June 2016: Launched Love 30 Canada, campaigning for 30 km/h speed limits in residential and urban areas on the model of the highly successful 20’s Plenty for Us campaign in the UK. Later in the month I spent a long and very productive day with founder Rod King.
May 2016: Along with Small Museums Canada partner Lizz Thrasher I pitched the initial concept for the Rosamond Woolworks—a plan to revive Eastern Ontario’s once-vital wool processing industry—to thirty community members at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.
January 2016: Digital humanities instructor at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Along with a team from the Hybrid Publishing Group I worked with professors Lisa Pon and Beatriz Balanta on developing research tools for an interdisciplinary graduate seminar in the history and theory of communications. After training the class in metadata basics and cataloging software, we worked with select students on designing digital archives of 19th and 20thC photo albums in SMU collections.
December 2015: Launched Vision Zero Canada. An organic outgrowth of my Slow Ottawa project, this is a registered non-profit advocating for the elimination of traffic deaths and serious injuries across Canada. Here is the plan. Here is the Twitter feed. When resources permit I will put together a full web site.
October 2015: Getting closer to putting design producer on my business card as I take on the role of Principal Researcher, Knowledge Design at the Hybrid Publishing Group. These are the people I worked with on the production of the Hybrid Media Player, a dashboard that syncs a low-res video of my McLuhan centenary lecture (Berlin, 2011) with the corresponding ‘slide deck’ and transcription. In addition to further developing that interface we are actively pursuing digital archive / digital humanities projects.
October 2015: Assembling visuals (archival photos, videos &c) on 20 subjects for the documentary on Les Canadiens face aux grandes guerres mondiales, to be produced by Carte Blanche Films for TV5.
Launched in May 2015, smallmuseums.ca, provides a range of services and products to small museum and heritage sites throughout Canada. The main focus so far has been in developing the product line and in getting the products into locations to which one can donate additional stock. Click on the image below to visit the online store.
My Berlin fan club unveiled a greatly enhanced interactive version of my 2011 Berlin talk on 30 April 2015 at the Libre Graphics conference in Toronto. Details here. We’re currently applying for funding to take this project further.
An ongoing project is Slow Ottawa, a guide to financially and ecologically sustainable living launched in October 1013. This multi-media site, complete with an audiocast, also has 30 Pinterest boards with 3200+ followers worldwide.