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June 10, 2006 - New York Nonprofit Boot Camp

Craigslist Foundation [1] will be hosting the first New York City Nonprofit Boot Camp on Saturday June 10, 2006 at the NYU Stern School of Business.
The Boot Camp promises to be a remarkable gathering of people and organizations who are involved in a nonprofit networked information economy. For more details on this event, visit

May 13-26, 2006 - UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The Fifth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is taking place at UN Headquarters in New York. There is active interest in the development of an online forum in support of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Second International Decade on the World's Indigenous Communities. See organizational domains for a preliminary outline of a framework for such an online forum.

April 14, 2006 - Launch of The Wealth of Networks

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 540 W. 21st St. Please join Yale Professor Yochai Benkler for the launch of his new book, "The Wealth of Networks". The book explains how a new form of distributed collaboration is transforming the world economy, heralded by innovations such as:

1) Open Source software like Linux and Apache that have surpassed commercial software made by huge corporations
2) A free, collaboratively authored encyclopedia called Wikipedia that rivals Encyclopedia Britannica, and
3) Volunteer research projects like NASA Clicks that are as accurate as the work of paid scientists. 

Benkler does not see these projects as isolated examples, but rather as exemplars of an emerging mode of economic production. His book shows why labor done outside the constraints of free markets and giant corporations can still have a huge impact on the economy and social relations. He argues that a "third mode of production" offers the promise of a more free society, but only if we make the right collective decisions.

The evening starts at 6pm with wine, cheese, and 
informal conversation. At 7pm Jonah Peretti, Eyebeam's
Director of R&D, will introduce Benkler and give
a quick tour of important and emerging open source
and collaborative projects. 
Then at 7:15pm, Benkler will give a brief talk 
presenting the core ideas of his new book. 
The Wealth of Networks will be available for purchase 
in the Eyebeam bookstore the night of the event 
and can also be pre-ordered on Amazon: 
This event is open to the public free of charge.

(pulled from the Eyebeam website)