UPDATE 1/21/10: Just a friendly reminder: This is happening at 7 p.m. ET tonight, at Etsy and in the Virtual Labs! See you there.
Looking to expand your horizons? Join us for the second installment of the Etsy Speaker Series at the Etsy Labs in DUMBO, Brooklyn, USA.
Following up on our first Speaker Series event with Rasmus Lerdorf, award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker and scholar Douglas Rushkoff joins us Thursday, January 21. Rushkoff made the PBS Frontline documentaries Merchants of Cool, The Persuaders, and the upcoming Digital Nation premiering February 2. His book, Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation And How To Take It Back, traces how corporations went from a convenient legal fiction to the dominant fact of contemporary life. Watch Life Inc. The Movie above for a 9-minute summary.
Mr. Rushkoff will be speaking about the creation of value and how to exchange it directly with others.
Come on down on January 21, 2010, at 7 p.m. ET at Etsy, 55 Washington Street, Suite 512, Brooklyn, NY 11201. This is a free event open to the public and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP here.
If you’re not in the New York area, you can join us through a live web-broadcast in the Virtual Labs, Etsy’s online multi-user chat room of the future. (You don’t need to RSVP. You just need to be signed in to Etsy. Registering for an Etsy account is free. Learn more about how Etsy’s online multi-user Virtual Labs work.)
Praise for Life Inc.:
“This is an urgent book, essential reading about an important topic you’ve probably never considered before. Like all great books, it will open your eyes to a whole new way of thinking. I hope that everyone gets a chance to read it, before it’s too late.”
– Seth Godin
“Read this book if you want to understand how the current economic meltdown started 400 years ago, how so much of what you consider to be a natural evolution of daily life was carefully designed to profit a few, and how corporatism has so colonized every part of life that most of us don’t even recognize how our lives and fortunes are channeled and manipulated by it. I love that Rushkoff isn’t afraid to think big—very big.”
– Howard Rheingold, author of Smart Mobs
“Hand wringing over the state of the global economy? Think again. Douglas Rushkoff explains why this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to remember what matters, and to rethink our economic system so it reinforces our human values. A profound and important call to action.”
– Tim O’Reilly, Founder & CEO of O’Reilly Media
Have you read Rushkoff’s books or seen his documentaries? What do you think? Leave it in the comments below.