What’s interesting is not the gracious greeting he gave to the Geeks, but the way in which he described the the culture of Great Britain’s largest telco. He said BT doesn’t start from the premise “that every innovation comes from our labs. It was probably never true, and now definitely isn’t true.” He discusses BT’s propensity “to be open and inclusive, and to try to bring the best from all the world, because we are only a small island here.”
During the dinner that followed, we individually heard about the company’s efforts to extend its open source mobile platform and other efforts that BT is working on.
You’ll hear a couple of questions from uber-blogger Robert Scoble in the video. This was my second video done with a Flip Ultra.
Here’s an 8-minute video interview with Leigh Behrens, president and editor-in-chief of PNN.com. The Personal News Network is a community site and blog platforms that targets mostly women, “the fastest-growing segment of user-generated content creators,” Leigh says.
PNN allows you to easily get up and running with a blog and add your own voice and “to begin to grow your own social content on the site,” she says.
“The feedback we keep getting is that there’s really a kind of an intimate, personal and supportive feeling that goes back to our name — Personal News Network. People like the idea that they can share their thoughts and ideas in an environment that’s really supportive.”
At South by Southwest Interactive a couple of weeks ago I heard about MindBites, a year-old instructional video marketplace based in Austin, Texas. I had the chance to sit down for a few minutes with Jason W. Reneau, founder & CEO, and Huntley Tarrant, vice president of business development, who walks us through the online learning and training site.
Unlike sites like Lynda.com, which require a fairly steep subscription fee, MindBites lets trainers set a price — generally as low as 99 cents to $2.99 — for watching an instructional video. Reneau says he came up with the idea after discovering that his only choices were hit-or-miss experiences on trainers’ websites or the old-fashioned Berlitz instructional CDs.
Just left the final session of Remix/Mashup 2009: The Future of Creative Production and Ownership at Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law, which explored the implications of mashup and remix in the world of Web 2.0. They reached out to me last fall and I couldn’t resist flying out — this was the first conference I’ve come across devoted to the video mashup, a media form that straddles art, politics and entertainment.
I’ll leave it to the attorneys and law students in the audience to dissect the proceedings, but here are a few high points:
• I was deeply impressed by the keynote presentation by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, a multimedia artist, filmmaker and writer (“Sound Unbound”). Above is a photo I shot of him. (Feel free to remix; it’s under a Creative Commons license.) Some snippets from his keynote: “Artists no longer work in the bubble of a recording studio. The studio is the network.” … “The 20th century was the era of mass production. The 21st century is the era of mass customization,” with collective memories now dispersed and giving way to singular experiences culled from cultural motifs while plugged into an always-on ubiquitous network that lets us transform any media in digital form to our liking.