honorary resident

English notice: This post is a part of the “Israeli Sphere: Connection Theory” a workshop I lead in Bezalel Art and Design School in Jerusalem, Israel. The workshop will be led in Hebrew, but I will try to post its results here with some English to accompany it too. Here’s a short description in English:

 
Projects: ShiftSpace, The Upgrade!, youarenothere
People: Mushon Zer-Aviv
Research: Middle East, Open Culture
Tags: in Hebrew, design, israel, workshop, honorary resident

Radars & Fences III

Radars and Fences progam, with Laila & me

Radars and Fences progam, with Laila & me

 

We have just uploaded the video documentation for one of the most interesting Upgrade events we had in the past year with Biella Coleman and Zach Lieberman discussing the tensions within the Free Software / Open Source world(s?) on the meaning of “free”. It explores the tensions between ethics and pragmatics, between “to free” and “to open”, between means and ends. If you’re interested in these issues I really recommend you check it out:

 

Edit (see comments): To view the video in other formats (other than the Flash player), visit the video’s page in Blip.tv.

 

NewsShift turns the news page into a node in a networked collaborative journalistic effort, it needs your help

NewsShift is the title of the grant application coming from some of us at the ShiftSpace team in collaboration with LittleSis.org. NewsShift basically turns a news page into a node in a networked collaborative journalistic effort. It has made it through the first round of proposals and is constantly trending as one of the highest rated applications in the 2nd round in the Knight News Challenge site.

 

We did it!

It took 5 days, no pre-coordination, we didn’t know each other in advance, we don’t necessarily agree on a lot of things, but we wrote a book together – more than 30,000 words written, edited, redited. On Monday it will be sent to the printer and that’s it. Kind of…Well the book is open ended, the first release will be printed next week but anyone can go and add to the book or edit the current version.

The book (PDF & ePub versions to follow soon) turned out way way way more successful than I expected, but maybe it’s only because I didn’t get enough sleep. We covered a lot of ground, many of our chapters are skeptical others are very hopeful. Some of the collaborations mentioned in the book refer to examples as new as last week (Haiti), some are very personal, some are just hilarious.

 
Projects: ShiftSpace, The Upgrade!, youarenothere, Collaborative Futures
People: Mushon Zer-Aviv
Research: Middle East, Open Culture
Tags: in English, book sprint, collaboration, collaborative futures, disclaimer, done, transmediale, honorary resident

4 days of intense collaboration have passed. 1 more day left to go. I’m tired.

Networking with new collaborators


Marta and I comparing quotes and cats - pic by Mandiberg / Flickr

 
Projects: Collaborative Futures, youarenothere, The Upgrade!, ShiftSpace
People: Mushon Zer-Aviv
Research: Open Culture, Middle East
Tags: honorary resident, transmediale, quotes, collaborative futures, collaboration, cats, bullshit, book sprint, in English

It has been another intense day of recursive collaboration at the Collaborative Futures book sprint here in Berlin. Currently at around 23,000 words. Not bad for just 1, 2, 3 days…

 

This is so much fun!

On the second day of our “Collaborative Futures” book sprint (read the posts about it and about day 1) I was still very skeptical about our process and our chances of success. But as the day progressed the project started taking shape and I’m actually even more excited about it now (and the same goes for the rest of us).

Most of our work today was actually heads on writing and from time to time some more lower level structure stuff. I focused mainly on definition issues and wrote drafted three chapters under this section tentatively titled: Sharing is the First Step Towards Collaboration, Coordination Mechanisms, Does Aggregation Constitute Collaboration?

 
The stickies on the wall after an intense day of presentations and discussions

The stickies on the wall after an intense day of presentations and discussions

 
Projects: Collaborative Futures, youarenothere, The Upgrade!, ShiftSpace
People: Mushon Zer-Aviv
Research: Open Culture, Middle East
Tags: honorary resident, update, toc, collaborative futures, collaboration, book sprint, in English
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