[Review] Rewire

[Review] Rewire

Ethan has crafted a beautiful, engaging book for all who seek to transcend the cultural, political, and linguistic barriers that history has placed between us. Unfortunately, I fear that those of us who aspire to global citizenship are a small and diminishing...
Austin and El Ambulante

Austin and El Ambulante

“The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” According to the famous quote by science fiction writer William Gibson, the future was in Austin this past week for SWSX Interactive. More than 15,000 of the digitally inclined...
Mapping My Megacity

Mapping My Megacity

Heat map based on time travel to major cities. To this day I stare out the window like a wide-eyed child, amazed by what seems to be equal parts chaos and order. I have practically memorized the 50-minute flight path from Guadalajara to Mexico City. Upon descent into...

The Next Chapter

“Global Voices is …” – A description of Global Voices, from the voices of the community itself. Filmed at the 2010 Global Voices Citizen Media Summit in Santiago, Chile. I have already said so many goodbyes that it is starting to feel like...
The Pacification of Rio's Favelas

The Pacification of Rio's Favelas

Weekends like this. Locked up in my room, or in various cafes, with a constant intake of caffeine to keep my fingers tapping on the keyboard to the rhythm from my tinny laptop speakers. Right now: J-Live. Yesterday I worked about 12 hours on a single post, a general...
Getutza

Getutza

Gabriela Tanasan teaching Getutza how to shoot video. When I was in Romania last September I had the distinct privilege of meeting Getutza, one of the bloggers trained as part of the Blogging the Dream project in Campulung Moldovenesc, a small town in the north of the...
Rising Voices and the Environment

Rising Voices and the Environment

From the latest Rising Voices newsletter. Did you know that the Canadian coal mining company Teck Resources is planning on increasing its production from 1.5 million to 8 million tons every year at he Ovoot Tolgoi mine, an open-pit coal mine in southern Mongolia? The...
Loneliness is Nobody Reading Me

Loneliness is Nobody Reading Me

I keep thinking back to this idea that rather than readers paying for publications, writers will eventually have to pay readers for their attention. Many – maybe most – of my friends consider themselves writers of some type. They hang onto different labels...

Stopping at the Red Light

You know how you meet some people and you don’t realize the effect that they had on you until later? Until you’re staring out a window and you find that they keep entering your thoughts? I’ve met a few people like that recently. One of them is Pavel...
The Benefits of Funding Fun

The Benefits of Funding Fun

Last week the Salzburg Global Seminar organized two back-to-back meetings which brought together passionate enthusiasts in the field of new media for three days, and then traditional funders of media development for another three days. Josh Goldstein of UNICEF...