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halls of learning

Marvin Hall, a brilliant young Jamaican who has devoted himself to teaching young Jamaicans robotics, sent me a link to video describing his project, which is up to #84 on YOUTUBE top favorites in category for today. As Marvin says, “giddyup!”

way to go marvin!


halls of learning

Marvin Hall, a brilliant young Jamaican who has devoted himself to teaching your Jamaicans robotics, sent me a link to video describing his project which is up to #84 on YOUTUBE. As Marvin says, “giddyup!”

hospital visit, thankfully brief, all ok

hey berkman center, thanks for the singing telegram for Al the Alien

Kevin Wallen
to me

I feel as the though the creator is always talking to me. I woke up this morning feeling like I had to come into the office early and I did, as I turned on my computer I saw that Charley was online and I said hi, he said hay and I proceeded to tell him like I always do what was on my mind. He allowed me to pour my guts out and as usual I could feel the care in his words as they came back through the screen at me. Charley doesn’t believe in fixing a situation he believes in solving a problem and that is what I like about him his ability to come up with real solutions. After speaking about me he asked me if I could take some bad news from him I then replied that I was here to share with him the good and otherwise. It was then that he told me he was in the hospital and right away all my troubles seem so far away and all I can see now is my need to support him. He says his blood pressure is through the roof and also that he needs to run a series of test, ekg that kind of thing.

And as I am sitting here I feel a renewed sense of purpose, I feel as thought Charley and I are the only two who understands this thing we are trying to do. He sees me as his partner to make it happen and I see him as my partnere to make it happen.

Charley I want you to forget about all I said to you this morning and hear what I am sayin to you now. Destiny will remain as it is needed to strenghten and support SET. We have some projects on the table that will put us exactly where we want to be, the conference, the concert, and the tour in April are exactly what we need and we are going to make them happen. I will write a letter to richard requesting a larger sum of the money they have for me and that will loosen the noose a little. I want you to know that you need not worry about the Jamaica project we are going to make it happen. And come april 16, 17, 18 we will show the caribbean the power of SET. Think thoughts of seeing everything you have ever envisioned for the Jamaica project coming alive and know that it is going to happen.

You and I will take the massage of rehabilitation, restorative justice, and a country re constuting itself to the next level that’s our mission. Lets accomplish it.

I’ll be talking to you soon

beyondbroadcast workshop

Forwarded Conversation
Subject: Very nice to see you today!

From: Dave Winer
Date: Sat, Feb 24, 2007 at 10:19 PM

As usual, very nice to see your smiling face and hear your interesting ideas.

Very good session this aft, and I think we figured out exactly where Harvard should begin, and how Harvard can appeal to people’s imagination to play a very longterm role in making information more accessible on the Internet. And librarians are exactly the right place to bring this problem. They are the unsung heroes of the Internet. Did you know that the first webmasters were librarians?

I have an article in the pipe for the BBC on just this subject. And my thinking on it led me to the conclusion that a long-lived institution like Harvard would be ideal. Believe it or not, in brainstorming with various people we also thought of Mount Auburn Cemetary, but I’d rather go with a great university than a great cemetary.

If you’d like to pursue this I’m interested in helping and participating.


hello Lamont

Let word of our library live and spread.

hello susan gilroy, thank you for your warm response and your BTW. hello Cordelia Moy. i & i would like to meet both of you. we are delighted that you will help us distribute our postcards.

library as extension of mind
Cordelia Moy, Head of Reference Services, Lamont Library inworld

On 2/21/07, Susan Gilroy wrote:

Hi, Professor Nesson!

I was in the audience today at the Librarians Lunch. I’d be more than
happy to help promote your Internet and Society conference; send your
postcards to me c/o the Lamont Library and I’ll make sure they get

BTW: I audited your CyberOne last fall and was the fore-avatar at the
moot court (SL name is Cordelia Moy). See you inworld sometime soon.

Sue Gilroy, Head of Reference Services, Lamont Library

Message to General Counsel

We invite you and the strategic thinker for your company to come to Cambridge May 31 – June 1, 2007, to discuss with us and with each other the place of University in Cyberspace. How should University meet its need for open access to credentialed peer-reviewed scholarly work? How should University relate to the for-profit world of entertainment? Who should run the Store of Knowledge, and to what end? How will University fund its open domain? What have we to fear and gain from Google?

We invite general counsel and strategist to come together because each will help the other keep it real. We invite contribution to the budget of the conference and support of the Berkman Center of $10,000 in pledgebank fashion, the first nine to commit are on the hook only if there is a tenth for a total conference budget of $100,000.

SAVE the DATE !!!! – please

Dear Dean Faust, President Designate of Harvard Law School

We ask you please to save the date on your calendar May 31-June 1, 2007 for Harvard’s Internet & Society Conference, IS2k7: What is the place of University in Cyberspace?

University and the Net are mutually foundational. The future of each depends upon the other. University’s role in the Net is to develop, propagate and perpetuate into the future its capacity for generating knowledge. University will then embody our fundamental norms and mission. By itself in the Net, University becomes the Net. University is Net. Net is University.

Honorary Chairman of our conference is Derek Curtis Bok. My co-chair is Charles Ogletree, founder of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. We will celebrate Sid Verba for leading our university into the digital age. Substantively, we will put University at the table with other lords of the cyber domain — lords of search, lords of content, scholarly and otherwise, the question on the table, how shall we relate? Who will run the store of knowledge? How, and to what end? Our thrust is toward open access. Our mode is balance and moderation of concern.

We would be entirely fulfilled to have your presence at our conference if only to meet and listen and add your welcome to our guests. We feel this to be an auspicious time for our university and for UNIVERSITY writ large. New president to choose new librarian. If the conference dates requested are for some reason not possible for you, we will move the date.

eon d of c
charles ogletree charles nesson
creative commons
charles & charles
Internet & Society


recursion: key to keys

i stood yesterday before the librarians of harvard, with kevin wallen and gile campbell looking on. my message was well received. postcards to pass the message on. destiny productions to deliver on a contract. roberto mighty, videographer. in my kitchen thursday morning listening to bob seger sing turn the page. out there in public expression space with microphone held low in my hand, talking to interested smiles and nods and understanding that we are building our environment. wonderful email back from michael maltese asking me for links to entrepreneurs in developing countries who are using technology to benefit their community in some fashion, with a closing ps that made me smile.

ps: As an attendee of the 1998 HLS Cyberlaw conference, I can attest to how far the Berkman Center has come so quickly, such that now it is internationally renowned as a center for excellence in the study of the internet and society.


then this morning raw flow from kevin, who is in cambridge visiting with gile to plan our conference and concert in jamaica, kingston, at the terra nova, april 16-17 if the date clears on the commissioner’s calendar. notes from the meeting:

restorative justice
need for a paradigm shift in approach to crime
seeing the shift as the same as is needed in education
seeing opportunity for the correctional service to produce it completely consistent with its mission
seeing how doing so can elevate the status of the service and the officers in it
seeing the key as the formation of a self-perpetuating cohort of human beings at bottom who see that mutual support of each other in a spiritually centered learning community is key to standing tall instead of begging and complaining
make the system work and look good

keys are: no warder is asked to do “extra” work without extra pay
warders are security officers, security their primary mission; consistent with this mission provide a secure framework within which a learning community among those restrained can form and thrive

here’s kevin:

I pride myself in trying to do the right thing, but I know sometimes my desire to do the right thing gets the better of me. I want so badly to see a difference in the world that sometimes I put everything else a side and try to accomplish that and sometimes that is to my detriment.

The preogram SET has come to mean more to me than I even emagined it would mean however it is one of the most powerful things and it has brought homw a lot of things for me. It is said the the man that has not found something for which he would die perhaps has not sufficient reasons to live. For me SET is the thing for which I would die, but at the same time I don’t to die for it I can live for it, to do it, to make it happen. And each day that I live I think I am that much closer to achieving the goals setforth by SET even though the pieces are still coming into place.

Each year I visit Harvard law school and more than anything a man who has become my friend, mentor and partner is this project Charley. The intention is always to explore some idea to do someething that would get us closer to acieving our goals and each year we do that and then some. For me each year when we get together its most amazing, not because I get to come to harvard and speak and hang out but because I get an opportunity to see people who are succesful and It is a part of their lives they are succesful and they expect to be succesful, not a group of people who are dreaming of making thngs happen but they are actrually making it happen and it is not a big deal. When they get together it is not about trying to make something happen they are making them happen.

I listened to Charley talk to a young man today who was planning a confrence and the confidence in which he spoke was amazing there was no dowt that this was going to happen as a matter of fact it seems as though all the pieces were already in place and they are just executing even thought he was just at the planning stage. The key however was how charged the entire environment was everyone was working on a project, but the key was everyone was expected to be succesful everyone was expected to win. And indirectly the environment itself was an amazing support.

I got to thinking that this kind of thing is the very thing that was missing from many of the environments that I see in Jamaica every day people are not expected to win and as a result they do not expect others to win. It is a big deal when someone accomplish something amazing, success does not seem to be the norm. there seem to be more pretence among us than anything else. We don’t support each other and success seems to elude us, the environment is charged with negativity and that seems ok because we don’t seem to know any better.

A medicore environment says if something good happens great, but if it doesn’t then oh well next time. At the Berkman Centre you are not forced to win you are expected to win you are expected to be succesful and somehow the environment supports that.

For the longest time I have wondered what I want the SET environment to look like and now I know. I want it to look like success I want it to be an environment where the people in it are expected to win, where success is not a surprise, it is the norm.

And now Charley I want to talk directly to you. Your role in my life is still been revealed to me each and every day. I learn so much from you it is amazing, it is what you say and what you don’t say. It is the way you walk and the way you sit. You walk with a rythim and you sit in thought, always shaking your head and leaning forward when you are ingaged in conversation. Ther is no thought ever of you not having an interest and this week I have observed you a little more than usual as a result of something you said. You told us about speaking one third and let the other person speak two thirds you also talked about the fact that we always over estimate what others contribute to a dispute and under estimate what we contribute. And thought I tried to put that into practice this week I saw on three ocassions when you began to say something I piped up and you never finished your thought and as I realized what I was doing I tried to stop myself and get you back into the zone to finish your statement it seems the moment had passed and I missed the message I might have gotten from your message which makes me wonder how many times have I done that before this week. This is a most wonderful lesson and one that will serve me well.

I told you have my financial issues and it pains me deeply to come to you but I feel like you are the one person in this world that I can trust to tell what I am going through and somethimes its not that I want you to help me sometimes I really just want to share with womeone and you are all I seem to have that I can do that with. But the solutions you always seem to come up with are always fantastic the thought of being able to have \Harvard as a client for destiny is wonderful and I so appreciate you pointing this out. And again you said something which I too will use in my every day life which if you want to help someone out a handout is never the answer, a loan too, is not the answer but if you can develop a business relationship whe the person that seems to be the way to go and I so appreciate that thank you.

Finally tonight I went to the talk that professor Ogletree put on and first of all it was great but it was not the talk that was so great. I went to dinner with the folks after and there was about thirty persons in the room all black folks all professionasl mostly Judges and Lawyers. When we went around the table and each person introduced themselves it seem to go from strenght to strenght. And then I was asked to speak a bit on the Jamaica project and I did which sparked an amazing conversation but what strucked me in all that is at the end Prof. Ogletree spoke of a time in 1921 when a group of black folks wanted someone to come and address then at harvard and the person that they got to speak was Marcus Garvey when he said that I felt so proud I felt that I was the marcus grvey today bringing with me from jamaica the message of Students Expressing Truth, a message of love, a message of hope, a message of self love,self reliance and a message of hope.

I think we take lightly what we are up to but Charley, we are on to something and I really want to thank you. And I promise you whatever I have to do to keep Destiny going I will because it is an intregual part of all this. It is the production house that produces this story. I way all that to simply say thank you and lets do this. This trip has been most wonderful. Thank you and I can’t say that enough

i see a direction in which we are going.


plaudits to mike wesch