It’s not every day you get to hear insights from a world-famous blogger, leaders in the phone and wireless industry, game developer and a digital entrepreneur – all in the same room, all at the same time.
On February 25th in Vancouver, DigiBC presented a full day of conversations featuring an international group of thought leaders and innovators, part of the VX Conversations series.
In all there were five sessions presented at the BC Showcase Centre at Robson Square, and I recorded them for DigiBC’s VXperience.com website
This session is titled Wireless Meets Digital, and featured:
“We start to accept that ridiculous language in which citizens are referred to by politicians and administrators as clients.
We’re not clients of government.
We own the government, it’s our government.
There isn’t a single thing of government which we don’t own, how could we be clients ?
And we aren’t buying shoes, we’re talking about the rights of citizens within their own society.
We’re not stakeholders, we’re citizens.”
– John Ralston Saul, speaking at the PLAN 20th Anniversary evening at Christ’s Church Cathedral in Vancouver, November 20, 2009.
John Ralston Saul is an award winning novelist and essayist, and one of Canada’s most outspoken champions of freedom of expression.
His most recent book is called The Collapse of Globalism and the Reinvention of the World. It’s just the latest in a series of best selling works that have been translated into 22 languages and sold in over 30 countries. Earlier this year he become the first Canadian to elected president of International PEN, the association of writers devoted to defending freedom of expression.
John is also the patron of PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network), and he was the featured guest speaker at PLAN’s recent 20th Anniversary celebration in Vancouver.
I was asked to record the evening, and you now can hear the John’s keynote on the Tyze.com website, or listen to it here.
These two men are known around the world for their work in community development and citizenship empowerment. Having the opportunity to meet with them was extra exciting for me. When I was first started out as a consultant, Peter Block’s book Flawless Consulting was in invaluable resource – and I return to it when I’m finding challenges in my work.
Here’s the podcast created for Tyze.
John McKnight’s landmark books on community development include Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community’s Assets, and his series of articles collected in The Careless Society. He’s a professor of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University in Chicago, and co-chair of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern.
Peter Block is best known for his book Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used, and is the author of number of other best selling books including Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest and The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work.
Peter’s most recent book Belonging: The Structure of Community, has been called “the most important intergenerational book of our time”.
The idea is simple: interviews with people who’s brains are worth picking, sparked by something they’ve Tweeted or posted on Facebook or other social networking site. It isn’t brain surgery, just a quick chat with someone who’s fun and interesting.
Hear episode #1 now – featuring Vancouver actor and director Jay Brazeau.
While on their way to interview Cam MacDonald in Mt. Pleasant, they passed a small corner store. Taking a peak inside they discovered a very unusual city corner store – packed with local products and oozing country charm.
It’s called the Home Grow-in Grocer, and it’s a place where trust trumps the credit card…
He has no land, and his farm is scattered around the city of Vancouver.
Cam is practising urban agriculture, using yards donated by people he and his partners have met, people who are interested in converting lawns into food producing gardens. No tractor or gas-spewing farm machinery here; Cam zips between his plots on an electric scooter.
He’s the subject of the latest podcast in a series I’m producing with writers Spring Gillard and David Tracey called Can Urban Agriculture Save the World ?
We recorded the first in the series on Tuesday at the YWCA downtown’s roof garden. It’s an interesting project, and all the food grown in the garden is taken to a women’s group on the downtown east side. You can read more about the rooftop garden / food project on the Y’s website.
Ted Cathcart runs the project, and he was kind enough to spend an hour with us explaining the project and discussing the challenges.
I’ve just posted a podcast with Munu Hicken-Gaberria on VanGoGreen.
Munu’s the guy behind a line of eco-friendly laundry products. Not only are they eco-friendly, but they’re sold in glass jars that are re-usable.
A successful businessman from the UK who fell in love with BC’s natural beauty, he’s doing his bit to try to help the environment. I think you’ll find him interesting and inspiring. He’s based in Port Moody.
I’ve just posted a new podcast with Edward Trueman, President and CEO of JER Envirotech in Delta BC.
JER Envirotech is a British Columbia company at the forefront of new technology that’s changing the thermoplastics industry and helping the environment at the same time. When JER Envirotech was first founded ten years ago, the goal was to find a way to use organic materials in thermoplastics.
The idea was simple – instead of sending waste wood to the landfill or burning rice hulls – why not make use of these products by combining them with polymers to create a new kind of thermoplastic.
We’re starting up the new season of podcasts for Raincoast Books with an amazing new young writer named Nathan Sellyn.
He’s still in his 20’s and creates characters that are gritty, flawed, and ever so real. Nathan’s first book is a collection of stories called Indigenous Beasts. One of the benefits of doing the podcasts with Raincoast is that I get advance copies of the books, and this one I couldn’t put down.
We’ve got a short preview podcast out now, and a full length interview coming next week.
What happens when the cat decides to eat the script in the middle of a voice over.
Sequence of events:
– I’m reading an extro
– Ozzie (cat) attacks script
– I attempt to issue command to cat (a mistake)
– I resort to chasing cat (also a mistake)
– I bump mic (another mistake)
– Ozzie complains (who can blame him)
– I show him the door