The TummelVision gang visits with an old friend, Doc Searls, co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
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Since September, the public has been experimenting with an app that relies on the goodness of humankind. Called impossible, it leverages the idea of a gift economy through social media to grant wishes. Users interact by posting wishes—such as a desire to learn Spanish or to find a jogging buddy—and other impossible users who can grant those wishes based on skills and proximity connect to grant the wish.
On March 5, the Berkman Center celebrated the US launch of impossible.
Lily Cole, founder of impossible and fashion model, actress, and social entrepreneur, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Founder and CEO of the World Wide Web Foundation, Rosemary Leith, Berkman Center Fellow, Judith Donath, Berkman Center Fellow, Jonathan Zittrain, Director at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Professor at Harvard Law School, and moderator Urs Gasser, Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, engage in an interactive discussion about the feasibility of a social media platform that relies on themes related to human cooperation, reciprocity, and kindness.
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Doc Searls, author of The Intention Economy and head of Project VRM at Harvard University’s Berkman Center talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the how the relationship between buyers and sellers might evolve as the internet evolves. Searls imagines a world where buyers would advertise their intentions and desires and sellers would respond with offers. Other topics discussed include Google and Apple’s business strategies and the role of the cable and telephone companies in providing access to the internet.
Taking Stock of Tech: Reflections on Law, Technology and Society. Keynote Address. Speaker: Yochai Benkler, Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard Law School, and Faculty co-director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society.