I have been doing a seminar called "Ten Steps to Web2.0" which is an introduction to social media concepts and tools for nonprofit use. Yesterday, I presented this seminar to University Extension Professionals. The title was "Ten Steps to Extension 2.0"
I'm trying to walk the walk and talk the talk of Remixing Content for nonprofits. One thing you'll notice is that the presentation itself is a remix of a remix. I remixed it from an earlier prsentation called Associations 2.0 which was based on Marnie Webb's Ten Ways To Use Web 2.0 to Change The World. It also incorporates cc licensed materials from others, including videos and flickr photos.
The above slides are from yesterday's Extension presentation and focus on Step 8: User-Generated Content and Remixing. The title is "Remix This Powerpoint" -- it's some draft thoughts on remixing and wink to SlideShare's new feature - the ability to download the Powerpoint file!
I would love to develop more indepth training workshop or webinar on this topic, geared more for nonprofits and participatory campaigns, perhaps incorporating the Creative Commons Open Content Game. There is so much I'm learning from educators about this, including some of the comments I culled from the Chat from yesterday's Extension webinar:
- In our 4H Youth Development work, copyright has been a big issue, but this step 8 opens up some things
- Youth trying to learn new art mediums, they often incorrectly use copyrighted works...they create a derivative work....a site that has photos, etc., where derivative work is allowed is a great tool for the
- The CC licensed work on Flickr and CCmixter are wonderful resources.
While browsing RSS reader today, I noticed someone had favorited my recursive mashup photo that I have on the cover the presentation. I followed the profile to the blog and discovered Brian Lamb's Abject Learning. His post about how he discovered the photo and how he planned to use it (or not):
I was preparing for tomorrow's virtual session with Alan, D'Arcy, and Jim, doing a search on CC-licensed stuff in Flickr tagged with "mashup," when I came across the image above. It wasn't quite right for the page I ended up assembling. But I like it so much, for so many reasons, I can't resist sharing it here.
He has created a "Mashup Page" with the sub-title: Dr. Mashup or: Why educators should learn to stop worrying and love the remix.
Do mashups and the notion of content remix finally fulfill the promises once made by proponents of learning objects? But instead of instructors being sidelined by automation, this process places them in the roles of creators, or remixers. What is required for this promise to come through in education?
- discoverable resources (does not mean repositories, but does mean openness)
- transparent open licensing, such as Creative Commons
- open remixable formats (ie an MP3, not a RealAudio stream)
- enhanced cultural and technical literacy, not just an ability to reuse materials, but a willingness to do so
I also recently discovered this post/podcast called "Remixing the Classroom." Which uses the metaphor of cake to explain remixing.
A student came up with an amazing metaphor for how intellectual property should work in the classroom and in greater society. She described the idea that remixing should be like cake making. You buy all of the ingredients and then can prepare any kind of cake you like. Once you have the cake, however, you can't un-remix it and get back to the sugar and flour. You can also borrow sugar from a neighbor, but generally you give them credit when you are serving your delicious cake. The podcast outlines the metaphor further.
This is reminding of what Zittrain said two years ago at iLaw about source code and copyright:
Source code: Source is a recipe, a set of instructions to get at something tasty. The recipe can be passed around and shared. There are comments in code which as Zittrain notes, “Are for the programmers when they come down from the caffeine high the night before and help them understand what they did the night before.”
Object code: Is the cake. Executable code for a operating system. The stuff the runs on the machine.
So here is my challenge to you ... help me and others understand the value of remixing content and remix culture by remixing this powerpoint! What are your metaphors for remixing? How you explain to educators, nonprofits, or anyone else for that matter. Why do you think it is valuable?
Remix the powerpoing and put it into slideshare and include a link in the comments.