"Current TV Pushes Participation "


excerpt from 21 may 2008 article :

Current TV Pushes Participation “

Robin Sloan from Current TV is now doing a lunch talk called “Current, Collaborative Storytelling and Our Googlezon Future.”

Current is a 24-hour news channel and website, and the idea is that every part of the network is participatory. Since we launched in 2005, we let people upload videos about themselves. It can be about a friend’s band or serious stuff. The community gives people feedback on the website on their videos. And the videos that get the most traction make it onto TV and the makers get paid.

By involving more people, they become allies and guerrilla marketers. We could use more many-to-many connections like that in our media culture. In another area which requires a lot of work is in advertising. For every advertiser, we include user-generated ads for each one. We put up an assignment and ask people to upload their take on a commercial. And those efforts are almost always better than the advertiser’s efforts.

They’re called “Video Created Ad Message.” They’re some of the most popular content on our site.



EPIC 2014′ is a Flash movie released in November 2004 by Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson

” The movie is presented from the viewpoint of a fictional “Museum of Media History” in the year 2014. It explores the effects that the convergence of popular News aggregators like Google News and Newsbot with other Web 2.0 technologies such as blogging, social networking and user participation may have on journalism and society at large in a hypothesized future. The film popularized the term Googlezon and touches on major privacy and copyright issues raised in this scenario.

EPIC 2015 is an update to the original movie, released in January 2005. The movie follows the general direction of the original, but also examines the roles of podcasting, GPS and web map services such as Google Maps. “

Googling EPIC 2014

Googling EPIC 2015


You’re about to watch a future history of the media by Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson, with music by Aaron McLeran.


What to start with , with whom , where ?

I feel like re-writing some kind of overview , from what I see and experienced in the last years – I have set some phrases into bold character in case you feel like scanning through it.

It could be called , overview of :


Where , with whom , what to start with ? …

or towards ” using the internet to trans-connect to existing localized intentional networks anywhere.


Hmm , perhaps the first step many of us go through , is to affirm our ” NEGATIVE LIBERTY ” ,
rejecting what feels meaningless or destructive and what is not intrinsically motivating , what does not make our life worth living for.

And then after going such a process , we might go through a process of finding out what has meaning for us , and what our intentions may be.

And when finding out , there still seems to be a long road towards empowering POSITIVE LIBERTY


Here is a little overview , from this point on …


Yes , it feels that out there there is a potentially huge ” intentional network ” ,
and some of us manage to connect and interact through the net.

Some of us are also gathering into ” intentional communities ” – such as Arcosanti , Auroville , and many other , smaller EcoVillages , where sometimes the ” intentional network ” comes and visit the ” intentional living community “.


Sometimes ” intentional networks ” gather , through big meet ups – events ,  whether it are researchers , hackers , sports enthusiasts , music enthusiasts , hitch hikers , etc

yet I am still facing the question :

How to mutually empower intentional networks ,
into creating viable alternative systems , not only in certain areas / eco-villages / communities ,

but anywhere ?

And I guess that in some way or another it is a question many of us may be asking.


Hospitality Networks ( such as http://couchsurfing.com . http://hospitalityclub.org , http://bewelcome.org ) have now members from almost every region in the world ,
and in some way it has facilitated , for me , an alternative lifestyle , and sharing all accross europe or the world if I wanted to.

Yet it is not an alternative society by itself , even if it includes many open and trusting individuals.


The ” cluster ” model is becoming more and more popular in the way that businesses think of their development , or at least , their research and development.

I sometimes feel that we are creating some new kind of decentralized business ,
and that it is important for us to see the various resources , in various different fields of solution development , with the various intentional social networks ,

and find ways to more effectively empower each other , develop solutions , experiment , share best practices and multiply them.

I would be interested in facilitating the identification all the different ” hubs ” , and all the different ” intentional social networks ” that we could , as a first step , think of collaborating between each other.

The facilitate the emergence of tools so that they can understand or position each others questions , issues , visions , initiatives

and how they can learn together and collaborate

, and offer the same tools for and between individuals.
( some emerging solutions and softwares are being developped in this field – for example :
http://kluster.com/ –  and conference platforms such as http://www.ted.com/ are trying to spread some inspiring ideas and gather people arond them )


Ecovillages , Schools , Universities , Cooperatives , … and all kinds of social networks related to some of the intentions being promoted by certain organizations.


And I stress ” the social networks related to … ” , as I have experienced the huge difference between the social networks related to an organization , and the organization itself , as the power structures of an organization , by my experience , very often promotes its own internal structures of power , sometimes even to the extent of contradicting its own intentions / see for example some of my comments in relation to an organization I have been volunteering with for some time :


Offering open and transparent mutually empowered local production and solutions ,
as an alternative to the mainstream , everywhere.


Biological farming has and is becoming more and more popular in western europe , yet is now being developed also by big corporations who apply to the conditions for the label ,

but have very different social structures as small biological farms.

I imagine a series of new labels to emerge , and I feel that both producer cooperatives and consumer cooperatives can work hand in hand ,

if and when we can set up the communication channels to facilitate it.


As new intentional networks emerge or interconnect , the trust and potential for transactions between them may lead to alternative currencies , empowered by softwares such as http://ripple.sourceforge.net/


I am very interested to understand the impact , on their surroundings , of intentional communities.

Do they close themselves on themselves , of do they have a greater reach ?

And what may be the parallels with , for example , monasteries in europe ( or elsewhere in the world ) in the middle ages ?


So , yes , its a broad map … 🙂

And to be honest , I do not necessarily know where to start with 🙂


Some day I feel I should start by touring and connecting schools , the other day I feel like working with cooperatives , another day I feel like creating inter-disciplinary communities of practice around questions between various students from various faculties , another day I feel like I should settle down and try to focus on learning programming – as to program yet one midst other starting points : some kind of mapping system in itself , …


At the same time I feel that my strenght is to bridge networks , people , ideas ,
and push towards some broad trans-visions.  Which I feel is what connects many of us.

So sometimes I feel I should connect further with documentary making , …


But …  to start with , I realize I need to find myself a place to come back to , with people awaiting me , … yet at the same time a place where people tend to converge , a hub.

So often I feel that one of the starting points and connections with the rest is … a space for gathering people with common synthesis intentions.

A intentional network ” base / hub ” of very mobile people that connect communities and spread practices , while facilitating processes of awareness raising , mutual learning , experimentation , and solution development. … … which again leads me to the same questions – where am I best capable of finding such environment ?   While at the same time making some kind of living with it ?

This is my current dilemma :-p

And to find a solution to it , I guess that I m trying to talk about it to people around me , to see who is interested , and what we can do together.


When one does not have money / capital , using a nomadic strategy , hopping from one community to another ( one school to another , one cooperative to another , etc ) , feels like an effective way of extending and connecting each others circle of influence … which can then use its experience and dynamics , to report and further extend its reach through information technologies.


But to start with , it feels best to ” engaged ” with more then our own selves 🙂
And somehow , I have found it rather difficult to find partners willing to live without , or with very little money.


So there is some kind of turning into circles that needs to be broken

… some funds need to come from somewhere , following smaller visions that need to be defined , by a small group of very enthusiastic friends.


A few years ago , I was thinking about crowdfunding solutions ( old brainstorming : http://oikoumene.coforum.net/OpenWorld ).

Such kind of crowdfunding technical solutions / platforms are now , seemingly , starting to emerge.
( http://del.icio.us/deliciousdante/MagicHat , http://del.icio.us/deliciousdante/funding )


I have met and got in touch with a lot of people in the last years ,
while trying to put together these different pieces of the puzzle , and while trying to find some next  ” starting point “.

I did not yet find an environment , that suited some of these needs , or more precisely , not an open environment , except here , on the internet.

No organization with power structures was open up enough –

I understand that the solution needs to come from our own interconnections , and if possible , without creating further power structures.


From my own experience , Even projects that did not have an organization or official power structures , often ended up creating power structures related to its communication channels and ownership of communication channels.


So one of the challenges I see is to be able to create alternative communication channels ,
around specific issues or questions ,
which can be effective , open communities of practice ,
and can facilitate the emergence of a miriad of communities of practice ,
between volunteers , but also between businesses , and paid employees ,
while creating a intrinsically motivating , and meaningful feeling.


And for this , the starting point becomes a question , an issue ,
for which we might want to find solutions for together.


Hmm , well , this starts to sound like … Minciu Sodas , or P2P foundation – convergence points , … 🙂
http://www.ms.lt/ – Laboratory of independent thinkers  ; http://p2pfoundation.net


Then , perhaps the question becomes ” What issue to focus on first “ ?

And when one realizes they are all inter-connected , perhaps the question , and issue one might have is :

How can we become aware of the inter connections , and benefit more easily from inter-disciplinarity ?


Visualizing the relations between the ideas , questions , issues , various resources , and the various different actors in such issues ( including the social networks that are interested in finding solutions to such questions ) ,

as to determine priorities , strategies , and actions between ourselves.

some related links : http://del.icio.us/deliciousdante/referencemaps ;
http://del.icio.us/deliciousdante/visualization , …


Some of the intentional networks I found on the internet , including the one through which I may have connected / got introduced to some of your activities and interests ,
are great , yet they stay in the virtual world , and bridging the individuals related to these communication networks often would mean for me to go and meet them individually , in various different places , or to go to various punctual meet ups accross europe by hitch hiking , which I did.

It has its strenght , but it does not help me that much to really focus and work on a project.
For this I need ( socializing , entrepreneurial and creative ? ) people around me , to which I develop a strong friendship and bound with.

And as I am not a student , I do not have access to the kind of opportunities that certain kind of learning environments offer.

I actually fled the mainstream learning environments ( school , university )
as I felt it was tempering my … potential to learn , interact , discover , collaborate.

Most often , such mainstream learning environments still function according to a industrial paradigm ,
and very often there is no space , or very little space , for intrinsic motivation to learning to be developped ,
and one needs to be really lucky to have had the opportunity to discover before starting studies , what one is passionnate about.

In a world that is constantly facing new issues , our passion might well be a field that does not exist yet – one we might create.

How can we shift towards more open , trans-disciplinary , multi-environment learning networks and resources , based on CREATION and new initiatives ( mutually questioning , connecting and re-mixing existing knowledge according to needs ) instead of REPRODUCTION of knowledge and practices according to patterns imposed by a curriculum or head teacher.

… although , for university students not to get lost , such approach needs to be implemented from a very early age , building on the natural curiosity and intrinsic motivation for learning of children , instead of oppressing this natural tendency and associating the idea of learning to boding and oppressing reproduction of knowledge and practices.

I collect some links about learning on


http://del.icio.us/deliciousdante/learning , …


What I do have access to is learning and interacting through the internet – I have been rather successfull in using it.


For example , I am now in Helsinki.

My intention was to try to connect to some groups of people and resources related to


and its Art School.


I know that one of their approaches includes trans-disciplinarity in innovation , urban development ,
and eventually also lifestyles.

Yet I realize it is not easy to connect with other individuals involved in such projects. – or to find our own position in relation to them to further interact and collaborate.

And it is even more difficult to find the people with whom we really get a long with and feel like working with.

In other words , finding opportunities to become friends.

There are some conferences , but they are mostly lectures.

There are some events , but they are punctual in time.

and when adressing myself to the bureaucracy related to such institutions , the answers tend to be that ” it does not match with their procedures ” – and to match procedures most often does not correspond to my profile , nor even to my objectives.


But I have been using another medium : hospitality networks.

Through hospitality networks , I managed to connect with open and friendly people , some of which with whom I share common interests , and that suggested me to come to certain meetings.

Yet , these individuals themselves are most often students , and do not have many resources , or are very busy with their studies and/or work ( to pay their living ) , and can not take further some ideas they feel enthusiastic about.

Although at some point , if they continue their studies , they might have access to a doctoral grant , extend their social networks and access to resources through academia , and collaboration programs between academia and the business world – governmental organizations – non-governmental organizations , …

Which is great , but still too limited !


Alright , this overview can go on and on …

Now I m faced to finding partners – at a time where I am getting tired of hitch hiking constantly , am not sure how I will finance my food within the next week , and am not sure if I should stay in Helsinki or use my last financial resources to move back to some other city where I may have more chances of finding a job … :-p

… and I end up being on the net , spending time deepening overviews and relations ,
while knowing that it may not lead much further.

And probably I am not the only one.

By connecting with each other we are trying to create opportunities with each other ,
trying to definine certain issues to work on ,

trying to define projects to apply for resources
, …

and eventually create new solutions and economic resources to re-invest …

I interacted , over the last years , with many organizations ,
and yet dramatically mutually empowering each other and building outside of status quo is constantly discouraged as long as one faces power structures.

I ve attended courses , many seminars , youth organizations , …

but what I look forward to does not exist yet.

We are setting the visions , and now its about finding people willing to share visions ,
without falling back into power structures , and while deifning a open framework ,
not only through the internet , but with the internet to connect to existing localized intentional networks anywhere.

… beyond ” meet up ” 🙂
… beyond ” a cup of tea ” …



weak ties are more powerful than strong ties


Granovetter (1973) argued that within a social network, weak ties are more powerful than strong ties. He explained that this was because information was far more likely to be “diffused” through weaker ties. He concluded that weak ties are “indispensable to individuals’ opportunities and to their incorporation into communities while strong ties breed local cohesion.”

Granovetter’s doctoral thesis demonstrated that most people landed jobs thanks to their weak ties and not their strong ones. It was the people that they did not know well, the ones with whom they did not have shared histories and did not see on a regular basis who were of most help. This is because people with strong ties generally share the same pieces of information and resources. Therefore they are of less help to one another.

" Fair Trade " …

  1. Equatorial Guinea Economy 2008, CIA World Factbook

    Government officials and their family members own most businesses. Equatorial Guinea now has the fourth highest per capita income in the world, after Luxembourg, Bermuda, and Jersey.

  2. Equatorial Guinea – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    A huge proportion of the £370 million revenue is confiscated by the president while most of the 500,000 subjects subsist on less than a dollar a day, sewage runs through the streets of the capital Malabo, and there is no public transport and little drink