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Salon TechOS

September 26, 2011

The first gathering of Salon TechOS will be this week at the home of Jim Groom in Fredricksburg, VA.

Salon TechOS  will bring together individuals who are committed to open source,  and to experimentation with online technologies and tools in service of productivity, creativity, and human flourishing.

Rather than being leisure based or ‘schools of civilité’ salons were instead at ‘the very heart of the philosophic community’ and thus integral to the process of Enlightenment.

Can the members of Salon TechOS, those physically present and those dialed-in via DS106Radio, bring the fire (and the campfire) to a 21st Century Enlightenment? Can we exemplify the use of open source materials, dialog, creativity, and play as ways to transform perceptions and mindsets related to the role of online technologies in our lives?

Will Salon TechOS have sustainability? Will we make contributions to something? About anything?

I have no idea. I just made up the name. Frankly, I’ll be content and personally enlightened if all we do is play 21st Century Parlor games and have a few Death in the Afternoon cocktails.

21st Century Parlor Games

  • PechaFlickr
  • Animated gif slam
  • iPa#d karaoke
  • Deaddropping
  • Storyboxing
  • Digital storytelling a la telephone (i.e., someone begins with an artifact, they pass it on, each subsequent player adds an element)
  • Digital storytelling a la charades (i.e., everyone writes down an idea and puts it in a hat, each player draws an idea and then makes something, other players guess)

In life-long reverence of  truth, beauty, freedom, and love, let the games  begin.

______________  Dena Goodman, ‘Enlightenment Salons: The Convergence of Female and Philosophic Ambitions’ Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vol. 22, No. 3, Special Issue: The French Revolution in Culture (Spring, 1989), pp. 330

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 26, 2011 8:26 pm

    You should talk to my Maricopa friend Shelley Rodrigo (@rrodrigo) — and I think she will show up Saturday (she is doing a one year gig in Norfolk VA).

    Shelley started a CyberSalon for techies in the Maricopa Community College district in? late 2007? as a means of what she has called “grass roots professional development”. Each month a group meets at a bar in Phoenix with wifi, and people network and share. It’s open membership, and a google group was well over 150 people on it, and Todd Conaway has made a spinoff up in his corner of Arizona.

    Cheryl Colan made a beautiful poster for this when a group presented it at a Sloan-C conference
    Grass Roots Professional Development Poster

  2. September 26, 2011 8:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing Alan.
    Looking forward to meeting Shelley on Saturday.

  3. September 26, 2011 10:07 pm

    Please broadcast the goings-on with much revelry. Wish I could be there!

  4. September 28, 2011 1:02 am


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