Humanity+ Newsletter – July 2010

In this issue:

- Humanity+ becomes the new editor of H+ Magazine
- Interim elections for the Humanity+ Board of Directors
- Humanity+ Press releases first book
- Humanity+ brand, and trademark, while H+ in the public domain
- Become a full member
- Upcoming events

Humanity+ becomes the new editor of H+ Magazine

The design, launch, and initial management of a new magazine, as with any startup, is the most exciting, but also the most risky period in the life of the project. When H+ Magazine was born, its publisher, Betterhumans, Inc., did a great job creating great design and content, and brought together a community around it.

After an initial period, the magazine has been donated to Humanity+. We are very grateful for this. With the efforts of R.U. Sirius, who stays on as Editor, we hope to be able to continue attracting curious readers who want to learn about technology, society, the evolution of the human condition, and all the exciting topics that we will cover in the future.

We are looking forward to finding new ways to engage our readers. We look forward to delivering content in modern, interactive ways, and together with our donors, sponsors, and advertisers, to creating a magazine that is sustainable for the long term!

Alex Lightman, Executive Director, Humanity+

David Orban, Chairman, Humanity+

PS: H+ Magazine is looking forward to receive the support of donations, corporate sponsors, and advertisers. If you have a product, service, community or event to promote on the pages of H+ Magazine, write to advertising@hplusmagazine.com and let us know!

Interim elections for the Humanity+ Board of Directors

Recently Humanity+ board members Sonia Arrison, and Kristi Scott resigned. We are sorry to see them leave but we are also thankful for the contributions they both made. We wish them well in their endeavors.

To bring the board back to full operating capacity, and to fulfill the organization’s constitution, we are now asking for nominations for new board member candidates. To stand in the election for these two open seats, the candidates – who can also nominate themselves – must be supporting or sustaining members of Humanity+ in good standing. The duties of the Board Members are defined in the constitution and bylaws of the organization, and from an operational point of view they are currently expected to participate in email discussion and be present in monthly phone board meetings. The term of the two new members will end at the time the term of the members they are substituting.

Nominations close 6th of August. We’ll then provide a bio on each candidate and ask for our membership to vote on who you think would best serve the organization as we carry Humanity+ into the future. Voting will be open for two weeks, after which we’ll and announce the new board members to you all. Just as the nominations, voting also is reserved to supporting or sustaining members in good standing: this is the perfect time to become a member, or to renew you lapsed membership, and support Humanity+!

Humanity+ Press releases first book

“The Cosmist Manifesto” by Ben Goertzel is the first book published by Humanity+ Press. The term Cosmism was introduced by Tsiolokovsky and other Russian Cosmists around 1900. Goertzel’s “Cosmist Manifesto” gives it new life and a new twist for the 21st century. Cosmism, as Goertzel presents it, is a practical philosophy for the posthuman era. Rooted in Western and Eastern philosophy as well as modern technology and science, it is a way of understanding ourselves and our universe that makes sense now, and will keep on making sense as advanced technology exerts its transformative impact as the future unfolds.

Watch out for new books published by Humanity+ Press shortly!

Founded in 2010, Humanity+ Press is a publisher operated by Humanity+, focused on works that promote understanding, interest and participation in fields of emerging innovation with strong potential to lead to a radically better future.

We are committed to releasing works under author-friendly licenses (currently Creative Commons licenses); and in a variety of formats and media, which currently encompasses both electronic and paper forms. We will release both single-author works, and multi-author works such as collections of abstracts or papers presented at H+ Summit, and other conferences. Our focus will be on nonfiction works aimed at a general audience; but we may also release a small selection of thematically appropriate technical, fiction or artistic works as well.

If you are an author interested in distributing your work through Humanity+ Press, please email press@humanityplus.org with a brief book proposal and author bio (and if available a link to a draft of the work).

Humanity+ brand, and trademark, while H+ in the public domain

In the previous Humanity+ newsletter we described the Creative Commons Attributions (CC-BY) license, as the default associated with the release with all the content developed by the organization.

Any modern entity, and our organization as well, is identified through its activities, the content it releases, and also, importantly, through the brand it creates, recognized by all the people following it, which is typically summarized by its name, logo, and tagline. It is important to make sure that this brand is well defined, and properly managed, through the regulations of trademark protection. Our organization claims its trademarks over the Humanity+ name, its graphical logo, and the “Healthier, Smarter, Happier” tagline. Anybody using either of these in any form or medium must ask for permission to do so, in practice entering into a license agreement with Humanity+.

On the other hand, we recognize the wider community of culture, and ideas around the H+ movement, and how it appropriately belongs in the public domain, and everybody is free to use H+, or h+ as they see fit, without having to ask permission to anybody. (Things get a little more complicated from here, since we are using “H+ Summit”, and “H+ Magazine” as trademarks, and the graphical logo of h+ in a circle is also our trademark… but that would be too much to cover briefly!)

Support Humanity+ By Becoming A Full Member

With only $50 per calendar year as a Full Member, or $20 per month as a Supporting Member, you can express your commitment to Humanity+, its values, projects, and vote in the elections for the Board Of Directors, which are held each January. Don’t delay, join Humanity+ today as a Full Member!

Upcoming events

H+ Summit: Live Long and Prosper in Los Angeles, November 5-6-7 will focus on how to make the most of your potential 150 year lifespan, including a unique H+ look at economics, finance, entrepreneurship, and the most likely sources for new wealth to emerge in the next few years and decades.

Open Science Summit 2010 focuses “Updating the Social Contract for Science” from July 29-31 at the International House on the University of California, Berkeley, campus.

Singularity Summit 2010 takes place on August 14-15 headlining “Intelligence Augmentation” at San Francisco’s Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The GOGBOT Festival in the Netherlands features from September 9-12, with a focus on Nanotech, Biotech and Transhumanism.

Bionics and Nanotech International Forum takes place on September 30 in Barranquilla, Colombia. Featured talks cover transhumanism and human enhancement.

“Transhumanism and Spirituality” is the theme for this year’s The Mormon Transhumanist Association conference at the University of Utah on October 1st.

PopTech’s conference theme this year is “Brilliant Accidents, Necessary Failures, and Improbable Breakthroughs” from October 20-23.

TransVision 2010 takes place from 22-24 October in Milan, Italy.

Copyright notice

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License. Humanity+ and the Humanity+ logo are trademarks of Humanity+, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.