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July 2018

The Deliberately Creative Life

By |2018-07-20T16:47:19+00:00July 20th, 2018|Blog Posts, Uncategorized|

Speaking notes from keynote for the Writer’s Guild of Alberta 2018 AGM. I will begin by introducing the work I do, but before that I need to mention the word avuncular. My work focuses on performance. I love learning how people do, what they do, when they do, what they do. For me, Aristotle's “you are what you repeatedly do” is everything. I spend my life studying elite performance. It always seemed to me that the best way to learn was to watch how people actually do their work. My talks and workshops share what I learn. One day after a talk a friend called me and asked me to go for a walk. On that walk he told me I should remind people [...]

Reading List

By |2018-07-20T16:47:50+00:00July 20th, 2018|Blog Posts, Uncategorized|

During several recent workshops and conferences, I was asked for a reading list for those who want more information about digital technology and its impact. Here it is. The list provides an intro to code, the big four critics, the relevant philosophers, two lawyers you should monitor non-stop, and finishes with some (computer) scientists. The Big Four Donna Haraway https://campusdirectory.ucsc.edu/cd_detail?uid=haraway Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto was one of the first theoretical engagements with new technology and its integration with human life. Her work since that time has expanded and deepened her arguments about the integration of people and technology. Haraway is a highly creative scholar whose work is complex, but more as a result of a playful attitude to language and ideas than from abstract thought [...]

October 2017

‘No dress rehearsal, this is our life:’ Gord Downie and the Canadian conversation

By |2018-09-24T19:34:49+00:00October 27th, 2017|Blog Posts|

  Canadians are lucky to have the creative contributions of Gord Downie, frontman for the Tragically Hip, who passed away this week at the age of 53. He embodied a beautiful paradox in our conversation about Canadian culture. He wrote poetry about hockey and our complicated history, quoting both news and literature, and singing those poems to diverse audiences in hockey arenas. Where America’s poet, Walt Whitman, spoke of “containing multitudes,” Downie connected multitudes. Like Downie, the country he loved resists summation. What is Canada? What is Canadian culture? Who is a Canadian? Canadians do not agree on what it means to be Canadian. Our conversations on the subject end with more questions than we had when they began. Two approaches are often used when trying [...]