Denver: We are going to do Take Five with Ryan Merkley, the Chief Executive Office of Creative Commons. Are you ready, Ryan?
Ryan: I am ready.
Denver: What idea in philanthropy is ready for retirement?
Ryan: The 10% administration rule.
Denver: What should we be worried about?
Ryan: Losing our will for collective action.
Denver: What is one of your favorite documentaries or movies?
Ryan: When the Levee Breaks.
Denver: What is today’s most underreported story?
Ryan: The true causes of the plight of people in the developing world.
Denver: What is something you believe that other people think is just insane?
Ryan: That we should give away our copyright and share our content freely.
Denver: Name some organization or person that you have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for?
Ryan: Darren Walker at the Ford Foundation.
Denver: What is the most important thing that makes for a healthy organizational culture?
Denver: If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be?
Ryan: Cork screw.
Denver: If you were to start your career all over again and do something completely different and away from this field, what would that be?
Ryan: I’d be a filmmaker.
Denver: What is your superpower?
Denver: If you could have one gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it, what would it say?
Ryan: It would be a giant billboard on the Canadian border and it would say, ”Dear America, We love you. How can we help?”
Denver: What is something, whether it’s related to your work or not, that you are exceptionally excited about right now?
Ryan: We’ve spent two years trying to rebuild our movement and we are about to swing the doors open. I could not be more excited about what’s about to happen.
Denver: What is the one book that you would give as a gift?
Ryan: The Paper Bag Princess inspired by my wife, Kelsey.
Denver: What topic would you speak about if you were asked to give a Ted Talk on something completely outside of your main area of expertise?
Ryan: I would probably talk about wine and coffee.
Denver: What is something about you that very few other people know?
Ryan: I am a trained jazz drummer.
Denver: Given the choice of anyone famous in the world, dead or alive, that you could have come over as a dinner guest, who would you invite?
Ryan: Count Basie.
Denver: What advice would you give to your 25-year old self?
Ryan: Probably that I should start working out and that I should have saved more money.
Denver: And finally, do you have a quote you live your life by or think of often?
Ryan: Pick big fights with your enemies not small fights with your friends.