CreateSpace, the new name of Amazon On Demand, lets you publish and sell books, movies, cds, videos, and dvds (no 8 track tapes, sorry). There are other on demand, do it yourself publishers, such as iUniverse, Xlibris and Lulu.
In related news, Google now allows people in the news to comment on the actual coverage of them.
So if you've got something to say, sing, or show - do it. And if you don't like what others say about it, say something back.
So what for philanthropy? Implications fall into several categories:
- Information access and credibility
- Where do you get your information?
- How do you know whether its trustworthy?
- Knowledge Sharing
- What do you do with your information?
- If you share it, in what medium? Who does that medium reach? Who does it miss?
- What information do you own?
- What information do your grantees and partners own?
- Professional structures
- What skills do you need to have to do your job - reading, writing, and Photoshop? Video editing or DVD encoding?
- How will you interview or meet with people? On YouTube or in SecondLife?
- If you don't do these things, are you missing something or some groups?
- Are these do-it-yourself technologies useful to your grantees/partners?
- What happens to the cost of outreach or publicity? Can dollars be redirected?
- Does any of this matter to me or my philanthropy?