I wanted to write a personal note over about the importance of the Sharism Forum, both personally and globally. In many ways, the conference represents many different parts of my life over the last few years friends and acquaintances often question me about, or find downright confusing. I can’t explain my life partially because I’m still in the midst of action, and because I’m working through various scenarios (maybe all the time .
I live in-between San Francisco, Beijing, and these days, mostly an airplane. And, after my fulltime service at Creative Commons before becoming a CC Fellow, I invested some most of my energy into the project company Fabricatorz. And, from this, we’ve built a platform to make Creative and Commercial productions. A year after the emergence of Fabricatorz, I yet again had the amazing chance to join the wonderful team of StatusNet to build a truly amazing group building the open federated social web. And, even after that, I joined forces with the Sharism At Work and Qi-Hardware is Copyleft Hardware projects to further expand my involvements to create a complete freedom stack.
Through various countries, projects, concepts and time, I found a nice unifying theme in my projects called Sharism. Created by my good friend and collaborator Isaac Mao, it is the concept that the more you share, the more you receive. The more you give the more you receive. The more you give, the more others receive. Its simple. Its a way of thinking.
While this might sound cheesy to most (who know me), and while I admit I’m pretty cheesy, I’m very very proud to work with my teammates Christopher Adams and Sophie Chiang, and our host organization in this project, the Shao Foundation, led by Ou Ning, to put on the first Sharism Forum (中文).
This project is not about countries, legal jurisdictions, simply Creative Commons, or projects in the past like Inkscape, it is about the over-arching theme connecting the activity of sharing. Please join us in Shanghai and around the world. Lets get Sharism louder everywhere
Here is a snippet from a recent Fabricatorz announcement:
The Fabricatorz will be in China the third week of October coordinating the first Sharism Forum at Get It Louder 2010 in Shanghai on 22 October, 2010. The Forum brings together thinkers, practitioners and activists whose work concerns and shapes the global movement of a new sharing culture. We have invited open-source entrepreneurs, community leaders, academics, artists and critics to actively advance the agenda of Sharism. We hope you can attend the forum!
This is a major milestone event for the Sharism project connecting together the larger picture of the global sharing culture between Creative Commons, Wikipedia, Free Network Services like Status.Net, Copyleft Hardware, and the sharing activities that happen on commercial sites like Flickr. Since Fabricatorz is a global company operating in both San Francisco and China, this project is close to our hearts in connecting many of the greatest people we know working in Internet, Business, and Culture in the region.
About the Sharism Forum
- http://www.getitlouder.com/EnChair.aspx?ID=16 (English)
- http://www.getitlouder.com/CnChair.aspx?ID=16 (Chinese)
Time: October 22, 2010
Location: 800 SHOW Creative Park, Shanghai, China
PS: And if you think I’m going to sit on my butt after Sharism Forum, I’m time traveling directly to the middle-east to do some workshops about Status.Net, free software and more. Stay tuned for the Mideast Fall Tour 2010.