Monthly Archives: October 2007

That’s how you get to Carnegie Hall

There’s that old joke: A tourist in New York asks a pretzel seller, “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” He answers, “Practice, practice, practice.” It’s not that easy, though. Millions of musicians practice and practice – very few get … Continue reading

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links for 2007-10-27

Al Kamen – FEMA Meets the Press, Which Happens to Be . . . FEMA – washingtonpost.com FEMA finally figures out how to avoid bungling a press conference – don’t invite the press. Seriously – call a press conference with … Continue reading

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links for 2007-10-26

Africa’s new $5 million prize for top leaders | csmonitor.com Announcement of the first Mo Ibrahim prize for African governance, and some background on the idea (tags: africa mozambique governance politics corruption) BBC NEWS | Africa | Kenyan organic farmers … Continue reading

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links for 2007-10-25

MIT World ‽ : What is Civic Media? Video of a talk I gave at MIT, along with Beth Noveck, Henry Jenkins and Chris Csikszentmihayli, on “civic media”, a category a bit broader than citizen media (tags: citizenmedia media journalism … Continue reading

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Stewart Brand and thinking about Megacities

It’s almost half a week from the end of Pop!Tech and I’m still exhausted. I’d like to tell you that this is because I partied hard, like some of my fellow bloggers, and am deep in sleep debt. It’s not … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech – And that’s a wrap

The last three amazing speakers leave the stage, and there’s the sound of a marching band entering from the back of the auditorium. It’s the Hungry March Band, a group of musicians and burlesque-style entertainers, who take the stage in … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech: Green collar jobs

Van Jones is best known as a civil rights activist and founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. But he takes the stage at Pop!Tech and introduces a new project, Green for All. He tells us that he’ll … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech: Zainab Salbi and Women to Women

Zainab Salbi, the founder of Women for Women International, introduces herself as an Iraqi. “15 years ago, I came to US. When I told people I came from Iraq and they stepped back from me. Now they say, ‘I’m sorry’.” … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech: Swift justice

It’s a challenge to blog everyone who comes across the Pop!Tech stage. The pace isn’t quite as frenetic as at a conference like TED, but it’s pretty damned exhausting. I’ve been cheating by not mentioning most of the entertainers who’ve … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech – Dialog with/in Islam

Dr. John Esposito leads a conversation titled “Dialog With/In Islam”. He points out that Islam is a powerful and visible force – the second or third largest religion, the majority religion in more than 50 nations. Esposito remembers that he … Continue reading

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