Connecting, A Documentary About the Future of Interaction Design

“The 18 minute “Connecting” documentary is an exploration of the future of Interaction Design and User Experience from some of the industry’s thought leaders. As the role of software is catapulting forward, Interaction Design is seen to be not only increasing in importance dramatically, but also expected to play a leading role in shaping the coming “Internet of things.” Ultimately, when the digital and physical worlds become one, humans along with technology are potentially on the path to becoming a “super organism” capable of influencing and enabling a broad spectrum of new behaviors in the world.”


I’m not one to take a sappy look back on the past before we ring in a new year, but 2012 has left me feeling a little sentimental, so…

2012 – the year of taking chances. Looking back on 2012, it was my year of transformation – deciding to leave behind the life I knew in a small town for the idea of something greater in the city. With no job, no prospects, and two of the greatest people I have ever met, I left the comforts and routine of the place that had seen my greatest highs and my greatest lows and made a decision to change my life.

Seeing the way it’s played out so far; I recognize the people and things I lost, but am so grateful for the new friends and family I’ve gained. I am thankful for the he exciting opportunities and experiences I wouldn’t have had otherwise and the realization of how it’s all taught me so much about myself.

My vow, to 2013 does not involve any life-changing plans, crazy resolutions or promises to myself that I’m not sure I can keep. It does not include dwelling on past mistakes, or writing out a plan of things in my life I want to change or wish to be different. Quite simply, I vow to continue on the path I have started, to be adaptable and keep an open mind. I vow to enjoy each day, the highs and the lows, and enjoy the lessons I learn and people I meet along the way; and to take one minute each day to remind myself that these are the only real things that matter.


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YouTube For Good: Bringing Change to the Social Forefront

The power of the moving image to bring people together is having a global effect that’s never been seen before. Now that we all have access to the same media, can it connect us more strongly?

Hunter Walk, is the Director of Product Management for YouTube who focuses on leveraging YouTube for social good, learning and free expression. In his article Can Online Video Usher In A New Age Of Empathy? , he discusses the power of online media and how our ability to share experiences, convey emotions, sights and sounds to people around the globe is effectively creating a powerful platform for social change.

Though YouTube For Good is not necessarily it’s own program, Hunter explains, “It’s really more about YouTube as a whole than a separate program. It’s comprised of some efforts to ensure that nonprofits, educators, and activists are as successful on YouTube as entertainers, comedians, and athletes.”

By accessing the YouTube Nonprofit Program, organizations can utilize resources and information to learn how to best leverage their videos and messages to the social media universe. YouTube also released the “Playbook For Good” to help activate your cause, tell a compelling story, and launch an effective campaign on YouTube.

By promoting nonprofits and stories of those looking to make a difference, like the “World Water Day Video” featured below, YouTube For Good hopes to “move some of these types of users from people’s back lobe to their frontal lobe.”

Why YouTube for Good? Hunter says it’s “Because the values of our team and our community are expressed in the work we do, and being intentful, saying that using YouTube to improve the human condition is just as important as using YouTube to entertain, those are values we want to support beyond rhetoric.”

“Are We Becoming Cyborgs?” [via New York Times]

Published: November 30, 2012 | Global Agenda | Conversation

Photo: Matthew Richardson

SINCE broadband began its inexorable spread at the start of this millenium, Internet use has expanded at a cosmic rate. Last year, the number of Internet users topped 2.4 billion — more than a third of all humans on the planet. The time spent on the screen was 16 hours per week globally — double that in high-use countries, and much of that on social media. We have changed how we interact. Are we also changing what we are?
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Serge Schmemann, Susan Greenfield and Maria Popova

Twenty something ways to know you’re twenty something

Via / Fries or Salad

1)      There is a nagging suspicion in your brain that there’s something missing. Not missing as in “Shit I lost my cell phone.” But missing as in, you wake up in the morning not really sure of your path in life, if this is really what you want to do, and if this perpetual hangover is really how life is supposed to feel.

2)      Your finances are constantly subject to new “budgeting” attempts, new excel spreadsheets, new financial plans, and yet never really seem to accumulate as quickly as your friends say theirs do.

3)      Your friends’ jobs are all better than yours

4)      Your friends’ apartments are all better than yours.

5)      If you’re single you are worried you’ll die alone, if you’re in a relationship you’re constantly worried if “this is the one” and otherwise you’re newly engaged and everyone else is jealous but you’re worried about becoming a divorce statistic. Really though, everyone just lives with each other.

6)      One night stands seem way less appealing than they did approximately 15 months ago and you’re not sure what changed (except your unexpected new devotion to hygiene).

7)      Your hangovers last 3 days, but you love dark and dingy bars. They make you feel artistic.

8)      Your hangovers are no longer just a headache but defined by ‘booze blues’ and ‘shameover’ symptoms (re: what am I doing with my life?!; oh my god why did I drink so much?;) and losing your wallet/phone/coat/pride no longer seems as funny as it did when you were 20. You find yourself staring teary-eyed into the mirror at your smudged eyeliner wondering if this is really what you should be doing with your time. Then you slowly, and quietly whispering, start singing yourself a Celine Dion song.

9)      Suddenly staying home with a bottle of cheap vino, a blanket, a tear jerker, and your cat seem a substantially better way to spend your Saturday nights then standing in line waiting to spend $100.

10)   Oh yah, now you stand in line because bouncers don’t find 20-somethings as attractive as just-turned-19’s.

11)   Your head suddenly feels crammed with numbers:

a)      Cell phone bills

b)      Student debt payments

c)       Monthly income

d)      Booze costs

e)      Coffee costs

f)       How many centuries it will take to afford a house

g)      Etc.,

12)   You remember a simpler time.  It included such heart-warming and moral shows as Breaker High, Saved by the Bell, Fresh Prince, CITY Guys, Wishbone, Ghost Writer, Captain Planet, and the Smoggies. A major part of you suspects that your morals and values were shaped by the lessons in these cartoons.  Another major part of you suspects the lack of morality in youth these days stems from their inability to watch the same programming you did.

13)   You have thoughts that start with, “Kids these days… When I was a teen… In my day…. When I was younger…” and other such statements you never thought would come out of your mouth.

14)   You start parenting your parents.

15)   You remember a time before the internet.  You remember when your family got its first computer. You remember, “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?,” “Encyclopedia Britannica on CD-ROM,” and the first Apple computer on the block.  You also remember the evolution of social media because you were there for it all.  BBS – ICQ – MSN – Yahoo Chat – Forums – Chatrooms – Email – Facebook – Perez – Twitter – Blogs – ?

16)   You find yourself sad sometimes because you actually feel like the Internet’s become a bad place.

17)   Everything is solved by brunch. 20-somethings love brunch. Post-break-up brunch, post-night-out brunch, before-flea-market brunch, before-shopping brunch, happy brunch, birthday brunch, gossip brunch, ‘wanna go to brunch and catch up’ brunch?

18)   Time goes by quicker than ever before, for an unknown reason, and the more you try to slow it down the faster it goes.

19)   Going travelling versus paying off your student loan versus buying property is a serious legitimate conversation in your head. Backpacking is as legitimate a rite of passage as college/university.

20)   You have a niggling suspicion that someone lied to you and that your twenties are not the huge party previously assumed.

21)   You are also starting to suspect that the rumours going around about your thirties being the REAL party are just a ruse to get you through your twenties.

22)   You’re favorite saying is, “What am I going to do with my life?” This is usually followed by self-assuring statements that you’ve done a lot more than most people, you’ve got memories if not experience, and that’s really all that matters in the end because YOU won’t have regrets.

23)   You find yourself making lists more often because your forget more things: to-do lists are your new bible.

24)   There’s something about HBO shows, like unreal shows that seem real, and you HAVE to watch them every week.  This is especially true if the shows involve vampires, drug dealing moms, drug making teachers, doctors, or police/fire fighters.

25)  You suddenly understand what people meant by, “Generation Why.”