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cyber i – cyber i&i

cyber i……

cyber two is me and you

each of us in cyber one took on a project in addition to the project of our selves
cyberone was itself our project

now cyber 2 is ours, yours and mine to create together

i provide a frame and an example
you follow right along with yours
move right past me
do the walk of life

i teach law as narrative in which you are a character in the story
i teach the architecture of rhetorical space

start with don quixote and the story of mort zuckerman’s satellite dish
asymetrical litigation in the court of public opinion


monday morning sitting in tripp’s wifi umbrella, wesport harbor, massachusetts, united states of america, planet earth

back from singapore and launch of global poker strategy, nesson lessig and cohen for starts with an incredible team about to emerge

now three days on alchemy with fern brings me to this moment, listening to our laundry crank on the washing machine

first time back to my email either coming in or going out
thought i’d ride it like a blog journey reflecting on my self
now off to gmail

should i begin from the bottom or the top
is it hottest news i’m after or solid catching up
back to aug 23
donziger first with a headline
Europe Entitled to $90 Billion in Trade Concessions
from U.S. Over Gambling Dispute, Report Says

Tiny Antigua’s Victory in Groundbreaking WTO Case Has
Enormous Significance for Several European Industries

how would we mobilize such a constituency
could we do it in facebook

On 8/23/07, W.D. Grissom -medals – wrote:

SOME American public opinion would be against the WTO. Others of us would relish the bluestockings and bible-thumpers getting the comeuppance they so richly deserve.
Cabot Arkansas

referring to my quote in the new york times

Hi Charlie,

Thanks for opportunity to travel with you to Singapore. It was great
getting to know you.

I am intrigued by the prospects for GPSTS as I believe it raises a number of
intellectually and socially compelling questions. I am eager to help tell
its story and look forward to working with you on the media content further.
I will get started on the items we discussed as soon as I return home and be
in touch with questions or content for you to review as things come

I am also very grateful for the chance to meet Kevin, Roz and Carla. Their
work fascinates me and I want to do everything I can to help them make their
various projects succeed. I have a feeling theirs is a friendship I will
have for many years to come.


Charles Nesson
to Thomas, Lawrence, Jonathan, Steven, Peter

8:20 am (0 minutes ago)
peter i feel i have known you as long as i have known tom and feel all the love i feel for him for you magnified, reflected

go ahead
cut the most wonderful stuff you can find in what you’ve got and put it up

but if you are cutting you are not shooting which seems a shame unless you have a twin

go ahead
you have full support



I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye before we all had to leave – I wanted to take an opportunity to congratulate you on such an incredibly wonderful launch of the GPSTS and to thank you for giving me this opportunity. I’ve had such a wonderful experience working with you on this project, and I look forward with such excitement to the great things we’re going to do. Hell, even if we don’t accomplish another thing, you’ve made it possible for me to travel around the world to talk about poker with some of the brightest people I’ve ever met. Thank you for this opportunity, and I look forward to what we’re going to accomplish together.



P.S. We’re not a bad teaching team, are we? J

Charles Nesson
to Andrew
Lawrence, Jonathan, Steven

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andrew you are awesome
you blew me away when we were up there together
global poker strategy
here we come

henrik i am honored by your inquiry. congratulations on your victory. it resonated as a message of truth from denmark

you have an invitation to come speak with my students at harvard. let me talk dates when i get back to my office. i am pleasantly aboard my sailboat now, which somehow seems danish as a place to be

On 8/24/07, Henrik Norsk Hoffmann -hnh wrote:

Dear Professor Nesson,

My name is Henrik Norsk Hoffmann and I am an attorney with the Danish law firm DANDERS & MORE.

Among others, I am specialised in gaming law, and am considered the leading expert in Denmark within that area. I am also member of the international organisation International Masters of Gaming Law.

I recently represented the Danish Poker Association in a criminal case, where the issue at hand was whether or not a poker tournament is a game of skill. I won the case, as the district court in Lyngby, a suburb of Copenhagen, ruled in favour of the Danish Poker Association, deciding that a poker tournament is a game of skill.

In Financial Times Weekend last weekend I read an article in which Roger Blitz referred to you and your project on global poker strategic thinking societies in his article “Harvard professor flushes out answer to life’s hard calls: poker”.

I very much agree with your views on poker, and would be interested in learning more about your project, and maybe discuss the various skill elements of the game.

I am looking very much forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Henrik Norsk Hoffmann


Lautrupsgade 7
DK-2100 Copenhagen
Telephone +45 33 12 95 12
Telefax +45 33 12 95 15


Poker and engineering design Inbox

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Dear Profesor Nesson,
I recently came across an article in the Financial Times which states that you are pushing the teaching of poker in order to “teach respect, business acumen and even war strategy”. I thought you might be interested in the approach that a former colleague (Professor Ernie Appleton) and I have developed, regarding the teaching of engineering design, based on an analogy with card games and poker in particular. We’ve recently written a paper on the analogy – available via….
I note in particular the FT comment that “some of these instincts for survival hardly encouraged notions of mutual trust”; on the other hand, we have drawn the analogy that Toyota’s approach to design effectively puts them in a poker game as 4 different players, each of whom know the other’s hand and is able to share cards to try to make up the best hand to beat the competition …
Anyway, please feel free to come back to me if this approach is of any interest and the best of luck for your “global poker strategic thinking societies”.
Yours sincerely,

Dr Tim Short
Senior Lecturer in Engineering Design
Department of Engineering
University of Liverpool
Ch.205A, Chadwick Building,
Peach Street,
Liverpool L69 7ZF

Charles Nesson
to prof, Andrew, Tim

9:08 am (0 minutes ago)
yes tim your approach is decidedly of interest. elaboration of the lessons thinking poker teaches against case studies of companies that have learned them will be key to legitimating global poker thinking.

i am cc’ing prof harry tan with whom i am talking about assembling a business conference on poker strategy in singapore and andrew woods gpsts director

recommendation for Ken Stalter

To Whom IT may Concern:

Ken Stalter is a remarkable man, truly individual, truly pursuing his own sense of the good. He has distinguished himself in his work with me and has completely won my respect.

Ken is passionate about ideas. He loves to think about the meanings behind
everyday actions. He thinks about ways one ought to live, how to use intellect to live life. He loves law, and has been finding his passion realized in the work and social environment of law school. He is a learner, open to new ways of thinking. He finds excitement in translating new idea into real change.

Here is part of Ken’s post-mortem on my Winter Evidence Class, 2007. I had divided classtime into two segments, an initial two-week segment intense study of the rules of evidence that was examined and graded, and a following one-week segment in cyber advocacy that was pass/fail, and in which I introduced my students to virtual reality.

Hi, Professor Nesson. What follows are a few of the thoughts that have
been inspired in me over the past few weeks.

I’d like to start out by saying that for me, the bifurcated approach
struck precisely the right balance. I’m not sure it would work well in
a fall/spring semester length course, but I it felt really good for a
three week term. I like grades in general and like the
competitiveness, so I felt like that need was fulfilled by the first
two weeks of class. Then I got to enjoy a dessert of sorts in the
Second Life trial experience. It felt like a space to be a little more
bold and creative.

I had been on Second Life only briefly before this class. After
reading about it in the news in October, I got an account and logged on
for about 20 minutes. I didn’t touch it again until this January.
After I found out we would be using it for the class, I decided to get
more acquainted with it. I traveled to the Berkman area and started
exploring. [This refers to Berkman Island in Second Life where the
Berkman Center has created a virtual Austin Hall and surrounding campus.]
One thing led to another and since then, I’ve spent many
hours in the game learning its mechanics, meeting people, developing my
avatar and building objects.

The reason I became so excited about Second Life and the mock trial was
the fact that it was the tearing down of a division that is usually
pretty rigid in my life. Law is my career and my educational endeavor,
playing video games is one of my pastimes, one which I typically use as
an escape from other parts of my life. Yet suddenly this division
melted away and I found the opportunity to use a video game to engage
with the law. Thus the experience was one that combined two of my
interests and was completely novel. I really enjoyed it.

I would really like to see this idea go further and I’m putting out
feelers in the Second Life world to see what the potential for in-world
dispute resolution is. This is something I’m going to continue playing
with even now that the class has come to an end.

Yet I also agree with you, Professor, when you say that the Second Life
mock trial is–ultimately–trivial. Before the class began and in the
early meetings, I was skeptical of your approach. I was concerned that
you would be someone who was inordinately excited about new media as
educational tools and had perhaps lost your grounding. It turns out
that that was not the case. I came away with the impression that while
you appreciate the novelty and the potential of these devices, your
primary concern, or one of your primary concerns, is helping us to
develop as good lawyers and as good people. And that is, in the end,
what matters.

In many ways, the class felt more similar to classes I took in pursuit
of my undergraduate degree in theater than it did to other law school
classes. Many courses here are reflective in the sense that they
engage how we position our agendas with respect to a legal doctrine.
They ask, should we oppose/promote this? How should we do so? And so
on. This evidence course seemed take that reflective quality to
another level and seemed to ask, what is the role of our emotions in
how we position ourselves? What is the role of identity? What is the
relationship between our internal struggles and our external ones? That
was very refreshing.

For example, the other day, somewhat in the middle of the discussion of
Odysseus’ killing of the suitors, you called our attention to the idea
of recursive loops. For whatever reason, the discussion turned away
from it, but I made a connection that I’ve been thinking a lot about
since. I realized that hatred is a recursive loop. If you hate
someone who’s hurt you, your pain increases because the feeling of
hatred is an unpleasant one. Then the rage flares up even more in
response to the increased pain, fueling further hatred. It feeds upon
itself. This is a fresh idea to me and I imagine I’ll continue
thinking about it for some time. I’m not sure I can yet speak to it’s
full importance.


The more I read about Second Life, the more I appreciate the variety of
uses people are putting the game to and the way the experiences they
have in Second Life can influence their first lives. I’ve read about
the experiences of white users playing as black avatars, protests
against French nationalist movements, doctors using Second Life to
recreate the experience of living with schizophrenia and much more.
I’m beginning to suspect we may need to back off from our evaluation of
what we did there as trivial. It might be a seed planted that will
grow into a forest. Who knows what the potential of online law will be
as we dig deeper into this thing called the twenty-first century?

Again the Second Life experience can be best described in Hamlet’s
words. Like the players Hamlet uses to route his usurping uncle,
playing Second Life is “to hold, as it twere, the mirror up to nature.”

Ken Stalter

Ken followed up by taking my spring class, CyberOne: Law in the Court of Public Opinion, and help organize and execute a mock trial of a real dispute in Second Life:

I warmly recommend Ken Stalter.

international poker

so exciting for me to read rachel brewster’s paper on reputation. she teaches me evidence of truth at the level of nation states. she speaks of agreements that are “enforced” by mutual benefit, of agreements enforced by fear of sanction, of agreements enforced by fear of loss of reputation for keeping agreements.

so how did it go at cato

meeting itself disappointing but informative of how unrecognized and unrecognizable the antigua story is
set-up by cato not bad
thank you sally james
mendel begged for negotiation and made clear that he’s been wanting negotiation all along
jackson remarkably uninformed and obtuse but clear that the us govt defense will be mistake and then fight on the form and size of the award and bet that when the chips are down the wto won’t want to go there
vision a rhetorical poker table with players sitting round
antigua, us govt, EU, developing nations, WTO
so imagine
wto says antigua can violate us copyright
what happens next

i want to meet the warden

wayne marshall
to me

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and we thought radio and riddims made for some off-the-chain rehab. check out this routine, c/o 1500+ Filipino prisoners !

what is the story behind this video. who are the people that made it. has the making of it had positive effect on individuals and institution. is it possible that a different way of thinking could change prisons.

flash singapore – from becca

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Rebecca Nesson
to Patrick, me, Geoff

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Hi Patrick,

I can fill in a few details.

For Internet & Society, you may want to talk to Geoff McGovern, the Second Life teaching fellow for that course. I’ve cc’ed him on this email. In that class they actually webcast the class meetings live into Second Life so that distance education students could participate in the classes in real time. Geoff will have more information on how they made use of the Second Life platform.

For State of Play V, it should definitely be put right up front that Prof. Nesson and a team of students from the law school and the college are going to present a workshop on poker and education and to open discussion about the idea of creating and using existing virtual/online poker environments for education. I’ve cc’ed my father on this email so that he can put you in touch with either Elizabeth Stark or Andrew Woods, the students who are doing the organization for their workshop. In addition, my father will be presenting a paper that he and I have co-authored on the use of virtual worlds for education.

Finally, it may be worth mentioning the role that Berkman Island played in the earlier State of Play conference for which it was built as well as the continuing Berkman events that are hosted regularly at Berkman Island and are open to the public, such as the fellows lunch series. Catherine Bracy will be the best person to give you the details on that stuff.

One more thing — though speculative, might be included. That is that the Extension School is seeking to collaborate with the Berkman Center on expanding the Second Life campus so that it can accomodate more Extension School classes and can also serve as an instructors’ resource center with guides to using virtual worlds in teaching as well as helpful teaching tools that can be used in virtual classrooms.

I hope that helps!

On 7/24/07, Patrick McKiernan wrote:

Rebecca –

With all of the Second Life talk going on I wanted to see if I could get your input on Berkman history in Second Life for a special issue of the Filter we are going to send out in advance of State of Play. Gene was kind enough to make a list of courses below, but if you have any details or additions to make, they would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much.


Gene Koo wrote:
> Berkman’s work in virtual worlds combines our interest in leading-edge network technologies with innovations in education. This summer, we are co-sponsoring the State of Play V conference in Singapore, where our own Catherine Bracy and Gene Koo will be leading a workshop on how virtual worlds can be used for purposeful teaching as well as open-ended learning. Bringing together leading commercial game designers, educators, and Singapore government officials, the workshop collides the global with the virtual.
> Not just convening discussion, Berkman has been leading the way in using virtual environments for education:
> * CyberOne (Fall 2006) – the first law class taught in Second Life. Taught by Prof. Charles Nesson at HLS and Rebecca Nesson with Gene Koo at Harvard Extension. This class was also noteworthy in being open to all takers.
> * Trials in Second Life (Winter, Spring, Fall 2007) – Prof. and Ms. Nesson continued their work in Second Life, using a virtual courtroom on Berkman Island to conduct mock trials and taking advantage of the unique features of a virtual environment.
> * Internet & Society – [not sure?]
> * Virtual Worlds: What They Are, How People Are Using Them, And How You Can Too (Fall 2007) — Examines models for virtual world law and government, economics and business, cultural norms, art, education, and activism. Rebecca Nesson.
> * Hub2 (Fall 2007) – In this collaboration among the City of Boston, Emerson College, and Berkman, Boston residents reimagine their public and civic spaces using Second Life. Gene Koo.

Patrick McKiernan
Communications Coordinator
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Harvard Law School
(617) 384-9100 (P)

think poker.islam

think we can make cyberspace what we want it to be
knowledge beyond authority

The Whole World Is Watching

Published: June 27, 2007

Three years ago, I was catching a plane at Boston’s Logan airport and went to buy some magazines for the flight. As I approached the cash register, a woman coming from another direction got there just behind me — I thought. But when I put my money down to pay, the woman said in a very loud voice: “Excuse me! I was here first!” And then she fixed me with a piercing stare that said: “I know who you are.” I said I was very sorry, even though I was clearly there first.

If that happened today, I would have had a very different reaction. I would have said: “Miss, I’m so sorry. I am entirely in the wrong. Please, go ahead. And can I buy your magazines for you? May I buy your lunch? Can I shine your shoes?”

Why? Because I’d be thinking there is some chance this woman has a blog or a camera in her cellphone and could, if she so chose, tell the whole world about our encounter — entirely from her perspective — and my utterly rude, boorish, arrogant, thinks-he-can-butt-in-line behavior. Yikes!

When everyone has a blog, a MySpace page or Facebook entry, everyone is a publisher. When everyone has a cellphone with a camera in it, everyone is a paparazzo. When everyone can upload video on YouTube, everyone is filmmaker. When everyone is a publisher, paparazzo or filmmaker, everyone else is a public figure. We’re all public figures now. The blogosphere has made the global discussion so much richer — and each of us so much more transparent.

poor friedman. in a world he sees upon us he acts not himself but as obsequeous craven in fear of another’s point of view. this is not the lesson to be learned. the lesson is respect for self and others, and learn to live *your* life in the open.

so imagine

e pi i
we live in three states
our consciousness

these states express to our consciousness the way three colors combine to make light
three places where the focal point of our consciousness can be
pain or hurt or flash of an idea

we meld these three in ideation
we conceive ourselves

are we ourselves or our self conception

so just imagine we could reach them teach them
disadvantaged kids across the globe
teach them to be smart
engage them in immersive educational game
small money as they learn
more money as they earn
open to every race and creed

cc ogletree cc lessig

steve, here are my thoughts. we are at a turning point in the history of civil rights forall people. we expect a ruling from supreme legal authority that the government may not use race in giving advantage. no government affirmative action.

ogletree and i see kids out there who we know we coulde teach how to learn. tree and i are teachers. we want to teach straight to the disadvantaged. i want to teach playing poker. follow on the the algebra project. follow on from marley marcus garvey.

we want to ask the children of jamaica to help us teach the children of america how to play poker and how to participate as a citizen of cyberspace.
we want to ask the other way around. if we learn to gether we will play a helluva game.
time for citizens to gether

to gether, to come together

we would like to teach our offering in a sweet and elegant online environment expressed openly in embrace to law
open in law code norm

that is a code environment we have not built yet, thinking of it as an ideal educational environment in which to teach poker in the manner of a school in which i am dean and ogletree principal.