By Abigail Cabunoc Mayes | Jan. 8, 2020 | Open Leadership & Events
Emmy Tsang (@eLifeInnovation / @emmy_ft) is the Innovation Community Manager at eLife, a non-profit organisation with the mission to accelerate research communication and discovery. With a passion for community and open science, Emmy is adding a new open leadership program to their existing work this space. Over the past few months, I’ve been working with Emmy as she prepares to launch eLife Innovation Leaders during Open Leaders X.
I interviewed Emmy to learn more about eLife Innovation Leaders and how you can contribute to the work.
A 14-week mentorship and open leadership programme designed for innovators developing open tools and platforms to drive forward research communication and open science.
The mission of the eLife Innovation Initiative is to support a community of open innovators that are developing tools to change the ways we consume, share, discover and evaluate research. For the past two years, through organising the eLife Innovation Sprint, we’ve brought together researchers and technologists and saw a wealth of ideas and prototypes. We also realise that many of these projects don’t tend to continue beyond the Sprint – and we hope that through Innovation Leaders, these innovators would be able to learn over a longer period of time. With support from experts, mentors and each other, project leads can strategically think about project sustainability, open communication and ultimately to feel empowered to take these ideas forward on their own.
I believe that open science goes hand-in-hand with internet health, and investing in open-source tools development and open community building for open science will help the broader internet health movement on several levels.
The deepest impression for me from MozFest is realising the power of co-creation. After facilitating two sessions and presenting Innovation Leaders at MozFest, I was overwhelmed and touched by the number of people who approached me to offer help and advice. Many of us, including myself, came to MozFest with imperfect and unfinished ideas (like Innovation Leaders), and I think this vulnerability and willingness to share is what makes MozFest so powerful and unique. I will keep that in mind as I continue to develop Innovation Leaders– that this is very much v1 of the programme, and can only be continually improved upon by its participants and many others.
I’m currently trying to develop a curriculum for the programme – if you have any experience in project management, design thinking, communications and marketing, financial sustainability and/or open leadership, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at innovation [at] elifesciences [dot] org– I’d love to hear what you think is most important for participants to learn (:
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