Category Archives: Social + Culture

riffing interviews and appearances discussing social media from ditto’d fanzines to telegrams to fancy computers on shows and at events

Poster: “Go With The Flow” – doc film about Olympia WA, 2002

Poster: “Go With The Flow” – doc film about Olympia WA, 2002

In 2002, I participated in a documentary film called “Go with the Flow” about the capitol city of Olympia… at the time, Time Magazine called Olympia “the hippest city in the west” or something (note: I have the Olympian newspaper article about that magazine article somewhere…)

Excerpt clip:

Anyhow, the full blurb is below but in brief: I was interviewed in reaction to the recent High Times magazine article calling Evergreen State College the top cannabis culture in the USA which provoked much consternation from both the suits and the heads. Lots of other neat Oly folks in there including: Slim Moon (Kill Rock Stars records), Calvin Johnson (K Records), Evergreen Grad ceremony and contrasts of Procession of the Species and Lake Fair parades.

Regardless, the film is amusing and I was in attendance at the premiere at Capitol Theater (the poster above is promoting this screening), and along with this rather battered poster, even have a DVD around here somewhere…

Blurb:

Go with the Flow is the story of Olympia, Washington, a place in the Pacific Northwest so vibrant and unique, Time Magazine once called it “The hippest city in the West.” Nestled on the southernmost tip of Puget Sound, Olympia’s scenic beauty is surpassed only by its intriguing history and eclectic subcultures.

GO WITH THE FLOW

  • DISTRIBUTOR: Pacific Communications
  • PRODUCER: Jim Jenner
  • DIRECTOR: John Paget
  • FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: 85 minutes
  • DATE: 2002
  • ON DVD: Buy Here (or Amazon?)

Note: Oh and it seems that film has a FB Page is now available on Vimeo if you’re so inclined (requires login and purchase or password, (i dunno). #GOFLOW

Crowd Sourcing Community Projects like Tom Sawyer at SxSWi 2012: video

Tom Sawyer famously talked his gang into paying him for the privilege of whitewashing  a fence while he sat by and supervised. In this talk by Dave Olson at SxSW Interactive on March 10th 2012, he shares how companies might inspire their community to crowd source projects by engaging passionate users with a mutually beneficial relationship.

This video – made from appropriately crowd-sourced photos, social posts, and other snippets + music – includes Mark Twain-period costuming, pipes, smoking jackets, board games, old-timey suitcase, mysterious envelopes, audience participation and plenty of laughs while focusing on practical tactics to rally communities with clear expectations, boundaries, rewards, and objectives and importantly – without manipulating.

3 very different project examples provide tangible advice for various campaign timelines, outcomes and audiences, and include:

* True North Media House: a long-planned (and fantastically successful), renegade self-accreditation citizen documentation project at Vancouver 2010 Olympics / Paralympics 

* Phones for Fearless: a rapidly planned and deployed initiative to gather dis-used mobile phone/cameras for use by marginalized communities to tell their stories

* Hootsuite Translation: activating global cultures to speedily and accurately translate and localize a social media dashboard using a web tool… with unexpected outcomes

Includes cameos of dozens of bright faces in Austin at the noteworthy event, plus more recent voice over to bring the projects up to date and share more resources to explore further including screenshots from various media appearances, reviews, tweets, and whatnot of the talk and aftermath for extra colour. Continue reading Crowd Sourcing Community Projects like Tom Sawyer at SxSWi 2012: video

“Art and Tech are Old Pals” at Social Media House SXSW 2011 (video)

I shared a spiel called “Art and Tech are Old Pals” at Wordcamp Vancouver in a full version but shared a spontaneous and shorter version while at Social Media Clubhouse at SXSW 2011.

In this spiel, i discuss a “people’s history” of media creation and my tactics and thoughts about how to foster creativity by viewing the past and participating in the creation of the future.

Blurb:

During SXSW Interactive Festival, Dave shares stories of analog arts and crafts, sparking creativity, using technology to tell stories and remaining interesting using examples from historical artists and his own experience.

You’ll see lots of interesting props pulled from an old-timey suitcase and a few laughs along the way plus practical tips you can implement to enhance your own creative process.

Note: Thanks to Social Media Clubhouse for filming.

Audio only version also available via Community Feasthouse podcast feed.

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You can catch a longer version of the similar deal in “Art and Tech are Old Pals” at Wordcamp Vancouver and you might also enjoy “Are you Worthy? Greeks to Geeks” at Wordcamp Whistler.

NXNE Interviews: Dave Olson of HootSuite Talks Social for Bands and Fans

After spieling at NXNE 2012 in Toronto with “Social Media in Revolutions and Disasters, I shared some stories and thoughts about social media –  specifically for bands and their fans – in a series created by Intel.

CMTY Building: Dave and Connor Talk Tourism and Social Media

Dave, VP of Community at HootSuite and colleague Connor chat from the coffee shop on topics including: Tourism conference in El Paso, my first trip to Europe in 1993 and the role of the Internet in travel.

Big in Japan and Crowdsourcing ~ Video Interview from SXSW 2011

At SXSW 2011, i provided some stories and thoughts about Japan in light of the earthquake/tsunami and the “Big in Japan” panel i organized in a quick impromptu video interview.

Couch Beers Episodes Flashback – Olympics and Socializing

Couch Beers: The Social Media/Olympics Edition- Ep. 19 Dave Olson, Kris Krug, Jenn Lowther, Raul Pacheco-Vega, Ariane Khatchatourians join us for a chat about the Olympics, social media and Copenhagen.

http://ustream.tv/recorded/4156738

“Finding your Voice” Storymaking Spiel from Northern Voice 2010

On a field trip to his home studio in Lynn Valley, storymaker Dave Olson discusses his creative process and thoughts about how to spark new ideas and craft interesting artifacts.

After welcoming you like Mr. Rogers, he plays records, pours tea, shows static montages from Palau, and pulls out all sorts of projects from grade school country reports to Cannabis Culture articles. Finally he shows books by heroes who provided solace and wisdom and then sends you back to the bus stop.

Filmed, Directed, Edited etc. by Andrew Lavigne
Music by The Numbskulz and Black Tories

Presented at Northern Voice personal expression conference in Vancouver, Canada, May 9, 2010.

More: Remarks, reviews and artifacts of Storymaking at Northern Voice

Upgrade Your Heroes via LIFT Studios, 2009 (video)

12/18/09,  i sat for a video interview by Cameron of LIFT Studios and riffed themes from my Fck Stats, Make Art lecture. Especially discussing ideas about heroes and success.

The finished piece is rather delightful and allows me to spiel forth on many of the topics i enjoy so much including my formulas and tactics for creation including philosophical and personal motivations. Cam remixed my words with fresh source material including hero cards, paper point collages, Grateful Dead music and inter-disciplinary artists – and allows enough time for me to get some legs under my stories and give props to my friends and heroes. Thanks for that.

LSB032 VIDEO – GENERATING INSPIRATION AND UPGRADING HEROES

LIFT are interactive designers and the interface to view the video is pretty wild and begs for exploration and fiddling. Do take a few moments to poke around. Follow @beautifulgarbage on the Twitters and see his Beautiful Garbage portfolio.

DaveO’s Social Media Renegades Talk Show At StudioSX 2009

At SXSW, we commandeered the Maxell studio for a conversations and punditry about SXSWS survival, hashtags, open software, web standards, optimization, and personnel publishing and a bunch of geeky devices.

Features: Technologist, Roland Tanglao; Marketeer, Jordan Behan; digital editor for news org Nick Cook.