Coming out of recession!

To begin with my deepest apologies to all, in particular to  the participants at the WIPO training July 11, 12, and the Advisory Board at innovation.tank, who have been waiting for what I said that I would write and deliver. I have been bogged down and the excuses are my own, so I will be dealing with them as best as I can and not clutter this space unduly.

NOW! Today is August 1, and it is THE national Swiss holiday. The folks will go bananas with fireworks later this evening, but otherwise it tends to be a nice holiday right smack in the middle of the summer. I started the day by giving tensoriana a whole new post about DRM, fiddled with the template and decided that indeed, I better get back to the drawing board. On bloglines I had over six thousand posts to read, and I am not going to read them all. In endo things were a bit more down to size, just a bit over 1’600! Blimey! I did use some of the comfort features in endo and added a few links to my delicious with news items that I find of interest, if not alarming; these roll over as the first item on the right navigation column on this blog.

Here are really good news – in Portuguese – directly form the aggregator, that is, the early registration for SHIFT has been extended until August 20th. It is a good thing, I have yet to register although I am slated for both co-leading the Creativity Workshop and making a presentation on intellectual property and software.


Datas de Registo (PT):

Uma vez que recebemos vários emails a pedir para se inscreverem na conferência após a data limite (30 Julho) para o desconto especial de 50%, e uma vez que aparentemente metade do planeta está ou estava de férias, a organização da SHiFT decidiu alargar o prazo para o pré-registo na conferência.

Assim, e não havendo certamente uma repetição desta medida, o desconto especial estende-se aos registos efectuados até dia 20 de Agosto!.

Aos restantes que se inscreveram atempadamente, irá ser enviado um pedido de pagamento a partir dos próximos dias, sendo que se não tiverem recebido o respectivo pedido até dia 20, devem entrar em contacto com a organização.

Vemo-nos em Setembro! ;)

Did I say back to the drawing board? I meant, back to writing!

reboot 8 preparation

reboot 8.0 is happening on June 1-2 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

I have been exchanging ideas via email with Thomas about what I would like to see happening. I am delighted that this idea has found good resonance on his side as it is something along the lines of what he wanted to do.

Here is my thinking on how to start creating a new connected conversation on intellectual property at the edge of the values paradigm shift:

1. who we are: reboot is a gathering of 400 or so people all with a vested interest to some degree or another in internet technology, software, social software, technology itself, society. the kinds of people whom we are so fond of calling geeks. that is, those rare souls that dare to break a few old worn out patterns and to explore new territory. most of these geeks blog in one form or another, all think. we are coming from a bit all over the world, mostly from the more connected affluent world, mostly europeans, but also people from canada and the usa. i expect the danish blogger community to show up en mass. is this right?

2. the world that we live in: whatever it is that we want to call our age – information, digital, knowledge, techno-freaked-muddled, post-industrial, web 2.0 – it is an age where resources are plenty and easily sourced. logistics and knowledge do play a major role. part of the logistics is the communication, and that is where most information technology finds itself. yes, we all know that africa exists, some of us have been there and it does not change the fact that we live in a world of abundance. clearly not all logistics problems are solved, to say nothing of the mess in communications. counter-arguments are welcome in comments here or directly via email.

3. my observation/assertion: there is a paradigm shift currently taking place in what concerns creating a thriving business. a thriving business is a business that is sustainable . to me a business is sustainable when it makes its community prosper (read, happy, fulfilled, satisfied, peaceful). note that for a community to prosper, maintaining the status quo is not a requirement. all to say that

business is about people .

business is not  about goods or money, but about people making their world – this world now – work for them and

allowing all to live in dignity . the business paradigm shift in progress is from capitalism to values. the shift is from humans serving things, to things serving humans.

4. my inference:

in a world where resources are abundant and that is dependent on both logistics and communication, the key resource is intelligence . ok, this is not mind boggling, but what does that mean? that means that the advancing edge of evolution resides within intellectual assets. what does that mean? it means that we eat potatoes and rice, and that we thrive on culture. education is more important than ever, and the ability to work together in a win-win mode is imperative. i could quickly digress and jump into much philosophy too quickly, so let me get back to what i want to say. given that you (the reader) is both of more than average intelligence and used to thinking out-of-the-box, you will either very quickly follow my line of thought or you will not be shy about asking questions that will further your understanding of what are sometimes in my mind huge leaps in logic. present day intellectual property tools (laws, jurisdiction, systems, treaties, agreements) were tailored for the needs of the industrial revolution and were created in the late 1800’s. these instruments did not anticipate the evolution in technology with which we live in day in and day out, or with the fast development of digital devices or instant communications. the situation is bit like trying to drive a car by pedaling: ridiculous.

if the crown jewels of our age are intellectual assets, how are we going to deal with intellectual property rights?

5. this is the scenario. before reboot, what i want to do is to pick the brains of a few people attending and other geeks around me, and to ask them what questions they have about intellectual property (IP). in particular, what i want to learn about is what they are thinking IP-wise and where the needs and confusions are. in obtaining this information in an informal way, it will inform me as to where the issues are and how i can ask the questions of the plenum (those gathered at reboot) that will get us all some answers that can be actionable.

6. how do i work in an interactive sweatshop (forum) is to ask questions and get answers from the participants. the questions have to be provocative enough to get both good quick thinking and a good level of participation. having several bloggers online in the room will make this interactive query into intellectual property and assets all the more interesting. having people in back-channels getting information from the outside, would make it all the more interesting. individual intelligence is great, collective intelligence is what this inquiry will be about.

This is the starting point of the public conversation. I welcome all input, commentary, counter arguments and brilliant insights. In particular I am looking for a few good people working in IT, what I would like to call the digital practitioners, to contact me so that we can set up a phone/skype/iChat/in-person interview as soon as possible.


NB: Send email to nexe at mac dot com (or any other mac email of mine that you may have) and/or leave your comments here. Comments are moderated and will only be published after approval. For the next two weeks I will be accessing the Internet via UMTS and will not be online continuously. There will be delays until comments are published or until I respond .