Voices of the Virtual World

Voices of the Virtual WorldThe Wikiklesia Project just announced that it will release its first e-book on July 23rd. In this e-book, titled “Voices of the Virtual World: Participative Technology and the Ecclesial Revolution,” we hear from more than forty voices (including yours truly) who explore the growing influence of technology on the global Christian church.

A print edition of the book will become available sometime after the virtual release.

Frequent visitors to this blog will recognize many of the contributors including Bill Kinnon, Bob Hyatt, Brother Maynard, Andrew Jones, and Scott McKnight. You can see a full list of contributors and their chapter titles here.

This is a not-for-profit, non commercial deal with all proceeds from the sale of the book being contributed to the Not For Sale campaign.

I’ll do a post on how you can purchase a copy as soon as that information is available.

What follows is some information from a recent press release that explains what Wikiklesia is about.

Conceived and established in May 2007, the Wikiklesia Project is an experiment in on-line collaborative publishing. The format is virtual, self organizing, participatory – from purpose to publication in just a few weeks.

Wikiklesia values sustainability with minimal structure. We long to see a church saturated with decentralized cooperation. The improbable notion of books that effectively publish themselves is one of many ways that can help move us closer to this global-ecclesial connectedness. Can a publishing organization thrive without centralized leadership? Is perpetual, self-organizing book publishing possible? Can literary quality be maintained in a distributed publishing paradigm? We’ve created Wikiklesia to answer these kinds of questions.

Wikiklesia may be the world’s first self-perpetuating nomadic business model – raising money for charities – giving voice to emerging writers and artists – generating a continuous stream of new books covering all manner of relevant topics. Nobody remains in control. There is no board of directors. The franchise changes hands as quickly as new projects are created.