As part of the Government 2.0 Taskforce in 2009 I coined the term ‘info-philanthropy’ though someone may have coined it before me and the Taskforce proposed that it qualify as a head of philanthropy. I don’t think any changes?have been made, but there’s reasonable scope to include it under the existing arrangements.
In any event, I’ve been doing a bit of work with the Paul Ramsay Foundation on philanthropy’s response to the crisis. As usual, my own mind goes towards using the crisis to try to innovate in ways that survive long after the crisis. In any event, this is a small thing which is to identify one useful thing people can do with?their time sitting at home.
I’m a fan of Libri-vox?– but more or less on principle. It’s a surprise that it’s not a lot better?than it is. Most of?the recordings are a good deal worse than the professional recordings on Audible.?You might expect that, and in the early days of peer-to-peer production, you’d be in company. But with the appropriate adjustments in expectations, Wikipedia is better than Britannica and Linux is better?than its professional competitors. I see no reason why?there shouldn’t be retired actors, and non-retired actors seeking a name for themselves, teachers and just normies recording books with the best being promoted through the ranks so that with popular books like Middlemarch and Crime and Punishment?there are really great recordings available.
But alas it is not so. Anyway,?I gained insight as to why when?I enrolled in Librivox myself with the intention?of recording a few chapters of R. G. Collingwood’s Religion and Philosophy, which isn’t available, or chapters of books that?I’d like to read by Alfred North Whitehead that are likewise not available. Then?I got the email recorded over the fold.
As?you can see, it’s a miracle of user-unfriendliness. So that’s something that could be attended to in the crisis. A simpler set of instructions and a service to take prospective narrators sitting out?there in the suburbs through what steps remain necessary. And an engagement with retirement villages and aged care facilities everywhere to get?those who might like to do this kind of thing doing it.
To paraphrase Winston Churchill during another, more serious crisis, it’s hard to think of a resource that might be provided by so few that could do so much for so many.? Continue reading