November 19, 2011

Workin With The United Nations On A Digital Crowdsourcing Campaign to Stop HIV / AIDS - Comments (1)

In May I visited Bamako, Mali in West Africa where I keynoted the UN’s Global Youth Summit on HIV. I gave a presentation titled “What Can The HIV/AIDS Movement Lean From Green/Climate Movement About Online Activism?” This was my first trip to Africa and my first time working with UNAIDS. To say that I learned a lot and had my horizons expanded would be an understatement. While I was there to share and teach, I feel like I’m the one who came away having learned so much. I was so inspired by the youth activists I met on this trip that I’ve gone on to continue this work throughout the year.

February 1, 2011

What we leave behind is our digital footprint… - Comments (2)

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Our future is being documented by us in our present. Each and everyone of us who has a digital camera, a cellphone, a computer or even a camera phone has the task of creating our living digital history in real time. Our digital landscape has changed drastically from the meaningless dribble that once was in a stream of collective consciousness that is being contributed to by all of us. Collectively everything that we capture is part of our digital footprint that will exist as a living breathing legacy of ourselves online.

December 27, 2010

The Future of Fashion Photography - Comments (4)

I’m working on some thoughts for a fashion photography section for Matt Bamberg‘s upcoming book “Defining the Future of Photography“. These notes are really rough but are start for the chapter on “The Future of Fashion Photography”.

a) Models male & female alike will move towards an increasingly more distinct eurasian look as China’s middle class grows and western world brands look to have global international appeal.

b) Web sites like http://lookbook.nu/ have nearly made obsolete traditional fashion publications and have upset traditional power hierarchies and gatekeepers in the fashion world. Old models of advertising and distribution are being replaced with e-commerce, fashion blogs, and community sourced trends and fashions. Now is a bright time in history for emerging and independent creative photographers to get their foot in the door and launch their career.

January 9, 2010

Jeremy Crowle’s new show ‘tHere in Spirit’ showing at W2-Perel Gallery in DTES Comments Off

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We are very lucky in Vancouver to have such a rich and diverse art community that has really supportive galleries and spaces for a wide variety of shows. W2 Woodwards just recently opened their art space in the Perel Gallery in the DTES, which serves a multi-purpose art space for shows, performances and workshops. Their most recent artist in resident is Jeremy Crowle, a Vancouver-Galiano Island painter, who’s new show will open next Thursday January 14th at 8 pm. His curated show titled ‘tHere in Spirit‘ is a collection of large-scale paintings that will be shown through the duration of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

August 18, 2009

TED Comes to Vancouver : Speaker Nominations for TEDxVan - Comments (10)

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TED is a great conference format that is focused on the theme of ‘ideas worth spreading’ in technology, entertainment and design. Showcasing the brightest and coolest minds our times, TED is an all around impressive event that videotapes all their speakers and puts the videos up for free on their TED talks list. They really stand behind their principles of sharing ideas, even if people are unable to attend the highly anticipated TED event.

August 16, 2009

Digital Footprint: From a web of pages to a web of streams - Comments (1)

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Our digital world is changing as rapidly as it is expanding. When the internet was first introduced to our world, the main concern was understanding websites and their proficiency in this new landscape of media. This was the first time ever that we had an online format to say anything and we were just figuring what to create for this new outlet. The idea of dialoguing was not even part of the picture of the internet for we were just learning to how to speak in this new way. Yet as the internet grew and the world explored new ways to communicate with each other, content management systems started to appear.

August 3, 2009

The Summer Gathering at Hollyhock on Cortes Island - Comments (10)

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When you live in Vancouver, summer time is all about spending time on the Gulf Islands and this summer is no different. I just got back from a seven day adventure on Cortes Island which five of those days was spent at Hollyhock at the Summer Gathering. The Summer Gathering is an invitational conference that gathers the best thinkers, activists and social change agents from around the world! Artist Chris Jordan, scientist Rupert Sheldrake, wordsmith Rachel Bagby, photographer Kevin W. Kelley, filmmaker Bill Weaver, social technologist Leif Utne, engineer Jeff Vanderclute, and educator Rennie Keats were just a few of the participants of this event.

The entire week was hosted by Rick Ingrasci who specializes in consciousness research and poverty eradication activist Torkin Wakefield. Each day started off with an opening circle invocation, a series of morning talks that were organized around a specific topic and then an afternoon of offered workshops from all of the 120 participants.

July 14, 2009

‘From a Web of Pages to a Web of Streams’ Presentation for SXSW 2010 - Comments (8)

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UPDATED: The Panel Picker for the SXSW festival has been released! You can vote for this panel here! Voting ends September 4th.

I often talk about the internet theory that the web is being moving from a web of pages to a web of streams. We are all familiar with the traditional method of internet content being hosted on sites specifically. The new method is how our identity is being dictated by the individual streams we leave behind on the web. I really wanted to give this talk in a discussion session at SXSW Interactive 2010.

June 18, 2009

China update: TED x Shanghai - Comments (1)

kk at TEDxShanghai TED is an annual event that pulls together some of the greatest and most innovative thinkers of our time. Defined initially as ‘technology, entertainment and design’, TED encompasses far broader topics than that, from the neuro-sciences, to cyborgs, to carbon footprints. Each event consists of a program of filmed talks that are later shared freely on the TED website. Daring in its protocol of limiting attendees to its actual events and revolutionary in its thinking of giving all the talks, presentations and lectures away free on the internet, TED is revitalizing the way we spread ideas.

April 27, 2009

Rad New Music Services I Learned About Today - Comments (3)

I’m over buying music. The industry is changing, I don’t know exactly where it’s headed, and I refuse to spend money buyin new stuff… especially music.

In light of this I had been spending a lot of time listening to SeeqPod. Seeqpod allowed you to search and then stream any and all music ever recorded and stuck online. It was amazing. You could create playlists of stuff you liked, save them, and share a link to them on Twitter or wherever.

Over the weekend Seeqpod stopped working. I am sad. I’ve heard they might be trying to sell their music search technology to the record companies instead of being sued of existence by them.

Either way I need to find a new source to get my fix.

January 2, 2008

2008: To Infinity and Beyond! - Comments (4)

meta-selfMy resolution is revolution but here’s a couple more goals for the coming year…

– Read more books (one a month).
– Eat more lunch (everyday!).
– Get an acting agent (I want to play a villian in a movie this year).
– Don’t be in love… be love.

Updated: I should also prolly talk less and just see what happens…

What are gonna get up to this year?

January 4, 2006

Photography Tips and Resolutions for 2006 Comments Off

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I came accross a great list of New Year’s Resolutions for photographers by Bob Johnson over at one of my favorite photography blogs, Earthbound Light. Check out the list, I’m definately going to be trying to work some of these into my 2006.

* Actually read the manual for your camera.
* Learn to use the lenses you already have rather than buying more.
* Buy a new lens.
* Take a photography class or workshop.
* Take a Photoshop class.
* Join a photo club.
* Use your tripod more often.
* Learn to spot meter and use manual exposure.
* Shoot things in both horizontal and vertical.
* Convert to digital.
* Start shooting raw instead of jpeg.
* Learn to use adjustment layers.
* Learn to use color management.
* Set up your own website.
* Organize your images.
* Register the copyright for your photographs.
* Find a new place to photograph.
* Explore a well known location all over again.
* Take more pictures.

(cross-posted from Static Photography)

December 13, 2005

FU H2 Comments Off

FU H2This morning walking to work I had the opportunity to join project FU H2. I’ve been cruisin’ around flippin’ off Hummers all week but this was the first time I had quick access to my camera phone in order to document it. I sent it into the the FUH2.com website photo gallery today and will link to it once they post it.

From their website, here’s some good reasons for you to give the bird to HumVee’s and their owners too….

* The H2 is the ultimate poseur vehicle. It has the chassis of a Chevy Tahoe and a body that looks like the original Hummer; i.e. it’s a Chevy Tahoe in disguise.

* The H2 is a gas guzzler. Because it has a gross vehicle weight rating over 8500 lbs, the US government does not require it to meet federal fuel efficiency regulations. Hummer isn’t even required to publish its fuel economy (owners indicate that they get around 10 mpg for normal use). So while our brothers and sisters are off in the Middle East risking their lives to secure America’s fossil fuel future, H2 drivers are pissing away our “spoils of victory” during each trip to the grocery store.

* The H2 is a polluter. Based on G.M.’s optimistic claim that it gets13 mpg, an H2 will produce 3.4 metric tons of carbon emissions in a typical year, nearly double that of G.M.’s Chevrolet Malibu sedan.

* The H2 is a death machine. You’d better hope that you don’t collide with an H2 in your economy car. You can kiss your ass goodbye thanks to the H2′s massive weight and raised bumpers. Too bad you couldn’t afford an urban assault vehicle of your own. Or could you…?

* The H2 is a tax loophole. Under the current tax laws, business owners can deduct nearly half the cost of their H2s. If you are in the highest tax bracket, that’s a tax savings of nearly $10,000! The government rewards you more savings for buying an H2 than you’d get for buying an electric car.

December 2, 2005

10 Web Moments That Changed the World Comments Off

From the Webby Awards via the Web of Change mailing list…

10 Web Moments That Changed the World

1. The Dotcom Boom and Bust (1995-2001) – Launched by Netscape’s IPO, the Boom & Bust fast-tracked the Web

2. The Drudge Report Breaks Lewinsky Scandal (1998) – Matt Drudge Scoops one of the decade’s biggest stories

3. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Named Time’s Man of the Year (December 1999) - 1999 Was A Watershed Year for Online Commerce

4. Elections Worldwide (2004) - Howard Dean Revolutionizes Politics

5. September 11th (2001) – Millions of Americans Turn to the Internet for Information About the Tragedies

6. Asian Tsunami (2005) - Citizens Journalists Are the First on the Scene to Document the Tsunami

7. Napster Shut Down (July 2001) - Court Ruling Spurs Innovation and New Business Models

8. Live 8 on AOL (July 2005) – Internet Coverage Of Global Concert Bests Television’s

9. Match.com Booms (2002) - The Web Becomes the Primary Means for Making Connections

10. SARS Virus Discovered Online (2003) – Web Plays Central Role in Research to Discover SARS Virus

October 28, 2005

Breaking The Curse Comments Off

Tomorrow I’m finally going to break the curse and leave North America. I’m 28 years old have traveled lots and lots around the States and Canada but have never left the continent. So after much ado and a couple planned trips that ended up failing through for one reason or another I’m finally off to see a lil bit more of the world.

YVR >> LHR >> LGW >> EDI >> LHR >> YVR

I’m going to be flying from Vancouver to London on British Airways. I’m going to hang in London for a few days and explore and take pictures and meetup some old friends like Andy and Suw and some new friends like Sarah and Max. Then I’m headed up to Edinburgh for a weekend, then back to London, and then home to YVR. What should I do while I’m there? What should I see? What is your fav resturant/pub/museum/gallery/club that I just can’t miss?

I’ll be gone for 9 days. I’m sure I won’t have access to my cell phone at all so email will be the best way to get a hold of me (or Flickr). I’ll be working some and playing some so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need me.

September 22, 2005

G’Morning from Hollyhock – Web of Change on Cortes Island Comments Off

*stretch* Just getting up after a big first night here at Web of Change. We had a great meal together last night and then spent a couple hours getting to know each other.

The crowd is amazing… big names that everyone will know are here… like Amnesty International, Greenpeace, and CivicSpace Labs, the Humane Society, etc… as well as lots of web and online people from various local, state and federal politicians and governments. People came from as far away as Amsterdam with big concentrations of peeps from NY, DC, SF, and Vancouver. Some other interesting random demographics (that I haven’t figured out whether to place significance in or not) are… everyone here is less than 50, and I bet only a handful are in there 40′s, the group is split between viewing technology as the problem or the solution, everyone has a(t least one) website, everyone has a cause, the group is half female, 90% of us are white, and I don’t think anyone here likely voted for George Bush.

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70 of us or so walked in the dark up to the ‘drum circle house’… a new structure built here at Hollyhock to accommodate the Nigerian drummers who spend a lot of time teaching here. We sat around on the floor and went around the room and each of us took a minute or two to introduce ourselves. Jason was smart… we can read each others bios online and probably already have. Save the formal, scientific description of your skills and exploits for your resume… tell us your name, where you live, and what is ‘rocking your world’. It was cool to hear everyone get passionate about something and made the session a lot less boring than most icebreaker meetings that I’ve been to.

Pretty much the rest of the night was spent bouncing between the gingerbread house, the clothing optional hot tub, and the smoking temple… but you’ll have to ask Phil, Leda, and Alex about that.

September 21, 2005

Cortes Island Comments Off

I just arrived on Cortes Island for the Web of Change conference. For the record this place is 3 ferries away from the mainland (Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo, Campbell River to Quadra Island and then Quadra Island over to Cortes Island). This is definately the most remote spot I’ve been to since living in Yellowstone.

Cortes Island Map

People are still arriving and I’m about to wander down and find some (vegetarian dinner). I’m excited… and a lil bit nervous… about the days to come. Themes of this event seem to be hippies, eagles, synergy, un-connected-ness, yoga, granola, sticking the word community in front of anything, hot tubbing, geekery and winning the 2008 US election. More to come later tonight.

September 19, 2005

Web of Change Comments Off

(cross-posted from my Bryght blog)

I’ll be going to Web of Change on Cortes Island here in British Columbia on Wednesday. Web of Change is an annual gathering that connects global leaders in online communications, technology, and activism, who are actively building a better world.

"Web of Change is an invitational gathering for networked leaders from NGO’s, foundations, and the business world that are using the web to build relationships and inspire people to take action towards social change goals. We are the people leading change online and transforming the world through our work. Many participants return annually for trend-spotting, inspiring keynote speakers, to connect with like-minded peers, and tap into the humour, fun and creativity of this exceptional network."

The themes for the event are:

  • Collaboration Culture
  • Relationships and Networks
  • Branding and Storytelling
  • Open Business and Campaign Models

I’m excited to take a few days out with such an amazing group of people (including friends like Alex, Rob, Kaliya and Phil) and talk about how we can use the power of technology and the internet to connect, share, inspire, and change the world.

June 28, 2005

The 11 Layers of Citizen Journalism Comments Off

Here’s an awesome report from Poynter Online and Steve Outing about the emerging trend of citizen journalism. He provides a great overview and links to almost all the important players in the space. It would have been cool to see Roland, UrbanVancouver, Drupal or Bryght mentioned also… especially since it’s still a small and emerging space and they’ve been in it since the beginning. I dropped Steve a line and hope to hook him up with Roland later today.

Here’s his list of the 11 steps to help media publishers go from dipping a toe into the waters of participatory journalism to fully embracing citizen reporting and putting the organizations resources behind it.

1. The first step: Opening up to public comment
2. Second step: The citizen add-on reporter
3. Now we’re getting serious: Open-source reporting
4. The citizen bloghouse
5. Newsroom citizen ‘transparency’ blogs
6. The stand-alone citizen-journalism site: Edited version
7. The stand-alone citizen-journalism site: Unedited version
8. Add a print edition
9. The hybrid: Pro + citizen journalism
10. Integrating citizen and pro journalism under one roof
11. Wiki journalism: Where the readers are editors

“Citizen journalism.” It’s one of the hottest buzzwords in the news business these days. Many news executives are probably thinking about implementing some sort of citizen-journalism initiative; a small but growing number have already done so.

In my conversations and communications with editors, I sense plenty of confusion about the concept. There’s enthusiasm about experimenting in some quarters — about harnessing the power of an audience permitted for the first time to truly participate in the news media. But mostly I hear concern and healthy skepticism.

This article is designed to help publishers and editors understand citizen journalism and how it might be incorporated into their Web sites and legacy media. We’ll look at how news organizations can employ the citizen-journalism concept, and we’ll approach it by looking at the different levels or layers available. Citizen journalism isn’t one simple concept that can be applied universally by all news organizations. It’s much more complex, with many potential variations

Thx to my crazy Swedish friends for the link…

May 22, 2005

RSS + BitTorrent + Your TV = Torrentocracy Comments Off

This looks pretty interesting, going to play with it later today and will let you know how it goes. Thx for the link Alex

Torrentocracy (pronounced like the word democracy) is the combination of RSS, bit torrent, your television and your remote control. In effect, it is what gives any properly motivated person or entity the ability to have their own TV station. By running torrentocracy on a computer connected to your television, you not only become a viewer of any available content from the internet, but you also become a part of a vast grass roots media distribution network.

This is not about the illegal distribution of media, but rather it’s about enabling an entirely new way to receive the video which you watch on your TV. If you ever wondered how and when your computer, the internet and your television would merge into one seemless device with access to anything and everything, then at this very moment the theme song from 2001: A Space Odyssey (“Also Sprach Zarathustra”) should be resounding through your head..

The geekier part (this is where you find out that this software runs only on Linux and is not really intended for use by normal humans :( )…

So, not only is torrentocracy a way of rethinking how you get your media, but it’s also an actual (free) software product by the same name. It is written to be integrated within MythTV, the Linux based home media server project (think Tivo on steroids). It allows you to join bit torrent (p2p) sessions linked to from RSS feeds so that any person running a capable blog can automatically have many people sharing the media they are trying to distribute. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

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