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Information about Freesouls

Published on August 6, 2008

Author: OliverDing



This slideshow was created for Joi Ito’s CC photography book Freesouls. The book includes essays from Lawrence Lessig, Howard Rheingold, Yochai Benkler, Isaac Mao, Cory Doctorow, Lawrence Liang and Marko Ahtisaari. It’s not only a book, but also a photos commons project. This slideshow is not only a slideshow edition of the book, but also for a new group on Freesouls (

What is a Freesoul? Are you a Freesoul? Submit a slide with your answer to Freesouls group!

free souls by Joi Ito

“ What’s freesouls?” Freesouls is a project of photos commons created by Joi Ito Lawrence Lessig

“ Joi Ito is not a professional photographer, but is instead a professional elsewhere, who has used the understanding he has gained there to show us the people here. ” Joi Ito sought to…

“ … as an accomplished photographer and his understanding of the people he photographed to produce high-quality digital images of these people. ” Joi would use his talent…

Joi would then make freely available … “ … not just in the sense that anyone could download them… ”

… but also in the sense… “ … that they were expressly licensed for any use, commercial or not, so long as Joi was given attribution … ”

“ In a sense the commodification of image-making through copyright threatens to render it a commercial activity, one with no soul.... Joi Ito's collection Freesouls seeks to challenge the anti-image tendency of copyright. ” Lawrence Liang

Lawrence Liang

You Can't Own KNOWLEDGE It's time to set property aside, time to start recognizing that knowledge―valuable, precious, expensive knowledge―isn't owned. Can't be owned. Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

It's an impulse to share. It's the energy of the memes that want to be passed from mouth to mouth and mind to mind. Isaac Mao

Isaac Mao http://

human centric model It is time we acknowledge that systems work best by making work human. Yochai Benkler

Yochai Benkler

dream about future cybersociety our tiny subculture might grow into a worldwide, many-to-many, multimedia network of a billion people. Howard Rheingold

Howard Rheingold

A Freesoul is…

A Freesoul yields everything to obtain everything. Dominick Chen

A Freesoul is all about the unlimited possibilities of our life! Chiaki Hayashi

Learning is inherently social, and free souls really grok that. John Seely Brown

A Freesoul is one that understands, "If you love something, set it free; if it comes back it's yours, if it doesn't, it never was." Derek Arnwine

A Freesoul is not bound to other's expectations of themselves or of the world. Evan Williams

A Freesoul is able and willing to… … travel, play, create, debate, collaborate, annoy, destroy, lie, imply, brand, chat, search, find, broadcast, narrowcast, socialize, democratize, monetize, analyze, proselytize, empower, expand, divert, date, masturbate and participate in our new and ever-expanding digital conscience. Adam Glickman

A Freesoul is a person who values his or her freedom, but also values the freedom of others. Ross Mayfield

A Freesoul grapples with the world as it is given… … and through the force of mind and spirit perfects that world, however slightly, enriches it with —created— knowledge… Tim O'Reilly

A Freesoul is collaborative idealism and participatory culture as a team game. Ben Cerveny

A Freesoul contributes fully, knowing fully the cost and consequences of contributing. Brad Burnham

A Freesoul is authentic, welcoming of differences, and naturally generous. John Clippinger

Freesouls get a lot of enjoyment out of their days, because… … they know they're involved in something terrific, and their lives and their work are indistinguishable. Susan Crawford

A Freesoul is something we are born with, something… … that is an inalienable part of us. Forever. Yet something we struggle to keep every day. Jun Makihara

A Freesoul is all about the unlimited possibilities of our life! Chiaki Hayashi

A Freesoul is willing to embrace what they know and then challenge it. Ken Brush

A Freesoul understands that potential is boundless. Mallika Dutt

To be truly free, one must first set others free. Tim Breidigan

A Freesoul understands that images can and do live lives of their own and… … that sometimes those lives should be free of restrictions and barriers to use. Fred Benenson

A Freesoul is reckless with time zones, languages, and identities. Ed Bice

A Freesoul believes that the right to share… … is fundamental to the culture, progress and well-being of modern society. Diane Cabell

A Freesoul has become part of the global meeting place of knowledge. Veni Markovski

A Freesoul is about an ubiquitous curiosity, transcending boundaries of artificially imposed categorizations of … … the world and behavioral patterns. It is where truly significant value emerges to make history. Hiroaki Kitano

A Freesoul is untethered from human dramas and in step with the universe, mindful and compassionate yet at peace. Danah Boyd

What is a Freesoul? Submit a slide with your answer now!

Are you a Freesoul? Join Freesouls group on http://

Thanks to Joi Ito for licensing his photos as CC-BY! His choice of a free license has allowed me to created this slideshow with his excellent photos . " Creative Commons is a non-profit that offers an alternative to full copyright ." http:// / Photos Credit Photos Credit

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