To explore different ways of communicating ideas online, I've recently been experimenting with making little videos to stick on YouTube. They are deliberately quite short and quite fast, usually, as preferred by YouTube viewers. If you like, please give them star-ratings and add comments.

As well as these videos, there are some videos about research work-in-progress in the Young People's Mediaworlds site (2009-10).

Making is Connecting: The four-minute presentation (January 2012)
This is a concise four-minute Prezi presentation introducing some of the key ideas from 'Making is Connecting'.

[4 min 3 sec]. January 2012.

Making is Connecting: Four extracts from Leicester talk (March 2011)
This is a YouTube playlist of four short extracts from a talk I did in Leicester about 'Making is Connecting'. The four bits are: 'Why I wanted to write the book' + 'Web 2.0 explained in Lego' + 'Happiness research' + 'Implications for education and media'.

[9 min 53 sec]. March 2011.

Making is Connecting: Short video introducing the book (February 2011)
In this video I have just received my first copy of the new book, and I explain a few things about it in less than two minutes. Economical.

[1 min 47 sec]. February 2011.

Making is Connecting: The five-minute talking head video (October 2010)
A 5-minute video in which I try to say as much as I can about my new book 'Making is Connecting'.
[4 min 54 sec]. October 2010.
Making is Connecting: Everyday creativity, social capital and digital media (January 2010)
A 9-minute video which links everyday creativity and Web 2.0 with William Morris, Ivan Illich, craft and guerrilla gardening. Based on the forthcoming book 'Making is Connecting'.
[9 min 24 sec]. January 2010.
Lego landscape of ideas at Reboot Britain
At 'Reboot Britain', an event in London, July 2009, we invited participants to build representations, in Lego, of what they thought would be needed to bring about positive social and environmental change.
[9 min 05 sec]. July 2009.
Making is Connecting: basic ideas (March 2009)
David Gauntlett presents a talk, illustrated in Lego, around the theme 'Making is connecting', showing how Web 2.0 also works as a metaphor for everyday creative activities and their meanings in people's lives.
[9 min 11 sec]. March 2009.
Participation culture, creativity, and social change (edited lecture)

David Gauntlett's inaugural lecture from November 2008, in which he points to a shift from a 'sit down and be told' culture to a more creative 'making and doing' culture, which may offer one of the necessary keys to tackling climate change and environmental problems.

Here the lecture has been filmed and then edited down to 24 minutes... and then chopped into three handy chunks:

Part one – Introduction to the lecture, Web 2.0, and 'making and sharing' culture [7 min].

Part two – The problem with audience studies; and the problem with education; and the environmental crisis. Then some solutions – making meaning and connections with the world, through making things [10 min].

Part three – Lego activity, including building 'a better world' in Lego; and conclusions [7 min].

Alternatively you can view this in one complete version at Google Video.

[Total: 23 min 26 sec]. November 2008.
Participation culture, creativity, and social change (graphic presentation in 10 minutes)
David Gauntlett's inaugural lecture from November 2008, reduced to a 10-minute presentation of the key points. An even quicker form of the lecture described above.
[9 min 58 sec]. November 2008.
Building models of learning in Lego
Part of a University of Westminster lecture (filmed by Eva Sigurdardottir), in which David Gauntlett invites a group of 160 students to to think about themselves as learners by building metaphorical models in Lego.
[4 min 27 sec]. November 2008.
Representing Identities, part 1: Method
A short introduction to creative visual research where we ask people to make things as part of the process; with particular focus on the Lego identity study.
[5 min 41 sec]. February 2008.
Representing Identities, part 2: Findings
A short guide to findings from the Lego identity study, where people were asked to build metaphorical models of their identities.
[6 min 48 sec]. February 2008.
Media and Everyday Life
Concise version of a lecture on the changing place of media in everyday life, including a simple explanation of Web 2.0, and Richard Sennett's 'craft' argument.
[7 min 00 sec]. February 2008.