In honour of the credit crisis & financial sector meltdown, I’m declaring bankruptcy on multiple unfrequented email accts. This includes Facebook. Please be patient as some things are delayed/lost in the shuffle…firstname.lastname@example.org works best. Even better? IRL times – my 2nd fav East Coast DJ is spinning tonight….
Completely blissed out after having a very edu-mi-cational Tuesday yesterday. Was very lucky to meet the enthusiastic crew of EQAO with Intangibles auteur, colleague & reformed protester Boyd Neil, when we presented concepts and examples demonstrating the impact of digital media on the education sector to our province’s communications professionals.
Wrapped the afternoon/early evening on my old stomping ground, UofT campus – Sid Smith specifically. Like a reverse of Proust’s dunkin’madelaine, the 70s dystopian architecture brought back the faint whiff of Fung Mess Hall chicken fingers & recycled over-brewed coffee. Long-time-bud-turned-expert-’crat & professorial-type Josh Hjartarson was misguided enough to expose a mess of malleable minds to my mad ravings on the subject of government relations. Of course Josh was his always affable self, presenting with sharp quips, awesome examples and too-hip clips. My jokes about Napster being free when I was in undergrad were met with crickets’n'tumbleweeds. Le sigh.
Some tough queries from the always bright UofT PoliSci students that’re TEN YEARS YOUNGER THAN ME. If y’all have any queries about what I *do* in GR…fire away…or click ahoy:
Finally, the most edu-mi-cational part of the day was discovering new music & meeting new Tweeps in the 2nd Twuneup Community (Follow’em @TwunesTO). My pick out of all the the amazing cover songs? Beck+Of Montreal = AWESOME (not crystal clear recording…)
Two for two…blogger guilt is a powerful thing…
Wanted to send special thanks to blogger Mary for a lovely brunch in my fav Toronto haunt on Family Day – be sure to read her titilating reportage of our scandalous, witty, highbrow conversation in the days ahead.
Continuing the theme of shameless self-promotion – if you are one of the 8 people with Silverlight installed on your computer – feel free to cringe and wince along with all the grammatical fouls during my first french-language interview for TFO. YIKES. My Christian Bale-esque tirade filled with Crissedecaliseestidetabarnacdesacrament-s was sadly left on the cutting room floor.
Special invitation for all Torontopians in/around downtown on the 19th – Check out the Canadian Premiere of the doc ‘Us Now’ at Hart House, presented by Mass LBP. Free ticket resos on EventBrite. Check out the trailer:
Blogger guilt & the glimmer of spring prompts a much overdue post…Shamed into action by lovely stalwart scribblin’ colleagues like The Douma, The Doctor & The Boyd...I’ve now got Sharanwrap & Lunch Lovin’ Mary to keep up with. Sheesh.
Certainly no lack of content to populate these pixels – followup from ChangeCamp’s kept things busy & continues to snuggles perfectly into my nerdy niches of politics, public policy, civic engagement, copyleft/opensource & tech.
Spearhead’er Mark Kuznicki has a great summary post on the ChangeCamp blog to succinctly wrap the event and issue a call to action for all participants to move our ideas forward.
Positive & constructive results are in for what was a hugely successful & ambitious undertaking – ChangeCamp Toronto. Mosey over to the Wiki for interesting survey results & illustrations like this one:
While you’re surfin’ check out the glowing feature in the Globe & Mail about the open source movement in the city, & like all good tech events in TO, there’s a great vid by Mark McKay that captures the spirit of the event:
ChangeCamp ’09 from Mark McKay on Vimeo.
We’ve got more ChangeCamp schemes in the works, so stay tuned. All planning meetings are broadcast/recorded to align with our ‘transparency’ thrust – we walk the walk, peeps! Tune in on Tuesday afternoon for more CC chats & mind mappin’:
ChangeCamp Strategy Session February 2, 2009 from remarkk on Vimeo.