Archive for September 30th, 2011

September 30, 2011


by Tom Tenney

I had only just begun my reading on barter economies when my girlfriend serendipitously IM’d me the URL to fiverr which she called an “amazeballs idea.”    The concept is a webified version of “what would you do for a dollar?”  and allows people to post what they would do (legally) for five dollars.  Just a few examples:

I will sleep talk your website, product name or slogan on VIDEO for $5″

“I will use my deep voice to sing like Johnny Cash anything you desire while playing my acoustic guitar… for $5”

“I will edit your 30 minute podcast for $5”

I think this is fantastic… it’s kind of like a micro Elance, where there are no limits to the ridiculousness of the tasks.  Also, this is potentially a great way to get great, unique marketing material.  I have this idea that I want to order one per day leading up to the RE/Mixed Media Festival on October 22nd – and tweet the results each day.   I’ll keep you posted on how that goes (I’ve already ordered the sleeptalking video…)

September 30, 2011

Ev Bogue

by StefiaMadelyne

Ev Bogue

Hi! I’m Ev Bogue.

I’ve been trying to figure out what to call myself. A quick label for a business card or something like that.

I think I’m best described currently as a digital evolutionist.

My work is in the space in-between untethering and evolution. The change-space.

Why? Because I’m constantly evolving, and my work is teaching you how to evolve faster. Because, as I’ve seen in my own life, if I’m not evolving than I’m plateauing, stagnating, or becoming just plain boring.


Ev Bogue’s work in online publishing has been featured on The CBS Evening News with Katie CouricThe Guardian UK, and The Huffington Post.

Ev has spoken about publishing online at Stanford University.

Ev graduated from NYU and has worked in blogging at New York Magazine and Gawker Media.

More than 26,000 people read Ev’s blog last month


In summer of 2009, I was fat, unhappy, and sitting at a desk in Manhattan making 38,500+ a year at a job that had (for me) stagnated. Everyone told me that my life was supposed to be good. I had a good job, I had a nice apartment in a cool artist’s loft in Brooklyn. I was supposed to be grateful.

…and here I was smoking a cigarette out on the rooftop in Brooklyn. I had a 34inch waist. I was not happy. In fact, I was barely making enough money to survive in a city that I knew every corner of. I’d stopped evolving. Something had to change, and it was me.

My roommate came up to me on the roof. His girlfriend was recently pregnant. He sat me down. “Ev, I don’t know how else to say this. But, for the baby’s health, would you mind smoking outside?”

I went inside, looked in the mirror, and couldn’t recognize the face I saw anymore. Here I was, 24 years old, just getting chubbier, more depressed, and now I was killing my roommate’s unborn baby. Things had to change.

A year earlier, I’d watched as the girl I was with threw away all of her stuff and took off around the country with her guitar in my guitar case, and she survived. I could too, right?

So, that weekend of July 2009, I made a vow of personal evolution.

I untethered from smoking.
I untethered from all of my stuff.
I untethered from Brooklyn.
I untethered from my job.

I jumped on a plane to the other side of the country.

And I’ve been evolving my life and my work ever since.


Over the next few months my blog, my photo, my location, my services, and who my best friends are will probably change.

Since leaving New York in August 2009, I’ve lived in Portland, Oakland, San Francisco, Boulder, and right now I’m in Seattle.

I’ve made my entire income publishing online ever since. I’ve written three e-books, and now I publish a Letter on personal evolution in the digital age to a small group of remarkable folks.

You probably haven’t met the current me yet. In fact, you maybe never will. My work is constantly looking at myself, asking for feedback, and wondering how I can become a better person. I experiment in order to evolve.

So, chances are everything about me is going to change. One of the best ways to stay up to date is to subscribe to this blog via RSS or EMAIL.

How to Contact Ev

If you need to get in touch…
Phone: (347) 274-9878
Social: Google+

“Ev provides evolution assists.

Nothing is ever “done” anymore. Books aren’t even “done.” Things we used to could do and walk away from now evolve as we finish them. That scares people.

Ev eases the fear in 2 ways. 1. Helping you see that evolving can be fun. 2. Showing you ways to navigate it while working the alignment edge.” – Gwen Bell

September 30, 2011

Nurture: Making Our World Thrivable

by StefiaMadelyne


making our world thrivable


Our mission: is the conscious intent to nurture and grow thrivable organizations. Organizations generative of holistic value. Social benefit organizations that are ecologically generative, financially flourishing and operating in a holistic way. Our purpose is to make our world thrivable through facilitating collaboration, fostering generative innovation, and encouraging learning and sharing.

Our guiding theory of change:


  • We are a servant leadership organization creating flourishing, interconnected and resilient organizations and ecosystems.
  • We embody the spirit and values of openness, diversity, utility, solution-focus, and community-driven/bottom up.
  • We believe that nurturing change agents is best achieved through pro-active listening, information sharing, cross-pollination, and ongoing connection. (as we have tested through best practice coaching, social network analysis, and community development)
  • We believe that engaging a broad range of leaders and influencers across thrivable-related networks encourages creativity, connection, and collaboration.


Whether environmental, economic, political, organizational, or social, it is clear we do not live in a sustainable nor just world. While we have made great strides in the last 100 years, our current systems are in or nearing crisis, and we are entering an era of turbulence as we shift from one paradigm to the next.

What we have been doing isn’t working anymore. We need to consciously design our systems to be thrivable, and we believe that thrivability is generated from the dynamic interplay of the elements of the system.

It is all about how we measure success. The behavior of any system is defined by the way we choose to measure success..  We help bring alignment to our measures of success, so that you can build community, help our ecosystem generate abundance, and be financially successful. Profit is not the goal

A thrivable system is one that is generative of diverse, adaptive, innovative, holistic abundance. Biomimicry of nature.

Issues Addressed

Our current crisis are not inspiring nor are solutions interconnected.

Fragmented efforts hampering our thrivability: even well intentioned efforts fail to be fully thrivable because they’re not woven into a bigger picture.
Problem focus rather than solution focus – meaning that people try to address things with a limited perspective and with simple goals of ending the problem rather than creating something thrivable.

Core beliefs

  • Thrivability is the enmeshing of open, pragmatic, community-driven opportunities with creativity, empathy, and positivity.
  • Transformational philanthropy along with social capital committed to collaborative creative enterprises leveraging collective wisdom and working, with deep consciousness, toward “green” and “just” efforts will result in a thrivable world.
  • Without consciousness, we can’t work together well, nor will we have social justice. And the planet isn’t worth saving if it is only for a select few. Consciousness->social justice->sustainability is a virtuous cycle.
  • We alone cannot make the myriad transformations necessary, we must work with, for, and between others with similar aims. Social innovations from social entrepreneurship to social media, together we can do more.


Co-learning Programs and Products:

  1. Webinars/workshops weaving across multiple domains with rotating leaders and ongoing online community conversation
  2. Unconferences
  3. Thrivability Cards, Workbooks, and other playful DIY co-learning materials


  1. Thrivability assessments
  2. Mapping of present and possible future
  3. Online community design and development
  4. Customized in depth analysis, advising, and nurturing


Driving Assumptions

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

“Act always as if the future of the universe depended on what you did, while laughing at yourself for thinking that whatever you do makes any difference.” – Buddha

“What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Johann von Goethe

“And I have the firm belief in this now, not only in terms of my own experience but in knowing about the experience of others, that when you follow your bliss, doors will open where you would not have thought there were going to be doors and where there wouldn’t be a door for anybody else.” – Joseph Campbell

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” – John Lubbock

“Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death.” – Rosalind Russell

“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’” – Brian Tracy

Jean Russell

Jean Russell co-founded catalyst organizations and Inspired Legacies. Jean is dedicated to shifting our collective awareness from sustainability (where we seek to eliminate social, financial, and environmental harm) to thrivability (where we contribute meaningfully and consistently to a deep cultivation of natural, financial, and social systems) provides a rallying point for those interested in systemic change.  Her passion project,, grows a movement for thrivability through a wide network of visionaries, thought leaders, change agents, and entrepreneurs. She launches an ebook on thrivability, written by over 50 thrive agents, in March 2010.

Creating and nurturing conversations, Jean opens opportunities for transformation.  Her generous spirit, coupled with her coaching approach, earned her the name “NurtureGirl.” Her coaching and facilitation approach focuses on the flow of communication and an empathic sense of interpersonal dynamics. Jean leads strategy retreats and social benefit conferences, collaborating with colleagues in fields ranging from social media/networks to philanthropy, currencies, green/sustainable design, community development, and human rights. Jean has coached social entrepreneurs and change agents on four continents.

September 30, 2011

Birds of Brooklyn

by StefiaMadelyne
An Aural Landscape

Celebrate Urban Birds

Posted in April 8, 2011 ¬ 12:10 pmh.Jenna

Birds of Brooklyn is now featured on Celebrate Urban Birds!

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has decades of experience connecting hundreds of thousands of people with nature. Their newest initiative, Celebrate Urban Birds, involves using visual and performing arts, participatory art, and science projects to engage city dwellers.


As our bird populations decrease, their silence sends us a warning signal about the failing health of ecosystems.

Birds of Brooklyn is a community-based audio artwork that brings the sounds of Brooklyn’s displaced, endangered and bygone birds to sites around the Borough.

During daylight and early-evening hours bird songs that are rarely heard in densely populated Brooklyn neighborhoods are projected from each participating Host location. Twenty different recordings can be heard by neighborhood residents and passersby, including the Ring-necked Pheasant, Grasshopper Sparrow, and the Eastern Blue Bird.

This audio art project aims to reconnect city dwellers with the natural sounds of the area and raise awareness about declining bird populations in urban environments.

For more information contact: jenna (at)


About the Artist

Jenna Spevack is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York.

Using drawing, installation, and digital media, her recent work looks at survival in the shifting natural and social-political environments.

For more information visit:

A Special Thanks

To the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Brooklyn Arts Council for funding and support.

To Peter Dorosh, Tom Stephenson, Ronald Bourque, Anne Hobbs, Christianne White,Brooklyn Bird Club, Celebrate Urban BirdsCornell Lab of Ornithology and local, Brooklyn-area birders who offered their suggestions during the research phase of this project.

To artist-farmers, Thad Simerly and Kimberley Hart, for their excellent installation skills.

And to Arthur Peters and John Huntington for their sanity-saving programming and technical expertise.

September 30, 2011

Brooklyn Design Lab

by StefiaMadelyne

BROOKLYN DESIGN LAB  :  design and art classes in Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, daily, after-school, weekends, school breaks, summer, toddlers, pre-k, kindergarten, kids, children, grown-ups, adults

ABOUT BROOKLYN DESIGN LABBDL grew out Amy’s passion for teaching. She has always been inspired by how children work as well as their art. Children are excited by new ideas and materials. They bring fresh energy to their work and each other.BDL’s mission is to bring design and art to the children (and grown-ups) of our community. Great design is all around us, from the coffee cup to the Brooklyn Bridge. Why not be part of the great design?

As part of our dedication to design and art in Park Slope, we host window exhibits to the community as well as fundraising events for local schools.ABOUT AMY YANG : FOUNDER+TEACHER

Amy has a BFA from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. Her photography has been exhibited throughout New York City and internationally. Amy spent a few years in the web world, and served as Creative Director of Screaming Media where she worked with Jay Chiat (he had great shoes). Amy is also the Amy in Lily+Amy, LLC, the clothing company she created with her mom. Lily+Amy outfits babies, kids, and grown-ups.

Teaching has always been a passion for Amy. She has worked in the Studio in a School’s Early Childhood Program, as well as Medical Center Nursery School (an early childhood school affiliated with and supported by Columbia University) and Brooklyn Free Space preschool. Amy was also an instructor for eight years at Parsons School of Design, Pre-College Academy.

And, if you think you might have seen Amy feeding the sea lions and training the pigs at the Central Park Zoo years ago, you’d be right!

Amy lives in Park Slope with her husband and two children, Luna (7) and Mars (3).

Seating for ages 18m-4

Seating for grades K-6

Asa, age 5

September 30, 2011

Mobilityshifts: An International Future of Learning Summit

by StefiaMadelyne



The New School

A conference, hands-on workshops, project demonstrations, exhibitions, and a theater performance connect the theories of Jacques Rancière and Ivan Illich with learning projects that escape the boundaries of schools and universities, mobile platforms, and the Open Web. Stop, reflect, listen, discuss, and build with artists, media experts, policy makers, technologists, students, teachers, librarians, legal scholars, and education activists from more than countries. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost. For more information,

How do learners become ethically and politically committed cultural agents? Oct. 10-16, 2011

The Institute for Distributed Creativity (iDC) invites you to its mailing list. The iDC has organized several large-scale conferences such as The Internet as Playground and Factory. Known for its mailing list, the IDC is a forum for informal learning for some 2000 researchers ranging from artists, legal scholars, librarians, media scholars, designers, and educators to political activists.

The Internet as Playground and Factory


Today we are arguably in the midst of massive transformations in economy, labor, and life related to digital media. The purpose of this conference is to interrogate these dramatic shifts restructuring leisure, consumption, and production since the mid-century. In the 1950s television began to establish commonalities between suburbanites across the United States. Currently, communities that were previously sustained through national newspapers now started to bond over sitcoms. Increasingly people are leaving behind televisions sets in favor of communing with — and through– their computers. They blog, comment, procrastinate, refer, network, tease, tag, detag, remix, and upload and from all of this attention and all of their labor, corporations expropriate value. Guests in the virtual world Second Life even co-create the products and experiences, which they then consume. What is the nature of this interactive ‘labor’ and the new forms of digital sociality that it brings into being?  What are we doing to ourselves?

Only a small fraction of the more than one billion Internet users create and add videos, photos, and mini-blog posts. The rest pay attention. They leave behind innumerable traces that speak to their interests, affiliations, likes and dislikes, and desires. Large corporations then profit from this interaction by collecting and selling this data.  Social participation is the oil of the digital economy. Today, communication is a mode of social production facilitated by new capitalist imperatives and it has become increasingly difficult to distinguish between play, consumption and production, life and work, labor and non-labor.

The revenues of today’s social aggregators are promising but their speculative value exceeds billions of dollars. Capital manages to expropriate value from the commons; labor goes beyond the factory, all of society is put to work. Every aspect of life drives the digital economy: sexual desire, boredom, friendship — and all becomes fodder for speculative profit. We are living in a total labor society and the way in which we are commoditized, racialized, and engendered is profoundly and disturbingly normalized.  The complex and troubling set of circumstances we now confront includes the collapse of the conventional opposition between waged and unwaged labor, and is characterized by multiple “tradeoffs” and “social costs”—such as government and corporate surveillance. While individual instances are certainly exploitative in the most overt sense, the shift in the overall paradigm moves us beyond the explanatory power of the Marxian interpretation of exploitation (which is of limited use here).

Free Software and similar practices have provided important alternatives to and critiques of traditional modes of intellectual property to date but user agency is not just a question of content ownership. Users should demand data portability, the right to pack up and leave the walled gardens of institutionalized labor à la Facebook or StudiVZ. We should ask which rights users have beyond their roles as consumers and citizens. Activists in Egypt have poached Facebook’s platform to get their political message out and to organize protests. Google’s Image Labeler transforms people’s endless desire for entertainment into work for the company. How much should Google pay them to tag an image? Such payment could easily become more of an insult than a remuneration. Currently, there are few adequate definitions of labor that fit the complex, hybrid realities of the digital economy.

This conference confronts the urgent need to interrogate what constitutes labor and value in the digital economy and it seeks to inspire proposals for action. Currently, there are few adequate definitions of labor that fit the complex, hybrid realities of the digital economy. The Internet as Playground and Factory poses a series of questions about the conundrums surrounding labor (and often the labor of love) in relation to our digital present:

  • Is it possible to acknowledge the moments of ruthless exploitation while not eradicating optimism, inspiration, and the many instances of individual financial and political empowerment?
  • What is labor and where is value produced?
  • Are strategies of refusal an effective response to the expropriation of value from interacting users?
  • How is the global crisis of capitalism linked to the speculative performances of the digital economy?
  • What can we learn from the “cyber sweatshops” class-action lawsuit against AOL under the Fair Labor Standards Act in the early 1990s?
  • How does this invisible interaction labor affect our bodies? What were key steps in the history of interaction design that managed to mobilize and structure the social participation of bodies and psyches in order to capture value?
  • Most interaction labor, regardless whether it is driven by monetary motivations or not, is taking place on corporate platforms. Where does that leave hopeful projections of a future of non-market peer production?

– Trebor Scholz


September 30, 2011

On the Make

by Nick Brewer

This morning I found a great (short) article by Phillip Torrone about the growing popularity of the making culture. I think it really drives home the benefits of making things and venues for education.

“Forget the cliché of a lone hobbyist tinkering away in the garage; modern makers are more likely to work with each other, taking advantage of the sharing and publishing tools offered by the internet.”