and match the growth and maturity of CC’s network.

Our year-long effort to improve formal relationships with affiliates came in response to much input about roles and responsibilities of each party. Coupled with a more robust infrastructure for organizing team information, roadmaps, and linked license information, the future is bright for CC’s international endeavors. What’s more, there will be increased opportunities to collaborate among likeminded organizations and more ways for people to get involved and contribute to the global Free Culture movement. It now feels like the right time to pass the reigns to other capable hands.

So, suffice it to say that one person’s departure is by no means a loss. CC’s numbers and capacity will be strengthened by coming developments, and these important projects are in the hands of an extremely competent team indeed. It’ll be an exciting time — and I’m so grateful to have been a part of it.

A special thank you to Diane Peters, a role model and inspiring leader, who gives so much to make this organization work. She, together with fantastic colleagues at CC HQ and around the globe, have been shining lights in the fight to improve sharing and collaboration the world over. Keep up the great work. I will miss you!

Image: Cohen’s “Bird on the Wire” / Syed Abulhasan Rizvi / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

4 comments

  1. Al-Scandar Solstag · February 9, 2011

    Letting go, set it free Within us change is nigh Growing life comes mature Sweet our sorrow, sour delight

    Yet roots deep planted In soil of our soul Creative fruits e’er bear For our commons goal

  2. Pippa · February 9, 2011

    Good luck on whatever you work on next! I’m looking forward to finding out what the new role will be and am glad it will share similar values to CC. Hopefully I’ll see you in Berlin soon.

  3. Pete Forsyth · February 9, 2011

    Michelle, I’ve enjoyed working with you and learning about CC’s activities from your perspective. Sad to know I won’t be seeing you next time I drop by the Wikimedia offices, but looking forward to wherever I encounter you next!

  4. Jesse Barlow · February 9, 2011

    Good luck Michelle! What a contemporary and compelling field to be in.