Category Archives: World Affairs

I’m in the June/July/August issue of Backbone Magazine talking about cleantech in Canada

Backbone Magazine has just published a great overview of the cleantech sector in Canada that contains quotes from a number of notable people in the space including Kirk Washington (Yaletown Venture Partners), Victoria Smith (BC Hydro), Rick Whittaker (Sustainable Development … Continue reading

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Vancouver’s CO2 Impact gets good coverage at Care2.com for their gold standard multi-benefit carbon credits

Disclosure: I’m an advisor of the CO2 Impact team. I’m quite excited about the work that Boyd Cohen and his wife Elizabeth Obendiente and the team are doing and happy to see that they’re getting the coverage they deserve. They … Continue reading

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Walmart’s 40 year growth curve – fantastic animation – looks like viral infection writ large

Check out this crazy animation of Wal-mart’s expansion over 40 years. Looks like a virus breaking out.

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Adam Werbach to youth: You were born to save the planet. Find a way. Make a way. Do it now.

Aside from the continuing use of the annoying “save the planet” meme (the planet will be fine – it’s really “save the humans from an ugly step-down crash”) this is a great talk that Adam Werbach just gave recently tothe … Continue reading

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The last 14 billion years of technology and the next 50 years

Watch these in this order. They’re like peanut butter and jam. Perfect. Kevin Kelly tells the epic story of technology from the birth of the universe until now. Then Bill Gates asks for his one big wish for humanity’s technological … Continue reading

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Goodbye Lt. Andrew Nuttall

Andy, I just heard today that you’re gone. Sorry to hear that mate. I enjoyed working out with you at Crossfit Vancouver. We called you “Nutts” for short because you were a big dumb-ass, always clowning around, but you always … Continue reading

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Google releases tool for assessing global forests

Here is a cool project from Google.org – a cloud based platform for monitoring the health of the world’s forests over time. I’m glad to see Sergey’s continued influence at Google on not just “doing no evil” but on working … Continue reading

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In case anybody thinks that homosexuality is a non-issue, ask the 680+ dead gay Iraqis who have been tortured and killed since 2004

This Guardian article that discusses how Islamist gangs lure gay men and then torture and kill them by cutting off their testicles and delivering their blood to their mothers, sickens me to my core. I have met a small number … Continue reading

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Fleeing Silicon Valley Parts 1 and 2

Daya Baran has written two excellent posts over at WebGuild on the people, ideas, and capital that are fleeing Silicon Valley as the geographic center becomes less relevant. He quotes Jim Clark (of SGI, Netscape, and Healthon fame) who exited … Continue reading

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GM’s (ahem) slightly revised PR ad – this one is WAY better than theirs

Click and watch. It’s brilliant.

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Cloud Definitions, Benefits, Issues and Opportunities

(This post is being cross-posted here but the original post is at http://www.undertheradar.com/blog) This April 24, 2009, I’m fortunate to be working with Dealmaker Media who will be hosting the 13th Under the Radar conference. In one day we will … Continue reading

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Live streaming of Obama’s inauguration caused the Internet’s top 40 sites to slow to 60% of normal speed. Wow.

WebGuild posted an excellent article today on the effect that all of the world’s live video streams had on the Internet yesterday during Obama’s inauguration. I was hoping that somebody would have the metrics for that. It appears that it … Continue reading

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My thoughts on the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States

Like millions of other people, I am watching Obama’s inauguration on CNN.com and Facebook. It’s interesting to watch all of the prior Presidents come in and listen to the music playing. It feels oddly imperial and royal. It’s the first … Continue reading

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Single best summary of how people feel about bailing out the auto industry that I have seen yet

If anybody knows who built this, please let me know so that I can attribute it properly…

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Go See MILK – the story of the “Mayor of Castro” Harvey Milk, played by Sean Penn – it’s fantastic

Wow. I went to see MILK tonight at the Castro Theatre on Castro Street in San Francisco tonight. What an incredibly well done and powerful movie. It tells the story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in … Continue reading

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30 Days of Sustainability 2007 is coming!

30 days of Sustainability is once again happening in Vancouver. This year it runs from April 22 – May 21, 2007. I highly recommend that people go check out the temporary site and sign up for updates. The full site … Continue reading

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Ean Jackson, welcome to the blogosphere! Can’t wait to read the new blog. I mean book. Or is it a Blook?

Let me be one of the first people to welcome my friend, Web 2.0 Manifesto co-author, and speaking partner Ean Jackson back to the blogosphere after a couple of prior attempts. He is using his spiffy new Terapad site located … Continue reading

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Web 2.0 Summit 2006 – Day 2 / The Global Plant Floor with Don Tapscott

Day 2 notes from Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, CA: [my analysis and notes are in these square brackets.]The Global Plant Floor, by Don Tapscott, author of the new book Wikinomics Just now publishing “wikinomics” – a new book … Continue reading

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Web 2.0 Summit 2006 – Day 2 / Mary Meeker gives Morgan Stanley’s “State of the Internet, Part 3″ talk – “The World’s Information is Getting Organized and Monetized”

(For the most recent articles on Web 2.0, check out my full Web 2.0 articles category.) Day 2 notes from Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, CA: [my analysis and notes are in these square brackets.]Mary Meeker, Morgan Stanley: The … Continue reading

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Web 2.0 Summit 2006 Day 1 Notes

Day 1 Notes from Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, CA Session 1: Enterprise 2.0 Mayfield had talked about SLATES – (search, linking, authoring, tagging, extensions, and signals) finally being possible on Socialtext’s new platform that they have formed with … Continue reading

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President Bush has signed into law the complete destruction of Writ of Habeus Corpus – the U.S. govt can now put legally put anybody in jail and hold them there indefinitely. 200 years of Constitutional protection gone.

Ben Franklin said it best: “Those who would trade liberty for a bit of safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” This is appalling. I urge everybody to watch this:

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Why is $10/gallon gas a great thing? And what does it have to do with evolution, adaptation, and local economic growth? Everything.

I think I have found the magic number. Every fifth article from Mark Morford is so brilliant, insightful, and articulate that I need to post most, if not all, of it here for my readers. Today is the day for … Continue reading

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Boris Mann explains why Vancouver is such a great place to start or join a cool company (UPDATED)

My friend Boris Mann had some great things to say about Vancouver being an excellent place to join or start a company here in this posting. However, I would add “capital efficiency”, great education system, and an awesome talent pool … Continue reading

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Hey NASA, we’re going to call it the Vancouver-levator. (or how Vancouver’s geeks and visionaries will build the space elevator that allows us to leap into the solar system.)

Space Elevator illustration by Kenn Brown and Chris Wren from Mondolithic (Vancouver’s own brilliant illustrators with a global fan base!) I recently had the pleasure of meeting Steven Jones, the leader of the UBC Snowstar team  – a team of … Continue reading

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Jesper Olson’s 26,323km lap of the world. How one man ran a single lap of the Earth. Come and meet him in person. (And get 2 for 1 tickets!)

On October 23, 2005 Dane Jesper Kenn Olsen, 34 became the first person to successfully run, in daily increments ranging from 14-93km, one lap around the Earth on land masses, setting a Guinness Book of World Records record. What began … Continue reading

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The First Annual “30 days of sustainability” has launched in Vancouver!

(If you are looking for the 2007 event information, please click HERE.) I am very excited about our launch of the 30 Days of Sustainability. For the month of March, Vancouver will host a cornucopia of events and activities, all … Continue reading

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Report to the home planet: Earthlings break their own rules so that they can watch other earthlings run around with a small round object

Report to the home planet: Solar date: 4034583.9.20 The humans on this planet are very fond of their sports. One sport in particular which involves running around a field moving a round object from player to player seems to be … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Live Long Enough to Live Forever” by Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman, M.D.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, check out “Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough To Live Forever” by Ray Kurzweil. It’s his newest book. The premise is that there are three bridges to get us to a nearly unlimited life … Continue reading

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Mark Morford once again asks the obvious questions: Since 19 of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudis, the majority of suicide bombers attacking the U.S. in Iraq are Saudis and there were no WMD in Iraq anyway why is Saudi Arabia a U.S. ally?

Go here for Mark’s latest pearls of wisdom.

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44% of Amerikans think that Muslim-Americans should have restricted rights. What a surprise. This must be counteracted by sane people everywhere

A Cornell university study has found that 44% of Amerikans favoured “some restrictions on the civil liberties of Muslim Americans.” But remember George Bush, “this is not a war of Christian against Muslim or Westerners against Easterners, it is a … Continue reading

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