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.
There is an old running saying, attributed to writer John Bingham, that goes: "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." Unfortunately, for a lot of organizations wanting to take their messages from print to rich, interactive media and mobile devices, the courage to start is replaced by crippling paralysis.
I've seen it over and over in organizations I've tried to help make the leap from cellulose to silicon. It's not a failure to launch, that would be too dynamic an expression. It is stupefying anxiety and confusion that makes even a single, stilted step forward impossible.
I've been thinking a lot about magazines and movies lately. I recently gave a talk about rich media to the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association. I spoke a bit about disruptive innovations and their impact on incumbent industries. But, it was only after the talk, when I was preparing for another one, that I had an insight into what movies could teach magazines and other traditional media.
March 21st 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Digital Storytelling From The Heart
with Jordan Bower in Vancouver
Tune your online voice. Social and transmedia offer artists, activists, and thought leaders new ways to build connections with your audience. Discover how to make yours stand out. The Internet is more than a collection of data. It is actually an instrument of feeling -- whether the feeling of loneliness abated or wisdom shared. How does your song fit in? Through critical analysis and discussion, you'll recall your own vitally important melody, learn to create stories that are curing -- not viral -- and experiment with novel approaches to inspiring connection, wonder, and action.