Ottawa Social Media Breakfast, May 6th

For those in the Ottawa area, I will be speaking at Social Media Breakfast Ottawa 9 on Wednesday, May 6th. Thanks to Simon Chen and Mark Faul for inviting me to Ottawa in the lead-up to ChangeCamp Ottawa on Saturday, May 16th.


Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend ChangeCamp Ottawa (the first ChangeCamp since we created the format in January) myself, due to the inevitable post-event exhaustion (and likely hangover) from organizing the SpinTO fundraising launch event on Friday, May 15th. The stars just weren’t aligned for this one. But no matter, because Mark Faul, Ian Capstick and many other great Ottawa folks have been doing a great job with minimal advice from me. Which is perfect for me and shows that the model can scale and propagate.

For those who are able to come to the Ottawa SMB, here’s a little preview of what I’ll be talking about:

Social Web, Social Change & the Return of Community.

The social web is making possible new and exciting capabilities, new ways of participating in a global conversation. However, often those interested in social media and online community leave something very important, and very human, behind: our need for face-to-face interaction, to meet people around our shared passions and to have an impact, to create meaning.  Drawing from his work creating hybrid online and face-to-face participatory experiences, Toronto-based ChangeCamp organizer and consultant Mark Kuznicki will outline some theory and practice about how the social web meets physical community.

Innovation Parkour

My good friends and sometimes collaborators Michael Dila and Matthew Milan delivered the latest iteration of the “Innovation Parkour” presentation recently, so I thought I would share the slides and video with you here.

Innovation Parkour – Toronto Planners Unite Conference from Matthew Milan on Vimeo.

I have seen this in earlier forms, and as you would expect of something that comes out of the Unfinished Business project, it is a beginning rather than an end. But I believe that it is a very important beginning, outlines a direction for transformative innovation as practice and highlights the kind of design thinking talent that we have in our Toronto community.

The part of the Unfinished Kernel that I tend to work and play in is called Participation. I’m looking forward to advancing my own thinking and practice in this larger context of innovation in order to work together to “get a better reality”.

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