From:   Snafu <>
Sent time:   Monday, October 17, 2011 7:54:54 PM
Subject:   SPAM-MED: Re: [september17discuss] Book on/by OWS

Hi Vicente,


a platform to write a book in a collaborative manner, as an open

process, is booki. It is wiki-based and it has been used for

coordinating the "book sprints"--i.e. intensive writing sessions in

which a small group of participants (typically 5-10) get in a room,

brainstorm, write, and edit each other on a given theme for three days.

Here is an example of a book sprint on collaboration which was printed

from the Wiki:


In theory, we could ask different committees and groups that meet at OWS

to put together a chapter of the book through this system and see what



A second, more traditional model, are the books edited with the support

the Institute for the Future of the Book. In this case, the project is

led by one or more writers who put out their ideas, receive comments,

and incorporate (or discard) these comments in the print version of the

book. This platform has been used by several academic writers,

especially in the area of new media and culture, to produce books that

have also had a certain editorial success:


A third model is We Are Everywhere, a project edited by an editorial

collective about the global justice or alter-globalization movement,

which relied more on full-color images and an epic storyline than

political texts or conflicting viewpoints:


All three models have pros and cons and although the first one is

undoubtedly the more democratic, it is not necessarily the one that

yields the best final product. So it really depends on whether one wants

to lay the emphasis on process or on outcome--a dilemma that I guess

affects this movement at every level. But the good think about the first

one is that it forces people to meet to produce something together IRL.






On 10/17/11 8:38 PM, Vicente Rubio wrote:

> Hi everybody,


> there is an initiative by Colin Robinson, from OR Books, to publish a

> book on OWS. A tentative list of issues and structure for the book is

> explained in the attached documents. From what I've been told by

> Andrew Ross, who told me last night about this project, Colin would

> like to keep in the book the collaborative, horizontal spirit of this

> movement. Following the same thought, I'm posting this here. Colin

> will contact (or may have contacted already) with participants at OWS

> to put this initiative forward. Another interesting aspect of this

> project (and therefore the "on/by" at the title of this message) is

> that it aims to be - that's my understanding, at least - a product of

> the very process we are building here, and not a distant, unengaged

> look at it. So I think it would be interesting to open a discussion

> among interested participants here (I'm posting this in the two lists

> I participate, September17, and Empowerment and Education), and try to

> open a collective process for this.


> Let's practice and show (once again) some collective intelligence

> here! :)


> Let me know what you think, and how we can do it.


> Best,

> Vicente.