Buckman in Japan
I'm in Tokyo for a week, speaking at Joi Ito's conference "The New Context" http://www.garage.co.jp/ncc2006/speaker.html#buckman
Got some quality chatting time last night with Larry Lessig, the founder of the Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org
Magnatune is a frequently cited example of a Creative Commons business model, so it was nice to get to chat.
I met the overly modest David Isenberg, who failed to mention to me that he was the author of the seminal article "Rise of the Stupid Network" http://isen.com/stupid.html that had a huge impact on me when I read it in 1997. And, he's a big fan of Magnatune, which is always flattering.
Also met Heather Ford, who heads iCommons http://www.icommons.org/ and is based in South Africa - she had written to me years ago about Magnatune and African music, and it was wonderful to finally meet.
Joi has set up quite a bit of press for me here, including an interview with the main Japanese daily paper, Nikkei.
Here's a picture of the Claudio Prado, the coordinator of digital policy of the ministry of culture of Brazil and my buddy now.
Here's a picture of the stage area. Very fancy. Big. You can't see the audience, but there are lots of people here.
Pictures of my presentation:
and finally, the good-job-party was held at a German restaurant in Tokyo, which is just a touch surreal. The menu was in German, and except for the "macaroni and cheese" was actually fairly accurate German food (mostly sausages and pretzels)
Posted by John Buckman on September 28, 2006 at 07:40 PM | Permalink