Monthly Archives: October 2008

A closer look at a deep blue world

Sick of the US election dominating all media coverage? Dreaming of a future date, perhaps two weeks away, when it’s possible that headlines won’t feature Sarah Palin? You could always turn to international news, where the question seems to be, … Continue reading

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links for 2008-10-22

jra%u2019s thoughts %u203A Ethan Zuckerman%u2019s Rules for Innovation A useful riff on my African innovation talk, arguing that a lot of NGO-driven, outside of African innovation won't work and can be damaging to local innovators. (tags: africa ict4d mine blog … Continue reading

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Geeks love librarians

Four talks in eight days, four cities in three countries. (Tihany, Hungary; Barcelona, Spain; Camden, ME; Manchester, NH). I’ve come to two conclusions. One, I need to travel less. Two, I really love librarians. I’ve had two chances recently to … Continue reading

Posted in Personal, xenophilia | 2 Comments

Crowdsourcing, humor, participation

It’s been good fun hanging out in Barcelona with my fellow speakers, both the wonderful organizers like Juan Freire and Ismael Peña-Lopez and guests like Carol Darr, Andrew Rasiej and Tom Steinberg. Tom was kind enough to hunt me down … Continue reading

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On doing the right thing

A quick post, but a beautiful story that I wanted to share. You’ve seen the image from the 1968 Olympics. Two American runners – Tommie Smith and John Carlos – stand on the medals stand, bow their heads and raise … Continue reading

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Innovating from constraint

One of the great fears as a speakeris that you’re going to give a talk too similar to the person you’re sharing the stage with. Clay Shirky and I gave talks at an event a year or so back, and … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Developing world, Geekery, Global Voices, Media | 26 Comments

If it’s Wednesday… Barcelona

Just as it’s hard to argue with finding oneself on the shores of Lake Balaton, I’m hard pressed to find anything to complain about now that I find myself in Barcelona. Actually, I have a single complaint about my time … Continue reading

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links for 2008-10-14

Ghana News | Feature Article | Saving African Industry Through Trade Bright Simons profiles an ambitious new effort by software entrepreneur Herman Chinnery-Hesse to build a trade system linking artisans in rural areas to online commerce via a combination of … Continue reading

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If it’s Monday, this must be Tihany.

My backyard, Lanesboro, MA It’s so beautiful in the Berkshires this time of year that it’s a little dangerous to drive. Rachel and I went into Williamstown on Saturday to buy some groceries and get our mail, and nearly rear-ended … Continue reading

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Fathers, sons, museums

Friends in New York City tell me that they never visit the tourist attractions – the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building – until they’re hosting guests from out of town. I’m not a Cambridge resident, nor am I … Continue reading

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