Monthly Archives: August 2009

Scuola Politica – Cortona 2009

I have been invited to speak at the “Scuola Politica 2009” in the Etruscan town of Cortona in Tuscany.

Scuola Politica's Home Page

Scuola Politica's Home Page

The Scuola Politica is a annual forum which gathers international thought leaders such as Rigoberta Menchu’, 1992 nobel peace prize winner, Abolhassan Banisadr, the first president of Iran after the fall of the Shah, Richard Parker Lecturer in Public Policy and Senior Fellow of the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University, David Schweickart, Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

The event will take place from the 10th to the 12th of Septembre. Each day will be devoted to a particular theme: Society, Culture, Communications and politics.

This last theme is the one I have chosen for my presentation. I have realised that while much praise has been given to the Barack Obama presidential campaign, few people have examined in details why it was so effective in spurring volunteers into action.

My presentation will be available for download after the event is over.


Scuola Democratica homepage

List of participants

Schedule (9, 10, 11, 12 of Septembre)

Harvard’s Berkman’s centre

The Berkman Center is taking a break from public events for the month of August. This is where I met Doc Searls and Arno Grbac during a presentation by Tim Westergren, founder of Pandora. (Find the interview on Manifest N6 )

Here are some of the talks, videos, and podcasts produced at Berkman’s over the last few months. To get you started, here’s a sampling of pieces, many of which are now available in Ogg, a free and open standard for digital media.

-Citizen Media Law Project on “Newsgathering and Privacy – Stay on the Story, Don’t Become the Story!”: Part I: Part II:

-Radio Berkman: NBC vs. the Pirates with members of Carnegie Mellon’s iLab and Journalist/New Media Expert Daisy Whitney:

-Radio Berkman: Why We Search with Stephen Wolfram:

-Berkman Luncheon Series: A Discussion Around the Google Book Search Settlement with Alex Macgillivray of Google:

-Lawrence Lessig on the Google Book Search Settlement – “Settlements: Static goods, dynamic bads:

-Life in the shadow of the Google Books Settlement with John Palfrey, Harvard Law School; Maura Marx, Open Knowledge Commons; and Siva Vaidhyanathan, UVA:

-Orphan Works: What does open access mean? with James Grimmelman, New York Law School; Lewis Hyde, Berkman Center; Phil Malone, Berkman Center; Eric Saltzman, Creative Commons; and Jule Sigall, Microsoft (formerly U.S. Copyright Office, principal drafter “Report on Orphan Works”):