We know now that many books, especially timely non-fiction, can become
major elements of intellectual ecosystems — including blogs,
websites, magazine excerpts, speaking gigs, consulting and more. In
the future those various activities could become part of a business
ecosystem as well, where all work to the benefit of each other in more
direct financial ways. This suggests collaboration on the part of
everyone in the chain – author/speaker, publisher, book agent,
speaking agency, et al – and sharing the wealth from the hopefully
greater total value that’s likely to be created.
Dan Gillmor is director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship and Kauffman Professor of Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication. The project aims to help students appreciate the startup culture of risk-taking, and to foster new media products and services.
Dan is also director of the Center for Citizen Media, a project to enhance and expand grassroots media and its reach. The center is an affiliate of ASI and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He is author of “We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People” (O’Reilly Media, 2004), a book that explains the rise of citizens’ media and why it matters.
From 1994 until early 2005 Dan was a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley’s daily newspaper, and wrote a weblog for SiliconValley.com. He joined the Mercury News after six years with the Detroit Free Press. Before that, he was with the Kansas City Times and several newspapers in Vermont. During 2005 he worked on media projects at Grassroots Media Inc.
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