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Information about The Social Venture Commons

Published on March 11, 2009

Author: MichaelLewkowitz



An overview of The Social Venture Commons
"Empowering peer production of the world we want"

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The Social Venture Commons Empowering peer-production of the world we want. ★ ➡ ➡ Wednesday, March 25, 2009

the Social Venture Commons Initiated November 18th, 2009 Launched March 23rd, 2009 Developing a new system for distributed collaboration and collective intelligence Partnering with public benefit catalysts to: iteratively develop practical applications implement developed applications that amplify their impact Raising $1m to build capacity and scale system Empowering peer-production of the world we want Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Contributing Team Core team Michael Lewkowitz, Igniter (startup/vc ‘s ocial-xyz’ guy) Joseph Dee, Architecture (web science, agency, social techie) Dan Williams, Developer (hard core craftsman coder) Key contributors Matt Nish-Lapidus, Interface (UX specialist) Peter Flaschner, Design (Web dev and design awesomesauce) Ryan Coleman, Communications (Startup, community, and viz) Taylor Davidson, Strategy (Mobile, investment, startup guy) Tim Scollick, Developer (Interface developer) Guidance and Encouragement Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The current context Reach Globally Change Do With More Less Makers Act Locally A public benefit pressure-cooker. Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Emerging Potential Dynamic Innovation Social Pub Web li Me c M ic ??? s s a ro - ge s Mass A new foundation for: Distributed Mobilization Change Do Stuff Makers #darkTO (shelter) Collaboration #mumbai (disaster) #TweetupHeatup (clothing) s -le s Freeform People on is s i p at io n m Pe r rt ic i Fundraising Seeking Pa Meaning #hohoto ($25k + 2t food in 18d) #daneila ($16k in 1wk) #t westival ($250k) ...and collective intelligence. Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Essential Elements Account Public Micro-message • unique • unrestricted • sms compatible • verified accessibility (4B subscribers) @Igniter: Working on #svc preso: In-line tagging Links • links objects by topic • link to ANY online object • permission-less participation • weaves threads through web • threads any place you type Public micro-messages and permission-less participation. Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Re-orienting the Web Contextual Search •Public Web ...@Account... •Walled Gardens ...#Topic... •Local Data ...http://Object... Aggregation Contextually rich threads Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Presencing threads + objects ...@Account... Presence: Being aware of - and communicating with - that which surrounds you. ...#Topic... ...http://Object... “Presence is the new dial-tone” Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Related Spaces Crowd-sourced collaboration Public Micro-messages Core Distinctions: + platform independence + human pre-filtering + permission-less participation + focused on public benefit Search We are: “Threading Twitter... Weaving the Web” Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Related Activity Public updates and the Twitter phenomenon Twitter growing 1382% per year Facebook opens up status updates (175m users) Pierre Omidyar starting up Ginx (Twitter links application) Foundations and public-benefit organizations embracing the ‘s ocial-web’ 1.6M non-profits in North America 5th largest sector in the world, employing 4.5% of the population “A profound shift in the way we engage the public” “New opportunities to ser ve the community” Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Social Venture Commons Michael Lewkowitz 519.200.3034 @igniter Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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