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‘Do No Evil’ Doesn’t Cut It Anymore

‘Be Excellent’ is more like it.  Or so says the loose collective of San Francisco-based hackers who run Noisebridge – a co-working space like no other.

Noisebridge is an art & technology membership organisation run on a pay-what-you-can-but-if-you-can’t-pay-that’s-okay-too business model. Anyone who buzzes in is allowed in. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

The unassuming basement, located in the Mission District in San Francisco has a solder station, 3D printer and lazer engraver. There’s plenty of space to build, prototype, or hack whatever your heart desires. With free flowing WiFi, shared desk space and a full functioning kitchen, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would leave.

At Noisebridge, all decisions are made through consensus, based on the principles of ‘do-ocracy’.  Yup, it’s exactly what you think it is:  If you want something done, do it.  Let me paint you a picture of how this translates. I interviewed a number of “members” of this space, whom I will keep anonymous for the sake of their reputation – a currency equivalent to the Kuwaiti Dinar.

Because Noisebridge is a space for everyone, almost everyone drops by. The most recent incident worth gossiping about, is that there have been a number of homeless people dropping in and have started using the space to sleep, eat and store food.  Some members complained of security issues.  Others complained about a disturbance of the creative hacker energy of the space. Other members argue that these people should be welcome to stay on the basis that there’s a hacker in all of us.

One member had his own opinion. He practiced the principle of do-ocracy and ripped off the buzzer from the front door.   This, of course, sparked a saga of a discussion on their online wiki.  Philosophical arguments and bantering currently fill the forum on who should be allowed in and howThe most viable solution so far is to hack up a mobile app which can unlock the door using a daily pin code. Not a bad solution for a collective, especially because they can likely develop it overnight.

Why is this relevant to New Media? 

Noisebridge is a living example of a culture primed for innovation.

It takes a certain level of risk tolerance to be able to deal with the unknown.  Working on things that have never been done before is messy.  Working with people that you’ve never worked with before is messy. Very messy. Building a culture of radical creativity and innovation requires a certain level of confidence and trust in the community that builds it.  The limit at which we can push the boundaries of technology and creativity is bound by the constraints that we place on ourselves: the way we organise our ideas, how we make decisions, how we execute.  A community of innovators will only thrive when we start to become aware of these shared assumptions and how they shape our creative spaces.

‘Being excellent’ as a guiding principle seems to be a pretty good start.  Kudos to Noisebridge for taking the leap.

Tina Santiago is a researcher, interactive producer and UX Designer.   In the last 9 years, she’s worked in Toronto, Geneva, and London in interactive media, design and sustainable business.  She hold a BSc in Cognitive Psychology from McMaster University and an MBA in International Organizations from the University of Geneva.  She is currently living in San Francisco, California.  @tinasantiago | www.tinasantiago.com 

 

Don’t Miss it: nextMEDIA and the Digi Awards!

As the end of November approaches we are reminded that nextMEDIA and the Digi Awards are around the corner!  We will be there and to make sure that you are able to attend the crew at nextMEDIA has decided to offer a discount for all <STABLETALK> Readers! This is one of the many perks for following us online!

nextMEDIA 2011 is poised to be the most anticipated yet!  Evolve your business alongside leading executives from advertising, publishing, media and technology for two days of strategy, networking and insights at Canada’s most influential media conference.

Some of this year’s participants include:

Also, don’t miss The Branded Entertainment keynote:

The Entertainment Marketplace: Where Buyers Meet Sellers…Yet The Price Is High

Join Robert Friedman on an informative keynote session and behind-the-scenes look at @radical.media’s global company success with well-known next generation entertainment properties. Hear from him how the development and distribution of content across multiple platforms is evolving. @radical.media has created some of the world’s most innovative content; developing, producing and distributing content for television, feature films, commercials, music programming, digital content and design including projects such as the critically acclaimed “Iconoclasts” for Sundance Channel, Emmy®-winning “10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America” for the History Channel, “Oprah Presents Masterclass” for OWN, HBO’s “Paradise Lost”, a wide array of MTV music projects including “Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside”, “Britney: For the Record”, the Award-winning digital experience “The Wilderness Downtown” for Google Creative Lab and Arcade Fire and the the Grammy-nominated digital project “The Johnny Cash Project” with Chris Milk.


After nextMEDIA be sure to attend the Digi Awards!

We are very proud of our alumni for making it on the Digi List for this year’s Digi Awards!

Best of luck to all of you, we will be there cheering you on!

Digi Awards details…

Date: December 6 2011 at 7:00pm
Location: The Carlu
Tickets: https://registration.achillesmedia.com/delegate_registration/list_products?event_id=37 (this comes with your nextMEDIA pass)

As always, I will be live-tweeting from these two events as well as writing a wrap-up <STABLETALK> post so stay tuned!

Common Pulse – Art and Media Festival!

Citizens of the Digital Age, join the beat of Common Pulse, an art and media festival celebrating and exploring new ideas in media, technology and society.

Common Pulse: A weekend long media art extravaganza in rural Durham (June 10-12, 2011)

Immerse yourself in cutting edge performances by world music ensemble, Eccodek, Montreal’s freestyling sonic chameleon Alexis O’Hara and our own musical comedy duo Parsons & Morel (aka The Funny Ones). Engage with media art exhibitions that interact in unexpected ways, featuring CFC Media Lab alumna, Isabella Stefanescu and Steve Daniels, as well as our five artists-in-residence Ken Gregory, Laura Kikauka, Karo Szmit, Jessica Field and Andrew McPherson. (The five will be here creating new work from May 19 to June 10.  They’ll be giving talks and hosting hands-on workshops during that time.)

Participate in an ongoing, three-day dialogue with over a dozen other artists and researchers from across Canada and beyond. In the Common Pulse Symposium we’ll be looking at how media is reshaping our culture and ourselves: how consumers are being transformed into producers, how private citizens are adopting public personas, and how ideas evolve in an era of file-sharing, sampling and open source

COMMON PULSE will present a forum for presentations and discussion during a two-day symposium. Eight artists and curators including David Clark, alumnus of the CFC Media Lab, Martha Ladly, faculty at CFC Media Lab, and Michelle Kasprzak, former Research and Technology Manager at the CFC Media Lab will be invited to present their experience creating work in the context of university research.  For more details please visit their site: http://www.commonpulse.ca/symposium.php

Common Pulse is set in and around the Durham Art Gallery, only two hours from Toronto. The festival is a collaboration between the Gallery, the GIN Mill Collective and OCAD University.

Get tickets and updated info at www.commonpulse.ca

For more information: info@commonpulse.ca

CNMA’s Submission Deadline: 4 Days Left!


Hey digital superstars!

Get the recognition and respect you deserve by entering your digital masterpiece into the CNMA’s. The Canadian New Media Awards (www.nextmediaevents.com/toronto) are taking place December 1st, at the Design Exchange (Toronto), and looks to honour the country’s best individuals, companies and projects.

You know your work is good, and we know it too!
Submit today! www.nextmediaevents.com/cnma

Don’t Miss it: nextMEDIA and the Digi Awards!

As the end of November approaches we are reminded that nextMEDIA and the Digi Awards are around the corner!  We will be there and to make sure that you are able to attend the crew at nextMEDIA has decided to offer a discount for all <STABLETALK> Readers! This is one of the many perks for […]

Common Pulse – Art and Media Festival!

Citizens of the Digital Age, join the beat of Common Pulse, an art and media festival celebrating and exploring new ideas in media, technology and society. Common Pulse: A weekend long media art extravaganza in rural Durham (June 10-12, 2011) Immerse yourself in cutting edge performances by world music ensemble, Eccodek, Montreal’s freestyling sonic chameleon […]

CNMA’s Submission Deadline: 4 Days Left!

Hey digital superstars! Get the recognition and respect you deserve by entering your digital masterpiece into the CNMA’s. The Canadian New Media Awards (www.nextmediaevents.com/toronto) are taking place December 1st, at the Design Exchange (Toronto), and looks to honour the country’s best individuals, companies and projects. You know your work is good, and we know it […]

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