Worldchanging book

On November 1, the Worldchanging book hit the shelves. I wrote a few pieces for it in the “Retrofitting Suburbia” section about ways to retool suburbia to fight sprawl. The book is chock full of information about sustainable approaches to living on this planet. It reminds me a little of the Whole Earth Catalog at one point in my time. The book is beautiful, too–I love the cover with the shiny, radiating bird.

I’m planning to be in New York for upcoming events surrounding the book. See you there?


Core77 posts about my mobile phone sharing in India research

When I was in San Francisco a few weeks ago, I gave a talk at Giant Ant and at Yahoo! Research Berkeley. I presented about my research on urban mobile phone sharing, conducted while at Microsoft Research India in Bangalore.

I’d had many discussions with Steve Portigal about his Bangalore experience in comparison to mine: his was rather negative; mine was overwhelmingly positive. He came to see my talk at Giant Ant and presented his notes on my talk on Core77. Thank you Steve!

As far as my research goes, it will be published in two papers. The first is with Jonathan Donner, Nimmi Rangaswamy and Carolyn Wei: we wrote about the mobile phone and middle class Indian domesticity. I’m the primary author of the second piece, with Jonathan as the secondary. It’s more specifically on mobile phone sharing and its relationship with space in urban India. If things go as planned, both should be published in early 2007.

Mobile Modalities: Sharing Mobile Phones in Urban India

Next week and the week after, I’m going to be talking about the work I did at Microsoft Research India: an ethnographic study in Bangalore, India on mobile phone sharing and how it plays out in domestic and urban space. I’d love to see you there.

In New York, I’ll be speaking on Wednesday, September 27th at 7:15 p.m. at nycWireless. The details:

568 Broadway at Prince St, NE corner

Suite 404

New York, NY 10012

(lobby sign-in required)

In San Francisco, I’ll be speaking on October 3 at noon at Giant Ant Studio. RSVP is required: please email me or leave a comment if you’re interested in attending. Email is molly [at] girlwonder [dot] com. I’ll pass on further information at that point.

Let me know if you’re coming. I’d love to see you.