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= a conference and summit to restore the true p2p nature of the internet, social media, and all that it enables in culture and society, initiated by Douglas Rushkoff



"Contact will seek to explore and realize the greater promise of social media to promote new forms of culture, commerce, collective action, and creativity. I'm inviting technologists, artists, activists, businesspeople, funders, and other stakeholders in the networked future, to come together to hatch new ideas, connect with new collaborators, and forge an ongoing community for innovating social media and beyond.

From the development of a new non-hierarchical Internet to the implementation of alternative e-currencies, the prototyping of open source democracy to experiments in collective cultural expression, Contact will seek to initiate mechanisms that realize the true promise of the networking revolution.

The first summit, to be held October 20, 2011 as a MeetupEverywhere and centered at the historic Angel Orensanz Center in New York City, will be a participatory festival for ideas and action, consisting primarily of meetings convened by attendees. Featured participants will deliver brief "provocations" on stage, sharing the greatest challenges they are facing in their particular fields. But their primary contribution to the day will be to join in the meetings convened by other participants, sharing their experience, insight, and even connections to help bring these ideas into reality." (


Organizational pages:

  1. ContactCon List of Participants

Discussions In Progress


Initiative: Building a Distributed Decentralized Internet

  • Quora

- What are the fundamental requirements and building blocks of a distributed internet?

  • Google Groups

- Building a Distributed Decentralized Internet

  • Workflow on Bettermeans

- The Next Net

Discussions also being facilitated in the Contact forums here:


   * Arts networking initiatives
   * Decentralized social networking platforms


   * New net-based currencies and transaction networks
   * Net-enabled Local Activism and Job Creation
  • new business models
  • bootstrapping for early stage social ventures
  • virtual currency models/open money/community currency
  • p2p exchange networks


   * What Factors Facilitate Collective Intelligence?
   * The Reclamation of Public Space

More info on CI:


   * Proxy voting to expert friends
   * open source democracy
   * "Filter Bubbles" and how to prevent them
   *gov 2.0

More Info:

   * Can we build an alternative Internet that can't be turned off?
   * Alternatives to top-down registries and corporate-controlled access
   * Needed tools (projects, status, interoperability)
   * OpenBTS

How to Communicate & Restore Collective Power if the US Government Shuts Down the Internet

Reference: Wireless Mesh Internet–A List

Internet Work-Around for Egypt and Others


The Bazaar

"At the epicenter of CONTACT will be the Bazaar - a free-form marketplace of ideas, demos, haggling, and ad-hoc connections. If you have visited the Akihabara, Tokyo’s ultra-vibrant open-air electronics market, or the under-the-highway open-air jade market of Kowloon, or even the Burning Man festival, you understand the power of combining commerce, physical location, and serendipity. A decidedly unstructured counterpart to the convened meetings, solo provocations, and the MeetUpEverywheres, the Bazaar will bring p2p to life, encouraging introductions, brokering, deal-making, food-tasting, and propositions of every kind. It is where the social, business, political, and spiritual agendas merge into one big human agenda." (

More Information

Contact with Contact:

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