Social Media Predictions for 2013 – where are we headed?

In late 2011, I was asked by Monday Magazine to provide my predictions for social media in 2012.  They are listed below.  I'm curious to know what you think - did I get it right?  What came out of left field that we weren't anticipating?  Where will we be headed in 2013?  I'd love to hear your comments about developments you've seen, and what you would predict for 2013. Monday only asked for my top five but there were definitely other trends I … [Read more...]

Word Camp Victoria 2013 Presentation: Blogging to Build Community, Online and Off

I’m honoured to be speaking at the fifth Word Camp Victoria on January 12th, 2013. It’s a labour of love for Paul Holmes and a way for the community of WordPress enthusiasts and developers to give back. When I approached blogging in the mid 2000s I couldn’t imagine having enough to say. Then I started using Twitter in April 2009, posting tweets of interest to me - mainly regarding the performing arts and community building initiatives in … [Read more...]

Building Resilient Networks, Online and Off, talk from IdeaWave 2011

From a talk given at Idea Wave 2011: Building Resilient Networks, Online and Off, in the 21st Century.  Thanks to Kris Constable for continuing to provide a platform for critical thinkers to exchange ideas. Today I got to thinking about social media, connection and community. How the nature of technology has changed the way we think about community but has not necessarily made it easier to maintain the connections needed to maintain resilient … [Read more...]

Word Camp Victoria 2012 Presentation: disclosures, attribution and copyright

I’m excited to be presenting, with Brenda Johima,  at WordCamp 2012 on the topic of: disclosures, attribution and copyright. In the ever evolving realm of social media and the internet, content is created and shared. Now that we’re blogging, how do we credit the original creator? Do we have the right to use the image or written copy? Does our audience really need to know if we are paid to write a post, or received free tickets … [Read more...]

International Free Hugs Day 2011 Victoria BC

Saturday July 2nd 2011 marked the 2nd time we celebrated International Free Hugs Day in Victoria BC. Our inaugural event in 2010 came about after Alex Yates @Lunacee tweeted about the day and before you knew it, we had crowd sourced a small group of people willing to meet at the Visitors' Information Centre for a few hours of hugging. International Free Hugs Day was the inspiration of Juan Mann (a pseudonym) an Australian, in 2004. The hugs … [Read more...]

Pecha Kucha Night 4 Victoria BC, Generational Knowledge Transfer

Here’s the presentation that Jaryd Zinkewich and I did at Pecha Kucha Night 4, Victoria BC, November 25 2010.   From our Pecha Kucha introduction: “Jaryd Zinkewich and Janis La Couvée originally met through Twitter and Social Media Club, and discovered, despite several decades of age difference, that they shared many of the same values and ideas concerning community, connection and engagement. They worked together on Twestival … [Read more...]

Set Theory and Human Relationships – The Power of One

This past weekend July 10 and 11th, in Victoria BC, Kris Constable hosted Idea Wave, a conference of ideas. Over 2 days, 50 people (25 a day) presented 10 minute talks on their ideas. They ranged from  “It’s Nursing for the Future Trans-Humanists”by Sarah Novotny, to“Taking Charge of Your Health:Maintaining Your Personal Health Record” by Cheryl Upright and “The Cost of Convenience” by Janice Mansfield. Kris sollicited submissions by asking … [Read more...]