I’m an emerging entrepreneur and some other stuff


So say a panel of experts.

We appreciate the support of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation and I’m looking forward to the attend the conference (even though I *just* saw Clay Shirky speak last week in person. In person!). I think it will be a great chance to meet some very interesting people.

Set in the creative hotbed of Montreal, C2-MTL is a collaborative and immersive conference that inspires right + left brain think­ing through a smorgasbord of exhibitions, multimedia presentations, conceptual spaces, projections, collaborative workshops and a creativity boot camp. The multifaceted event site will consist of an “innovation village” where participants will be challenged to explore new ideas, in various forms.

What else is happening… Well, in order to get into see Clay Shirky speak in person, I agreed to present Open Data at a conference called RDV Web. Actually, I asked my Montréal Ouvert / Québec Ouvert colleagues if they wouldn’t mind if I fielded this speaking engagement. We receive so many requests to speak and to do interviews that the other guys are exhausted and I felt like I could use this particular opportunity to raise Ajah’s profile because the conference was more mainstream and I wasn’t speaking as part of a panel. I had not given a proper public presentation in years so I was pretty nervous, but apparently I did pretty well. At least I was good enough to be invited back to present at the next conference organized by the same team, but this one is focused on “cause” marketing which is much better for Ajah.

And here are some smart things:

Hacking is a pattern of local, opportunistic manipulation of a non-disposable complex system that causes a lowering of its conceptual integrity, creates systemic debt and moves intelligence from systems into human brains.

from Hacking the Non-Disposable Planet by Venkatesh Rao

Especially interesting because Daniel was just speaking to me about complex systems becoming increasingly complex and therefore somehow unable to address their own problems. He was referring to theories expressed in Currency Wars. I didn’t love the entire post, but I was interested in the idea of addressing problems in complex societies through hacks instead of adding complexity. Not sure if works that way.

Michael Gurstein wrote something that I really liked, too. I’ve known Michael for 10 years and while I respect him and his work, I don’t always love the critical anti-techno-utopian academic thing. This post I really enjoyed. I was more able to understand his concern and I also heard an alternative, more positive path than I had heard before (admittedly having read only a fraction of his work).

Does “Inclusion” Matter for Open Government?

Neal Stephenson’s religious order in Anatham probably started with works like this:

Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies
This is an amazing resource. URI’s for process. It is the evolution of XKCD’s Citation Needed and LetMeGoogleThatForYou. Shortcuts to use in dialogue which serve pedagogically. I’m impressed with that project. If I had a foundation, that is a project I would have funded.

And Miriam just referred to back when we all used to blog. Back in 2004. About our feelings. And people actually left comments! What a crazy memory. If you don’t read her, you probably should. Although since I don’t put my promote my blog entries through facebook that’s kind of like one deserted town putting up a sign to another deserted town.

Oh yeah – that’s what I forgot. I was interviewed by the the BC Open Data team.

Profile of an Open Data Developer: Ajah Fundtracker’s Michael Lenczner