Interchange at COP26 | Open Collaboration Opening Sustainability Panel

Interchange will be at COP26 | Open Collaboration Opening Sustainability Panel

Open Collaboration Opening Sustainability

Interchange was delighted to contribute to COP26 at the Open UK Open Technology for Sustainability Day on November 11, 2021. The goal of the day was to demonstrate to governments, public and private sectors that Open is a key enabler of sustainability – ecologically, socially and economically.

A packed day commenced with a keynote by Lord Maude, Francis Maude, former UK Cabinet Minister who led the development of the Government Digital Service in 2011 with open source technologies. He discussed how the move to open source generated numerous efficencies, including in energy usage, and how an open approach can aid collaboration, communication, sharing, recycling and reusing technology. Read more in: COP26: Lord Maude on using open source to help fight against climate change.

Interchange co-founder, Gráinne Hamilton, set the scene for the Open Collaboration Opening Sustainability panel with a talk on how open culture can help us in our response to the climate crisis. She moderated a lively panel discussion with experts in Open: Catherine Stihler, CEO, Creative Commons; Chris Baynham-Hughes, Customer Innovation Advocate, Red Hat; and Salem Avan, Director, United Nations. Discussion focused on the need for better connection to bridge polarised voices, and an open, humane approach to collaboration, while questions from the audience highlighted the desire for increased education and resources around open culture and open approaches.

Other talks and panels on the day focused on open energy and the skills we will need to prepare for the future.

An enjoyable and informative day was rounded off with the Morrison Academy pipe band and the OpenUK awards ceremony, celebrating the best of open technology.

We will share recordings from the day as they become available.

The event was hosted by OpenUK, and sponsored by Red Hat and Federated Hermes.