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Cover to the 2nd Edition

"As new technologies come into play, people become less and less convinced of the importance of self expression. Teamwork succeeds private effort."

—Marshall McLuhan

Despite these words, the true nature of collaborative culture as a form of creative expression in the context of digital and network technologies has remained elusive, a buzzword often falling prey to corporate and ideological interests. This book was first created by 6 core collaborators, as an experimental five day Book Sprint in January 2010. Developed under the aegis of transmediale.10, this third publication in the festival's parcours series resulted in the initiation of a new vocabulary on the forms, media and goals of collaborative practice.

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September 2010
 
Projects: Collaborative Futures
People: Adam Hyde, Alan Toner, Astra Taylor, kanarinka, Marta Peirano, Michael Mandiberg, Mike Linksvayer, Mushon Zer-Aviv, Sissu Tarka
Research: Open Culture
Project Type: Activism, Design, Open Source, Web, Writing and Publishing
Tags: book, book sprint, booki, collaboration, creative-commons, flossmanuals, free culture, free software, networks
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Is a book “content” or “conversation”? With the notion of challenging the power of monolithic institutions, are we creating one in the form of a book? Should we focus on the motivation, or the invitation? Do “in-dividuals” even exist?


ambiguous thoughts on sticky notes

A lot of work has been done, a lot of challenges in weaving our diverging views into the book in a way that would create that multiplicity that we want but still maintain the reading flow and would make for a good read.

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

A new team of authors/editors with a fresh set of eyes, critically dissected our initial conventions about collaboration. The main surgical intervention will happen now, by Friday night we should stitch it all together.


Second Collaborative Futures team starting the book sprint with a Skype session with more of the original authors

It’s scary to see your labor of love on the surgeon’s table. That’s a bit of how it feels now after the first day of the June 2010 Collaborative Futures book sprint.

 
Projects: ShiftSpace, The Upgrade!, youarenothere, Collaborative Futures
People: Mushon Zer-Aviv
Research: Middle East, Open Culture
Tags: in English, book sprint, collaboration, collaborative futures, honorary resident
Zerek Kempf, video still from Weight of Fall (Waltz) 2010

Thursday, March 4, 2010
6PM EYEBEAM WINDOW GALLERY: WEIGHT OF FALL (WALTZ)
7:30PM UPGRADE! NY: COLLABORATIVE FUTURES BOOK LAUNCH & TALK

Weight of Fall (Waltz): March 4 – 27, 2010
Collaborative Futures books for sale $15 at the event; pre-order here for $12: http://tinyurl.com/yeopjff
*Both events are free and open to the public
Eyebeam Art + Technology Center
540 W. 21st St. NY, NY 10011
EYEBEAM.ORG

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Projects: Collaborative Futures, Weight of Fall (Waltz)
People: Adam Hyde, Joe Winter, Michael Mandiberg, Mushon Zer-Aviv, Stephen Kovats, Zerek Kempf
Research: Open Culture
Tags: book sprint, booklaunch, exhibition, opening, talk, window gallery

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: Middle East, Open Culture
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…

 
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: Middle East, Open Culture
Tags: honorary resident, update, toc, collaborative futures, collaboration, book sprint, in English

During the upcoming week I will be working in Berlin with 6 super smart people (Adam Hyde, Mike Linksvayer, Michael Mandiberg, Alan Toner, Aleksandar Erkalovic, Marta Peirano) on writing a whole book from scratch titled “Collaborative Futures”. The format for this collaborative writing was developed by Adam Hyde and the Floss Manuals community which is devoted to extending the accessibility of free software through the compiling free and liberally licensed manual books. The books are published online and their PDF formatting allow for an easy print on demand option.

 
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