Archive | March, 2012

TEDxSalford (28 Jan 2012): 10 hours of mind-blowing inspiration

18 Mar

2012 can already be dubbed the TEDx year for me, as it’s only mid-March and I have already attended and even contributed to two TEDx events! First up was TEDxSalford in late January and 2 weeks later it was TEDxManchester!

TEDxSalford took place on a very sunny Saturday (28th January) at the futuristic Lowry building in Media City, Salford.

I was tweeting for most of the event  (or when my phone battery was not dead!) and I have compiled below a list of all my relevant tweets and retweets both from the day and in the build-up to the event. I am going to add later on some notes I took while I couldn’t tweet! Hopefully the tweets convey the spirit of  TEDxSalford, which can be summarised as follows: @TEDxSalford was mindblowing! So much intellect, so much empathy, so much emotion, all rolled into one .

TEDxSalford Logo

The Tweets

@ar3toul4ki

Jeremy Rifkin: Primitive man’s mind: food, shelter, sex / Modern man’s mind: beer, coffee, apps ! @TEDxSalford http://www.ted.com/talks/jeremy_rifkin_on_the_empathic_civilization.html
30 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

Amy Purdy: If you were writing a book about your life, how would you like it to go? TEDTalk 3 @TEDxSalford #TEDxSalford http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_purdy_living_beyond_limits.html
In reply to TEDxSalford
30 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

@herbkim @TEDxSalford was mindblowing! So much intellect, so much empathy, so much emotion, all rolled into one. A blog post is in order!
In reply to Herb Kim
30 Jan
@ar3toul4ki 

Hello! Great to see you @TEDxSalford ! I’m still buzzing! RT @astrondrew: @ar3toul4ki hello fellow skeptic and tedx person.
28 Jan
TEDxSalford ‏ @TEDxSalford 

The Key A CALL TO ACTION #Tedxsalford
Retweeted by  @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan
Unity Node ‏ @UnityNode

“WE are the story here… the collaboration itself, not the technology – the people who affect real change.” -@astro_ron #tedxsalford
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan
Unity Node ‏ @UnityNode

“Nothing is impossible.” -@astro_ron #tedxsalford
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan
Charlie Buckwell ‏ @charliebuck123

Ron Garan – awe inspiring film of lapping earth, sunrise, moonrise, aurora borealis – #TEDxSalford
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan

Unity Node ‏ @UnityNode

“The question is what kind of world do you want?” – @Astro_Ron #tedxsalford http://www.flickr.com/photos/fragileoasis/5585060181/
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan
Gemma Cameron ‏ @ruby_gem

Oh. My. Eyes!!! I just saw an aurora FROM SPACE! S P A C E #TEDxSalford
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan
Ben Davies ‏ @_bendavies

Just met an astronaut! He saw 16 sunrises a day. More importantly, introducing the orbital perspective – http://unitynode.org/ #Tedxsalford
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

@Astro_Ron: people think of something as impossible, just cos it has never been done before. Nothing is impossible! #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

@Astro_Ron: man-made borders distract from the fact that we’re all in this together #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

@Astro_Ron: i came back to earth with a commitment to refuse to accept the status quo #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

@Astro_Ron: you don’t have to be in orbit to have a global perspective #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

Can’t believe I just saw @Astro_Ron speak @TEDxSalford. I’ve been following his tweets from space and later on Earth for ages! #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

Trevor Cox: creating spontaneous bass wobble down the Manchester canal! #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

Trevor Cox: the Beecham Tower hum revisited #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

Trevor Cox: how to create bass wobble by clapping your hands in-between S-shaped walls (Mmm gives me some ideas) : D #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

TEDxSalford ‏ @TEDxSalford

Dr. Umut Kose explaining to the audience what neutrinos are #heavyparticlephysics #TEDxSalford #Manchester
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

Umut Kose: each of us produces 340 million neutrinos per day that reach the farthest corners of the universe #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

Gemma Cameron ‏ @ruby_gem

“Do you remember your first time with the Internet?” #TEDxSalford
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan
TEDxSalford ‏ @TEDxSalford

Tom Hingley talking about the Death of Copyright at #TEDxSalford. Watch the live stream now! #TEDx #TED #Manchester
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

Tom Hingley: a bleak future where augmented reality rearranges shop shelves to show you what you OUGHT to want to buy #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets): old bands prob reform in order to make money to buy their sound recordings off the record labels#TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets): that’s what record labels are now – content businesses #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets): we’ve moved away from BC and AD to BEFORE INTERNET and AFTER INTERNET #TEDxSalford

28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets): the current copyright laws are useless #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

TEDxSalford Programme

@ar3toul4ki 

Anne Lise Kjaer: good moms have sticky floors, dirty ovens but happy kids : ) #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

TEDxSalford ‏ @TEDxSalford

Tomorrow’s World #Tedxsalford
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Anne Lise Kjaer: the triple P bottom line: people, planet and only then profit #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Anne Lise Kjaer: more inclusion with WE-conomics rather than ME-conomics #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Anne Lise Kjaer: our love affair with economic growth hasn’t brought us happiness #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Anne Lise Kjaer: the future is not some place we go to, we have to create it #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Anne Lise Kjaer: we are bombarded by contradictory messages, we have to be fast and efficient but also worry about our health #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

@Jordan_Zadeh ah shame. @TEDxSalford is awesome. Hope you still manage to enjoy yourself
In reply to Jordan Ahmadzadeh
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

@retsillac well being still alive is very convincing : p
In reply to @CnallA
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Benedict Allen: i nearly died 9 times but i didn’t, because of a) PREPARATION and b) BELIEF IN MYSELF #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Benedict Allen: my new indigenous friends were crying as i was leaving+said “the sad thing is no one will be around to bury you”#TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Benedict Allen: when you’re being shot at, you can’t really stop and ask them WHY #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Edward Stafford: I knew I had to keep my sense of humour to keep going, when i actually also knew IT WASN’T FUNNY! #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Edward Stafford: i was tweeting+blogging from the middle of the Amazon all the time. Knew Michael Jackson was dead within 2mins #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

Nathan Rae ‏ @nathanrae

I’m live streaming the #TEDxSalford event at http://www.tedxsalford.com/live  Great speeches so far so check it out!
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Irene Khan: The law of demand and supply applies to justice as well. DEMAND it and you ll get it (eventually) #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Irene Khan: Violence against women is not a social problem, it’s a human rights problem #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

looking forward to tweeting the awesome speakers ‘ pearls of wisdom #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

RT @TEDxSalford: The official twitter hashtag = #TEDxSalford Less than 1 hour to go! #TEDx #TED #Manchester #mediacityuk #Salford
28 Jan

Ed Stafford ‏ @Ed_Stafford 

Speaking at @TEDxSalford at 10:50am. Its being live streamed over the Net at http://www.tedxsalford.com/live  Some great speakers: http://www.tedxsalford.com/event/speakers
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

@Jordan_Zadeh see you around. I’m @The_Lowry all day for @TEDxSalford : )
In reply to Jordan Ahmadzadeh
28 Jan

Gemma Hargreaves ‏ @GemmaHargreaves

Set up for @TEDxSalford at @The_Lowry – what a view! Say hi if you’re here 🙂 http://twitter.com/#!/GemmaHargreaves/status/163186229221924864/photo/1
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan

The Lowry - What a View!

sphey1 ‏ @sphey1

The sun is shining so well up for a day of enlightenment at @TEDxSalford today – exciting
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

@cubicgarden Yes i should be tweeting furiously all day from @TEDxSalford tomorrow!
In reply to Ian Forrester
28 Jan

TEDxSalford ‏ @TEDxSalford

Dont miss out on an official NASA astronaut appearance in #Manchester this January only at #TEDxSalford. Register now: http://www.tedxsalford.com/event/registration
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki

17 Jan

TEDxSalford ‏ @TEDxSalford

Tickets still available for #TEDx #Salford – check out our speakers lineup: http://www.tedxsalford.com/event/speakers #Manchester #MediaCityUK
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki

15 Jan

TEDxSalford ‏ @TEDxSalford
27 Healthy Habits of Happiness http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/09/18/27-healthy-habits-of-happiness/
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
15 Jan

@ar3toul4ki
@jotbe danke danke! #TEDxSalford should be special!

11 Jan

@ar3toul4ki
I’m in! Just got my ticket confirmation! Can’t wait! RT @TEDxSalford: Registrations for #TEDx #Salford still open – http://www.tedxsalford.com/event/registration

11 Jan

@ar3toul4ki
That was close! RT @TEDxSalford: Tickets still available for #TEDxSalford http://tedxsalford.com/event/speakers Astronauts, Scientists, Explorers!

9 Jan

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ACTA or Throwing out the Baby with the Bathwater

12 Mar

For some time  now I have been following the furore and the various (counter)arguments surrounding the infamous ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement):

” a multinational treaty for the purpose of establishing international standards for intellectual property rights enforcement”,

one of which relates to “copyright infringement on the Internet”.

Now the protection of intellectual property rights is very noble in itself, but the way it is being put into context, defined, interpreted, pursued and – potentially alas! – enforced is a classic example of “throwing out the baby with the bathwater“. It goes something like this:

Stealing is bad, so let’s assume that everyone is prone to stealing, and therefore everyone is potentially bad and should be controlled and censored, if not punished“;

a sweeping statement that is stunningly unfounded,  extremely dangerous to basic civil liberties, and – as it has already been proven by multiple very reliable sources – ineffective as well.  There are several reasons for that, as for instance Prof Michael Geist’s speech at the European Parliament’s “INTA Workshop on ACTA” shows (01.03.2012)

I personally have never felt the need or the inclination to download anything illegally: definitely not a film (torrents sound like far too much work for me – I’d rather use the time to go to the cinema!); but not even a single mp3 (but then again, I have been lucky to be well connected with and trusted by dozens of music producers all over the world who send me links to their own tracks for me to play and promote in my shows / podcasts or gigs). For me, it’s a matter of principle to pay for goods and services anyway, esp. for culture products.  And I don’t consider myself to be extra conscientious. I believe I represent the general population.

So even just the thought that – sometime in the very near future – I  could suddenly be suspected and even charged of “criminal activity” for hosting on my laptop a track that I have essentially not paid for (as it was given away to me for promotional purposes by the artist themselves!) fills me with terror and visions of a 1984 societal nightmare. It may sound far-fetched and ridiculous right now, but experts from all kinds of different disciplines from Law to Social Psychology think not! ACTA paves the way for such a legal development.

It was in this context that I was recently approached by Pirate Party UK and asked whether I would stand in the upcoming Local Elections in May as their Manchester City Centre Candidate. It took me less than a minute to enthusiastically say YES! Firstly, I had personally known for some time the other two Manchester candidates, Loz Kaye (the Leader of the UK Pirate Party) and Tim Dobson (a former candidate at the 2010 National elections). We have all been attending the same numerous digital events and creative industries meetups all over Manchester (e.g. the various BarCamps and the Social Media Cafe). Secondly, I have been living and working in the Manchester City Centre for more than a decade now, so the area is especially dear to me and its issues of particular relevance of course. Thirdly, I have seen incredible openness in the Pirate Party and its policies, so I felt that I would be free to establish and work on local priorities rather than follow a potentially rigid  party whip sitting in London or even in Sweden (where the Pirate Party movement originated).

So I will be standing in the May 2012 Local Elections as the Pirate Party UK Manchester City Centre Candidate. For me it’s not just about copyright, civil liberties and freedom of speech (the foci usually associated with the party); and it’s definitely NOT about impunity for malicious or unintentional illegal downloads! I see it as my chance to put my 20+year love for Manchester into practice, working for practically the only political party I respect. As I write in my first official statement:

I see (Pirate Party UK) as the only party that is adapted to the realities, the needs and challenges of the modern world, and yes that includes a strong technology focus: technology is not just for scientists, engineers, geeks, and hackers. It is an indispensable part of everyday life, including social and data communication, continuous education, as well as participatory democracy. Whoever blissfully closes their eyes to this fact will just be marginalised, let alone ignored when important decisions are taken on their behalf.

I believe it’s crucial that more government data becomes publicly available, more public services are available online, and more people in Manchester get broadband internet access and thus access to this data and those services: especially those people who need it the most: not the young to middle-aged single professionals, but the digitally disabled elderly, and the thousands of foreign students who come to study and live in the city. After all it would help them to help themselves and to contribute to the Manchester life. For me this is all about inclusion, information, understanding, empathy, participation and making the public services and data work for us all and not just for the few and the already privileged and perfectly informed.

Follow the journey on Twitter @PiratePartyMCR and on the Pirate Party Manchester webpage.