Related rabble.ca story:
When Vancouverites gathered at the W2 Media Arts Centre for the second Fresh Media Remixology social, myself and the other organizers expected that conversations would be focused on crowdsourced media making. What we didn't anticipate was that attendees would have a hunger to talk about the implications of what this new form of media is making in other spheres of society.
We shouldn't have been surprised. After all, several of us conceptualized the Remixology series as something that would forward the idea of remixing our roles and society at large (society as an open platform). But it was a surprise nonetheless.
Admit it, it's been quite a summer. Epic rains flooding swaths of Pakistan and China, fires ravaging Russia, while on this continent the plague of viscous black death has seeped into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's barely capped Deepwater Horizon, its true toll unlikely ever to be fully tallied.
Tragedy poses the basic questions: What is life really all about? Is nature trying to tell us something?
Funny you should ask.
The young discipline of biomimicry is coming into being based on a deep biological read of exactly these two questions. The good news is that this approach opens the door to radically hopeful new solutions to profound human problems.
There is something uniquely powerful about everyday people having access to the Internet from tiny devices in their pocket. That ubiquitous access to each other creates possibilities that are worth fighting for and saving. The mobile and wireless accessed Internet, combined with emerging open web and open data applications, has the potential to usher in a new era of connectedness, and with it dramatic changes to social practices and institutions. If we get digital public policy right, Canada could become a leader in mobile communications, leading to empowerment, job creation and new forms of entrepreneurialism, expression and social change.
Planning events is a huge undertaking. Check out this blog post from TechSoup for a great round-up of technology tools that you can use to make your event more effective. Notice that there are “advanced” and “user-friendly” products for each stage of the event-planning process.
The post is written for managers or event-planners at non-profit organizations, but why not try to plan a small-scale event for your community or to fill a niche you see in a particular environment?
About one billion cellphones are thrown away every nine months. I can't imagine Nitin Kawale thinks much about that most days.
The president of Cisco Canada is too busy preaching his brand of techno-evangelism.
"We all use smart devices," he told a gathering inside a large hall at Caesars Windsor at a Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) Sustainable Communities Conference last February. I was an observer and member of the CAW Windsor Regional Environment Council (CAWWREC) -- and one of the dumb invisible minority apparently.
For the last few years, my routine has been to wake early, make coffee and spend time on social media networks -- reading articles, commenting on friend's photos, discussing my favourite subjects on blogs, and occasionally writing commentary here. This routine coincided with the purchase of my first Mac laptop, which gave me the option of being online while propped up on the couch, with my coffee steaming on the table next to me.