Dave Olson's Creative Life Archive

Media Creation

Dave and Heba Aly of CBC at Canada North House at
Dave and Heba Aly of CBC at Canada North House, Vancouver Olympics 2010

Note: Artifacts from most of these projects are published on this site for reference and archival purposes

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  • Featured in “Generation Social: The Vancouver Network” a documentary about social media including my Hootsuite SXSW campaign – 2011
  • Featured in “With Glowing Hearts” a documentary about social justice, social media and the Olympics – 2009-2011
  • “HempenRoad” – Produced, wrote, narrated and distributed feature-length documentary film. Presented screenings at festivals and distributed worldwide – 1996~9
  • “Go with the Flow” – Featured in film about Olympia’s culture, Oct. 2002
  • Numerous appearances in student films made at University of Utah, Rhode Island School of Design, Utah Valley College – 1987~90


Conceptualized, produced and distributed podcasts for professional and personal endeavours, including:

  • Choogle On! – renegade dispatches and documentaries about public policy conundrums, travel, transportation, economics, activism, music, art and cannabis-related culture (awards = 3rd place in local podcast for Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver 2010; 2nd place for Miss604 Awards 2008)
  • Postcards from Gravelly Beach – spoken word literature -original and classics – in context with music and anecdotes
  • Canucks Outsider – audio magazine covering Vancouver hockey culture and sport on and off the ice with a view to international fans
  • Olympic Outsider – non-accredited chronicle with athlete interviews, sport punditry plus civic concerns
  • Urban Vancouver – people, issues, festivals, scenes of life and personalities from Vancouver, BC
  • Raincity Radio – discourse on open source software and community building with Drupal CMS
  • Happyfrog Pondcast – interviews with entrepreneurs at trade shows and green-focused events
  • Get Elastic Ecommerce podcast – interviews with tech biz industry luminaries including Wired Ed-in-Chief Chris Anderson
  • Co-host of The Crazy Canucks plus, frequent guest on Roland’s Rabble (technology) and many other webcasts

Olympic-centric Media

  • Creation of blog posts for Vancouver 2010 (at Vancouver Access and other outlets)
  • Creation of Olympic Outsider podcast series for Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010
  • Open Letters to VANOC & IOC for True North Media House
  • Extensive blog and podcast coverage of Torino 2006 and Beijing 2008
  • Photo essay from 28 events in 13 days at SLC 2002 including informal appearance on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada

Social Media Campaigns

  • Wrote hundreds of expository articles for business communication and promotional purposes. Optimized, published and promoted using blogs and social channels.
  • Initiated dozens of participatory campaigns and executed activities using myriad social media tools and outlets. Measured results against objectives and created duplicatable recipes.
  • Including:
    • “Next Movie Star””Micro Movie Reviews” & “Souvenirs de Cannes” for MovieSet, 2009
    • “Phones for Fearless” for Raincity Studios, 2009
    • “Frog Squad at EPIC” for happyfrog.ca, 2009
    • Vancouver Women in Tech list” for Raincity Studios, 2008
    • “Blogging for Retailers” White Paper for Elastic Path, 2007


  • True North Media House – co-founder and communications wrangler – a collaborative media campaign for social reporting during Vancouver Olympics.
  • Drupal Camp Vancouver, Lead organizer for workshop-style conference, plus supported/mentored/participated Drupal Camps in Victoria, Alberta, Seattle, and SF Bay Area
  • Transit Camp Vancouver, Co-organizer of conference
  • Washington Association of ISP, Member (and active, informal lobbyist)
  • Washington State Internet Lobby, Co-founder and Communications Director
  • HempLobby.org (Washington), Communications, Director

Early Days

  • Creator of “MUD 201H” literature compilation (1987)
  • Associate Editor – V.O.M. punk rock fanzine (1983-4)
  • Editor – Pig Express community newsletter (1977-8)
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