Understanding Mining Contracts book released today. The book was produced during a 5 day Book Sprint in Baltimore last week.
More information here:
“Drawing from several of the contracts on ResourceContracts.org, “Mining Contracts: How to Read and Understand Them” is a new book created to highlight strong contract clauses and explore how others could be improved. It goes beyond legal considerations to explore the policy questions and company interests underlying contract provisions—issues that are crucial for understanding and negotiating contracts, and for monitoring their enforcement.
The book was written in just five days by a group of 14 experts convened on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, USA. Organized by the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP), OpenOil, the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment (VCC), and Revenue Watch Institute-Natural Resource Charter (RWI-NRC), this project is a collective, collaborative effort of the individual contributors, made using the “book sprint” technique.”
The Understanding Mining Contracts Book Sprint is underway. 17 people (15 contributors and 2 from Book Sprints) are gathered in Baltimore to write a follow up to Understanding Petroleum Contracts written in a Book Sprint in 2012 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101584348@N06/sets/72157635459748355/). We have mining engineers, Ministers from Mongolia and Liberia, contract negotiators, lawyers, NGO watch dogs and the ever important target readers hunkered down in Kent Manor while the snow and geese around us decide if they want to stay.
Working with a view
At day 3 we have written 50,000 words and there have been a few all nighters by some of the more experienced hands. Vigorous discussion and debate is the substance of the day with much of it making its way into the book but from here on in it is mainly review and restructuring. We have also assembled a small group to start at the top and work their way through the entire book rewriting much of it from the position of the target reader.
While the sections of the book are being brought to an end on day 4, the group is working through several review circles, illustrations are being designed, and the discussions continue late into the night.
Photos can be found at the following link and updates to follow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/101584348@N06/
We have been working hard in the back rooms of Book Sprints. It has been productive times and we will soon try out our new platform built for accelerated and collaborative book production. Code named ‘PubSweet’ the platform is still in a raw state but quite possibly ready for its first trial. Stay tuned…
Those wonderful Aspiration folks are doing their annual Not-for-Profit Dev Summit in San Francisco and Book Sprints is going to be there! Adam Hyde will be present at the event having attended one 4 years ago and enjoyed it so much. The event will be held 18-20 November at Preservation Park in Oakland. If you have never been to an Aspiration event you are missing out and if you haven’t been to the Aspiration Dev Summit then you really must go. Highly recommended. Probably the best thing on the calendar. Ever.
The Book Sprints team is expanding! Due to the increased interest in Book Sprints the team is expanding to include a new business manager, a new facilitator and we have a new business – Book Sprints Limited.
René Post joins as the business manager. René has many years experience as an innovative and successful entrepreneur building businesses from the ground up. René has known about Book Sprints from the beginning having mentored Adam Hyde through the early stages of FLOSS Manuals in 2006/7. René is from the Netherlands and currently lives in Sweden.
Barbara Ruehling joins Book Sprints as a facilitator. Barbara is an anthropologist and has a rich background in facilitating in educational and cultural contexts. Barbara is fluent in English, Spanish and German which will extend the language base of the Book Sprints facilitation team. Barbara is born in Germany and currently lives in Berlin.
In addition Book Sprints Limited has been set up as a company in New Zealand. Founder Adam Hyde lives between Berlin and Whangarei Heads (New Zealand) and hence it was decided to establish the company in his home country. René and Adam are the company’s directors.
The Book Sprints team. From left to right : Adam Hyde, Barbara Ruehling, René Post. Picture taken in Malta Nov 6, 2013.