Category Archives: Pop!Tech 2005

Live blogging from the Pop!Tech 2005 conference

Become Pop!Tech’s official blogger

My regular readers know that the Pop!Tech conference, held in October in beautiful Camden, Maine, is one of the highlights of my year. The conference combines some of the very best speakers on science, technology, society and social change with … Continue reading

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The 5-4-3 double play, or “The Art of Conference Blogging”

When I was about seven years old, my father taught me how to score a baseball game. We were probably in Florida, combining a trip to a spring training game with a visit to one of my grandmothers. He explained … Continue reading

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Twelve great talks to watch, and no excuses for being bored. (Or boring.)

I spent the last four days at a series of meetings for the Open Society Institute, a foundation I advise and serve on a sub-board for. The meetings were off-blog, but I can share one comment on the challenges facing … Continue reading

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Missed the Africa panel at Pop!Tech? Listen in.

Two weekends ago, I wrote about a great session at Pop!Tech, a two hour conversation where African attendees at the conference got to talk about their view of the problems facing Africa and their reactions to conference presentations. If you … Continue reading

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One Laptop Per Child – a preview, and a request for help

I took a day off from this year’s Pop!Tech conference to hang out with some friends in Portland. But before driving from Camden to Portland, I dropped into the Opera House to check email and bumped into Nicholas Negroponte, who’d … Continue reading

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Looking at Africa, from Camden, Maine

When you hold a conference on changing the world for the better in rural Camden, Maine, it’s a challenge to ensure that your audience is a diverse one. The price tag of a conference like Pop!Tech keeps some people away, … Continue reading

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“Backwards and in High Heels” – Ndesanjo Macha blogs Pop!Tech in Kiswahili

I tried to blog the recently past Pop!Tech conference in a bit more detail than I normally would, in part because David Weinberger decided to take this year off. I often rely on David’s near-transcript summaries of conferences I don’t … Continue reading

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Leading the Flock

Bart Decrem, one of the folks behind the Get Firefox campaign, and a founder of digital divide organization Plugged In, is now working on a new project called Flock. Flock is a new web browser. As he points out, a … Continue reading

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Negroponte and the $100 Laptop

Nicholas Negroponte is speaking about the $100 laptop, and the long path that’s led to his interest in the topic. Ultimately, Nicholas believes that in all the problems we’re considering at a conference like Pop!Tech, education is part of the … Continue reading

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Moving on to serious stuff, like Grand Theft Auto

I spoke to Steven Johnson briefly before his presentation at Pop!Tech. He told me he was going to try to add some seriousness, gravitas and weight to our discussions, trying to move us beyond the trivialities of life – global … Continue reading

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