Open Source Projects and Poisonous People

Brian Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman, authors of the new O’Reilly book, “Team Geek: A Software Developer’s Guide to Working Well with Others”, had a great talk at Google I/O 2008 that is a must watch, Open Source Projects and Poisonous People: There is great value in taking advice like this and turning it towards myself. […]

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Yesterday Android Alliance launched in Philly

Yesterday folks interested in Android development got together at National Mechanics in CC Philly and had a few drinks with one another. The big takeaway for me from the first meeting is that there are many in the region involved in mobile development (including myself) and that a community here is ready to connect. Kudos […]

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Hyper-local is about community or it fails

There have been numerous efforts at building services focused on local communities, and almost all of them, that have not had a community element to them, have failed to one degree or another. Just being an aggregator is not enough. You need to curate. Moderate. Collate. Summarize. Connect. Most of all – communicate! Sure software […]

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Two talks from TED to watch *today*

TEDXToronto: “Neil Pasricha: The 3 A’s of awesome”: TEDXHouston: “Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability”: Related: “1000 Awesome Things” Presentation Zen: “We don’t seek your perfection, only your authenticity” This post brought to you by Dave Rogers whose latest post over the shooting in Tucson is a must read.

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Ethan Zuckerman at TEDGlobal on the challenge and opportunity

Interested in how information reaches those it needs to reach? Intersted in acts of journalism crossing cultural gulfs and divides? Interested in web services and connectivity? You will want to watch Ethan Zuckerman’s talk at TEDGlobal 2010 and I hope be inspired: “Ethan Zuckerman: Listening to global voices”: Check out his ideas on how to […]

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“So what will it mean to bear witness in the future?”

They say that history is written by the victors. But now, before the victors win, there is a chance to scream out with a text message that will not vanish. What would we know about what passed between Turks and Armenians, between Germans and Jews, if every one of them had had the chance, before […]

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Social Networking == Social Division?

You would think after 20 years of the Web, we would come to a better understanding that it either helps us connect, or helps us segregate. You’d be wrong. Following is some research and reading. But first… What do you think? How diverse are the people you associate with as friends on Facebook or Twitter? […]

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If you build it, but don’t participate, you get what you deserve

The Nieman Journalism Lab: Mathew Ingram: Newspapers get the kind of communities they deserve: many newspapers still see comments as some kind of necessary evil: a bone tossed to readers to help drive traffic, but something that produces little else of value That attitude is behind what renders the commenting at most newspaper websites so […]

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