About Aula

Aula is an open community of people working in different fields of life including science, art, business, government, religion (Vatican) and NGOs.

Aula Talks

Aula Talks is an ongoing series of videotaped lectures by people who’ve got something interesting to say about creativity, society, and technology. Past speakers include Lawrence Lessig, Joichi Ito, Ben Cerveny, and others. The events are open to Aula members and anyone who is interested, free of charge.

Point of View weblog

The Aula Point of View (POV) began its life as the digest of the Aula member weblogs in 2002, edited by Abbas Raza and a band of coeditors. The blog continues as 3quarksdaily.com. This is the complete archive of the original POV. We hope that you’ll have as much fun reading as we had writing it!

Exposure book

The ‘Exposure: From Friction to Freedom’ book is a collection of essays, talks and discussions about the future of personal publishing, copyright, and civil liberties. It is based on the Aula Meeting of Minds '03 event. Contributors include John Perry Barlow, Cory Doctorow, Clay Shirky, and many others.

Aula Cooltown

The Aula Cooltown project, by designers Jokko Korhonen and Mika Ihanus, explored ways in which Hewlett-Packard’s Cooltown technology could be configured to support the exchange ideas in Aula. Two new concepts were produced in the project: the PlayLux display system and PlayPad digital sketchpad.

Hunaja mobile social software

The Hunaja (Finnish for ‘Honey’) project developed mobile social software that enabled Aula members to announce their presence in Aula’s social club using RFID tags. Members could check who was currently in the space using the Web or a mobile phone.

Future Library Forum

The Future Library Forum is an exhibit of concepts about the future of the library as a center of local community. It was developed by Aula for the conference “A Space for the Future - Library Buildings in the 21st Century”, organized by the Helsinki City Library in 2002.

Meeting of Minds '01

The Aula Meeting of Minds 2001 brought together people from the fields of architecture and urban space, government and grassroots organizing, the arts, and technology for a weekend of discussion regarding self-organizing social systems.

The Helsinki Space

Aula’s Social Club in Helsinki became the center of a community of over four hundred people working in different fields of life including science, art, business, government and NGOs. The social club operated from 2001 to 2002, after which Aula participated in the design of similar spatial concepts in Helsinki, Latvia, and Japan. The Aula space now operates as a cafe.


Henry Jenkins’ talk online

Henry Jenkins’ Aula talk ‘Serious Games’ is now available in downloadable and streaming versions. Thanks to the DesignTV project by the ARKI research group at the UIAH Medial Lab for creating and hosting the video.

David Weinberger on “The New Shape of Knowledge”

You are invited to the next Aula talk by
David Weinberger (USA), Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Institute for Internet & Society
on “The New Shape of Knowledge”
Thursday, December 1st at 18.00
Helsingin kauppakorkeakoulu - Helsinki School of Economics
Chydenia building - PWC -sali, G-112
Runeberginkatu 22-24, Helsinki

This Aula Talk is presented in collaboration with CKIR - The Center of Knowledge and Innovation Research at the Helsinki School of Economics. CKIR promotes, through international multidisciplinary scientific research, knowledge and innovation-based renewal and growth of companies and societies, locally and globally.

The event is free and open to the public. Please forward this message to any and all who might be interested in attending.

Speaker background: The Wall Street Journal called him a “marketing guru”. He’s the co-author of the The Cluetrain Manifesto, the bestseller that cut through the hype and told business what the Web was really about. His latest book, Small Pieces Loosely Joined has been published to rave reviews hailing it as the first book to put the Internet in its deepest context. He’s been a frequent commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. He’s written for the Fortune 500 of business and tech journals, including The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Miami Herald, The Boston Globe and Wired. Journalists from The New York Times, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, InformationWeek and many more turn to him for insight. He is a columnist for Worthwhile and Knowledge Management World, and writes an influential business technology newsletter and a daily weblog. He was a philosophy professor for six years, a comedy writer for Woody Allen for seven years, a humor columnist for Oregon’s major daily newspaper, a dot-com entrepreneur before most people knew what a home page was, and a strategic marketing consultant to household-name multinationals and the most innovative startups. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy and is currently a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Institute for Internet & Society.

About the talk: As businesses and media have looked at blogs, they’ve seen reflections of themselves. This continues a misunderstanding of the Web so persistent that it probably should count as a form of denial. Blogs are not a new form of journalism or primarily consist of teenagers whining about their teachers. Blogs are not even primarily a form of individual expression. They are better understood as conversations. This makes them just one more part of the transformation the Web is working on our social fabric, including the relationship of customers to businesses, employees to managers and business to society.

The new Aula site

We’ve launched a new version of Aula today. As before, we’ll focus on bringing people together on the social and creative dimensions of technology and urban space.

We’ll use this blog, called Aula Network, to inform about Aula events and other news. Videos of (some) past Aula Talks can be found here. Also, have a look under Documents for more projects.

For those of you who just joined us, the blog was previously called the Aula Point of View (POV). It started as a group-authored weblog in 2002. The POV developed a profile of its own which can today be found at 3quarksdaily.com. For the historian’s enjoyment, we present the POV archives.

Stay tuned for more information about upcoming Aula events!

Malcolm McCullough on Architecture and Pervasive Computing

The Aula klubi speaker series continues on Monday, 14 November at 6 pm in the Piano Room of Cafe Engel (Aleksanterinkatu 26) with Professor Malcolm McCullough (Taubman College of Architecture and Planning, University of Michigan). The talk is followed by a discussion with the audience. The event will be held in English and is free and open to the public.

McCullough’s talk will be based on his latest book, Digital Ground-Architecture, Pervasive Computing, and Environmental Knowing. In a review of the book, ArchitectureWeek wrote: “Like it or not, our physical environment is beginning to fill with embedded and ubiquitous computing devices. Are we attending sufficiently to their design and to their effects on our lives? How will they change our traditional notions of architecture? Questions largely ignored because they are too difficult – or too painful – to answer are confronted head-on in McCullough’s thoughtful and provocative essay.”

Plus: The next Aula klubi will be held on Thursday, December 1st. The speaker is David Weinberger, co-author of the influential Cluetrain Manifesto. More details soon to follow .

Ben Cerveny on Meaning at Play

Head up! The next Aula klubi will be at 18:00 TOMORROW, with Ben Cerveny as guest speaker. Ben will speak about the importance of ‘dynamic system models’ which allow very subtle and complex meanings to emerge in games. Will they become a new language for design more generally? Ben is well known in the social software community, and a frequent speaker on design. Until recently, he was the Director of the Experience Design Lab at Frog Design. He advises Ludicorp, the makers of the Flickr photo-sharing service which Yahoo! acquired in March this year. The event will be held at Korjaamo in Helsinki on Thursday, June 2nd at 18:00. Details here; for directions, see this map.

Adiya Dev Sood on ‘Used in India’

We’ve now confirmed the speaker of the next Aula klubi. He is (drumroll) Aditya Dev Sood, director of the Center for Knowledge Societies, a research and design practice based in Bangalore and New Delhi. Aditya will speak about the devices and cultures of Indian street innovation (jugaad). Used in India is also the title of an installation that will be shown at Kiasma, Helsinki in April. The event will be held at Korjaamo in Helsinki on Tuesday, 12 April at 18:00. Details here; for directions, see this map. The event is free and open to the public. Welcome, and please spread the word!

Lessig remixed

Joi Ito and Eric Haller remix Lessig’s Aula talk. From Joi Ito:

I grabbed some samples off of a talk Lawrence Lessig gave in Helsinki, laid down some beats and “started the car”. The I passed it over to Eric. Eric laid down some more tracks, added effects, mixed it and sent it back to me. I added some metadata and posted it to archive.org (being processed now) and “Permission Granted” was born.
Here’s the link to the track.

Henry Jenkins on ‘Serious Play’

Aula’s year 2005 opens with Professor Henry Jenkins (MIT), who will speak on the topic of ‘Serious Play’ on Wednesday, January 19 in the Aula klubi evening at Korjaamo in Helsinki. Right now, video and computer games are understood by most people purely as a mode of recreation and entertainment. Yet, around the edges, we are starting to see signs that they can be much more than this. Professor Jenkins will offer some snapshots of the “serious game” movement, pointing to key exemplars and what they suggest about the future of gaming. The event is open to the public and attendance is free and, so bring your friends! For more information about the talk, see the announcement; for directions to Korjaamo see this map.

Joichi Ito on ‘The Future of the Music Business’

Joichi Ito, the Japanese entrepreneur who has become the public face of blogging and a prime proponent of the sharing economy, is visiting Helsinki and kindly agreed to give a talk on “The Future of the Music Business” to Aulaites and anyone interested to attend. Joi’s talk will continue the Aula klubi series that started with Lawrence Lessig as guest in May. Joi will speak on Thursday, 14 October 5:30 PM at Korjaamo (details here, for directions see this map). The event will be held in English and is free and open to the public, so once again, please spread the word!

3quarksdaily debut

I’ve started a daily filter blog of my own called “3quarksdaily”. It is similar to what the Aula Point of View used to be a year or so ago. If you go there, you will see some familiar names, like Husain Naqvi, Marko Ahtisaari, and Asad Raza. I hope you’ll check us out often. Thanks.