To Southby or not to Southby

Well it didn’t come as a great surprise but I got confirmation yesterday that my panel about Tuttle2Texas (last year’s trip) has not been accepted in the (pretty much) final round of selection for the South By South West Interactive Festival.

I don’t know the reason it wasn’t selected.  Obviously with the large numbers of entries, there isn’t any specific feedback.  I can only assume that “they” don’t get “it” – I’ve not gone through the accepted panels and done any rigorous analysis on which British panels were chosen and anything I say looks like sour grapes anyway.

So it raises a question or two:  Why do I still have Austin as a stopping place in the middle of the plan.  Do I need to go to Austin? Was I only going to speak?  Is it too much of a constraint?  What could I do that was interesting in Austin without going to SXSWi?  What could I do elsewhere in the states at the same time as SXSWi that would still be connected but not actually being there?  Why am I going in March if it’s not tied in with being in Austin for March 11th to 15th?  What is the trip called if I don’t go to Texas?


Originally posted on Tuttle2Texas2

Road Movies

In the run up to the trip, I’d like to institute a weekly film screening after Tuttle on Fridays to watch some of the best movies about roadtrips (preferably across the USA but maybe other journeys too)

The deal will be that Tuttle will finish at 12 as usual, there’ll be a break for people to get lunch if they haven’t brought it with them (or popcorn!) and then we’ll get started at 1pm.  There’ll be an opportunity to have a further semi-formal discussion/conversation after the movie for those who wish to.

Buttonhole me please with suggestions for suitable movies – they’re even more likely to be shown if you can also provide me with the DVD 🙂

Originally posted on Tuttle2Texas2


I had a chat at #tuttle with Al Robertson about incorporating some sort of racing element to the trip.  He suggested instead of racing people to pit myself perhaps against some moleskins, USB sticks or other storage devices that could be passed on from person to person completely independent of my trip.

Hurrah (yet again) for Al – he is without doubt one of the key people I always turn to  to get my creative thinking unstuck.

I’m drawn to as lo-tech a solution as possible – so notebooks sound good and although susceptible to water and fire damage they’re hard to get infected with viruses (or are they?) or destroyed by EMPs etc.  So I’m thinking of doing a trial run straight after Christmas here in the UK.

I will set free a number of notebooks with an instruction page at the front and the intention that each should arrive at a certain destination by a specified date – at which point I will either be there to pick it up or it will need to be posted back to me.

The instructions will be to leave something personal, interesting, mundane, trivial whatever in the notebook, draw in it, write in it, stick things to the page etc. and then pass it on in such a way as to get it closer to its destination but without using the postal system.  It also needs to be passed on to a person or group who understand the instructions.  You shouldn’t just leave it on a train and hope that someone picks it up.  Tweeting and blogging about your contribution will be strongly encouraged.

The plan is to liberate them on 1 January and have them arrive at their destination on or before 31st

Originally posted on Tuttle2Texas2

Exploring Collaborative Social Art

Come and experience making social art together at the Centre for Creative Collaboration next Wednesday evening (15th December).

Please book on Eventbrite – it says “Free” but that means “pay on the day” 🙂

My definition of social art is “The process or product of skilfully bringing people together in such a way as to create a sense of beauty in those that see or participate in it”

I’m going to run a workshop from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on what I’ve learned so far about making social art in a collaborative environment.

The kinds of work I’m talking about usually has a significant online component but works to complement offline activity. Examples of my social art include Tuttle itself, Tuttle2Texas and Most Interesting

You will come away afterwards with:

  • a new idea to work on or progress on an existing idea
  • an understanding of the key elements of such a project – especially how to get started
  • an appreciation of the work and roles involved
  • a set of social tools ready for you to get started
  • an action plan for starting your own collaborative social art project

As this is a brand new workshop I’m offering it on a “pay what you think it’s worth” basis – bring your cheque-book 🙂