Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.

The 4th iCommons Summit is being held in Sapporo, Japan from 29 July to 1 August, 2008. The summit originally started as a gathering of Creative Commons country leads, but had evolved over the years into a global conference of people interested in social, educational, business, technical, creative, legal and other aspects of sharing, collaborative and open models for doing just about everything. I think it is the most interdisciplinary and global meeting of its kind.

The usual suspects will be there. This year, we have substantial participation from Sapporo City and should have interesting cultural programs as well as local Japanese participation.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing everyone next week. Although there's only one week left, it's not too late to sign up and join. If you think Japan's too far away, you're not thinking globally.


Looking forward to meeting you there! :)
I am putting together a lot of fun stuff for the Second Life version of iSummit.


hi. Joi.
I will participate in iCommons to cover for our web magazine that release at middle of August. I'm looking forward to see you at there!!

Hey Joi, speaking of Creative Commons and cultural programs, I think it would be great for traditional artists to get more involved in releasing stuff through CC licenses. I wanted to hear what one particular traditional instrument or something sounded like once, but couldn't find anything. It should be a perfect match--both are sort of "free culture."

hi joi,

i'm seriously thinking about attending the isummit... i was reading the rio '06 version and this year's schedule and they sounded very very interesting.

maybe now (very late, i assume) i can really start getting involved in this issue, thanks for your class. i have special interest in free education.
not decided yet, but if I go, see you there!

Hiroshi: Thanks for the great article! See you there.

Amida: Yes, we are working on more traditional artists... but your help would be greatly appreciated. ;-)

That's great Marcos! It would be great if you could come.

sapporo is 札幌 ?

I'll be there too, taking care of the live blogging ;-)

Mr Ito,

I can't afford to fly to Japan, and I can't afford the technology needed to use Second Life, even though I am a fairly privileged South African.

There are simple technologies that could have made the summit accessible to more people. Online forums, IRC, blogs, transcripts or videos of speeches, papers, a DVD production of the summit. None of these technologies are being used.

I don't think free culture is about the elite giving great gifts of
knowledge and culture to the undeserving masses. It's about everybody
collaborating to create something that is more than the sum of it's

Am I missing something? What is the point of the iSummit if it isn't to
bring everybody (not just the elite) in the free culture movement

Gustav Bertram

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