Archive for March, 2010

Inspired Learning – why is it so rare?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Last month I attended ‘Podcamp 2010’ in Toronto. Podcamp is a free un-conference for anyone interested in exploring the cutting-edge of social media. The event was held at Ryerson University in Toronto and 1,400 people showed up. Not a penny was spent on marketing. It was all done through social media.

Presentations were 30 minutes – fast paced, full of info. I loved the short format. I loved the pace. Loved the energy of the crowd (who were mostly under 30). I left feeling inspired.

A week later, I attended ‘The Art of Marketing, Canada’s Marketing and Innovation Conference.’ It was held at the Metro Convention centre, one of the least inspiring venues in Toronto, in a huge dark hall with theatre style seating. The speakers were top notch, Seth Godin and Mitch Joel but I found the format and setting stifling and as I looked around the room It seemed like people were having a hard time staying awake – at a price tag of $400 (without lunch)!

Educators and developers of conferences need to be ever more mindful of creating an experience aligned with the content – if a conference is on innovation then let it BE innovative. Shouldn’t a sustainability conference be sustainable instead of people flying all over the country to attend? It’s not just about the ideas communicated in a learning environment to satisfy our insatiable cerebral appetite. We also learn through from feelings – feelings and impressions that result from an experience and – linger with us, reinforce a message, motivate and inspire us at a deeper level. Ideally, people should leave feeling inspired, ‘feeling the message’, and do we dare say – loved? Sure its always easy to criticize but my intention is to ask – why is that so very often, in learning environments in particular, the talk is not walked.

Love, Hate and Propaganda

Monday, March 8th, 2010

It never ceases to amaze me how inspiration can be found in the unlikeliest of places. This begs the question, what does a CBC documentary on WWII and an art exhibition project have in common? Courage in the face of adversity. As a project manager with a passion for world events and a knack for connecting the dots, this featured human story caught my eye:

Love Hate and Propaganda

I can only speak for myself, but feel fortunate to work in an industry where I am exposed to a myriad of projects. And while some may consider the transfer of knowledge to be simply value we provide our clients, truth be told, that the real value lies in how projects themselves can open our eyes – in this case what it means to be human.

Love for a Nation

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

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Being Canadian and a Vancouverite, I can’t help but reflect now on the spectacular display of love we’ve witnessed the past few weeks. Love for a Nation. We felt and witnessed more displays of human emotions than many of us have ever imagined. It was contagious and it felt so amazing to just feel and show our love.

On Sunday after the hockey game I went for a run in my neighbourhood and started counting Canadian flags in houses and on cars that I ran by. After reaching 100 I stopped counting. For our country, this love and affection is unprecedented. My 16 year old son told me that he and his friends started singing our national anthem on the seabus at midnight coming home from downtown one night. The entire seabus joined in – with the teenage boys.

I’ve always thought that the world of business can learn a lot from sport, and now I’m even more convinced. As we’ve just discovered, sport and love is nothing less than infectious…I wonder what it might be look if business and love came together more. Would we feel more? Would we feel good? Would we strive to be our best, to win for our companies, to allow others to share in our glory? What displays of affection, community, and bonding might result? What would the next generation of business leaders be like?

Thank you fellow Canadians for showing the world what love for our country both looks and feels like! Love and business…this too is possible. One must only believe.

Being Canadian and a Vancouverite, I can’t help but reflect now on the spectacular display of love we’ve witnessed the past few weeks. Love for a Nation. We felt and witnessed more displays of human emotions than many of us have ever imagined. It was contagious and it felt so amazing to just feel and show our love.
On Sunday after the hockey game I went for a run in my neighbourhood and started counting Canadian flags in houses and on cars that I ran by. After reaching 100 I stopped counting. For our country, this love and affection is unprecedented. My 16 year old son told me that he and his friends started singing our national anthem on the seabus at midnight coming home from downtown one night. The entire seabus joined in – with the teenage boys.
I’ve always thought that the world of business can learn a lot from sport, and now I’m even more convinced. As we’ve just discovered, sport and love is nothing less than infectious…I wonder what it might be look if business and love came together more. Would we feel more? Would we feel good? Would we strive to be our best, to win for our companies, to allow others to share in our glory? What displays of affection, community, and bonding might result? What would the next generation of business leaders be like?
Thank you fellow Canadians for showing the world what love for our country both looks and feels like! Love and business…this too is possible. One must only believe.

Kudos to Crosby

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

crosby

Quite the hockey game, eh? We had to expect that it was going to come down to something as tight and intense as that, and it fully came through. That tying goal actually made the game too. A Cory Perry winning goal wouldn’t have placed anywhere near as centrally in the nation’s formative identity as that amazing Crosby storybook finish. It’s going to be fascinating to watch as the effects of that game and of the 2010 Olympics dissolve into our culture. We really ought to embrace these successes as an indication of an earnest, organized, and impassioned nation. And although it may prove difficult to find anything really tangible other than hockey and maple syrup to hang our proverbial hat on, they’re both pretty sweet.