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Re: [Swarmfest2007] Banquet speaker

From: Randy Burge
Subject: Re: [Swarmfest2007] Banquet speaker
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2007 14:47:13 -0600
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One suggestion for a speaker might be someone, to be determined, to speak
about the  "crowdsourcing" phenomenon - an applied swarm-like model of
complex adaptive systems integrating internet-work powers with productive

For your consideration and feedback:

Perhaps the founder of Innocentive, Alpheus Bingham. InnoCentive was formed
out of discussions at a SFI lecture in 2000/2001. Maybe some of you know
Alpheus from his SFI interactions...I do not (Roger? SFI BizNet?).

See SFI Bulletin: pages 26-27

My recent column on the basics of the phenomenon, with some embedded links:

We might be able to get Jeff Howe, the Wired magazine reporter who coined
the word "crowdsourcing" to describe the phenomena.
Howe's blog:
"Assignment Zero, as my regular readers will probably know, is the
NYU/Wired.com journalism experiment I'm working on. The idea is to use the
crowd to research crowdsourcing. We're about halfway through the project,
and couldn't be happier about our progress. Some 900 contributors and 30
professional jounalists have begun work on the roughly 200 assignment (go
here for a full list).  http://zero.newassignment.net/

I am an active crowdsourced "experimental" reporter/writer for Assignment
Zero and can try to get Jeff Howe...if the interest is there. Such a coup
may help advance the Swarm-based CAS world in the Wired mag sort of way...

on 4/19/07 11:09 AM, Jim Anderson at address@hidden wrote:

> Yes we need to move quickly and so lets accept Tim. $2K each is a lot of
> money but not unreasonable, it's pretty much the going rate, any discussion?
> Who else and what about SwarmFest 2008
> -----Original Message-----
> From: address@hidden
> [mailto:address@hidden On Behalf Of Steve Railsback
> Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2007 9:50 AM
> To: SwarmFest2007
> Subject: [Swarmfest2007] Banquet speaker
> Jim Anderson wrote:
>> I like the idea of having a couple of keynote speakers - and we certainly
>> have the funds. Why not simply allocate $1K or $2K for speakers.
> Well, I just pinged Tim Kohler and he just finalized his travel plans
> which do let him come to Chicago, and his answer to my question whether
> he would do a banquet talk was "yes".
> But we could indeed pay the way for another person or two. With Michael,
> that would probably round the schedule off nicely.
> (What about you, Marcus?)
> Is there any discussion re: Tim Kohler, or shall I officially accept his
> acceptance of my tentative invitation? If it's OK with people I would
> get his name in the Call for Papers which I hope to start circulating
> today or tomorrow.
> Steve

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