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Art and Technology Incubation — It’s all in the Conversation!

I’m doing a little volunteer research/community project for GAFFTA — I do love those art/tech non-profits! — so I was reviewing a report we did more than a year ago when I was still the Dorkbot overlord in Seattle.  We did this research in collaboration with Genevieve Tremblay (Cultural Entrepreneurs) for BRINC — Bell Red Incubator — to inform the BRINC development project and other local arts/tech/cultural development initiatives.  You can download the full report, but here’s the summary: In an online questionnaire study of 120 technology creatives in the Northwest: “We found that the targeted community of technology creatives [...]

Web 2.0 Expo Highlights and Emerging Themes

Web 2.0 Expo Highlights and Emerging Themes   I attended Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco this past week.  Brady Forrest (co-chair) invited us to have our H.E.Ai.D. installation (large scale, collaborative play space with lasers, generative sound, and a tinge of augmented reality) in the Expo.  Aside from the joy of watching Tim O’Reilly dance  in our installation, it was great to get up to date on all things Web 2.0.  Here’s my report:     Tim O’Reilly framed the event very well during his keynote speech, essentially giving a report card on the state of Web 2.0 – [...]

Communities and Technologies 2009

I gave a talk at Communities and Technologies 2009 on June 25.  Just got around to getting my slides online, Pathable:  Leveraging Social Software for Social Networking and Community Development at Events.  Here’s the abstract of the paper described in the talk: Professional networking is a primary goal of people attending conferences and events. Over the past year we developed a social networking and community tool for events, Pathable, to help attendees meet the right people. Pathable provides an online directory of profiles, communication tools, and a recommendation system optimized to help people meet based on commonalities. We performed a [...]

Community Genius: Tips for Leveraging Community to Increase your Creative Powers

I gave a talk at Seattle’s sixth Ignite: Community Genius: Leveraging Community to Increase your Creative Powers. The text for the talk is below. A few folks were asking about the slides so I put them up on SlideShare here. I read a book a while ago by Scott Berkun, Myths of Innovation, where he noted that inspiration is much more social than you might expect. “Group Genius” similarly reviewed recent research highlighting when groups can perform collaborative creative feats beyond the possibility of any individual. That really got me thinking about how creativity plays out in my own life. [...]

BarCamp study results are IN!

So here’s the question: if everyone can get all the information they need online with the proliferation of blogs, Wikipedia, online books, etc., why do they still go to conferences? Based on our study results of BarCamp Seattle (only just now posted on resources.pathable.com), here’s my answer in seven words: professional friends and a feeling of community. Cheesy, I know. You don’t tend to think friendships and sense of community really matter in a collegial, professional context, but you know what? They really do. Here’s the longer story: We created Pathable because, in our own experience, meeting people at conferences [...]

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