Joi Ito and The Convergence of Food and Licensing
Creative Commons (or the iconic little ‘CC’ logo) has found growing relevance in a world homogenized by its counterpart — the archaic © logo. Last week, Creative Commons initiated an interesting get-together called the CCItfars and it all kickstarted in Dubai. Xische lent its support to the super team at CC by designing a limited edition t-shirt to help drive donations.
Yellow Post-It notes with scribbled twitter handles adorned shirt pockets and kandooras; after all this is an age where the avatar commands more recall than one’s real self. The theme of the iftars is to bridge “food and cross-cultural recipes.” The fabulous team of volunteers put up a memorable little event, devoid of the usual Dubai-networking ambience.
Amongst other things that evening, our friend Joi Ito had inspiring words of wisdom behind the idea of open licensing, the future of copyright, and entrepreneurship. A few memorable quotes from his talk include:
Attendees included entrepreneurs Fadi Ghandour and Rabea Ataya. Two other talks included Mohammed Parham of Dubai-based shawarma outfit Wild Peeta (famed for its crowd-sourced approach to business) and Mahmoud Abu-Wardeh of Baraka, who likened the concept of Creative Commons to food — something “we in the Arab world understand.”