I have been writing a lot about gifts so far in this blog. Partly because I think Public Gifting and Gift Economies are important practices in the digital OS3 world, just as they are in the oral OS1 world. Also because I am publicly giving away gifts myself. Specifically I am giving away copies of a special “Gift Edition” of my new book, You Are Your Media.
To date, the following people are receiving this gift:
Freddy Nyiti (my former biz partner, statesman and visionary, Tanazania)
Michel Bauwens (peer-to-peer philosopher and activist extraordinaire, Thailand)
Franco Iacomella (whom I have only just met electronically, but who has been a very active explorer of open source culture and technologies, Argentina)
Yves Archambault (adventurous alt-athlete, autonomous entrepreneur and old friend, Canada)
Clelia Marsadie (bodypainter with mad skills and smiles, Canada)
Array of Words (poet, teacher and traveler, Canada)
Nagarjuna Gadiraju (another new quasi-acquaintance via this blog, Gnowgi is the Chairman of the Free Software Foundation of India, India)
Anya Kamenetz (author of the Edupunk’s Guide and DIY U, USA)
Doug Belshaw (is completing his Thesis on Digital Literacies at Durham University, England)
Su Sheedy (an amazing encaustic artist and sis-in-law, Canada)
Today I’d like to add another name to this list of cool, creative and unconventional people: Trebor Scholz. Trebor teaches at The New School in New York and he has been a key organizer of a conference I’ll be speaking at in October called Mobility Shifts. He also founded the Institute for Distributed Creativity, whose listserv (archives here) has been a fabulously informed and interesting conversational community since about 2006. I have worked out a lot of the ideas in You Are Your Media in discussions on that listserv and I am very grateful for its existence. So thanks, Trebor! Keep up the good work!
By the way, I am still looking for a few more people to gift my book to. If you’d like to join the list of recipients make yourself known in the comments section below or drop me an email.