We’re almost there: the 2010 Do It Yourself SHiFT conference is starting this week. The next 16th and 17h at Teatro Aberto, Lisbon, we meet again to discuss and share Social and Human Ideas For Technology, after the 2 previous successful editions.
Tinkerers, thinkers, hackers, technologists or curious people by nature can find something of their interest on the several talks and workshops. Here’s a preview:
The 2 day event is more than a tech conference: it’s about how technology can be used to be achieve a positive change in society. The casual setting is a great chance to meet other people and learn about new things. Better yet, not only learn, but Do It Yourself.
Come and meet us in Lisbon next Friday an Saturday, as tickets are still available !
Disclaimer: i’m a symbolic last minute helper of the fantastic team organizing the event.
To pay tribute to one of Brazil’s most respected writers, Machado de Assis, the largest TV network in Brazil was launching a mini-series based on one of his books, Dom Casmurro.
Through the launch of the mini-series, we needed to build up TV Globo’s reputation with a new generation, disconnected from the television.
We created a website with the book and divided it into one thousand excerpts. In the website, people could choose and record pieces in real time with their webcam. We enabled a large scale collective reading.
At the same time, we hid one thousand DVDs with unique scenes in public places for people to find them and hide them again once they had seen it.
In less than a month, the reading was completed.
Influential admirers talked about it in public. 33 million viewers watched the series’ first episode. The media called it the best tribute to Machado de Assis of 2008.
Almost 106 million people were exposed to press notes related to the mini-series. The subsequent media exposure was worth the equivalent of 6,7 million dollars in advertising spend.
So yesterday i went to the theater and today i find this modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet:
Social networks don’t get more mainstream than this.
Speaking of which, this blog now has a Facebook page, where i’ll post other inspirations that don’t quite fit in here. I’d be delighted if you’d drop by and become a fan. Promise i will not send any Mafia Wars messages.
Following yesterday’s news, i’m sharing a collaboration between blog network Prt.Sc and OFFF, that are inviting all portuguese bloggers to OFFF Screen Challenge and win a chance to be at this renowned festival of post-digital culture, taking place in Lisbon, from 7th to 9th May 2009.
*Disclaimer: As an executive member of Prt.sc, I’ll be judging the entries. That leaves all other portuguese bloggers more chances to win the 3day ticket and show your project at the venue.
OFFF and Prt.sc are showcasing the best of portuguese digital culture: from the garage hack to your web project, OFFF Screen is giving the chance for those using social media to showcase their projects to a wider and interested audience.
The submitted projects are preferably within the broader Catalogue theme “THIS ISN’T FLYING, THIS IS FALLING WITH STYLE · FAIL GRACEFULLY @ OFFF”. Unleash your creativity, don’t be afraid to fail.
How to apply
Each application must be submitted by a member of the project that has been writing for a blog at least since December 2008.
Each blog must write at least 3 posts until the 1st of May, related to the project or OFFF Festival, and tagged with offfandprt.sc. On this date, judges by the OFFF and Prt.sc team will select the 3 best projects. These will be awarded with a 3 day ticket and the chance to present the project on the venue.
Submissions should be sent to email@example.com, with project description, name and contacts, and a permalink to the post announcing the challenge entry.
All posts related to the challenge will be agregated at offf.prt.sc. For further info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s a recurring theme on some mainstream media that the Internet and social media are some kind of dark force, that only does bad things to your kids and those who spent too much time online don’t have anything useful to do with their lives.
As i’m never short of passion of explaining to regular “offline” folks the outstanding opportunities that the web has brought to us, let me share one of my central arguments that you can also use to bring more people in to the conversation.
The Third Place
The Third Place refers to social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home and the workplace, or as i call it the private and professional spheres. The concept was created by Ray Oldenburg , arguing that these places were central on their community building role on a society.
The web pushed this whole concept further, as citizens increasingly rely on digital tools to stay connected, with social media becoming their main third place. With shopping malls and other consumption temples getting emptier in a year of crisis, this trend will deepen and it’s up to us, early adopters, to show the Yellow Brick Road to newcomers.
Show your friends the best community tools available so we all can build a better society. From Kiva.org to Twitter.com, these are not only tools for digital democracy but effective agents of change.
So when those folks tell you to get a life, just reply: “Get a Third Place”.
From guerrilla marketing to urban interventions, the streets have become a new canvas for creativity. One of the most prolific projects in this area comes from Brazil, with the creative duo Anderson Augusto and Leonardo Delafuente, aka, 6emeia.
Started as a intervention to transform daily environments as a reflection of their creative work, the duo started painting gaping holes and other objects on urban landscapes, reminding us that even the most forgotten object can be regarded as art.