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#occupytoronto – Photo Blog

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 in photography, photography, Toronto, writing

#occupytoronto – Photo Blog

For a little over two months now, #occupy protests have been going on across North America and around the world. In recent weeks, much of the attention has shifted to whether or not the occupiers should be allowed to take up residence in public spaces, such as Saint James Park in downtown Toronto.

I have mixed feelings about the protests. Overall, I’m supportive of the movement and the principles that the occupiers stand for, at the same time, I really worry that right now, the message has gotten clouded by a fight about tents in the park, rather than the real issues at hand.

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AccessU Presentation at Wilfred Laurier University

Posted on Nov 9, 2011 in portfolio, speaking, TED

This week I was asked to give a talk about life, entrepreneurship and TEDxWaterloo all in a one hour block for a program called AccessU at WLU. A big thanks to Jon for hosting me and to the students to came to the session. It was great to connect with so many enthusiastic, motivated students in such an open environment.

Preparing these kinds of talks is always a challenge for me, but the preparation ends up actually forcing me to reflect on certain things in my life and in the end, is something I am always happy to have done. It was a chance to look at my last year in particular, leaving RIM, going to a non-profit, and now working on two different startups as well as doing some consulting work on the side (not to mention planning TEDxWaterloo for 2012). It’s been a great journey and I’m thankful for the opportunity to share a bit of it. 

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140 Conf Ontario #140conf

Posted on Oct 18, 2011 in events, local, portfolio, speaking, technology

140 Conf Ontario #140conf

Last month I had the opportunity to speak on a panel at Ontario’s first 140 Conf. It’s always a pleasure to be asked to share ideas and opinions, but this was a really special opportunity! I was asked to be on a panel with a handful of other incredible community leaders (Hilary Abel / @angrycelery, David Yoon / @daejin_v2 and James Howe / @Communic8nHowe) and our panel was actually left pretty wide open (which is rare). 

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A Call for More Public Art

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 in portfolio, writing

A Call for More Public Art

This editorial originally appeared in The Record on May 2, 2011. You can see the original article (and responses) here. A follow-up article was also written in the Record on May 27, 2011 here.

I recently overheard a passionate conversation at a local coffee shop about the lack of public art in and around Waterloo Region. As these two people went on about why there should be more public art, and all the benefits our community is missing out on, I began to reflect on it.

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Heart to Art

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 in arts, blog, facilitation, portfolio, Toronto

Heart to Art

On August 13 I had a great opportunity to work as a facilitator for a program that was run by the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario). The program, put on by Celina Agaton, was called a Heart to Art Chat and designed to bring a wider community of engaged individuals together at the AGO to talk very openly about what the gallery needs to do to become more relevant and continue to grow.

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