What I Have, What I Need & What You Can Do To Help
Submitted by kentbye on Fri, 2006-02-03 16:58. Development | Status | Volunteer
Momentum is building for The Echo Chamber Project, and it is time to share my assessment of What I Have. What I Need. And What You Can Do to Help.
I believe that I've collected a critical mass of value, and I'm hoping to leverage this towards taking this ambitious project to the next level.
My biggest need at the moment is help recruiting PHP developers to help implement some of the collaborative editing infrastructure for sequencing sound bite sequences. This infrastructure will enable even more people to get involved.
The biggest thing that everyone interested in helping out can do is to start listening to the Interview Audio (via Audio Feed or All Media Feed) that I'm publishing as well as reading through these interview transcripts.
I am going to need your help with making sense of all of this information and insights that I've collected once the tools are finally in place for you to do so. The more familiar you are with the material, the more that you'll be able to get involved and participate.
So take a look at the assets that I've gathered below, and think about the following:
* What are some next steps that you can take to help me fulfill some of my immediate or long-term needs?
Finally, let me know that you're listening by either sending me an e-mail at Kent@KentBye.com -- leaving a comment below -- or signing up as a user to this site.
*** WHAT I HAVE ***
* A very hot topic concerning how the media covered the build-up to the war in Iraq.
* 5 months of ABC, CBS and NBC footage & transcripts leading up to the war.
* Over 40 hours of interview footage & transcripts filled with problem-oriented insights about the media from scholars and journalists.
* Another 10+ hours covering the future trends of the media and solution-oriented insights from thought leaders in the field.
* The willingness to publish all the interview audio underneath a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license of all of my interviews to spur innovation and collaboration.
* The willingness to release all of my video footage underneath a Creative Commons Attribution license after I finish and release my version.
* A lot of ideas and theories for how collaborative filmmaking could work.
* The attention of many different journalists, scholars, new media thought leaders and media technologists for my project and how I'm going about it. This success of this project can make a profound impact on how journalism is produced.
* A lot of contacts with bloggers and activist technologists from various technical conferences who have a fair amount of social capital.
* An unspecified strategy for how DVD sales will provide a revenue stream and return of investment for this project.
* An unspecified grassroots marketing strategy that involves the open and collaborative production of the film to help spread the word about the project.
* A part-time Drupal czar for emergency site maintence.
* Boundless passion and determination to make this project work and to have it make a difference in the world.
* My own personal salary and living expenses covered.
*** WHAT I NEED FOR THE SHORT-TERM ***
* More systems-level technical help with putting these theories into action.
* A producer who can help collect the necessary resources -- whether it be human or financial resources -- to help manifest this technical infrastructure.
* A film producer who can help tap into the energy of a technology-empowered collaborators to help craft the 90-minute film product.
* A multi-media producer to think about creating more interactive online experiences with the material, and mechanisms for how to continually add knowledge and value to the footage archive.
* A lawyer and accountant to create an LLC or other umbrella organization.
* Fiscal sponsorship from a non-profit to make donations tax deductable
* Philanthropists who are willing to invest in this type of open source infrastructure, and who can add value to the project with the connections and relationships that they have.
* I have an emergency Drupal administrator, but it would be nice to have a PHP/Drupal website administrator who has available time to help troubleshoot and maintain the site.
* Potential editing volunteers to start listening to the interviews that I've conducted
* Help with spreading the word in trying to locate any of the type of people above.
*** WHAT I NEED FOR THE LONG-TERM ***
* A graphic designer who can make come up with a Drupal theme that much more aesthetically pleasing that the current one.
* A user interface specialist who can help make advise how features and the site can be more user friendly
* An information architect who can help make the information on this site more
* An information visualization guru who is willing to help implement some open source data visualizations to the social networking activity
* Artists to make graphics and logos that help communicate more visually.
* Academic Advisors from a broad range of different disciplines who have an interest in my project, and want to help gather help and support for the project -- Communications, Film, Journalism, Sociology, New Media, Politics, Law, International Relations, Peace Studies, Computer Science, etc.
* A more defined timeline once some of the above immediate needs are satisfied
* Community developers and outreach coordinators for the project
* Job descriptions for different tasks that volunteers could help out with
* Fair Use Copyright legal advisors
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I know that's a lot of stuff, but this interview material, technology assets and theories that I've gathered has the potential to snowball and manifest every single one of these desires.
We can do this together.
So what's your next step for helping it happen?