Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Creative Commons

Collage by Lani
Do you know the Creative Commons? Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved." Personally I really like the whole creative commons approach, taking into account that ideas are like living things that can and should grow and change and be improved on.

It's like the old common land in the center of a village where you could take your sheep to feed them on the common grass. I like that image. I would love to be a part of such sharing, so from now on any material here will be part of the village grazing land, the Creative Commons. If you want to borrow some sheep or ideas or images, just give me credit AND let me know what these ideas do for you, where they take you.

So here's an example. Gioia sent the 14 Secrets folks an email full of great relaxation techniques. I take them and add images for a zine or slide show on our blog. You look at it, get some ideas and try them out too, perhaps with a group of people. You might put them on index cards, add images to the other side, making sure that images make you smile, and create a little endorphin activity in your brain!
Like art seeds being spread, ideas can be shared generously.

Edward's poppies.

Relaxation Techniques and Ideas from Gioia Chilton, MA, ATR-BC
Take a Pause: (about ten seconds)

* Identify anything that is presently annoying you.

* Tell yourself, "I don't have to become too tense over this."

* Take two easy deep breaths (counting from 1 to 4 as you
inhale and exhale).

* Ease any tense spot quickly, to the best of your ability.

* Stretch and resume your activity.


Maida, B.J. (n.d.) Short Relaxation Exercises handout, McLean, VA:
Family Counseling Center

For more of these exercises please visit 14 Secrets Blogspot.

Adela sent in this Creative Commons search link where you can find Creative Commons-licensed media that you can legally share for free.

And for some sweet creative commons music here's a holiday gift from Creative Commons and Magnatune.

Create a stress free mood with the Magnatune Christmas Compilation, featuring over 60 minutes of the most timeless and classic carols of the season, by ten of Magnatune’s best-selling artists.

Magnatune is a forward-thinking record label and online music store that offers music for sale in every genre. Magnatune is leading the fair trade music movement, splitting profits equally with artists and letting artists retain the copyright to their own work.

Get the free holiday music here.

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