Clash of the encyclopedias - SHARISM conference

Well, this blog is slowly rumbling towards retirement, but I have a nice announcement for any readers in or near China :) In just a couple of weeks I will be speaking at a ‘Sharism’ forum in Shanghai as part of the Get It Louder festival. Pretty cool!! The other speakers look an awesome crowd.

The name “sharism” comes from an essay by Isaac Mao, a venture capitalist and blogger. His conclusion is suitably bold:

Emergent democracy will only happen when Sharism becomes the literacy of the majority. Since Sharism can improve communication, collaboration and mutual understanding, I believe it has a place within the educational system. Sharism can be applied to any cultural discourse, CoP (Community of Practice) or problem-solving context. It is also an antidote to social depression, since sharelessness is just dragging our society down. In present or formerly totalitarian countries, this downward cycle is even more apparent. The future world will be a hybrid of human and machine that will generate better and faster decisions anytime, anywhere. The flow of information between minds will become more flexible and more productive. These vast networks of sharing will create a new social order−A Mind Revolution!

Well, I’m going to be speaking about something much smaller :)

Clash of the Encyclopedias: Is Competition Good for Sharing?

One of the benefits of the open web is that good ideas can flourish easily. In the Chinese speaking web, the idea of an online encyclopedia has been especially fruitful. With the Chinese Wikipedia enjoying its eighth birthday this month, it’s worth examining whether the fragmentation of efforts ultimately leads to a better product and bigger communities, or if the “us vs them” mentality is harmful to sharing.

I don’t know any details yet about how much it will cost, or even where it will be specifically, but I’m sure those details will be surfacing any day now! I believe there will be simultaneous interpreting (a la Wikimania Buenos Aires) which will be great for the attendees.

11 October, 2010 • ,


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