This Friday, I’ll be joined by Dave Morin (my good friend from Facebook) at the first ever Jelly! Talk at Joe and Brian’s loft in San Francisco.
If you’re not familiar with Jelly, you should be. I call it the “gateway drug to coworking” — but it really has its own culture and identity independent of coworking, though both movements are rather complementary. Amit Gupta got Jelly started at House 2.0 in New York City back in 2006 (about two months after I initially expressed my desire to create a coworking space in San Francisco). Since then, like coworking, it’s grown into a self-sustaining movement.
Jelly! Talks is an interesting expansion on the concept — where Jellies distributed throughout the world can tune in to hear interesting and relevant talks and interact with speakers, similar to what the 37 Signals guys do with their “Live” show.
This first show I’ll be talking with Dave Morin about the relationship between OpenID and Facebook Connect — and where the two technologies are headed. This should be a pretty interesting conversation, since I’ve long tried to convince the folks at Facebook to adopt OpenID and other elements of the Open Stack (hey, they’ve got hcard already!).
Apparently the event is physically booked up, but you’ll still be to tune in remotely this Friday at 11am PST.
(Tip: The next Jelly! Talk will feature Guy Kawasaki).
If you haven’t been wondering what’s up with NASA lately, you’re probably not alone. Though once a bastion for the advancement of humankind, in recent years the space agency has seemingly vanished into a well of bureaucracy and lack of coherent, public-supported vision.
Now, thanks to a number of young, forward-thinking upstarts within the organization, that might all start to change, starting tomorrow night at NASA’s Ames Research Facility in Mountain View, California with the kick off of the World Space Party (aka Yuri’s Night).
With 4,000 expected attendees, this is probably one of the first if not largest raves ever held on government property (you can only imagine the red tape that they had to go through to get this approved!). The space is perfectly suited for this kind of thing — and represents the new thinking and outward focus surging within the organization.
On top of that, there is growing interest in open source (notable given the restrictiveness of the NASA Open Source Agreement), in Second Life, and in coworking, as witnessed by NASA’s tenant status at Citizen Space and in their CoLab project.
I’m certainly excited to see these changes coming to NASA — and if it’s any indicator of what changes might be wrought in the government with the addition of a little 2.0 fever and open source, there’s hope for us yet.
I don’t normally cross-post, but seeing as how my blogs are starting to converge a bit, I don’t mind throwing this one in there…
First, Tara’s been collecting survey data on coworking trends — as well as what common experiences, expectations and desires are. We’ve received about 50 responses so far and would love to have more — especially from the LifeHacker and WebWorkerDaily communities.
If you’re interested, come fill out the survey, shouldn’t take more than a few minutes, and we’ll be sharing the data with everyone at the end.
Second, I just blogged over on Citizen Agency about getting your vote out for the Net Squared Innovation Fund. We’re donating a good chunk of consulting time to the effort to help equip non-profits with the skills, technology and “2.0 know-how” that they need to stay competitive and be even more effective in their advocacy using modern tools.
I invite you to read through and familiarize yourself with the slate of proposals that are all in the running for a chunk of the $100,000 that’s been set aside specifically for 20 community-selected projects and then go vote!
Oh, and if you’re in the area tomorrow night, we’re hosting Gina Bianchini, the co-founder and CEO of Ning and Benjamin Rattray the CEO of Change.org at Net Tuesday on the topic of “How Nonprofits Can Use and Build Online Social Networks: Change.org and Ning at Net Tuesday”, starting at 6pm at Citizen Space. Should be an excellent event.
Hot on the news that BarCampAustin co-organizer Whurley has joined BMC Software as Chief Evil Genius, we’re kicking off the start of BarCamp/Refresh/Dorkbot at Bourbon Rocks in Austin alongside the start of SXSW.
A couple notes… BarCampAustin
starts today and continues into tomorrow (yes, this overlaps with the first day of SXSWi). Highlights include $10 screenprinting of your own custom BarCamp tshirt and Austin favorite SoulHat will be playing Saturday Night — along with other surprises throughout. As co-organizer Erica O’Grady says,
This is definitely going to be a BarCamp you won’t want to miss 😉
Now, as for agendas… just want to point out that we’ll probably be doing both a session and a coordinating meeting of some kind related to coworking tomorrow. This is the meeting that we previously discussed but didn’t set a definite time on. I think it’d be best if we planned to take this on tomorrow from 3:30 to 4:30 — trying hard not to conflict with too many panels… so that Tara can join in, since she’ll be jetting off to Vegas to perform reconnaissance at Community Two Point Oh Con.
Otherwise, the rest of the week is pretty well covered by Jeremy Keith’s microformats mashup until we arrive at the BarCampPlannersSummit on Thursday.
So, while I’m at it, I want to pimp out Twitter (not like it needs it — but you can follow what’s going on by sending the command
join sxsw — though unfortunately there’s no “unjoin” if you want to tune us all out) and Conferenceer — both will prove indispensable tools throughout the week and beyond.
Perhaps this is a sign of how busy we are, but in passing Wolfgang’s desktop baton, I realize that, by comparison, I’m a bit of a scattered intellect.
Anyway, I’d be curious to see what David Crow, Whurley and Kathy Sierra’s workspaces look like…
As if there wasn’t enough already for you to read, I’ve gone and setup a Coworking blog. Anyone who wants to author it (and is involved in the coworking movement), let me know as I won’t have time to post much personally.
Teh Space has a new website a new name: The Hat Factory, owing to the building’s heritage as …well… a hat factory.
Still located at 801 Minnesota, it’s also pulled in some new anchors to flesh out the regular crew and replace Tara and me as outgoing an anchor while also starting to charge a very reasonable $10/day for Day Trippers.
As for Teh Space, well, it’ll likely resurface somewhere else in the city sooner or later. Essentially after the conclusion of our four month experiment, we’re looking for a nesting ground for Citizen Agency, LLC that has additional facilities, like a conference room and whiteboards, is somewhere downtown (South Park) and that also isn’t imposing on someone’s home. We’re excited that there’ll ultimately be more than one coworking space in the city for folks to choose from depending on their needs.
As we’re seeing increasing pick up in other areas like Boston, Paris, New York and elsewhere, the outlet for the modern mobile independent is good.