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YouTube Description: Esther Wojcicki chairperson of the board of Creative Commons interviewed at the Innovation Journalism conference at Stanford University, Palo Alto in June 2010. Esther talks about the way the creative commons licence works and assesses the potential for the movement. The interview itself is of course offered under an informal creative commons licence whereby anyone is free to re-publish the video so long as Winchester Journalism is credited as the source and so long as any editing does not change the general character of the interview.

Mind over Money on Nova

On April 27, I viewed Mind Over Money on Nova.  The documentary portrays different theories by economists about emotional and rational decisions.  I found the documentary of interest in part because throughout the program  an experiment with a twenty dollar bill, which sold for twenty-eight dollars during an auction, was used as an example of how emotion and peer pressure may play a role in economic decisions.  This experiment reminded me of an art performance I organized during a 1998 residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, where I auctioned two hundred dollars for two hundred and five dollars.

Part of the argument:

A new study at Harvard is exploring how emotions affect our decisions, whether we like it or not.

Reblog: Kurt Andersen and Douglas Rushkoff: Part I, and II

Image and text source: Design Observer

Note: Interesting discussion published at Design Observer.  There is also a Part Two:

I’m also enjoying the new DO design.  They’re starting to look more like a design portal, proper.

Long before the global economy seized up, Kurt Andersen and Douglas Rushkoff were contemplating the links between society and capital—which makes their views on the recent recession timely, if notably different from one another’s. In June, Rushkoff, the media critic and documentary filmmaker, published Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back. In this book, he interprets the recession as the outcome of a centuries-old ethos prizing speculation over value and profit over human connection. Andersen, essayist, novelist, and host of public radio’s Studio 360 arts program, for his part, has just come out with Reset: How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew America. As the title suggests, it’s a study in optimism.

Change Observer’s Julie Lasky invited both men to discuss how we landed in this stew and what the future portends. The conversation took place via email July 6–10, 2009.

Read the entire discussion at Design Observer.

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