Our home at the university is the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. It’s a remarkable place, and although its motto is clear—”exploring cyberspace, sharing in its study, and pioneering its development”—the community that comes together here is difficult to boil down to tweet length. It includes makers, thinkers, doers, and dreamers—folks who mash-up and elide those tidy categories with joyous abandon. But if you’re interested in the ever-changing roles of the network in culture and society, chances are good that some project, person, or team at Berkman has something to teach you—and something to learn from you as well.
Rather than dilate on Berkman’s riotous diversity here, however, I’m going to suggest you discover its riches for yourself. Next week the Center will offer a host of opportunities to hear from Berkman thinkers, learn about Berkman projects, and discover ways to learn from faculty, technologists, and researchers associated with the Center. These include an open luncheon on Tuesday (kicking off Berkman weekly lunch series, a victual as well as intellectual feast of visiting thought, energy, and opinion); a Wednesday research showcase, in which Berkman’s many projects will offer insight into their work in science-fair style; and on Thursday, a reception to kick off this year’s Digital Problem-Solving Initiative, a university-wide program that gets teams of students to work cooking up solutions to technology-laden challenges in research, teaching, and administration. And there’s more! You can read a complete list of Berkman’s boot-up procedures here. Do join in the fun!