From: Bruce Sterling [email@example.com]
Subject: Viridian Note 00331: Contest Winner
Key concepts: Mary Kaldor, Viridian Global Civil Society Design Contest
Attention Conservation Notice: Our contest judge has rendered her verdict.
Whoa, those are some kinda parody banner-ads.
Giant fungal remediation weirdness.
Rather interesting short sci-fi story about
Viridian Design site.
Viridian Contest Archive
Our Judge, Dr. Mary Kaldor of the Global Civil Society Yearbook.
Entries in the Global Civil Society Design Contest.
From: Steven W. Schuldt <swschuldt*mac.com>
From: Ben Davis <bend*earthlink.net>
From: Scott Vandehey <scot*spaceninja.com >
From: Bob Morris <bob*bomoco.com>
From: Jim Thompson <jim*musenki.com>
From: Mike Rosing <eresrch*eskimo.com>
From: Till Westermayer <till*tillwe.de>
From: Duncan Stewart <stewarts*stewarts.org?>
From: R. Charles Flickinger <idlewild*mac.com>
From: Kevin Prichard <kevin*indymedia.org>
From: Dave Phelan <dphelan*pavilion.co.uk http://www.btinternet.com/~dphelan/viridian/gcs-computer.html
From: Dan Reynolds <orion_obrien*hotmail.com>
From: John Romans <joro*panicfire.net>
From: Allen Wong <threadprinter*hotmail.com>
From: Joel Westerberg <joel*unsafe.nu>
From: Chris McCormick <chris*mccormick.cx>
From: Adrian Cotter <acotter*nonsensical.com>
From: "jg" <jg*solarpc.com>
From: Kevin Prichard <musicasa*prichard.org>
Viridian Judge Mary Kaldor offers a judicial design critique:
"My main criteria were the wow factor and the relevance to global civil society.
"On this basis the winner is:
"What I like about it is that it's simple, cheap, uses material that is to hand, and, most important, it is individualistic. It's a design-your-own computer, so no two computers will look alike. Its about self-organisation and autonomy, combined with communication and shared principles.
"The runners-up were:
Adrian Cotter's The Deck.
"I thought this was fun and would look nice – prettier than the vacuumpacked computer. But I wasn't sure why it would be more suitable for a global citizen than, say a global corporation.
Till Westermayer's Tough Notebook.
"This one had really thought through the needs of the global citizens but it wasn't quite as exciting as the others – it lacked the wow factor.
"I loved the materials. But I marked it down because of the emphasis on security and encryption (same with a lot of others). Security is for governments and corporations – global citizens trust each other and are open.
"I really enjoyed this.
"All the best, Mary"
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