This is part newsbit and part shameless plug. As I’ve mentioned, I am involved in the Wikiklesia Project which has been started by John La Grou and Len Hjalmarson. As of now, the chapter titles have been announced (with contributors), as well as the release date of July 23, 2007. The book will be available in electronic, dead-tree, and audio formats; electronic or printed copies will be $15, with all proceeds going to the Not For Sale Campaign.
This first Wikiklesia book is entitled Voices of the Virtual World: Participative Technology and the Ecclesial Revolution. My chapter is titled, “Hyperlinks Subvert Hierarchy: The Internet, Non-Hierarchical Organizations, and the Structure of the Church” and it’s settled in with some very good company, so I hope it lives up! While browsing the list, I noticed that Scot McKnight is subtitled “A Blogger formerly known as Professor” ;^)
A press release is available, as mentioned by John La Grou as well as by Stephen Shields (including the press release in HTML format) and on the Emergent Village blog. Tantalizing soundbyte from the press release: “Wikiklesia may be the worldâ€™s first self-perpetuating nomadic business model.”
Many of the authors have been conducting a dialogue over the past week-and-a-half via email, and I must say that this is a great group; the discussion has mostly been around the release, format, and marketing of the book but the caliber of people involved has shone through and I’m proud to be a part of it. Set $15 aside for this, and watch for further updates.