Free Software and Beyond – The World of Peer Production – Call for Contribution to the 4th Oekonux Conference in collaboration with the P2P Foundation

Yuwei Lin announces:

During the past decade the phenomenon of Free Software has become successful and well-known. It is still amazing how in the realm of software the creativity of so many volunteers leads to products which are useful for the whole mankind. In 1999 the Oekonux Project [] started with analyzing this phenomenon and trying to understand the special features of Free Software as a social and political enterprise.

Today, beyond the Free Software world, projects based on a similar approach of peer production are rapidly emerging, including Wikipedia and many more. It is time to look at peer production from a broader perspective.

This is the goal of the 4th Oekonux conference [] which is done in collaboration with the P2P Foundation []. Under the title Free Software and Beyond – The World of Peer Production we are planning a conference where researchers and activists meet, intensive discussions are possible, and experiences can be shared and learned.

We are calling for contributions about the big world of peer production. Possible themes include (but not limited to):

  • Reports from peer production projects such as
  • Wikipedia
  • Blogosphere
  • Design communities
  • OpenAccess movement
  • Open Music
  • Free Culture
  • Sharing platforms like Flickr and YouTube
  • Free Software
  • Peer production and capitalism
  • Theoretical approaches on their relationship
  • Peer production and commercial interests
  • Peer production and the state
  • Peer production and political approaches of the past
  • Peer governance
  • Theoretical approaches to governance in peer production
  • Peer ownership
  • Maintainership and conflict resolution
  • Material peer production
  • Existing projects
  • Theoretical approaches
  • If you want to
  • give a talk
  • prepare a workshop
  • moderate a round table discussion

Please submit a short outline of your idea (~300 words) together with a short bio to projekt AT oekonux DOT de. (Mails to this address are archived on the web. Please ask there if this is a problem for you.) If you want to add some other kind of contribution or have other questions please also don’t hesitate to contact this address.

About Project Oekonux: In Project Oekonux different people with different opinions and different methods study the economic and political forms of Free Software and other peer production phenomenons. An important question is, whether the principles of peer production may be the foundation of a new economy which may be the base for a new society.

About P2P Foundation: The Foundation for Peer to Peer Alternatives researches, documents and promotes P2P practices in every domain of social life. It’s a global cyber-collective and aims to be a knowledge and internetworking platform for open/free, participatory, and commons-oriented initiatives on a global scale.

Important information:

  • Deadline for applications: 31 October 2008
  • Final decision on acceptance: 15 December 2008
  • Deadline for submission of papers / slidesets: 13 March 2009
  • Conference date: 27-29 March 2009
  • Conference location: Manchester, UK
  • Contact address: projekt AT oekonux DOT de
  • Conference language: English
  • Previous conference: 3rd Oekonux conference []
  • More information on the conference website []

Final Call for Resources at the Global Leaders Forum of the World Convention (Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ)

This is a final call for resources (books, curriculum, websites, DVD’s, music, children’s ministry, etc.) to be shared at the 3rd Global Leaders Event preceding the World Convention. Email us your information to be included in our resource handouts or send sample copies and/or 100 promotional brochures/fliers to be placed in the resource bags for the leaders and church workers from around the world who will be involved in this pre-event. Email info to or send to World Convention, C/O: Clint Holloway, 1279 Brentwood Highlands Drive, Nashville, TN 3721. 

<ed.note>I’d particularly like to encourage folks to submit info re: utilization of open source software and web-based collaboration platforms.</ed.note>

bags for africa, June 7, 2008, 9 am until 3 pm benefitting blood:water mission

2004 Porter Road, Nashville, Tennessee

one dollar provides a year’s worth of clean drinking water for one person living in africa. join us for this 3rd annual bag sale benefitting blood:water mission. we are currently taking donations of all unwanted, gently used or otherwise discarded totes, handbags, wallets, backpacks and the like. for more information, please contact ginny schutz at 615.262.6254 or tracy utley at 615.364.2485.

2008 Fiber To The Home Conference & Expo September 21 – 25, 2008 Gaylord Opryland® Resort & Convention Center, Nashville, TN

<ed.note>The conference’s theme is "Linking Communities at the Speed of Light" but more intriguing to me is the the scheduled appearance of Don Tapscott (The Naked Corporation: How the Age of Transparency Will Revolutionize Business, Digital Capital: Harnessing the Power of Business Webs, Creating Value in the Networked Economy, Blueprint to the Digital Economy: Creating Wealth in the Era of E-Business, Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation, The Digital Economy: Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked Intelligence, Who Knows: Safeguarding Your Privacy in a Networked World, Paradigm Shift: The New Promise of Information Technology)  adreessing his latest work, Wikinomics How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. Implicit in Tapscott’s writings is management’s buy-in of the distrubuted digital enterprise-enabled results-only collaborative work environment. If you happen to be one of those creatures (especially if you are from Nashville), I invite you to join the Project Net-Work group and Technology Nashville.</ed.note>
Sunday, September 21, 2008
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                                   Registration Opens                                                                               
Monday, September 22, 2008
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Opens
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Developer Panel Workshop  *Additional fee*
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Home Networking Workshop  *Additional fee*
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Track Session – Series 100  *Conference Pass and Day Pass attendees only*
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

FTTH Executive Summit *By invitation only*
Moderated by:
Don Tapscott, Author

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Track Session Series 200  *Conference Pass and Day Pass attendees only*
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. EXPO Grand Opening & Opening Reception *Open to all registered attendees*
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Opens
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast *Conference Pass and Day Pass attendees only*
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Opening General Session    *Conference Pass and Day Pass attendees only*
Keynote Speaker – Don Tapscott, Author
Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything
Sponsored by: Corning logo

FTTH Council Awards
Sponsored by: FTTH Council

FTTxcellence Awards
Sponsored by: Corning logo

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break    *Conference Pass and Day Pass attendees only*
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Global Carrier Keynote Panel   *Conference Pass and Day Pass attendees only*
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

EXPO Hall Opens   *Open to all registered attendees*

12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. Luncheon in EXPO Hall  *Open to all registered attendees*
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. ITCo Panel  *Conference Pass attendees only*
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Track Session Series 300  *Conference Pass and Day Pass attendees only*
4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Track Session Series 400   *Conference Pass and Day Pass attendees only*
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Track Session Series 500   *Conference Pass and Day Pass attendees only*
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. International attendee Reception   *By invitation only*
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Registration Open
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast  *Conference Pass and Day Pass attendees only*
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Government and Regulatory Panel
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Track Session Series 600  *Conference Pass and Day Pass attendees only*
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Track Session Series 700  *Conference Pass and Day Pass attendees only*
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Refreshment Break  *Conference Pass and Day Pass attendees only*
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Track Session Series 800  *Conference Pass and Day Pass attendees only*
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 a.m. Panel Session Series 900  *Conference Pass and Day Pass attendees only*
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. On Own for Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EXPO Hall Opens
4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Closing General Session with Keynote Speaker  *Conference Pass and Day Pass attendees only*
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

EXTRAVAGANZA – Closing Reception with Entertainment *Additional fee*
"Don’t forget your dancing boots!"

Thursday, September 25, 2008
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Post Conference Workshops 

Project MedSend Nashville Host Committee Announces Informational Dinner, February 28, 2008

Traci Warner writes:

On behalf of the Nashville Host Committee for Project MedSend, we would like to invite you and your missions-minded friends to be our guests for dinner and an exciting account of God’s strategy to bring the gospel of Christ, by medical missionaries, to those in other cultures. Your attendance at this dinner will help to increase the awareness of health professionals, students and churches in the Nashville community of ways to serve the Lord free of the burden of their educational indebtedness. You will enjoy a complimentary dinner held on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hillwood Country Club in Nashville 6201 Hickory Valley Road (615) 352-6591.

Dr. Tracy Goen will tell how God has used him and his wife, Patty, a pediatrician, to bring the gospel to a settlement of Fulani cattle herders in Southwest Nigeria. A series of miraculous cures — the result of much prayer and divinely directed medical interventions — has opened the hearts of these people to the good news of Jesus Christ.

Randy Carey, Midwest Regional Director of Project MedSend, will bring you up-to-date on the role of the project in freeing medical missionaries for service by service by removing the major barrier they face — the high cost of education for health professionals and resulting educational loans. To date, 329 physicians, dentists, nurses, physicians assistants and veterinarians have been freed to serve the underserved years earlier than they had dreamed possible.

We hope you can join us for what has proved to be a delightful evening for people across the country. Please RSVP by Monday, February 25th with your name, phone number, and the number in your party to: Ms. Traci Warner (615) 243-7529 (you may leave a message on the answering machine), 

Directions from downtown Nashville: South on Broadway to West End Avenue which turns into Harding Road at St. Thomas Hospital. Beyond St. Thomas Hospital will be the intersection of Woodmont Blvd. (left) and White Bridge Rd. (right) At the 4th stop light after this intersection turn right onto Davidson Rd. Cross over the the railroad tracks and go approximately 8/10 of a mile beyond the 4-way stop at Post Rd. Turn right onto Hickory Valley Rd. Entrance to Hillwood Country Cluy is on the right at 6201.

“Expanding Africa’s Broadband Capacity”, Connect Africa Summit in Kigali, 29-30 October 2007

Where: Kigali, Rwanda

Why: The main goal of the Summit is to help bring connectivity to Africa and promote "Connect Africa", a new partnership that seeks to expand the information and communication technology infrastructure of the continent, especially Internet broadband.

Who: Some 500 participants are expected to attend the Connect Africa Summit. Participants include the patrons of the initiative, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and Ghana’s President John Kufuor, who is also the African Union Chairman. High-level participants include International Telecommunication Union Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré; President of the African Development Bank Donald Kaberuka; and Intel Corporation Chairman Craig Barrett, who is also the Chair of the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development. Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group, will make a contribution by video link. The Presidents of several African nations are expected to participate.

The event will bring together political leaders, including Ministers and Heads of State, CEOs and senior executives of global and African IT companies, leaders from civil society and heads of international and regional development banks. Industry leaders including Cisco, GSM Association, Ericsson, Huawei, British Telecom, Qualcomm, NTT DoCoMo, Neustar, Safaricom, Nokia-Siemens and Microsoft will attend and announce new initiatives to help bring connectivity to Africa.

The Summit sessions are designed for television to encourage interactive participation and key sessions will be moderated by Stephen Cole, a renowned TV anchor with Al Jazeera International. The event’s press conferences will be webcast live, and time slots for telephone interviews with prominent participants will be allocated for those journalists who cannot attend.

The event is organized by the International Telecommunication Union, the African Union, the World Bank Group and the Global Alliance for ICT and Development, in partnership with the African Development Bank, the African Telecommunication Union, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and the Global Digital Solidarity Fund.

For further information, click here or contact:

Sanjay Acharya
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information
Tel: +41 22 730 5046
Mobile: +41 79 249 4861
Fax: +41 22 730 5939

Contact: in New York Enrica Murmura, Tel: +1 212 963-5913, E-mail; in Washington, DC Henny Rahardja, Tel. +1 202 473 4857, E-mail; in Tunis, Emmanuel K. Ngwainmbi, Tel: +216 71 10 26 27, E-mail

About ITU

Managing Virtual Distance – Driving Business Transformation through Distributed Work, November 14-16, 2007

The Disneyland Hotel • Anaheim, CA

THE One, THE Only Conference Focused on Strategies, Teams, Tools & Beyond in the Virtual Workplace

  • IDENTIFY, MANAGE & MEASURE virtual distance
  • Break through language barriers & manage MULTI-CULTURAL ENVIRONMENTS
  • Harness virtual KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT
  • Believe the unbelievable & witness the power of VIRTUAL WORLDS technology
  • Transform business norms & cause cultural shifts in the way people work through SOCIAL NETWORKING
  • Implement new millennium strategies that change the way we think about INNOVATION in a corporate context
  • Manage, Train & Measure Productivity of the REMOTE EMPLOYEE
  • Identify SECURITY CHALLENGES introduced by the transition into Web 2.0 and Web 3.0

To Register:
Call 888.670.8200
Fax 941.365.2507 

The New World of Work
Daniel W. Rasmus
Director of Information Work Vision – MICROSOFT

Virtual Distance Under High-Stress
Honorable Jerry MacArthur Hultin

Global Projects vs. Traditional Projects
Karan Sorensen

Legal Issues & IP Protection
Michael S. Mensik

Virtual Worlds Technology
Philip Rosedale

Secrets of High-Performance Distributed Teams
Cynthia C. Froggatt
Author of “Work Naked: Eight Essential Principles for Peak Performance in the Virtual Workplace”

Leadership in the Digital Age
Charles H. House

A Perspective From Corporate Resources
Ann Bamesberger
Vice President of Open Work Services – SUN MICROSYSTEMS

More here.

Thinking Outside the Circle

Lyndsay Jacobs, Christian Churches NZ/Associated Churches of Christ in NZ, Uniting Congregations Partner Representative, in "The Wider Church – Number 7, July 2007 (Occasional news and updates prepared for Uniting Congregations in Aotearoa New Zealand with Christian Churches/Churches of Christ participation)" writes:

I am very encouraged by the way many union/cooperative churches are responding to their call to ministry and witness in this new century. But being effective parishes/congregations in this post modern, post denominational, post Christian, post Christendom era is a huge and constant challenge to us all.

IT IS A NEW WORLD. Like many others, I feel absolutely sure that trying to do what we’ve always done, but doing it better, JUST WON’T WORK. That is like looking through the wrong end of the telescope or trying to get ice cream into the cone through the bottom. It’s coming at things from the wrong end. That’s thinking ‘Inside the Circle’ – looking out from where we are. THE WORLD HAS CHANGED. We’re not where we were anymore.

The first (and major, huge) step for any congregation wanting to be real in 21st Century New Zealand, is to understand today’s community and HOW THE COMMUNITY SEES CHRISTIANITY and the CHURCH. We need to step outside our circles, see ourselves (our congregations) from the outside looking in. We need to think outside the circle.

I have prepared a one day or two evening discovery/action program for congregations which feel they’re ready, like Abraham, to explore moving into a ‘new country’. Let me know if you’re game. ( Contact info: lyndsaylorrainejacobs at, PO Box 211, Kirwee 7543, New Zealand. Ph: +64 (0) 3 317-8011. Mobile: +64 021 424516 ),

The Wired Scholar: Five Free Tools You May Not Know About

Danny Zacharias

The Internet has radically changed how information is stored, researched, and published. Work that was once done in a file catalog and in the midst of towering book shelves can now be done with a few keystrokes on a computer. The ability not only to find information, but to store your own information for the benefit of others makes the Internet an exciting tool for academic research. At the same time, the Internet has also become a resource for free quality resources. The purpose of this article is to introduce Society of Biblical Literature Forum readers to five free online tools that can serve to enhance research and productivity.