Speaking at the Summit of Newthinking, 15th November

[Video] Checking in with Claudia and Andreas to see how the summit preparations are going

Next Thursday the Summit of Newthinking kicks off, and I’m going to be giving a talk about my first 100 days of trying to live open source – some of the successes and struggles, and my plan for the rest of the year. It’s also a great opportunity to tell some of the stories which I have experienced but haven’t had a chance to publish yet. I’ll be discussing the various different ways in which free / libre / open ideas are spreading into different areas, and some inspiring projects, some bizarre ideas, and some unusual approaches I’ve come across. Come by and say hi!

Newthinking has been around in the Berlin open source scene for almost 10 years, so over the last few months Andreas and Claudia have been introducing me to people with cool projects – and they’ve been extremely busy organising the summit as well! I went down to Newthinking HQ to talk to them about how all the preparations have been going and what to expect from the event next week.

There will be plenty of presentations, in both English and German. Check out the full schedule and speaker list here, and hopefully see you at the summit!

Julia Kloiber on Open Data

[Video] Julia Kloiber on apps, open transport data, and why it matters

When I was at the Open Knowledge Festival in Helsinki, in between lectures, hackathons and workshops I managed to catch up with Julia Kloiber from the Open Knowledge Foundation. Julia is co-curating the Open Data track at the Summit of newthinking with Lorenz Matzat, and we talked a little about her work, open data, and (a bit of a theme for me in the last week or two) open transport data.
If you’ve got an idea for a presentation or workshop at the summit of newthinking, get in quick! the open call is only on for 2 more days!

Anyone interested to see what’s been happening with open transport in the USA should check out this video:

And for any of my fellow Berliners waiting for open data from the VBB or Deutsche Bahn, you can keep an eye on happenings with OpenVBB.

 

Cultural Commons Collecting Society

[Video] A transparent, democratic collecting society for music under CC licenses

Leading up to the Summit of newthinking in November, I’m making a few short videos about interesting developments in the areas of open strategies in Berlin. Newthinking is supporting me in this project and helping me hunt out cool projects and people along the way. This week I’ve been discussing music under Creative Commons licenses, and at the all2gethernow workshop a couple of weeks ago, there was a lot of discussion of the changes within the music industry in recent years, and how internet culture and technology is changing traditional business models for musicians and record labels. There I met Wolfgang Senges and m.eik michalke, who are part of the team trying to start a music performing rights collecting society for artists who use Creative Commons licenses.

Music that is licensed to be sampled, remixed, and used in videos (without having to ask express permission) is sometimes called ‘libre’ music – free as in ‘free speech’, not as in ‘free beer’. Musicians still need to support themselves and earn money from their music, and that doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive with using more open licensing methods. I’ll let m.eik and Wolfgang tell you more (make sure captions are turned on for English subtitles)…

You can find out more about how the society will work for musicians, and how to get involved at www.c-3-s.org

Summit of newthinking

In November, it’ll be 100 days since I started this project – at the Summit of newthinking on the 15th-16th, I’ll be presenting a talk on my experiences and struggles over these first 100 days, and in the lead-up to the event I’ll also be making a series of short videos.

 

newthinking has been around on the Berlin open source scene for almost 10 years, and I am really just taking my first steps, so they’re going to be showing me around – I’ll be making a series of videos about some of the interesting projects and developments in Berlin in the field of ‘open strategies’, to get an idea of the kind of issues that are likely to be discussed in November. I’ll also be checking in with Andreas and Claudia to see how the summit is coming along and what else they’ve got planned!

(Turn on captions for English subtitles)

newthinking will be providing €500 per month for 3 months to cover some of the costs of my project. I’m working on documenting my finances a little better so that I can be as transparent as possible, and you can see where the crowdfunding campaign funds are going – I’ll hopefully have a page up within a couple of weeks.