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Going Green: The Birth of a New Civilization

Since the 15th century humanity has achieved some incredible successes, including the birth of science, the establishment of democracy, and huge reductions in poverty. The 21st century now demands that we turn our attention to the environmental crisis, and harmonize our lives with Nature.

Guy Dauncey is an author, speaker, organizer and consultant who specializes in developing a positive vision of a sustainable future, and translating that vision into action. He is President of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, and the author or co-author of nine books.

From a Web of Pages to a Web of Streams

The structure of our identities are constantly evolving at the speed of the evolution of the Internet itself. The web site is no longer the only place to build your online reputation. It is becoming more apparent that the destination is less important than the artifacts along the way. We’ve moved from a web of pages to a web of streams in which your online identity and its subsequent creations live decentralized in various eco-systems, communities and contexts. Your stories – whether as photos, audio/video, words or code – live everywhere/nowhere. Not only in static destination pages per se, your stories are a combination of the footprints and interactions it leaves behind everywhere.

Kris Krug is a photographer, web strategist and author based in Vancouver.

The Suck That Is Productivity

There’s no question that as the web emerged so did the genre sites for productivity systems. From David Allen to Stephen Covey to Tony Robbins, there are countless systems one can adopt. That said, very few people stick with one; the human nature of the “achiever” instills an innate need to learn and discover the latest new thing to learn and master. But the latest isn’t always the greatest, especially when it comes to being productive. In fact, it usually results in plain old lateness.

The focus on productivity has become a suck unto itself; everyone trying to get better and being more productive fall into two categories those doing and those trying to do. Through the use of imagery, satire and pointing to specific examples via my own “faux methodology” known as Eventualism, I’ll show everyone why productivity, in fact, is a suck.

Mike Vardy is a writer/comedian who is the creator of the satirical productivity blog Eventualism (started in February 2008). The site demonstrates a Stephen Colbert-esque take on the world of productivity and lifehacking, and I have interviewed many experts (David Allen, Seth Godin, Scott Belsky, among others) as I attempt to preach the ideology of eventual productivity to the world. This has led me to become a contributor for actual productivity sites such as WorkAwesome and the signature blog for the founder of Getting Things Done, David Allen’s GTD Times. You can also regularly find his humourous take on the world of productivity in the online/print publication Productive! Magazine.

Changing the World One Tool at a Time: Intrinsic Worth vs. Extrinsic Value

Foreign aid with intrinsic value rarely gets to people who need it most. Aid with extrinsic value; value created by interacting with creative humans is hard to misappropriate.
Greg Mortenson is building schools in Central Asia, bringing education to areas of the world past by modernity. He does it apolitically, with cultural sensitivity, and most importantly, he is helping to educate girls. The problem is, he is fighting the long defeat. In Pakistan alone, the need for new schools every year is five times greater than all the schools Greg has built in ten years. There is an obvious solution: crowd-source school construction?

We can provide tool libraries to communities using shipping containers. On the Pacific Rim, there are over three million unused shipping containers; it’s cheaper for companies to leave them in the country of landing than send them back empty or partially filled. I want to take these containers, fill them with the highest quality hand tools, and make them available to motivated people. I want a program run by women. I want the tools to be run as lending libraries. I want people to build their own future.

Frank Heidt Chief Executive Officer, Leviathan Security Group Inc.
Leads Leviathan’s executive management team. As the creator of Leviathan’s innovative business structure, he was responsible for designing Leviathan and bringing together security professionals with diverse backgrounds from premier consultancies, industries and government agencies.
Mr. Heidt is a recognized expert in the field of information warfare, network security, and systems penetration. Prior to forming Leviathan Mr. Heidt was a Managing Security Architect for @stake, heading up their Pacific Northwest practice. His previous experience found him engaged in various computer security related work for the Department of Defense.

Frank has been a Visiting Lecturer at the United States Army War College, United States Navy War College and the Naval Post Graduate School Monterey, on the subject of defensive information warfare, military computer system security, and the catch-all topic MOOTW (Military Operations Other Than War)

The Cost of Convenience

As someone who works with food everyday, I am always intrigued to see what new food products emerge on the market. Recently there seems to be a spate of foods in various states of preparation. The commercials for each (in true infomercial fashion), show a harried working mother, worrying endlessly through her day about how she will endure the terrifying ordeal of peeling/chopping/cooking a nutritious serving of mashed potatoes/broccoli/lasagne for her poor family. And thus, convenience food is borne.

By no means is convenience food a brand new product on the horizon, but it does seem to have exploded in terms of shelf-space at the same rate as our lives become more complicated. As a former recovering economist, and now as someone who works with food daily, I have many questions about the opportunity costs associated with such products, not the least of which is the self-doubt about our own instincts around feeding ourselves that many of these products help perpetuate.

This discussion originally began on social media, prompted by a passing comment about one of these commercials. I think its worth more than an exchange of comments and has multiple repercussions, how about you?

Janice Mansfield began Real Food Made Easy, a personal chef and glutenfree baking service after working for 18 years in government as an economist. In her business, she brings a love of growing and preparing food, with an insatiable desire to fully research as many aspects of food production and preparation as humanly possible!

Understanding the Problem

In the 20th century, we learned how to move atoms. We got so good at it that just about anybody in our part of the world can now get just about any atoms they want, just about any time they want them.

Economic performance is thus becoming more of a question of form than it is of quantity. Individuals and small groups have an unprecedented opportunity to generate value for themselves and others, despite a caveat: While the variable costs of doing business approach zero, the hunger for innovation places unprecedented demands on the creative and problem-solving capacities of these people.

Commerce, however, is still heavily couched in industrial-age language, clumsily attempting to do business around activities that are wholly post-industrial. Are we actually solving these problems, or are we trying to shoehorn results into Procrustean parameters to satisfy employers, clients or investors at our own expense and ultimately theirs?

Dorian Taylor
It is said that artists starve, so I chose computers instead. Since I began my career in 1999, I’ve done everything from system administration to graphic design to writing web apps and big-data business intelligence systems. There are a few epithets that describe my body of expertise, but the nice one is “self-directed learner”. I hung up my spurs as a security developer near the end of 2007 to integrate what I had learned programming with what I am learning in user experience design, business and management, and to set about tackling what I believe are some serious problems addling the increasingly important business of realizing software.

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