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Way-new collaboration: Howard Rheingold on TED. Howard Rheingold talks about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action — and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group.

Way-new collaboration: Howard Rheingold on TED

As he points out, humans have been banding together to work collectively since our days of hunting mastodons. (Recorded February 2005 in Monterey, California. Yochai Benkler on the new open-source economics. Carolyn Porco. Porco was founder of The Day the Earth Smiled.

Carolyn Porco

She was also responsible for the epitaph and proposal to honor the late renowned planetary geologist Eugene Shoemaker by sending his cremains to the Moon aboard the Lunar Prospector spacecraft in 1998.[6][7] A frequent public speaker, Porco has given two popular lectures at TED[8][9] as well as the opening speech for Pangea Day, a May 2008 global broadcast coordinated from six cities around the world, in which she described the cosmic context for human existence.[10] Porco has also won a number of awards and honors for her contributions to science and the public sphere; for instance, in 2009, New Statesman named her as one of 'The 50 People Who Matter Today.

About Architecture for Humanity. Architecture for Humanity is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 1999.

About Architecture for Humanity

We are building a more sustainable future through the power of professional design. By tapping a network of more than 50,000 professionals willing to give their time and expertise to help those who would not otherwise be able to afford their services, we bring design, construction and development services where they are most critically needed. Each year 100,000 people directly benefit from structures designed by Architecture for Humanity. Yochai Benkler. The Wealth of Networks. With the radical changes in information production that the Internet has introduced, we stand at an important moment of transition, says Yochai Benkler in this thought-provoking book.

The phenomenon he describes as social production is reshaping markets, while at the same time offering new opportunities to enhance individual freedom, cultural diversity, political discourse, and justice. But these results are by no means inevitable: a systematic campaign to protect the entrenched industrial information economy of the last century threatens the promise of today’s emerging networked information environment. In this comprehensive social theory of the Internet and the networked information economy, Benkler describes how patterns of information, knowledge, and cultural production are changing—and shows that the way information and knowledge are made available can either limit or enlarge the ways people can create and express themselves.

Edward Castronova. Gigapxl Project.

Graham produces picture using digitall technologies that provide a depth of resolution beyond the perception of the naked eye or for that mater perhaps even the capacity of the brain to process without fixed attention. This approach to mineing data in images alters our perception and understanding of the "real." I am reminded of how we use the data processing powers of social media technologies and mashups to process massive data sets and related them through new perceptions revealing new realities and more possibilities. – bjkitchin