Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 204 – Disruption, Activism and Technology

Syria Crisis Graphic

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At Podcamp Toronto 2012, Heather Leson led a session called Dispatches of Disruption. The description of the session was advertised like this: “Every day someone uses the power of the Internet to change their world. What does it mean to be a disrupter? an innovator? a volunteer? What lessons can you activate at home? at work? I’ll share some examples of disruption aimed at corruption, elections, violence, potholes, agriculture, burgers, #futurewewant, and emergency response.”

She talks to us about how the world is using new media and new technology for social change, action and activism.

I’ll admit that many of the tools, techniques and ideas were new to me. Before this year’s podcamp, I had no idea what a crisis map was let alone how to use one. I hope that what you get from this audio is new to you too. 

Links:  Heather works at Ushahidi

Nikola Danaylov

Ramble with Russel

What is Crisis Mapping?

Ping-Pong can be a force for change

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Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 203 – The Hunter Gatherer Caveman Diet Rules

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Podcamp is more than a way for podcast hobbyists to get together once a year and talk about how we are podfading. Although, we did that too. It was also about social media, networking, how to use social media and other internet community tools to make a difference be it artistically or politically. That’s what podcamp is for me. All the different ways people are using the internet and social media to make a point, or make money. I must admit, the monetizing bit somewhat escapes me. Maybe because I am not making any money doing it.

To set the stage, for this show, it’s Saturday, podcamp toronto at Ryerson University, late February. We’re at the end of a full day of half hour sessions. A group of us are sitting off to the side after the last session, just chatting about the caveman diet, running, meditation and one woman’s father’s book called Dancing in the Mirror, self described inspirations of peace and joy. Oh yes did I mention the caveman diet?

People in the podcast community in attendance:  Bill DeysScarborough Dude, Bob Goyetche, Valerie,  Diets mentioned:  The Paleo, Caveman, Hunter Gatherer.   Podcasts mentioned: Dancing in the Mirror  Surround Sound Sites Mentioned: Holophonics

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Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 148 – Portland Pride, Politics and Perfume

Faneuil Hall Boston

Kentie unplugged in Boston.   On the eve of Podcamp Boston, Kentie, Ninja and Special K have dinner and talk about almost everything.

Famous Restaurants Mentioned: Cheers. Famous Bookstores Mentioned: Powells. Politicians mentioned: Howard Dean, Mitt Romney, Hilary, Barak, Al Gore, John Kerry, George Bush. Issues mentioned: Gun Control, Gay Marriage, Universal Health Care, The disadvantages of home schooling, Freedom. Recreational Activities Mentioned: Opera.  Hysterical Non-fiction: American Facists by Chris Hedges.

Songs Played : Family Guy * The Spirit of Massachussetts (Courtesy Episode 126 Mondo Diablo)

Podcasts listened to by Kentie:

· 2 Guys, 1 Brain

· Bear Crawling

· Big Gay Sex Show

· Bored Beyond Belief

· Brini Maxwell

· Broadway Bullet

· Cuppa Tea with AJ

· Fagbeast of Scandiland

· For Whatever Reason podcast

· Hello Waffles

· Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters

· Leather Bound

· Mandrake Society Radio

· Manhandled in Montana

· Mikey Pod

· New Music Box

· NY Times Book Review Podcast

· Peterson Toscano

· Sha-Pink

· Sister Paula podcast

· Spanking Bea Arthur

· Strength Nation with Jason White

· Tastes Like Burning

· Tigger Cast

· Tranny Wreck Radio

· Unnatural Acts of Opera

· Vera Speaks

· Wanda Wisdom

· Yeast Radio

· Zillacast with Zillafag

· Eat This Hot Show

Podcamp Toronto 2008 – What is New Media?

So far I have really enjoyed podcamp. I cannot actually believe that it is already noon. Only a few more hours to go. I have experimented with blogs using blogger and some local desktop tools which I can talk about at another time, but I have not been so much into the visual word since I began podcasting in August 2005. It’s mostly a time issue. I will use this site as vehicle to keep you informed on where the podcast and my new media skills are going. This weekend I have talked to a great many people who are very friendly and want to share information about what they want to get out of new media. The flavour is much different from last year where there were web media organizations flogging their products or marketing managers wondering how to make money from it. This made a lot of the more geeky participants nervous and anxious I think. This year it is more about what does it mean to each of us and how can we use for our own purposes and goals regardless of whether that goal is money or community.

I am of course using the term new media rather loosely to mean that mythical beast WEB 2.0. An expression I completely loathe. What does new media really mean? I think it means use of technology to solve old problems. Like making money. Like communicating important information in terms of news and health. Like creating community. It is often claimed that technology isolates and alienates people. There is the common picture of a seventeen year old boy sitting in a dark corner of his room with nothing but a keyboard and the glow of the screen to keep him company. But really that is not what is going on at all. He is any age, all genders, all ethnicities using the internet to find and influence his community and is interacting in a new way with that community. He is on facebook, msn messenger, myspace, hi5, twitter and e-mail.

People do want to touch.