I spent the day hanging out at WhereCamp09, enjoying the geekdom and learning about great new projects. These folks are really doing amazing stuff.
But it surprised me how little the geo-geeks have done to embrace the social web.
The folks hanging at WhereCamp definitely need to be plugging in to the ID/Privacy/InfoCard/VRM effort. Too much of the cool stuff they are talking about is just creepy without robust controls on private data.
It’s also clear that the Identity folks need to somehow do better at getting the word out about their solutions to some of these problems.
I don’t know if this missing connection is a bigger problem for the WhereCamp folks or for the IIW folks. Is it a symptom of myopia for the mappping crowd, or lack of visibility for the identity nerds? Which effort is hurt worse when they are slow to cross-pollinate their ideas?
Stereotyping is easy for all of us. Our brains are categorizing machines, shoving every thing we see and do into tidy little boxes within boxes. A stereotype that conjures fear is even more powerful, because nothing gets our attention faster than danger – this also is built-in our wiring.
So it’s great to see more diverse presentation of Muslims in the media.
For an excellent point-of-view on this, check out Time’s Mona Eltahawy on video,
[From Latest Videos from TIME.com]
Free trade is a game rigged so that global corporations can arbitrage over all sorts of cost factors, based on a patchwork quilt of labor and environmental laws, and nearly always choosing what makes the most money.
Shouldn’t our core principle be doing what causes the least harm?
[From /Ground: Protectionism and The Unions: Free, Fair, and Scalar Trade]
Read the rest of the post. Really. Well done, Stowe!
My wife and I founded Square Peg Foundation in 2004, the same year Craigslist Foundation had their first “Boot Camp for Non-profits.” That first Boot Camp was an amazing experience for me, and since then I have only missed one.
As Craigslist Foundation describes it:
Boot Camp is an inspiring and unique community effort that connects people to the resources they need to help build stronger and healthier communities. Our focus is simple – to connect, motivate and inspire greater community impact.
[From Craigslist Foundation’s Boot Camp]
If you work at a non-profit, volunteer, serve on a board, or have always dreamed of starting something that really matters, you should join us at the Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp for Non-profits! I hope we’ll see you there.
Shel Israel wrote a powerful post a couple days ago. I just saw it. It’s in the general theme of social networks, but really it’s about bigotry. A Must-Read:
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In this video interview, Danah Boyd makes some great points about lack of socialization of kids. Lack of space for them to gather and be social even in with their own friends and some of the factors making this happen. Then she talks about how they DO socialize, online… OK, there’s a few asides regarding Scoble being different from normal users, but the rest is fascinating stuff.
Danah Boyd interview by Robert Scoble, at Davos:
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Danah Boyd is a researcher who studies teens ad their online interactions. See more on Danah at her website.
You can also read about her on Wikipedia