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.
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.
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.
Maps, news, technology, business, virtual reality environments, convergence, soccer, population implosion, the future, and politics. I am game for most things.
Visualizing processes and outcomes. I tend to jump to the end of discussions because I can see where things are headed.
15:54 Posted: Mar 2008
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