Jon Stewart’s Closing Rally Speech: “If We Amplify Everything, We Hear Nothing”

via tv.gawker.com 215,000 people gathered to celebrate moderation, rationality and compromise. Jon Stewart did a great job. Andrew Sullivan did just as good with his analysis: http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/10/an-apoliti…

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215,000 people gathered to celebrate moderation, rationality and compromise. Jon Stewart did a great job. Andrew Sullivan did just as good with his analysis: http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/10/an-apolitical-po…

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles Sings ‘True Colors’ for the ‘It Gets Better’ Project

via Towleroad.com This gave me chills and made me weep. This is what my 15 year-old self needed to hear. But back then we didn’t have YouTube and Facebook. Share it and the kids that need the message today will find it. This is how social technolo…

via Towleroad.com

This gave me chills and made me weep. This is what my 15 year-old self needed to hear. But back then we didn’t have YouTube and Facebook. Share it and the kids that need the message today will find it. This is how social technology makes real impact in individual lives. Amazing.

2010 Ideas Festival, Nov 24-26, 2010

I will be attending the 2010 Ideas Festival in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick November 24th to 26th. I’ve been asked by the folks at Public Policy Forum to present a 5 minute talk on what keeps me up at night. I want to talk about the problem of bridging the industrial to the network age, which may be too much to chew in 5 minutes, but we’ll see what I can do to drop a couple of idea bombs into the mix.

More on the Ideas Festival:

Our communities and region are changing.  Our population is aging, the economy is slowly recovering, innovation is the main driver of economic growth, the war for talent intensifies, values are evolving and technology rapidly shifts.  The convergence of these effects demands knowledge, innovation and leadership that enables our organizations and communities to thrive in the 21st Century.

The 21inc Ideas Festival is the premier opportunity for business and government leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, artists and change-makers in Atlantic Canada and across the country to engage with the people and ideas shaping our world.

Interested in joining us? Register here: http://www.ppforum.ca/events/ideas-festival

UPDATE: My speaking notes for my brief “Reframe” talk is below the jump.

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We’re all just petri dishes with shoes.

Valerie Brown has a long, humbling piece on the micro-organisms that make up “the vast majority ??? estimated by many scientists at 90 percent ??? of the cells in what you think of as your body”: Researchers have found several reasons to believe that …

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Valerie Brown has a long, humbling piece on the micro-organisms that make up “the vast majority, estimated by many scientists at 90 percent, of the cells in what you think of as your body”:

Researchers have found several reasons to believe that bacteria affect the mental health of humans. For one thing, bacteria produce some of the same types of neurotransmitters that regulate the function of the human brain. The human intestine contains a network of neurons, and the gut network routinely communicates with the brain. Gut bacteria affect that communication. “The bugs are talking to each other, and they’re talking to their host, and their host talks back,” Young says. The phrase “gut feeling” is probably, literally true.

(Image by Jake Lewis. It can be bought here and here.)

Hat tip Andrew Sullivan.

George Smitherman: Open Government Candidate? #voteTO #opendata #gov20

I am impressed to see this statement come out of the George Smitherman campaign. Smitherman is the only leading candidate for Mayor of Toronto committed to mandate the release of municipal data in machine-readable formats as a key pillar of his go…

I am impressed to see this statement come out of the George Smitherman campaign. Smitherman is the only leading candidate for Mayor of Toronto committed to mandate the release of municipal data in machine-readable formats as a key pillar of his government transparency and democratic renewal policies.

In these final days of the Toronto municipal election, citizens and advocates looking for more open, transparent, innovative and effective government have had some difficulty sorting through the platforms of the leading mayoral candidates, looking for the signals they need to make an informed choice. Until Smitherman’s announcement, the words “open data” have yet to make it into the language of the other leading candidates.

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