Last year I developed and produced an Alternate Reality Game for Microsoft The Netherlands together with Indie and game designers Bas Haas and Jelte van der Maat.
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For the past few months I've been working at INDIE. One of the projects I've been working on is the new campaign for Ben & Jerry's. The site is the first "Give It Forward Auction" site. This is better than Freecycle.org because of the wonderful stories that happen.
It starts with 100 ice creams from Ben & Jerry. People bid on them. So far there are bids like theater tickets, foot massages, jackets and more. Those people get an ice cream and then others can bid on those items. For instance guitar lessons, etc. The winning bids then become the next in the chain of giving forward. Or what we like to call Giving Chains. If you are in Holland (it is in dutch only I'm afraid) you could try it out for yourself. Trust me there are a lot of very cool things that are going to be planned for this campaign so keep watching here. It's gonna be a lot of fun! And I can't imagine a better company than Ben and Jerry's to do it with. a real socially conscious company. Viva La givolution!!!
- Ben & Jerry's Converts All Flavors to Fair Trade Certified (treehugger.com)
- Ben & Jerry's and Fair Trade (one.org)
Jeff Jarvis of Buzzmachine and Alan Rusbridger of the Guardian talk about the crisis and it's effect on old media at DLD, Munich 2009.
Since mobuzz launched there have been a flood of comments, blog posts, twitters and more. At the moment we really need more help as it is really slowing down. But the love that has been expressed is more than the haters, so much more. If nothing elese it is so nice to see how much people love the show. I really hope it can be saved, but it is not looking good at the moment. The meter is stuck on 15% and we should be at at least 20% by now. But that not withstanding, just look at some of the beautiful comments that have been posted...
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I'm deeply upset. If i wasn't an Unemployed Student, i would be more then willing to help support. In this time of uncertain stability i'm finding hard to get work. When i do get some stable money behind me, I would be happy to put something foreword.
I do however have an idea to pass by you. I would think that if you run this campaign, not only for the next few days, but for the rest of the lifetime of Mobuzz you could maintain a little more support along side. I would think many of our fellow community would help in ways such as this.
I have also been reading some of the comments posted before me and as 'maeghith' talked about other outlets i must agree....I was waiting and watching on YouTube via the Subscriptions tab. I found this the easiest way for myself to get my Mobuzz fix. This is one reason why i found myself heading over to the homepages. If you could upload a campaign video, i think it could hit a 100 or more people on YouTube. The internet is at your power.
I always preferred people who do things even if they make mistakes than those who do nothing. I cross the fingers for you and for Mobuzz
CIT to all the haters:
This wonderfull "hidden" crew delivered a DAILY freshup of "TOP" hightech News and Recommendations of interesting extrordinary websites, portals, gadges and software! FOR FREE !!!
To get your attentention, all shows have been never been the same. Not one content, not one background, not one T-Shirts !!! Not even in the different countries In Spain, France as the English site, which i visited daily here in Holland.
Mobuzz is the one and only realtime TV, discovering our WEB about the WEB.
And this with fun and multilinguale!
These French / Spain /Dutch / English teams worked hard daily to deliver the dailybuzz news.
It looks like, the crew has spend so much money (in servers and streams payments) and also in time, enthusiasm to work together, that they have forgot the basics..to need to stay alive.
It is clear, bussiness and money was not the first goal by this project ! It was the buzz!
This extraordinary club MOBUZZ delivered content, you will not find elsewhere on the web.
And now they need our support. RIGHT NOW !!!.....
Because time is running !!!!
Support NOW !!! ...
Send some money to the intire Mobuzz Team, they need to get to survive to deliver you further daily buzz !!!
All the best to the team, all the money you need for the deadline.....
I've donated 100 Eur. I don't want a refund if you don't make it to your goal. Consider it a reflection of the enjoyment I've had over the last couple of years.
That said, I've always wondered how you were monetizing MoBuzz; obviously it's been tough but do consider a subscription based service. I'd pay a 5 Eur per month subscription.
Good luck but don't sell yourselves short in the hunt for funding.
On October 24th I will be in Amsterdam giving a presentation for Blog08 "Rockstars of the Web". All I will say right now is that this presentation will be inlike any other you have seen me do, or anything that will be done at the conference. Let's just say it will be incredibly entertaining and informative at the same time. I've got some stories of what happend off camera, tips and tricks. So come to Amsterdam on October 24th, and I will probably also be doing a live recodring of Mobuzz.TV if you want to be a part of the show.
My Buddy Spike called me up today and was dumbstruck that I moved to Spain. "I guess you can no longer be the Fake dutchie" he said. We talked for a bit and he told me he was on G4's Attack of The Show during Comicon. Always fun to see Spike in his element. For more check out Spike and Mike's website for some great Sick and Twisted animations.
Here's my interview with Spike back in the XOLO days:
And the G4 show:
As of today I will be the new host of the Dailybuzz on Mobuzz. Anil de Mello is an old friend and he needed a new host fast. He called me last week and asked if I would come down and help him with the show. "Of course!" I said. So I came down to Spain, got a tour, and started filming the shows right away. The whole team here is really fantastic. Spain is a lot of fun. It's perfect for me right now as well. I see this as an opportunity to reset and reload. New scenery, new people, new opportunities, because the last half year both privately and at work at XOLO Media drained me.
Those of you who know me are of course asking, what about XOLO Gabe? I'm still working as an advisor for XOLO, as well as other things. I still enjoy teaching Design for Virtual Theater and Games in Utrecht, working with the guys at cellspace on the Virtual Immortality project, and advising on the new Alternate Reality Game start-up Quest Away. AND I am just really psyched to be working at Mobuzz as well. Life treats you great sometimes! The whole team has really made me feel welcome, and today was really fun to get back into editorial and presenting in this fashion. I hope everyone will enjoy my personality on the show and I get to make a lot of new friends.
Go Vlog Yourself, and I'll see you on the dailybuzz.
P.S. Could anyone recomend some good teach yourself spanish podcasts? Leave a comment.
Last Month I did some moderation for an event at the International Rotterdam Film Festival here in Holland. There is a write-up in independent magazine about it. Have a look!
Randi Cecchine, a filmmaker and educator from New York City, is impressed to learn that governments in Europe are eager to come up with policies to promote media literacy among their citizens, particularly young people. But as a European friend suggests, the role of the government in establishing guidelines concerning media literacy and education can be complicated—especially if media makers are cut out of the policy-making loop.
Via: Randi Cecchine on www.independent-magazine.org
Here is my quoted excerpt (for family to be proud) the rest you should really read if you are interested in this stuff.
Gabriel McIntyre (I'll call him Gabemac) was the charming conference moderator. I found it interesting that they chose an American to lead the discussion. Gabriel is originally from Atlanta, but has lived in the Netherlands for many years, working as an educator and with emerging technology and advertising.He helped me understand the European media literacy context a little more clearly, reminding me that most media is funded by the government, and that historically media has often been used for propaganda for pretty bad purposes. The notion is that if the government has such a large role in creating the media, it also has a responsibility to enhance the cultural undersanding of media.
I ask Gabe what he thinks comes out of events like this.
“Policymakers make policy. It's up to artists to take the policy and make it right. That’s always how it is, in any democratic society. And if they didn’t make right policies, the artists wouldn’t take it up. Or they would say, you screwed up there—this is better.