Public Gifting in Wellington West

Two weeks ago I played a role in a terrific local festival called Taste of Wellington West whose centrepiece is a massive public gifting event. This year 36 different independent local restaurants, bakeries and food shops gave out tens of thousands of free food samples to thousands of visitors throughout the afternoon. It is partly... Continue Reading →

Killer Cows and You

Not many people know that cows are killers. Or rather, cow milk. But yes, according to the Canadian Government, the milk that comes out of a healthy cow is toxic and we must at all costs be protected from it. Welcome to the OS2 world. Farmer Michael Schmidt of Durham Ontario is just one of... Continue Reading →

Earth Heroes on Parliament Hill

Just got back from cheering on 100 or so people getting arrested for protesting the Harper government's pro-oil anti-earth policies, preceded by powerful speeches by elders and youngsters demanding justice and respect for the earth. I salute their courage and wisdom. They are trying to save all our asses. Among the many memorable speakers was... Continue Reading →

iDC post #2: DIY: nightmare for humanities, social sciences, media

As previously mentioned, I post regularly to the terrific Institute for Distributed Creativity listserv, and have started cross-posting my contributions there to this blog. Here is yesterday's post, in response to George Siemen's post titled: DIY: nightmare for humanities, social sciences, media. The entire thread can be found here: https://lists.thing.net/pipermail/idc/2011-September/thread.html Hi George, well, first of... Continue Reading →

What You Know vs. Who You Know

Last night I was speaking with Moses, a visitor from Kenya, about the difficulty young people have finding jobs in his homeland, even when they have a degree. Because, he said, "It is not what you know that matters but who you know." Now this is a phrase I have also heard used to describe... Continue Reading →

The Gift Edition Goes Out

"It is better to give than to receive" goes the old adage, and today I feel it is very much true. Although I hope that tomorrow - or whenever these books I am sending out today arrive on your doorstep - that you will be equally pleased to receive! For today I am sending out... Continue Reading →

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