Tales the Dragons Told

This is my 10th year as Communications Manager for Vancouver’s Dragon Boat Festival. www.dragonboatbc.ca This gig is tons of work and tons of fun. Ours is the largest dragon boat festival outside Hong Kong. More than 4,000 paddlers take part along with about 100,000 visitors. Dozens of media – … [Read more...]

Intimations on the Information Age – What Would Google Do?

I really could not put this book down. Loved it. Jeff Jarvis, in What Would Google Do? writes with a conversational, almost intimate style that kept me engaged - at times laughing - as he portrayed the admiration he has for Google without being cloying. The book’s about more than just Google – it’s … [Read more...]

Bike blog blows up in la Belle Province

It’s a bike – it’s a taxi – it’s a Bixi. I was in Montreal visiting my sister and her family a week ago and they couldn’t wait to show us their city’s newest feature – Bixi bikes. Not only was the system fun to learn about and try, but to add to the merriment, the launch included a blogging … [Read more...]

This Crowd is Not a Madding Crowd

Continuing my theme of great books on social media – or on the state of things in general – recently I found Clay Shirky’s treatise on crowdsourcing called Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. I found this book engaging and easy to read. It opens with an entertaining … [Read more...]

Get Naked!

The world of media and PR is shifting. As a PR person who specializes in media relations I find this fascinating. Given these shifts, how can I be sure I am giving my clients the best advice on getting their messages out? To learn more I have, among other things, become mildly obsessed with books on … [Read more...]