Earlier this year, Creative Commons and the Open Policy Network hosted the first Institute for Open Leadership (IOL). The IOL is a training and support program to empower new leaders interested in crafting and implementing an open licensing policy within their discipline. The hosts had a diverse cohort of 14 fellows who came together for a week in January, 2015 in San Francisco. The fellows worked with mentors and each other to hone their open policy project ideas. Since then they’ve working within their institutions and fields to implement their open policy plan.
Тhe application period for the next round of the institute is now open. IOL 2 will take place March 14-18, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Application instructions are on the Institute for Open Leadership webpage. Applications are due October 30, 2015. Fifteen IOL fellows will be accepted.
Organizers encourage applications from a variety of areas, including the public sector, cultural heritage institutions, publishing, and scientific labs; from individuals who are eager to become experts in open licensing, pursue new opportunities for open sharing of content and data, and directly influence policy decisions in their institution and field of work.