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Creative Social Publicity and Promotion – SFU, 2016

sfu-class

From time to time, I visit various classes associated with B.C.’s Simon Fraser University’s fine publishing program under the stewardship of Suzanne Norman. This time around, the class was something about personal publicity and brand building. As such, I share anecdotes gleaned from Hootsuite and dozens of other personal social and community projects from over the years of activism, media outreach and marketing.

Download Creative Social Publicity and Promotion – SFU (1:56, 80MB, .mp3)

More: Roundup of artifacts from Creative Social Publicity and Promotion at SFU

WordCamp Whistler “Greeks to Geeks” Preview video

Dave Olson describes his WCW talk from John Biehler on Vimeo.

Letters from Russia serialized in Exode.ca

Letters from Russia pageMy work of fictional epistletory literature project “Letters from Russia” is serialized in the writing & essays section in Exode.ca — a new online magazine whose mission described thusly: By showcasing and diffusing creative work on the web, we seek to give artists the exposure and recognition that their work merits.

Letters from Russia is a mixed media work including hand-written letters, paintings, sketches, and book crafts. The version in Exode contains just the text narrative done up in charming design.

As of this writing Letter One and Letter Two are posted — with another dozen letters to follow weekly.

The gist: Letters From Russia offers hilosophical discourse on war and love written as letters from a cobbler with Napoleon’s army in Russia, to his fiance in Paris. The letters chronicle the logistics of the protagonists’ journey plus observations about all manner of conundrums related to international trade, diplomacy, physiology of war, and individual liberty versus requirements of society.

Plenty of more background including prezo videos, downloadable .pdfs and interviews are scattered amidst this journal for your perusal, including:

Letters from Russia Recap from Northern Voice 09

Letters from Russia preso video from Northern Voice

Letters from Russia on Santa Cruz Free Radio

Background notes on Letters from Russia

Letters from Russia related images on Flickr

Letters from Russia on WriteNow on Santa Cruz Freak Radio

Northern Voice 2009 Dave Olson Letters from Russia (miss 604)

Are You Worthy? Publishing from Greeks to Geeks: Recap – Wordcamp Whistler 2009

Analog stuff at WordCamp Whistler by Miss604
Analog stuff at WordCamp Whistler by Miss604

Gist

I was pleased to present at WordCamp Whistler 2009 organized by my good pals Duane & Dale (of Brave New Code) and John and Rebecca (of sixty4media).

My spiel was called “Are you Worthy?” or ‘history of publishing from Greeks to geeks’. I also previewed my upcoming Moose Camp and Northern Voice presentations a wee bit.

Audio

Are you Worthy? DaveO’s spiel from Wordcamp Whistler (.mp3, 56M, approx 51:00)

Blurb

The mighty power of web publishing should not be taken lightly. Traditionally, for stories to reach an audience required navigating layers levels or publishers, printers, editors, distributors but with WordPress, anyone can spread stories to a worldwide audience, instantly, for almost free. Awesome! But do you deserve this power? Of course you do – as long as you make something remarkable.

To make your work rise to the top requires diligent honing of your craft – from writing to photography. Writer and documentarian Dave Olson (AKA uncleweed) will offer reasons to push yourself to create art, as well as share practical methods for finding inspiration and following through to publication.

By exploring other forms of grassroots publishing, and exploring real-life WP examples, you’ll leave with a keen sense of your place in the history of personal expression, and a renewed vigour for making your best stuff ever.

Video

Kris Krug shot video of the whole presentation and posted it in a playlist in 5 segments for your viewing convenience – Video of Dave Olson Presentation – NerdCamp Whistler 2009 – huge thanks (will post the collection is a separate post).

Kris’ blurb:

‘From Greeks to Geeks’ or ‘Are You Worthy?’ http://uncleweed.com/ Dave Olson (@uncleweed) gave a mind-blowing presentation at NerdCamp Whister (AKA WordCamp) about censorship, copyright, content creation, history, beauty, art, and the internet. These 5 videos are the 5 10 minute segments from his talk. If someone wants the pieces to string together please let me know and I’ll get them in your hands.

Tweets/Blogs 

The folks really seemed to enjoy the schtick and highlighted favourite bits in Twitter reactions and blog posts. Here’s a sampler:

hummingbird604: @uncleweed ‘s conceptual Venn Diagram of the intersection of Awesomeness and Audience is here http://bit.ly/8IoN (expand)#wcw09 Jan 25, 2009 01:06 AM GMT

Miss604: @uncleweed just used the word “douchebaggery” #wcw09 I think he’s everyone’s hero at WordCamp Whistler at this point Jan 25, 2009 01:00 AM GMT

nataliesisson: No 69 is my player number and it just came through for me as I won some excellent poetry from @Uncleweed at #wcw09 being attendee 69! Jan 25, 2009 01:13 AM GMT

arieanna: Powerpoint can kiss @uncleweed‘s ass #wcw09 http://twitpic.com/16v8i Jan 25, 2009 01:14 AM GMT

gnb: #wcw09 @josiejose‘s reproduction of @uncleweed‘s venn diagram: The intersection of Awesomeness and Audience http://is.gd/h73M (expand) Jan 25, 2009 01:11 AM GMT

baronmunchowsen: not enough bands make colouring books anymore. That’s too bad. @uncleweed killing it at #wcw09. awesome. Jan 25, 2009 12:50 AM GMT

ericaha: ‘Anybody who has a story should be telling it.’ @uncleweed wcw09 Jan 25, 2009 12:42 AM GMT

Miss604: @uncleweed #wcw09 “instead of HTML and markup, I was using scissors and glue” Jan 25, 2009 12:45 AM GMT

ColleenCoplick: @uncleweed quote “Ulysses was all over the motherfuckin’ bit torrent”. BEST QUOTE of #WCW09, hands down. Jan 25, 2009 12:31 AM GMT

WordCamp Whistler is Live | Fearless City
24 Jan 2009 by raincoaster

And Dave Olson knitted together Aeschylus, Jack Kerouac, Guam, mimeographed punk fanzines, ice cream, heroin, and art in his presentation.

snickerdoodles: Word Camp Whistler
24 Jan 2009 by kerry macleod

Here is a photo and poem from today’s final speaker Dave Olson. One of the few I actually followed and understood completely the whole time. He had real props like books.

Random stuff from WordCamp Whistler 2009
25 Jan 2009 by John

Dave Olson ended the day with his talk and had the entire audience hanging on his every word. He invited people to sit up front and close since he wasn’t using the projector…and lots did. It was a great session to end the conference

Photos

Heaps of shots (see Uncleweed + WCW09 on flickr) in my new toque and riffing from the mighty tomes hidden in the suitcase.
Awesome fisheye shots by John Biehler, lord of the gadgets and a few more faves:
Thanks to all you came and listened. See ya next gig. 

Greeks to Geeks Spiel from WordCamp Whistler – video by KK

My WordCamp Whistler cohort and ace Vancouver photographer Kris Krug shot video of my entire “Are you Worthy?” spiel with his new Flipcam and posted it in a YouTube playlist in 5 segments for your viewing convenience – huge thanks!

Video of Dave Olson Presentation – NerdCamp Whistler 2009 playlist

Here’s part 4 to whet your appetite:

Kris’ blurb:

‘From Greeks to Geeks’ or ‘Are You Worthy?’ http://uncleweed.com/ Dave Olson (@uncleweed) gave a mind-blowing presentation at NerdCamp Whister (AKA WordCamp) about censorship, copyright, content creation, history, beauty, art, and the internet.

These 5 videos are the 5 10 minute segments from his talk. If someone wants the pieces to string together please let me know and I’ll get them in your hands.


(Krug shooting Olson by Peter Andersen)

(Olson and Krug by John Bollwitt)

Bonus:

See KK in this sweet fisheye crowd stroll by John Biehler

KK Interviews me at WordCamp Whistler (video)

Be sure to catch KK and Bev Davies in the Rock and Roll photo panel at Northern Voice

Random stuff from WordCamp Whistler 2009 via johnbiehler.com

Dave Olson ended the day with his talk and had the entire audience hanging on his every word. He invited people to sit up front and close since he wasn’t using the projector…and lots did. It was a great session to end the conference with.

I also wanted to play around with my Lensbaby Composer (especially in video mode on the D90) so here’s a quick video I shot during lunch where Lorraine was interviewing Dave for the live stream she was doing on FearlessCity.ca: Watch it in HD on Vimeo too.

Dave Olson describes his WCW talk from John Biehler on Vimeo.

Source: Random stuff from WordCamp Whistler 2009 – johnbiehler.com

Hemp for Victory with Author Kenyon Gibson – Choogle on #52

In Camden Town London, Uncle Weed visits Hemp for Victory author Kenyon Gibson to discuss his motivations and influences for writing the book, using hemp for fuel, fiber and food, unique modern hemp products, the political pressures surrounding re-mainstreaming cannabis hemp, activism tips for emerging hempsters, his research for UK Parliament on hemp as a replacement crop for opium in Afghanistan, plus conversation on contemporary hemp production in the United Kingdom and around the globe.

Plant a seed for Hemp for Victory – Choogle on #52 (.mp3, 38MB, 47:05)

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Hemp for Victory Author Kenyon Gibson

Get Hemp for Victory

“Hemp for Victory: History and Qualities of the World’s Most Useful Plant.” [ISBN 0-9549939-0-X, London, Whitaker Publishing, 2006.
Hemp for Victory in the UK through Whitaker Publishing
Hemp for Victory in USA via Mina Wear

Hemp for Victory reviews

Just Published in UK: Hemp for Victory – Kenyon Gibson’s new book Hemp for Victory: History and Qualities of the World’s Most Useful Plant, is out in paperback at $29.95, printed on tree-free hemp Mina Hegaard of Minawear Hemp Clothing is one US distributor. Bulk orders can be made via Kenyon Gibson, or from the publisher’s site, www.whitakerpublishing.co.uk. More information is available on Kenyon Gibson’s Hemp for Victory web site which includes a link to a recent Guardian article about hemp and the book.

“The talented researchers and writers assembled by Kenyon Gibson have gone above and beyond the call of duty by creating a phenomenally documented compendium on cannabis hemp. Paralleling the numerous uses of cannabis hemp, Hemp for Victory details its social, political and economic impact over the years. Historical and current information covering a wide range of relevant topics makes Hemp for Victory especially useful for an equally wide range of readers. Environmentalists, farmers, patients, and manufacturers will all benefit from Hemp for Victory.
From the budding hempologist to the seasoned activist, Hemp for Victory is a must have.”

John E. Dvorak, Board Member and Treasurer of the Hemp Industries Association, founder and curator of the Boston Hemp Co-op’s Hemp History Library and Museum

Kenyon Gibson resources

Kenyon’s Hemp for Victory blog and bio:

“My interest in hemp was started when my younger sister told me about the benefits of the plant. After reading up on her remarks, I was not surprised to see that major corporations and politicians have kept this information suppressed and tried to give hemp a bad image. As our climate deteriorates and our economies suffer, it is time to put the foot down and demand a change for the better. With hemp, we could make a safer, fairer and cleaner world. Writing about this for the last seven years has finally produced “Hemp for Victory”, and I hope that it will awaken the reader to the opportunity we have to make a change. There was such a plethora of information on hemp that one book could not contain it, and as events are unfolding daily, it is good to be able to blog about it; otherwise, I’d never have finished writing, as the temptation to add just one more bit was part of the reason for the long gestation period for “Hemp for Victory”.”

Kenyon edits the Journal of Industrial Hemp Association

Speech by Kenyon “The Best People in History Used Hemp

Article by Kenyon “Hemp The Bush That George Grew

Kenyon Gibson is all smiles outside Sainsbury’s Camden Town, with his hemp bag
Kenyon Gibson
Photo by Sagar at Hemp and Natural Fibres

Hemp is at hand” article in The Guardian by Annie Kelly, Wednesday September 27 2006

excerpts:

For decades, UK farmers were banned from growing a plant wrongly associated with potheads. But this versatile member of the cannabis family is moving back into the agricultural mainstream.

{snip}

The hemp community insists that it is moving hemp away from its associations with drugs and the people who smoke them, but tensions still remain.

“I loathe the fact that there are still people who think the hemp industry is run by a bunch of potheads trying to legitimise their own drug habits,” says Kenyon Gibson, hemp researcher and co-author of Hemp for Victory, a new book on the history and uses of hemp. “It could not be further from the truth, but there are people out there who benefit from keeping the link between hemp and marijuana alive and kicking.”

He believes the misrepresentation of hemp as a dangerous narcotic has been pushed for decades by international conglomerates, who are well aware of the threat that the plant poses to their trade.

“It was the large multinationals who helped ban hemp decades ago, and it’s the large multinationals who are still ensuring that natural alternatives to their products are being sidelined even in this time of environmental chaos,” Gibson says. “Look at how many trees we could save by investing in a global hemp paper industry. Look at its potential to contribute to natural ethanol, yet we’re lagging behind countries such as Brazil which are making great strides in creating fuel from domestic products.”

Token investments

“We can’t let token investments from the government into niche hemp industries divert us from keeping on pushing for the true environmental potential of hemp to finally be exploited,” Gibson continues. “The true power of hemp will be unlocked only when we’re able to use it to challenge large-scale, environmentally-damaging industries, and this isn’t happening yet.”

It is a line that companies such as Hemcore are eager to distance themselves from. Hobson says that his company prefers to treat hemp as a sustainable but commercial product, rather than getting into arguments about corporate politics.

But for Gibson, Pugh and others like them, the two issues are inextricably linked. “As hemp once posed a threat to some investors, so it does again today – for which reason some would rather leave the issue of hemp alone,” Gibson says. “With such a commodity, many positive changes can be put in place from which we can all benefit. The battle to get this recognised still needs to be fought.”

Pig Express, March 10, 1979

Here is Pig Express #2 (March 10, 1979) mentioned in Canucks Outsider #26.

pigexpress#2p1

Click to see a larger version.

 

Words are for revolutions: Backgrounder tidbits

Just starting into a weblog feast thanks to Ben and Jay but ya know i have been a little apprehensive about doing so and i think there is a few reasons for this …1) i hesitate to be too self-indulgent and ego-centric. ya see now … in the last 12 months, my media manipulation skills resulted in excess coverage in national magazines, local newspapers, films and myriad websites and public access shows. i really do enjoy this kinda stuff cause i have a lot to say but sometimes i feel as though it reflects on me in a less than favorable manner like i am “pimping my own dojo” too much. in reality, i tend to be rather self-deprecating and sincere to a fault and don’t want to be that guy who is always cheesing out and boosting his own jive scene.

2) words are important things and are not to be trifled with. As a writer (aren’t we all …) and a reader i place almost undue reverence on the written word and tend to spend months doing a “big project” and feel “small projects” along the way aren’t as worthy. when i see my work published in a magazine and recall the hours i spend editing and researching, i am pleased momentarily. when i sit to write, i am motivated by the feeling that i am sharing an epistle with an yet unknown audience. this weblogging is much more immediate and i don’t much care for being caught with my pants down (well sometimes hehe) for lack of editing and consideration.

3) finding myself being an internet entrepreneur type again, there is always 15 “urgent” things on my list thus i feel my priority is doing that stuff whether is be creating ads, fundraising, writing business plans, proposals, contracts and letters, moving furniture, wiring offices, understanding command prompt TELNET on my mac osx (no laughing) to program a DSL router or improving my joint rolling skills. at the end of it all, the ‘puter (though a fine tool) and i need a little reboot time away from one another.

4) i reckon i am a veteran weblogger in that i publish most everything i write and finish in one form or another on-line and have been doing so since i borrowed an HTML book from Scottyo and posted my first hemp in japan website. shoot, i got stories i wrote in 11th grade are on-line and i am olden now. plus my works from evergreen, menu magazine, high times, photo galleries from the Olympic winter games and cannabis cup, even the infamous Uncleweed story are available for public amusement. i do like transparency and don’t mind people knowing what it is that i do (though i hope none of my youth hockey team players come across tooo much ;-) don’t need no irate parents).

i suppose, in recent years my use of the internet as a gutenburg-press-like publishing renaissance tool is well manifest in my fantasy sports leagues participation, particularly in the hockey league where i am currently battling some mystery team for the virtual Stanley cup. the players i choose and the manner in which in manage my team evolved over years of careful study and somewhat reflects my personality – i don’t like superstars or streaky inconsistency types, i like hard-workers who chip in every game and score in clutch situations. plus i avoid players from teams i don’t care for and relish finding the young break-through player before anyone else.

now that i have moved into the new/old office, my routine will facilitate more entries as i aim to make this a tool to post many of the lists that i am wont to make. perhaps we shall see my favorite books/authors, films, road-trips, countries visited, brushes with fame, fave tokes and other such info “for the record.” i realize my space-time continuum is often skewed so i it behooves me to post anecdotal discourse publicly before the senility gets any worse.

OlyWa, Friday, April 4, 2003