Alex Wegrzyn

Knowledge Seeker, Chicago Park District
Chicago, IL, United States

About Alex

Bio

Howdy! I don't really have bio, so here's some stories:
So this one time...
...I fell off a car. To be young and dumb.
...I got a matching tattoo with a good friend after a day of surfing Lake Michigan.
...Saw Rod Blagojevich (former Governor of Illinois) jogging in my neighborhood
...Danced to James Brown til 3am.

Areas of Expertise

outdoor education, Youth empowerment, Tinkering, DIY, radical perspectives, punk rock

An idea worth spreading

There is absolutely no way to choose just one.

I'm passionate about

Lots of stuff! It changes weekly. I'm really into nature and exploration of places, people, and the mind. The bicycle is the transportation of the gods. Collecting vinyl connects me to a history. Yay!

Talk to me about

Anything! I like conversation. Live in Chicago? So do I!

People don't know I'm good at

Making really personal mix CDs.

Comments & conversations

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Alex Wegrzyn
Posted almost 3 years ago
Would you eat "in vitro" meat?
While interesting, most products super-synthesized and intended for human consumption really creepy me out. As other posters have stated, we already have other abundant sources of protein, such as soy beans, so why would it be necessary to make a McLab burger? Also, quality meat not only contains proteins, but essential fats and nutrients. While these can surely be added to make enriched 'meat', it still just sounds so plastic. I'll cautiously try it, and let you know if I grow a second head.
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Alex Wegrzyn
Posted almost 3 years ago
Can advertising be both a force for commerce AND a force for good?
Your original post brought to mind Amy Lockwood's TED Talk, in which she discusses how condoms are advertised and sold in the Congo, and how the government/big brand sponsored programs have a worse time distributing free condoms compared to generic condom brands, who see profits. It's an interesting video that touches on taboo, culture, and the ways that organizations can adjust their advertisements to help their consumers. Check it out! http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/amy_lockwood_selling_condoms_in_the_congo.html
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Alex Wegrzyn
Posted almost 3 years ago
AJ Jacobs: My year of living biblically
From one skeptic to quite a few others who commented on this video, i present you a video you should watch, from our favorite skeptic & bad astronomer, Phil Plait: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/08/17/dont-be-a-dick-part-1-the-video/
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Alex Wegrzyn
Posted almost 3 years ago
How can today's youth get involved and help initiate change in the world?
Grace, Came across a comment you made saying you worked at youth summer camps-this is an AWESOME place to start! I've been in camping/outdoor education for about 6 years now, working with all age groups, and it truly is the best thing I have ever done. I started at 16, and would spend the summer 110 miles from home. That was my first real taste of independence, as well as living in an environment that wasn't my own. It helps to make you grow as a person, and in turn, help others. Fast forward, I'm now 22, and spent the past summer working with the Chicago Park District. One of the coolest things our program did was have our campers spend a night in their city park, which can be absolutely terrifying for kids who have never been away from home, never slept in a tent before, and, not to mention, sleeping in an area that can be seen as dangerous. BUT, it was an experience that they really took to heart, and being able to provide a positive, new experience for someone who might not get that at home, is truly astounding. It's those kids who'll grow up and become counselors because of what YOU taught them. Sorry, that was long winded. I get excited when I see other people who are excited about youth empowerment AND summer camp.