By lw, July 30th, 2009

We’ve been planning DIY DAYS Philadelphia for over 9 months and now it’s a matter of days away. None of this would be possible without the amazing volunteers that have offered their time and talents. It’s exciting because WorkBook Project (WBP) and DIY DAYS were founded on principals that are common within the opensource software movement, except WBP applies them towards what is a form of “open creativity.” The democratization of the tools to produce work has given birth to a change in authorship. In many ways we’re seeing a shift within the industry where many of the control issues that have been practiced are eroding away. DIY DAYS offers a transparency that at its core is about the sharing of process and ideas in hopes of stimulating innovation.

Earlier today I had the pleasure of speaking with Douglas Rushkoff who will open the conference on Saturday. Our discussion centered on the issues of authorship and the realities of a creative currency. Sustainability is no doubt one of the most challenging aspects that most creative individuals face. While there are no simple answers, one thing that’s exciting is the wide range of experimentation happening across multiple creative disciplines, some of which will be highlighted throughout the day on Saturday.

DIY DAYS Philadelphia marks our biggest event to date with over 40 speakers and 22 sessions. Some attendees are coming from various parts of the US and Europe!

In WBP fashion, we’ll be shooting all the sessions and soon after the conference will be releasing them as open media that anyone is welcome to embed and spread.

The event has been attracting some nice mentions across a variety of outlets. Here’s something from Current.

I look forward to seeing you all in a matter of days.
Lance Weiler
founder of WBP and DIY DAYS
@lanceweiler

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