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I'm in Toronto on my way to Amman, Jordan.

I'll be speaking at 11 AM on Wednesday the 29th of October, 2008 at the Talal Abu Ghazaleh College of Business / Jordanian German University. I'll be talking about Creative Commons followed by a panel discussing including our Jordanian CC country lead Ziad.

Look forward to seeing everyone there and thanks to everyone on the Abu Ghazaleh team for organizing this.

The creativity of Asia's people will be supported and shared thanks to a new long-term strategic collaboration between the DotAsia Organisation and Creative Commons (CC).

DotAsia, the not-for-profit registry operator for the ".Asia" Internet top-level domain, plans to commit US$100,000 to Creative Commons in support of its cause, outreach and community efforts in Asia. In addition, DotAsia will contribute time and effort into assisting in the coordination of events, activities of CC's regional chapters and various other socio-technical initiatives, such as a next generation copyright registry project.

The collaboration will be announced by the CEO of Creative Commons, Mr. Joi Ito, and Mr. Edmon Chung, the CEO of DotAsia, during the launch ceremony next Saturday afternoon (Oct 25) for Creative Commons Hong Kong (CCHK) at the HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, Kowloon, Hong Kong. For more details about the launch event visit CCHK's website.

"We are thrilled to work with Joi and the brilliant team at Creative Commons", said Edmon Chung, "this strategic alliance matches the core mission of DotAsia to promote Internet development and adoption in Asia. It also helps strengthen our connection to the worldwide IPR community. Stay tuned here for CC activities in Asia."

"The contribution from DotAsia is very meaningful to the development of Creative Commons in Asia. Through collaboration with DotAsia," Joi Ito added. "CC can look forward to building stronger rapport with the creative and cultural communities in Greater China and Asia."

Thanks to Edmon and Ching for making this happen and look forward to working closely with you guys.

Heading over to Hong Kong today for the Creative Commons Hong Kong launch. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Creative Commons Hong Kong Launch

NEW!!! The Detailed Programme is now available.

  • Special Guests: Creative Commons Founder Lawrence Lessig and Chief Executive Officer Joichi Ito
  • 25 October 2008 (Saturday)
  • HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
  • 2:00 to 3:30pm: Launch & Main Programme
  • Noon to 2 p.m and 3:30 to 6pm: Festival Activities
  • Details | Registration

Public Lecture by Professor Lawrence Lessig

  • "Free Culture and Free Society: Can the West Love Both?" The Inaugural Lee Shu Pui Leung Wai Hing Distinguished Lecture in Digital Media hosted by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong.

    Delivered by Professor Lawrence Lessig, C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law, Stanford University; Founder of Creative Commons

  • October 24, 2008 (Friday); 5:00pm to 6:30pm
  • Wang Gungwu Theatre, Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong
  • Details | Registration

We're doing our annual Digital Garage New Context Conference again November 5, 6. If you're in Tokyo, please come. It will be fun and it's free.

The English program is now available.

We are holding The New Context Conference 2008 again this year, and it's admission free!

Please check out the website, register and be there to meet all the cool folks! This year's theme is "Open Business Network - Backbone of the internet venture business –".

*****Basic Info*****

Dates: November 5th and 6th, 2008
Venue: Ebisu Garden Hall/Room, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

*****11/5 Program*****

==10:00-11:00 Keynote by Reid Hoffman==

“How LinkedIn and Facebook are developing Open Business Network”

Reid is the founder of business network service "LinkedIn" as well as an investor of "Facebook".

==11:15-12:30 “The new business dynamic content distribution brings”==

Jean-Marie Hullot, founder of fotonauts
Eric Young, CEO of iKnow
Mitsuhiro Takemura, professor of Sapporo City University
Tetsuya Mizuguchi, game creator, producer of Genki Rockets

==13:30-15:00 “Electronic commerce across the border”==

Matt Flannery, founder of Kiva
Teruhide Sato, CEO of Netprice
Hitoshi Ushiku, CEO of e-context

==15:30-17:00 “Silicon Valley Connect in Tokyo”==

Ellen Levy, VP of LinkedIn
Jiro Kokuryo, professor at Keio University
Mikiyasu Yasuda, COO of

*****11/6 Program*****

==10:00-11:00 Keynote by Tsuyoshi Natsuno==

“The future of mobile internet and video streaming service”

Natsuno-san was one of the core members creating business models for NTT Docomo's i-mode service. He is currently a professor at Keio University as well as advisor at Dwango.

==11:00-12:30 “Mash-up as a key for the rapid progress of internet consumer service”==

Tsuyoshi Natsuno, advisor of Dwango
Andrew “bunnie” Huang, CTO of Chumby
Loic Le Meur, founder of Seesmic
Lisa Sounio, founder of Dopplr

==13:30-15:00 “The future of advertisement with Open Network”==

Spencer Hyman, COO of
Marko Ahtisaari, responsible for the brand and design of Blyk
Hiroyuki Watanabe, Nikkei BP

==15:30-17:00 “What’s the next big thing?”==
Joi and other speakers

So sorry I'm going to miss this. (I'll be in Jordan.) If you're in San Francisco, you shouldn't miss this book release party for Larry's new book.

Start: Oct 29 2008 - 6:30pm

Description: Join us as we Celebrate the Release of
Professor Larry Lessig's new Book!

Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy
purchase at amazon

Reception 6:30pm
Program 7:00pm

Free and open to the public!

W Hotel
181 Third Street
San Francisco, CA
United States

See map: Yahoo! Maps

We've just officially launched our 2008 fund raising campaign at Creative Commons. It's a really tough time to be raising money and I realize many people are worried about their own finances, but that's why we need your support more than ever.

I really believe that we've reached a critical moment in the adoption of Creative Commons and that all of the pieces are coming together. We are making huge strides in Science, Education and Culture in both the legal and technical specifications for the interoperability that allows frictionless sharing. The impact on all sectors will be huge and I think it will affect everyone.

The campaign this year has an interesting twist. As you may know, we've been exploring the idea of a copyright registry. One of the key components of such a registry is user authentication. We realized that whenever someone donates to Creative Commons, we have a basic authentication of sorts. We also realized that CC has a decent brand and we decided to test the idea of giving a CC OpenID to everyone who gives during this campaign. We're not sure exactly how this initiative is going to develop, but we'd love your feedback on how you like it and what you think we can do with this. We've tied in some other neat license related stuff in addition to the OpenID which I'll blog about later today in more detail. You can test this OpenID thing by making a contribution. ;-)

We're also launching a video project asking for people to contribute 90-second videos explaining how you use CC and why you support CC. This should be very cool and would REALLY love for you to participate and pass this on to anyone you think who might have a good story to tell. Jesse Dylan, per my previous post, has made a great short video about CC. Hopefully this will inspire you. Remember that you're free to reuse/remix this in making your own story.

We need to raise $500,000 by the end of the year. If you are a corporation and would like to try the matching gift program, that seems to work well too. We really need your help. Thanks.

You can find the press release for the CC Network and the Jesse Dylan video for more information.

We were fortunate to have renowned filmmaker Jesse Dylan (director of the Emmy Award-winning "Yes We Can" video) offer to create a short film explaining the ideas behind Creative Commons. He interviewed CC board members Hal Abelson, James Boyle, Joi Ito, Michael Carroll, Lawrence Lessig, Molly Shaffer Van Houweling, Eric Saltzman, Jimmy Wales, and Laurie Racine and used the results as the basis for this terrific piece, entitled A Shared - Culture.


A Shared Culture is available in several formats:


Creative Commons License

A Shared Culture by Jesse Dylan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA) license.

See the page on the Creative Commons website for a wonderful list of all of the attributions for the works used to make this video.

Also, the Creative Commons annual fund raising campaign starts today. I'll post more about this later today, but your support again this year would be greatly appreciated.

Sequoia Capital sent this to their CEO's. It's a good presentation and hope all of the CEOs of my companies will take a look at it too.

I think it's important not to panic and remember that some of the best companies are made during tough time. Most of the best companies that I invested in were founded during the bottom of the last downturn. I think from an investor perspective, it's periods like there where we get to see how entrepreneurs handle tough decisions. It's also a good chance to see how investors behaving during tough times as well.

I've built some of my best personal relationships during tough times.

Clearly, things are going to be challenging and quite painful for many, but I think that this is a great chance to "get back in shape."

Just remember... don't panic.

Martti Ahtisaari

Martti Ahtisaari, Marko's father, just won the Nobel Peace Prize. Martti "is a former President of Finland (1994-2000) and a United Nations diplomat and mediator, noted for his international peace work.

Ahtisaari's most recent appointment was as UN Special Envoy at the Kosovo status process negotiations, aimed at resolving a long-running dispute in Kosovo which declared its independence from Serbia in 2008." (Wikipedia)

Marko is an old friend that I've known and worked with for many years and have had the opportunity to meet his father Martti on several occasions. I was always impressed by Martti's strong, patient and thoughtful style. It is also interesting to note that Marko embodies many of Martti's qualities and demeanor.

Congratulations on a very well-deserved award and thank you for your contribution to world peace.

The photographs

I thought you should see these photographs. They're both powerful and moving. They highlight the awful disease XDR -TB, a new and deadly form of tuberculosis that is threatening to become a global pandemic.

By viewing and passing on this link we can help to spread awareness, which is the first step to halting the disease. XDRTB.ORG (

(As background, the photographs were taken by leading photojournalist James Nachtwey and were 'unveiled' on October 3rd, 2008 in more than 50 cities on seven continents as a deliberate attempt to highlight this new danger faced by the world.)

I first learned about drug resistant TB when I read Mountains Beyond Mountains by Paul Farmer. (Thanks for giving me that book Reid.)

These photos add another level of reality to the story that Doctor Farmer tells and also reminds me that I really haven't done anything about it.

If you don't know about XDR - TB, watch this slideshow and visit the site.

Via Jim via TED

As an amateur photographer I found the following talk by James Natchwey very powerful.

TED talk by James Nachtwey

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