Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Georgia Arts Network Info

Dear Georgia Arts Network attendees,

First of all, thank you so much for your enthusiastic welcome at the conference. I truly enjoyed spending a few days with you, and found your energy and commitment inspiring.

I was asked if I would supply some information about some of the books I mentioned in the talk I gave. Here are the ones I remember:

1. Clay Shirky -- Here Comes Everybody and Cognitive Surplus. These are the books that explore the idea that people want to consume, produce, and share. A good place to start is his speech at the 2008 Web 2.0 Expo, which is on YouTube in two parts: Part One and Part Two. I think he is right in so many ways, and that we are seeing a major shift to a more participatory orientation.

2. Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson on the "Homecoming Major." Wes Jackson first floated the idea of a "Major in Homecoming" in his book Becoming Native to This Place, and Wendell Berry elaborated in his book What Matters?

3. The local economy stuff I mentioned is by Michael Shuman: The Small-Mart Revolution and Going Local. For my money, I'd start with The Small-Mart Revolution, where TINA and LOIS is described.

4. You can find the Netflix + YouTube minus (Time = Money) business model fully described here, and the general URL for CRADLE is Click on blog for Bakersville updates. Update: The book I mentioned that talked about the Denmark health club is by Chris Anderson, and is called Free: The Future of a Radical Price.

5. If you would like to listen to the Studio 360 interview that caught Jim Coleman's attention, you can do so here.

6. Also, I mentioned a blog post that attracted Studio 360: "Off to See the Wizard."

If I referred to something else that isn't mentioned here, please leave a comment or email me at Also, if you are interested in receiving a newsletter from me (I haven't actually started writing one yet), please email me and I'll put you on a list.

Again, thank you for your support!


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for a truly galvanizing and "edutaining" session. Your frank insights were inspiring. I believe you also mentioned a book about radical free pricing. Can you let me know the name of that book?

Thanks again!

Scott Walters said...

Oops! I'll make the change right now. The book is by Chris Anderson. It is called "Free: The Future of a Radical Price."

The reason your comment didn't appear right away is that I have to approve all comments (in order to avoid spam) and I was out installing insulation in the house in Bakersville all day!

I'm glad you can testify to the badness in China. There are so many who choose to ignore it, and Mike Daisey was a powerful voice to get through to those people. "Was" being the operative word.