“No Berkshares please”

 The small notice below "DONATIONS GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED" reads"No Berkshares please." I saw this at the public library in Great Barrington, where Berkshares, a hugely publicized form of local currency, were launched last year. There was major national press coverage of this wonderful program, funded to the tune of $100,000 by some rich local donor, but it's

By |2008-01-15T16:49:40-05:00January 15th, 2008|Berkshire Blog|0 Comments

Do I love Google after all?

When my post vanished the other day, I e-mailed Trevor. Why, I said, was there only an early version saved under WordPress and couldn’t he somehow rescue my wee bit of prose. (This is not the first time Trevor has had to retrieve files for me.) He wrote back that it wasn’t saved in WordPress but,

By |2007-04-10T07:45:40-05:00April 10th, 2007|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Teaching Political Theory in Beijing”

I first got in touch with Daniel A. Bell in 2001, when we were working on the Encyclopedia of Community, because he had written on communitarianism and also lived in Asia, which we were struggling to provide some coverage of. I met him when I visited Hong Kong in August 2002 and he mentioned that he

By |2007-04-09T21:41:56-05:00April 9th, 2007|Uncategorized|0 Comments

And what *has* the Internet done to community?

The change in plans that took me to Albany on Tuesday was well worth it. I got to see Nelson Rockfeller's extraordinary monumental additions to the city (talk about an edifice complex), which include something that looks like a toilet, and a collection of state buildings that look like Stalinesque dominos standing in a row. Lewis

By |2007-03-22T02:42:49-05:00March 22nd, 2007|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“What has the Internet done to community?”

What a morning. I've just heard that the well-known sociologist Barry Wellman, with whom I've is giving the 8th annual Lewis Mumford Lecture on "What has the Internet done to community?" at SUNY Albany. He and his colleagues have urged me to come (Barry realized suddenly that we must be quite close to Albany--he's traveling from

By |2007-03-22T01:07:18-05:00March 20th, 2007|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Visit to the blogosphere

If you're not a regular user of Flickr or Skype or Wikipedia, please take a look at this blog entry to get a sense of the discussion that evolving in the blogosphere. I was struck by four things in Jeff Jarvis's well-written and beautifully presented "Who owns the wisdom of the crowd? The crowd": 1. Extraordinary

By |2006-12-18T15:30:21-05:00December 18th, 2006|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Clinton AME Zion Church

Esther Dozier, the dynamic pastor of the Clinton AME Zion Church, needed a photo of David presenting his book about the church to her, so I went down (after an intense yoga class, the kind that demands a hot bath afterward, so I'm afraid I missed the service) to do a photo shoot. I've taken many

By |2006-12-12T05:48:15-05:00December 12th, 2006|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Corporations and the Cluetrain Manifesto

It's hardly surprising that I should find myself meeting people who work for the BBC. Global media, right? And a nonprofit corporation--that's also a good fit with Berkshire Publishing at the moment, and with the kind of publishing we do. It's interesting, though, to find out that the BBC suffers from the usual corporate ills: bureaucracy

By |2006-10-12T04:00:07-05:00October 12th, 2006|Uncategorized|1 Comment

My new London neighborhood

Until last year, Camberwell, in south London, was my London neighborhood. I used to stay with friends and see other former neighbors and I could even wander into the Greek shop on Camberwell Church Street and have the owners ask how my kids were (after 10 years!). But my friends are divorcing, and I’ve become enamoured

By |2006-10-09T14:12:34-05:00October 9th, 2006|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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