About Christopher


My name is Chris. My background has been varied which has helped me to adapt to many new fields of study and work. I studied Biology/Genetics at York University in Toronto and also Digital Cartography at the College of Geographic Sciences in Nova Scotia. I have worked, always for long periods of time, with large companies such as UPS (Operations Management), Terra Surveys (Mapping of Persian Gulf, Argentina, Ghana), AMEC/AMEC Earth & Environmental (Senior Consultant), and now CAE Professional Services (Manager Program Development). My Career has allowed me to help shape the world in which i worked along with my colleagues and clients. Recently I have started an endeavour to ensure the news is adequately provided to people by providing context, or location. I look forward to sharing ideas through TED, and I welcome yours. Thank you for reading.

Areas of Expertise

GIS and Mapping, Service Oriented Architectures, Business Management, Service Innovation

An idea worth spreading

Understanding where things are relative to your location or memory (for example you hear about something in a town you used to live as a child), can help develop an internalization of information that provides individuals with a more complete picture of the world. In doing so each person begins to relate to ideas, thoughts, and information in new ways. This makes the planet/universe a bit smaller to us and humanities challenges become close up issues to be dealt with instead of far of whispers of injustice. It is only since the advent of the printing press and later the telephone, could information be communicated to people without attachment to the places discussed. Before that we had to know our surrounding because our survival depended on it. That time has come again where understanding our surroundings impacts our survival, except this time our surroundings are global.

I'm passionate about

I am really passionate about the power of place. Showing news on maps and using maps as the fusion points for thoughts and ideas, I believe, is powerful.

Talk to me about

Maps, news, technology, business, virtual reality environments, convergence, soccer, population implosion, the future, and politics. I am game for most things.

People don't know I'm good at

Visualizing processes and outcomes. I tend to jump to the end of discussions because I can see where things are headed.

Comments & conversations

Christopher DeJager
Posted over 3 years ago
Paul Gilding: The Earth is full
I was at the movies with my daughter and the following I think was important to this discussion. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not.” ― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax In the context of this talk, it is not about the fear, it is about our ability to do something. Another one I like is "effort flows where attention goes". It was nice to see an eight year old get it, maybe we do have some hope.
Christopher DeJager
Posted about 4 years ago
Is resistance to technology use in society based on our evolution history tied to the land rather than the machine?
Intersting that I come across this after listening to a book called What Technology Wants. I think we are pretty self centric. Does my skin cell think of itself, talk to its neighbors, bare children, pass along skill and wisdom and then die off to leave a new generation to continue? Are people just cells in a larger evolution or birth of a new organism. Technology is a creation of ourselves from the first tools or signal fires used 65,000 years ago (or more). I do believe technology evolution (and by default the human psychae) is accelerating. Where is it leading... I am not sure. But I do think it is not "our own" evolution we are witnessing, it is and understanding of our place within the larger systems that are emerrging. Resisting technology will not matter, technology monitors you and it will take any contribution from you as you are willing to give. A bank account, a phone number, even the purchase or consumption of food. It is all captured by the system and used to impact everyone else. The one point I wish to make, or idea to post, is that for the past 15 years those who have had access and emersed themselves in "technology" have had a level of influence in the so called evolution. Now with more people engaged (not all of course) the people who believe the engagement in technology provides a level of access/influence/awareness, will quickly find they don't. Those that can step out and understand the system overall will build the next higher order of intelligence within the evolution of technology. Whether we participate or not it will happen, becasue if it is not you, someone else will engage. And here I sit doing my part, responding to a stimulus, and feeding the system. Just like a skin cell. I am not depressed by this, I find it facinating to now see how far I can sense, knowing I am the centre of my universe. Thank you for the question.
Christopher DeJager
Posted over 6 years ago
Jared Diamond: Why do societies collapse?
I agree with Gene on Jared's books, but in his approach he raises to me the possibility that we can model and understand the interplay between factors and therefore looking forward understand what the impacts of conditions will be. In our current climate of global crisis the society of Iceland are no different than the society of Pakistan. Both countries are bankrupt and seeking help, one is "integrated" and the other not but the linkages that bind our %u201Csocieties%u201D going forward are much farther reaching and have little to do with national policies or citizen decisions. It is interesting how in 2003 when this talk was given, around the time of his book Collapse, we still thought that looking backwards will help us understand what is ahead of us. Now I am not entirely sure. The only thing that is true is that we need to seriously look at the complexity of what is going on to better understand and protect our societies from collapse. We cannot protect from change yet change that happens too quickly is an effective collapse. I enjoyed reading the comments more than the talk itself. Thank you.