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TummelVision on (short, we hope) hiatus

hi gang,

We’re putting the show on hiatus so we can improve infrastructure and evaluate network opportunities. That’s the concise way to say we want our production process to work as well as possible, so there are minimal delays for you in getting your shows. We also want to bring the show to more people. Many thanks to all our listeners, guests, people we learn with and especially our loyal crew joining us live every week. We’ve got some great stuff coming but would also love your suggestions and anyone you think we should be talking with.

We’re excited for what’s next.

xoxo debs, kevin + heather

Temporary hiatus – Feb 23rd

We’re sorry to say that TummelVision is on temporary hiatus to deal with family priorities. There will be no show Feb 23rd and we’ll keep you updated here. Interim assignment: Buy a drink for someone you don’t know and get back to us about how it went.


TummelVision 96: David Weinberger on how the Net changes the way we think

Episode Notes

David Weinberger really is the perfect TummelVision guest. He’s an Internet philosopher who focuses on the big picture of how we learn and what the Net is reflecting and doing to our culture. His current book is Too Big To Know: Rethinking Knowledge now that the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts are Everywhere and the Smartest Person in the Room is the Room.

It’s a subtitle almost as big as the Internet itself but it reflects how little concise vocabulary we have (“tummel” anyone?) to reflect the changing reality of the way we’re operating in a more networked world. Often David’s work is explaining things that are realities that any person who is “of the web” or really lives with this midset and trust level knows intrinsically.

On some level the Net itself may be doing the same thing for a reality that was always there: everything connected and flowing… all the intelligence you could ever need just right there outside you, but something we weren’t as aware of in the left-brain rational era and culture until we built something that made us *think* about this as we made it.

David has all kinds of impressive formal affiliations and qualifications, like being a Senior Researcher at the Harvard Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, a Co-Director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab and being a guy who got a PhD in philosophy and who wrote jokes for a Woody Allen comic strip.  But what’s more impressive to me is that he doesn’t just noodle around abstractly about how life is meaningful, but lives in the moment as an affable guy who cares about connecting and does just that.David’s first book The Cluetrain Manifesto was written with a few other savvy cohorts in 2000 (inc. TummelVision 42 guest Doc Searls) and put into clear language and awareness outside the smallish world of dedicated netizens the way that sharing and conversations work and the way the Net made these things the new picks and shovels of business and any functioning institutional infrastructure.

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TummelVision 94: Willo O’Brien on Entrepreneurial Creatives and the Creative Economy

Episode Notes

I first met Willo O’Brien (@willotoons) because, well, it’s hard not to meet Willo O’Brien in the San Francisco geek world. She loves people, knows what’s up and loves to make connections. Willo is an illustrator who built a successful design business called Willotoons with t-shirts,cards, websites and all the cuteness you could want to buy. In the classic early web 2.0 era way, she mixed her own expression and connecting with early adoption of blogging and most of the new mediums. She shared a lot, speaking and meeting in life and online, about how she was doing what she was doing with other creative entrepreneurs. This path brought her together with the other co-founders of Stitch Labs where Willo is the VP of Marketing. Stitch provides infrastructure and savvy for entrepreneurial creatives who sell on Etsy and online. You can find Willo everywhere online, as willotoons.

If you’re trying to understand how to work in a more fluid economy, how your life and work integrate healthily and how the economy itself will shift as growth comes more and more from creativity, Willo O’Brien is a woman worth listening to. Oh, and if you want to get the fluid process of living with social media without all the slimy sensation that comes from self-professed gurus, please listen.


TummelVision 68: Sarah Szalavitz on story, social design, Hollywood and imposters

Episode Notes

Sarah Szalavitz (@dearsarah) does social design under her company Robot7 and teaches at the MIT Media Lab. Her background was in law and then Hollywood. A self-described “champagne socialist,” she did deals for Michael Eisner’s web video venture Veoh and has been one of the key people connecting filmed entertainment to the network economy. Her focus is now much broader than Hollywood and she focuses on systems and questions. As she says “now everyone makes media….how do we encourage people to participate.”

Storified notes from the conversation are here.

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