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Dorkbot Boston and Lawrence Lessig on Institutional Corruption

8 Feb

Tonight I attended the first Dorkbot Boston meetup of 2011 hosted at Sprout in Somerville, MA.  Dorkbot is a monthly meeting of artists, designers, engineers, students, scientists, and other interested parties that is free and open to the public (check to see if there are local Dorkbot meetups near you) .  Tonight’s meetup, the first in a while, was a resounding success with roughly 30 people facing icy winds to attend.  A featured guest was Brian Whitman who spoke on the evolution of Dorkbot and his company, The Echo Nest.  The evening was hosted by Adam Hasler who has recently taken over as the Boston organizer.

Adam Hasler hosted Dorkbot Boston at Sprout

Adam Hasler hosting Dorkbot Boston at Sprout

For those who are unfamiliar with Dorkbot, one of the cooler aspects for me is Open Dork where anyone is encouraged to speak about a current project for a short time.  This encourages collaboration and community building in a very small amount of time.  For example, I learned about the New England Model Engineering Society in Waltham, a new hackerspace in Lowell called MakeItLabs (they will soon have a lasercutter), and had a chance to meet several local and visiting geeks (from as far as Portland, OR).

Open Dork allows anyone to present current projects and upcoming events

Open Dork allows anyone to present current projects and upcoming events

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending a talk by Lawrence Lessig on Institutional Corruption, a core topic studied by The Lab at Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.  The talk focused on the institutional corruption of congress and lobbying.

Lawrence Lessig presents on Institutional Corruption

Lawrence Lessig fields questions regarding his Institutional Corruption presentation

You can view the same Institutional Corruption – Short Version presentation online.