My friend Ulrike Reinhard has just released the first issue of WE Magazine, a fascinating labor of love that explores issues of collaboration and identity, while challenging the notion of what consitutes a magazine. WE is available for purchase or download via Lulu.com, but all the content is available online under a creative commons share-alike license.
Ulrike explains that this release is the preview of a quarterly magazine, focused on the idea of understanding what “we” means in the age of the internet, and what “we” are capable of, collaborating, competing, sharing and creating in different ways. The project was sparked by an observation from Henry Jenkins, commenting that YouTube really needs to be considered as WeTube, a place that isn’t just about individual creators but about the communities that lead to creation.
I’m working my way through the interviews in the magazine, which often include videos as well as transcripts with thinkers like Joi Ito, Dan Gillmor and Sugata Mitra. Ulrike was kind enough to interview me for the magazine about Global Voices while I was still recovering from eye surgery – if you’re interested in watching an interview with me as I squint uncomfortably, please check it out. But make sure you check out the whole thing – I think WE is onto something, and I think it’s great that they’re sharing their thinking with the whole web, customers and browsers alike.