Thursday, December 20, 2007

Looking for 12 used computers

In late October, I blogged about Gordon House Youth SEARCh, an innovative charitable program here in Vancouver provide training and resources for "at-risk" youth.

In the blog entry, I talked about my first-hand experience with a client of their program and I'm happy to report that the young man I spoke of has now been hired-on full-time by Cineplex Odeon.

The organization has just recently posted a project proposal on the GiveMeaning website and is now seeking votes. You can see their project proposal here. Please consider voting for their proposal or better yet, if you're sitting on 12 computers of similar make/model and OS, get in touch with me and consider donating them to this worthy cause.

Your computers will help many at-risk youth connect with employers, keeping them safe and providing them a much-needed income.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Thoughts from Toronto

Written from the back of my cab as I head to YYZ. Published a day later from my office in Vancouver.

“The chicken is involved, the pig is committed”

If an online community is just the “plumbing” that facilitates engagement amongst its members, what real value does the brand have?

Next year, you're going to be hearing a lot about CommunityLend. It is to consumer lending/borrowing what GiveMeaning is to philanthropy.

For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never Used (Mark Twain). What is your six-word biography?

“The problem with the Bible is that it’s had too many Wikipedia edits”

Wiki’s fall short around capturing subjective knowledge. What is the tool that mediates the disagreements around subjective knowledge?

ScotchCamp was fun. But ScothCamp AFTER a long, wet dinner? Not as fun.

The most enviable thing about me? How many great friends I know and people I get to hang out with. Good news for the people I hang out with? Most of them know each other.

So here’s the deal with “Merry Christmas:” I’m going to share my celebration with you and I hope you’ll do the same with yours to me. What I don’t like is that in our desire for political correctness, we’re watering down each special celebration to this homogenous grey as Toronto slush, meta-celebration.

The problem with capitalism is it seeks infinite growth in a finite world. How much is enough? What do you do with the rest?

I think we're going to try and get a bunch of UI/UX people together and do a Design Slam for GiveMeaning in the New Year.

Merry Christmas my Toronto friends. See you soon.


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