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Inside Web Lab Issue 10.0 May 10, 2000 This month's really weird search engine term that popped up in our site stats: "calories in coffee" - go on, try and find it! ========================= CONTENTS Is it Spring yet? Community of Practice New Faces Sightings Lab Workers Wanted Guest Limerick! Thanks, Ellen ========================= IS IT SPRING YET? OK, maybe it’s almost summer, but here in NYC we’ve been thankful for a couple of balmy days at last. We hope those of you outside of the city are beginning to thaw as well. It was an intense winter (and what should have been spring) for Web Lab, with lots of strategic planning, internal evaluations, and meetings, meetings, meetings. But now we’re ready to bound ahead with even bigger, better ideas than we’ve boasted about in the past. Our plans for the next few quarters include a focus on moving the Small Group Dialogue software into wider distribution in the marketplace and among non profit organizations. We’re also gearing up for a full-on broad band initiative, and we’ll continue to support the Community of Practice. This all translates into something like a growth spurt, so be sure to check out our help wanted’s at the end of this message. ========================= COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE In past newsletters, we’ve mentioned a project that’s been in the works for some time now at Web Lab. It’s an initiative that would connect those who are interested in innovation on the Web and offer them space to experiment, collaborate, and expound on ideas and approaches. We call it a Community of Practice. Practice, as in try and try again. Practice, as in makes perfect. Practice, as in what you preach. We’re ready to move ahead with the Community of Practice, but we need your feedback. Visit us online to read about the project, and be sure to click on “your input” to make your voice heard. After all, it’s everybody’s Web. We’re just camped out on it. ========================= NEW FACES We’d like to welcome two new members to the Web Lab Advisory Board. We’re lucky to have on our side Cathy Clark, Managing Director of the newly-created Flatiron Foundation and Future Fund and David Crocker, Senior Vice President at Salomon Smith Barney. Cathy’s a familiar face in the foundation world. She was a Vice President at the Markle Foundation, where among other projects, she created Web White and Blue, a non profit and industry partnership addressing the ’98 elections, and helped wangle support for the evaluation of our Small Group Dialogue technique. David manages socially screened investments at Salomon Smith Barney and has a long history as an activist. In the 1970’s he co-founded the Haymarket People’s Fund, one of the very first social change foundations run by a board of donors and activists, the Funding Exchange, and the Film Fund. He currently sits on the board of several environmental organizations and is active in the Social Venture Network. ========================= SIGHTINGS At a recent roundtable hosted by the Surdna Foundation on the topic of “Using the Web to move from Dialogue to Action in Race Relations”, Web Lab’s Executive Producer, Marc Weiss, and Supervising Producer, Barry Joseph presented findings from experiments with our Small Group Dialogue technique. Learn more about it at: Marc also spoke at Screaming Media’s “MalCONTENT” conference last week in New York. Marc joined Dan Rather, Michael Wolf and others to debate “What it takes to teach an old dog (old media) cyber tricks.” Conference info: Web Lab Associate Producer Laura Kertz contributed an article on parody political sites last month to “Freedom Dreams”, a feature issue of M/C Reviews, a journal of events in culture and the media. Read it online at: And if you live in the tri-state area, you may have spotted all of our gleaming mugs on a recent NY1 news cast. The piece isn’t online yet, but in all our humility, we’re sure to let you know when it is. ========================= LAB WORKERS WANTED (Please circulate) Director of Dialogues - Are you an experienced New Media producer inspired by the notion of using your skills to make a difference in people's lives? We are looking for an enthusiastic, multitasking, team player to become our Director of Dialogues. We're looking for someone who identifies with Web Lab's mission and who has a passion and commitment to the World Wide Web as a social medium, someone who brings not just experience, but a whole lot of energy as well. Get the low-down: Director of Enterprise - Got business smarts plus a sense of indebtedness to the Web? Want to see innovation rewarded in the marketplace? Web Lab is looking for a Director of Enterprise who will identify and develop revenue generating opportunities for Web Lab, bringing Web Lab innovations into the marketplace. (Don’t worry. We’re not abandoning our .org roots, just exploring new models of self-sustainability.) If you’d like to learn more: ========================= GUEST LIMERICK We’re so moved (and only a little concerned) that David Van Taylor, producer/director of the POV hits "Dream Deceivers" and "A Perfect Candidate," counts this limerick among his finest accomplishments. There once was a group named Web Lab With many ideas oh so fab. Their approach was bodacious And also loquacious, So they ended up known as “We Blab”. ========================= THANKS, ELLEN If you haven’t been by our site lately, please drop by and check out our face-lift. Our hip and talented intern Ellen Scott, who is pursuing an MFA in design at Pratt, gave us a structural overhaul and a design reboot that has made all the difference. Thanks, Ellen! ========================= Send comments/letters to the editor at
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