Because of some recent projects that have me whelmed, I could use some time-saving help.
1. I need images! Drawings, film stills, anything that seems to illustrate:
* Cave or tribal peoples engaged in any kind of activity that might even vaguely resemble a COCKTAIL PARTY. In other words, gathering in fair numbers, but chatting to each other in small sub groups. NOT gathering around fire and chanting together.
* Images of people at a modern cocktail party AND diners at a restaurant (need both: long shots with other conversations in background)...
* Some kind of screen shot showing hot, cutting edge collaboration-in-action, e.g. a meeting in progress in which several people a video-imaged on screen while sharing data.
One example: the best of GROOVE. Also, something showing a really expensive arrangement, with executives talking to each other using big, multiple monitors.
If you know of some images that might suit, let me know under comments. Thanks!
2. In SciFi.com's newsletter, the SCIFIPEDIA is advertised as "Sci Fi's free encyclopedia that anyone can add to". Yet another Wiki. Cool. Though (ahem) a bit sparse on Brin articles. http://scifipedia.scifi.com/index.php/Main_Page
3. Reminder that there are some fresh ideas for opposition candidates this year, that can be found at http://www.davidbrin.com/readiness2.html and at http://www.davidbrin.com/contract.html Know any progressives running for office? If even one dem candidate were brave and imaginative enough to run with issues like this....
4. As you know, I have long dabbled in the theory and practical arts of deliberation and disputation. I had the lead article in the American Bar Association's Journal on Dispute Resolution (Ohio State University), v.15, N.3, pp 597-618, Aug. 2000, "Disputation Arenas: Harnessing Conflict and Competition for Society's Benefit." or at: http://www.davidbrin.com/disputationarticle1.html This one is intense, scholarly and detailed.
At the opposite, end, my novel EARTH portrayed a world empowered by enhanced citizen deliberation. A theme pursued in an award-winning nonfiction book: The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Privacy and Freedom?
Now, my attention has been drawn to the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation... (http://thataway.org/). “NCDD's mission is to bring together and support people, organizations, and resources in ways that expand the power of conversation to benefit society. We believe that elevating the quality of thinking and communication in organizations and among citizens is key to solving humanity's most pressing problems.”
Consider this to be my touting of that org’s goal and mission. I have yet to learn whether they are doing it effectively. Indeed, a myriad obstacles lie in their path. The obstacle raised by the right is obsessive secrecy and cronyism, which destroys fair deliberation. The obstacle raised by the left is often harder to notice... an emphasis on the “touchy-feely” aspects of discourse, forgetting that deliberation is often most effective, as a problem solving tool, when it manifests as fair and openminded competition or disputation.
But more on that anon.