Austin Nonprofit Camp
A free technology camp for nonprofits
Austin Non Profit Camp was a free, facilitated and participant driven conference that was the place in Central Texas for non profits to learn and troubleshoot their technology and social media problems in a supportive, collaborative setting.
Spearheaded by nonprofit new media marketing whiz, David J. Neff, Plutopians Jon Lebkowsky and Maggie Duval, and political and social blogger/activist Matt Glazer, their goal was to take the successful Bar Camp model and apply it to expand understanding and awareness of free and Open Source technology within the non-profit community in Central Texas.
Some of the topics covered included Google Apps, Data Exchange/Salesforce, Google Grants, Social Media, Marketing, Cloud Computing, Email Marketing, Fundraising in Social Media, ZERO COST Infrastructure, and ROI of The Cloud.
Ongoing NPO Camps are in the works.
The Internet has been around since 1983 as the Internet and since 1969 as ARPAnet. After all these years of existence it has become an engine for commerce and social evolution. Because it is such a powerful platform for commerical activity, there are many interest thinking about owning and controlling it. How do we keep the Internet “free” and open for all in a way that’s beneficial for all interests and especially for all users everywhere? This was our focus for the 2009 OneWebDay.
Our evening of compelling talks included Plutopian Jon Lebkowsky addressing The Internet Then and Now, Carl Settles speaking on Media, Mentoring and Technology in the Classroom, Consumers Union Web Developer Gregory Foster presenting Online Activism and Goverment 2.0 and a stellar panel on The End of Free and Unfettered Internet Access: How Network Operators Are Restricting Internet Use, featuring moderator Jon Lebkowsky, Attorney Matt Henry of McCullough | Henry, PC and Computer Network Consultant and Founder of Pico Innovations, Michael Hathaway.
OneWebDay was founded in 2006 as an all volunteer campaign to build an active community of Internet advocates in the United States and around the world. Originally imagined as a celebration of the World Wide Web – the services and content the Internet carries – OneWeb Day has grown into a movement of organizations, citizens and consumers who are committed to universal and equal access to the Internet. OneWebDay takes place annually on September 22nd.
Recordings of the talks are available here.
SXSW Plutopia 2009 event at the Palmer Events Center – - an extravaganza of music, performances, art and talks based upon “living systems theory”.
Plutopia 2009 featured an amazing line-up of 15 bands on three stages and over 75 artists in total including: Ian McLagan and the Bump Band, the genuine dyed-in-the-wool rock’n’roller and former member of the legendary Small Faces and the Faces. Ian has toured and recorded with: The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Taj Mahal, John Hiatt, David Lindley, Paul Westerberg, Billy Bragg and Patty Griffin, to name some but hardly all of the notables.
The Black Pig Liberation Front is a killer ritualistic terror and love ensemble complete with grunt ‘n’ groove DJs led by Denis Mahoney. They have worked with Sonic Youth, J Mascis, DJ Spooky, Mike Watt, Black Flag and many leading lights from the New York scene. Their performance here will use scenes from Joseph Beuys and the idea of art as a living system itself while reviewing the situationist history of psycho-geography.
Hipnautica presented a collective performance based in part on live and electronic musicians, live performers and interactive visuals, with a focus intention on Metamorphose and transformation. The band used live musicians (sitar, didgeridoo, drums, guitar) electronic music, and interactive visuals.
Other performances included Geek art comedian, Heather Gold whose show is a live and online experience that brings together diverse passionate people and the audience to talk about questions of the day from the tech arts sphere.
Stanza creates coded abstract interactive paintings, generative artworks, mashups, and even DNA based installations. He is probably best known for his long-term Emergent City project, which uses sensor networks to create knowledge and interfaces about urban living. Recent exhibitions include Venice Biennale, Tate Britain, Sao Paulo Biennale in Brasil, Immedia USA, and Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico, The Digital Hub Dublin.
Scott Blake has developed a barcode scanning interface, which brings his portraits of pop stars to life. Some familiar faces include: Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ozzy Osbourne, and Bruce Lee. With each scan of a barcode comes a surprise.
On the back of our 2007 Maker Faire “DIY Home of the Future,” success the Plutopia collective created a multifaceted extravaganza during SXSW, supplemented by panels at SXSWi itself. This event focused again on convergence, together with sustainability, arts and culture and other critical emerging issues.
Subsequently, voted the most exciting event of the 2008i program by the Austin Chronicle, Plutopia featured a talk by noted author, educator, activist and environmentalist Bill McKibben whose recent book Deep Economy: the Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future considered the power of the sustainable economy; a multimedia display titled “Sustainable Visions” by Green Grover; convergence in the form of Heather Gold’s “Live Human Search Engine”; AI from the Austin Robot Group and immersive technologies integrated with Brian Park’s famous ‘Flogiston Chair” from the movie Lawnmower Man.
While these themes were succinctly presented through the above-mentioned exhibits, talks and visualizations, they were augmented through theater in the form of The Lance Van de Kamp Show, art from Austin Green Art and music from multimedia composers, Carl Stone and David Demaris, NobodobodoN, and OMEGA MONSTER PATROL!, as well as a concert by British future transhumanist band, Intimate Stranger, who added this show to their SXSW presence.
The event attracted a large, engaged audience, which underpinned the power of using the arts and multi-faceted performances as highly persuasive and thought-provoking media to present new approaches to critical issues that we will be facing in the future. Much of the event was interactive, which enabled collaborative and cross-over participation in creating multiple perspectives to these emerging issues. As a collective, Plutopia’s instigators see collective intelligence, awareness, cognition and collaboration as key to the creation of a positive future for all.
A multi-media (music, video, gaming, arts, etc.) production at Maker Faire, developed around the entertainment environment of the future. Titled the “DIY Home of the Future,” was a great success that worked well as a representation of the convergent future, illustrating DIY examples of future immersive, responsive and reconfigurable homes, all born out of one’s future ability to extend the “Self” and our personal potential.