Name: Kelsey Wiens
Designation: Public Lead
Company: Creative Commons
What do you do every day? Bang my drum about the importance of open access. I spend most of my time encouraging writers, creatives, researchers, teachers, journalists and businesses to be more open. I write a lot of emails and case studies and I drink a lot of coffee.
How did you get into the tech space? Creative Commons is on the fringe of good technology. It’s a legal license tool that allows digital sharing to be easier, which in turn, allows for knowledge to be shared. As the ‘net grows, it’s a lot of fun helping people think through Open Business Models. Making knowledge easier to share is kinda awesome.
What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? “Be careful what you learn to do, because once you’ll learn, you’ll do it forever.” The irony is that she was talking about why she never learned to use a computer.
What advice would you give someone wanting to get into the tech sector? Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about disruption, it’s meant to be the golden mantra of tech. Is the disruption always better? Critical thinking is essential to good tech so read a lot, all the time (says the librarian).
What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? I’m really lucky in my job – at least once a week I am flat-out inspired by people doing amazing things. My passion is to make meaningful introductions. If I can connect two amazing projects or people, I’m more satisfied than if I had done the work myself.
Who do you want to be when you grow up? Someone who has the time in a week to read all of the articles saved to her Pocket. (Or a ballerina, do I love a good tutu).
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