So thanks to a connected boss, links on Twitter and my iPhone alarm, I was one of the lucky people to get a ticket to Creative Mornings Vancouver. After uselessly looking for the place on Cordova, I realized that the café was actually on Hastings… yay Vancouver newbie!
There were a LOT of people–the event sold out in less than 4 minutes, a world record for Creative Morning events. Breakfast and coffee were included with this event. Did I mention it was free?
The more I spend time around the Humminbird604 world and the creatives and entrepreneurs in Vancouver, the more I realize that it’s a really, really small world. I saw a bunch of familiar Twitter handles and randomly met Sharon Twiss, who’s a friend of Lois Patterson who always comes with me to plays when I have tickets. Small, small world…
Random meetings aside, I just want to mention that the food was good and the orange juice was organic.
The guest speaker this morning was Stewart Butterfield, the co-founder of Flickr. His talk focused on the tremendous changes that Internet brought about and how, as humans, we’ve been dealing with it. He put the coming of Internet at the same level as the invention of agriculture or writing. I live tweeted some of his points during the event:
- Everyone has a camera
- Our lives are mediated through devices
- Internet is a biological leap
I have a bit more on a sheet of paper but it definitely stimulated the academic part of me that likes to think long and deep about things. Which leads to my main question, which I now pose to you as well, readers:
In this world of 500-word blog articles and 140-character tweets, do we still find the time to engage deeply with issues, people and things?
That may be the subject of another blog post, or maybe a potential article/research project.
Gosh, I need to go up to SFU and get me access to an academic library…