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TED Comes to Vancouver : Speaker Nominations for TEDxVan by KK

TED Comes to Vancouver : Speaker Nominations for TEDxVan | Vancouver Photographer, Web Strategist & Creative Director [archived link]

TED is a great conference format that is focused on the theme of ‘ideas worth spreading’ in technology, entertainment and design. Showcasing the brightest and coolest minds our times, TED is an all around impressive event that videotapes all their speakers and puts the videos up for free on their TED talks list. They really stand behind their principles of sharing ideas, even if people are unable to attend the highly anticipated TED event.

Dave Olson "Fuck Stats Make Art" - SXSW 2009

They just recently announced TED x which is a franchised community version of the bigger TED conferences. They’re encouraging folks to take the spirit and format of TED and have local events focused on the coolest in technology, entertainment, and design. It’s a great concept that initiates community support, discovery and definitely promotes ideas that are worth spreading. I had the chance to speak at TEDxShanghai this past June. It was a great experience to give my ‘Open Everything‘ talk to an international audience in Shanghai and I was surrounded by brilliant local and international speakers that were incredible. TEDx is a great experience and really opens up the TED idea to a broader audience.

Tour De Gastown

It is very exciting to hear that we have a TED x Vancouver event coming up for the first time. Vancouver (and its surrounding area) is saturated with brilliant innovators and pioneers, especially in the sectors of technology, entertainment and design. This event will hopefully be a great presentation of the amazing people and ideas that are coming out of the Lower Mainland. Nominations are now open for speakers and everyone is welcome to throw the names of their favorite heroes in the hat. Here’s some hardworking, interesting, kind peeps that I think would be great to consider as speakers for the event. Some of these people I know, some I don’t know, but either way they’re doing good work and it’d be rad to hear them speak.


Round-up w/ photos, twitters, blogs, remix’d art…

Round-up w/ photos, twitters, blogs, remix’d art, slides, annotations, ratings and Elvis – F@ck Stats, Make Art at SXSW09 

Submitted 2 solid SXSW pitches – Hitchhiking to the Boardroom for SXSWi and Rock N Roll Photography for SXSW Music + helped @kk with 2 more!

Surviving #SXSW, One Twitter At A Time with @deanero @fiercekitty & me hanging at the @raincitystudios booth http://bit.ly/3d1094

thanks to all the folks who rated F@ck Stats Make Art at #SXSW – 23 of you so far clocking in at over 4/5 stars http://bit.ly/VMuYv

Chris Unitt from UK documents F@ck Stats, Make Art at SXSW

Chris Unitt from UK documents F@ck Stats, Make Art at SXSW – http://bit.ly/ef5Gp


F*ck Stats, Make Art

Dave Olson

SXSW 2009

Art Makes The Future

More interested in what to blog or twitter about rather than blogging about blogging and tweeting about Twitter.

Popular art is not the stuff that lasts

No matter the circumstances, etc are, it’s the words that live on.

Craft + intent / integrity = art
(not a perfect formula but something to work from)


      • Upgrade your heroes
      • (something about telling stories)
      • Embrace translucency (because not everything is interesting)
      • Improve cross-training
      • Up your skills
      • Don’t get precious
      • Ignore the gatekeepers (you can publish yourself)
      • Reap the rewards

There was a time when bloggers had the space to themselves and could be dismissive of traditional media, saying ‘they don’t get it’. Now all newspapers have blogs and there’s some good talent out there.

How can you rise above that? By being a better writer. Blogs, etc are the medium. That’s all. It’s still writing.

Build your castles in the air and put the foundations under them.

Getting gold pass and trying to get centered and chillaxed at sxsw