Tag Archives: community

Celebrity CEOs in Social Ventures and NFPs

There’s a great discussion going on at Venture4Change today, and one of the topics is on the role of the Leader/Entrepreneur/CEO in a Social Enterprise or NFP – the consensus at the table is that social enterprises need to eliminate the role of the “Celebrity CEO” and rather focus on building depth and breadth in […] Read More »

Arts & Culture Confab: A Review

Tonight I attended an interesting meetup of young arts/culture enthusiasts, where the topic of discussion was the Waterloo Region Creative Enterprise initiative and the local cultural scene in general. Although there was some great discussion and debate – here are a couple of the highlights for me: Read More »

Brush With Art Fundraising Event

Here’s an interesting event coming up: it’s being held at the Accelerator Centre and it’s a fundraiser for the local arts scene. Brush with Art Fundraising EventReception and Silent Auction with RefreshmentsDate: Thursday November 5th, 7pm – 9pmLocation: Accelerator Centre, Room 240Cost: $25 There’s no official website that I could find for it – but […] Read More »

Why I read my news online

For the last few weeks I’ve been experimenting with what it feels like to read a print newspaper every day. I chose to use the National Post for this experiment (although I occasionally swap it out for a Globe & Mail). Today, unequivocally, I’m reverting to my online-only habits. The reason? Simply put: the local […] Read More »

Arts and Culture will keep Young Innovators in our Community

Today was the Creative Enterprise Forum at the Waterloo Inn (if you weren’t there, it would be good to read The Record’s coverage and Julianna Yau’s notes) and I was asked to speak to why it was important to young professionals. It’s an interesting topic, because the economic importance of a vibrant arts and cultural […] Read More »

Web Entrepreneurs as Citizens and Leaders

Fred Wilson made a post yesterday describing how  Web Entrepreneurs are the New Urban Architects.  Although he’s correct in many in his observations, I don’t think he has gone far enough. I believe today’s Web Entrepreneurs are the New Citizens. What unifies the examples Fred gave (Twitter, Foursquare, Outside.in, CitySourced, etc) and other Web Entrepreneurs […] Read More »

Event Planning – Ignite Waterloo

For those that haven’t heard yet – we’re running an O’Reilly Ignite event in Waterloo in November: Ignite Waterloo. Ignite talks are geek culture exhibits – a series of five-minute speed presentations on a diverse range on topics. So far, we have a great selection of speakers lined up, and we’ll be announcing the full list […] Read More »

Thoughts on Online Community Building

Jesse Rodgers and I have been working on a project on the side that’s trying to address the needs of the startup community in Waterloo Region and Area (or at least the tech-oriented startups). During this process we’ve been chatting with a number of people from all walks of life/experience/interest and we’ve found a couple […] Read More »

Canada 3.0 Recap

Yesterday marked the 2nd and last day of the Canada 3.0 Digital Media Conference, and although it was an energetic and exciting event, there were definitely some areas for improvement. So what happened at the conference?For those that didn’t attend the conference, here is Jesse Rodgers’s recap of the event, and here is my review […] Read More »

Canada 3.0 Day 1

We started off the day today with a pretty early drive out to Canada 3.0 (that’s what I get for car-pooling with an exhibitor) in Stratford, ON. The day’s sessions were inteded to set the groundwork for some robust discussions on the future of Canada’s Digital Media industry. A couple of observations though: Venue was […] Read More »

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