Join our #CCquest on Twitter this week by showing off how you explain Creative Commons to other people.

Creative Commons licenses can sometimes be easier to use than to explain. How exactly do they work? How they fix or maybe fit into current copyright system? How do you convince someone that sharing can be better for them then restricting their copyright? If you are a regular user of Creative Commons licenses, you’ve probably tried more than once to squeeze all those topics into a simple and short pitch.

I’ve failed on that more than once until I found my best questions to ask, with examples and exercises I do to start any training about Creative Commons or open educational resources.

For me, asking any group of people to draw a cactus (yes, I’ve experimented with other things) instead of writing down their names as authors and then answering what would they like to see other people doing with their work, was the sweet spot on any workshop. I always get more clear answers than I would expect and it’s much easier to explain Creative Commons after that.

Quest Number 5

We are looking for your personal stories, ideas or approaches you use to explain Creative Commons in plain language to all kinds of people.

Use Twitter and #CCQuest hashtag to showcase your best stories and resources explaining Creative Commons to other people. We also encourage you to join us at Creative Commons Slack at #cc-certificates channel (you’ll be automatically validated via your email).

If you are already wondering how people do that around the world, here are a few examples in Arabic, Polish, English (from New Zealand), Spanish, and French:

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Kamil Sliwowski
open educational resources die-hard fan, media literacy animator, trainer and educator, chairman of the board of Polish Coalition for Open Education. Creative Commons Poland educational lead, writes own blog/database of OER's (in Polish) otwartezasoby.pl