George Oates is an award-winning, world-renowned web designer. A member of the founding team that built Flickr, she is fascinated by collaboration, organic information systems and virtual society. For the past four years, she was the Lead Designer of Flickr.com, and has recently transitioned into the role of Senior Program Manager. Her first product is The Commons on Flickr, an opportunity for Flickr members to participate in describing the world’s publicly held photography collections. Her goal now is to continue dialogue with interested institutions around the world and to grow the Commons program carefully.