I was born at the center of North America to a Metis mother and average Canadian father. School was difficult in many ways, less mentally then conceptual but in the end it lead my to dear friendships that have ended up defined myself and my ideals. One friendship in particular that lead to my love of philosophy and science and another that help me believe in my self. With good fortune I was sent to a private high school by the school division. Someone in knew enough to look out for me and get me in the right place. I am eternally grateful for this act of kindness.
This school was was instrumental in my intellectual development, although I ended up skipping class to debate with my professors and classmates. Most notably the Dean who had a tremendous impact on me.
After graduation I took the first job available it was at a paint store. Although soul crunching it taught me allot about myself and allowed me to focus on philosophy and martial arts. At this point I was a disciple of a lineage disciple of the Shaolin Temple and I stared to learn Chan Buddhism. This man was an ex-solider and I learn more about violence. Then it came to a point were I could simply not get myself out of bed to go to work anymore and I decided to attend the University of Manitoba.
Although I had originally started out in Religious studies fascinated different ideas and worldview that I had never considered an odd circumstance lead me towards politics. While I was raised with man element of Cree/Metis culture and with many Ojibway friends being a big part of my life, the University introduced me to the deeper philosophical elements of my cultures.
I was given the opportunity to study with many wise Elders/Professors at the University even a Yogi. One in particular was a Dene Elder. His family had been able to live traditionally having escaped the direct effects of the residential school. Old enough to remember when Aboriginal ceremonies where illegal and race was reason enough to deny someone voice. He taught me the heart of the warrior, the heart of the Okichitaw. But I misunderstood.
Learning about Aboriginal culture lead me to Politics and I ended up getting involved with the Liberal Party of Canada eventually being nominated as the Director of Aboriginal Affairs on the Young Liberals of Canada Manitoba Executive. I learn that it is easier to gain power then make changes. While I ended up in a position of power ashamed at engaging in the kind of politics I had always deplored. The price was too high and I walked away.
My failure at handling power taught me something. That I lacked the ability to be steeled in my resolve that I was not enough of a disciplined warrior. That I had not sacrificed for freedom and justice. That I had not been on the ground doing the dirty jobs created by the stroke of a pen. I needed to feel the effects of decisions.
So I joined the Canadian Forces. I wanted to be a hero nobly defending the innocent. I wanted the discipline of a solider and I found it, however along with the pitfalls. I would love to speak endlessly about my experiences here however I believe according that to my contract I cannot write about my experiences for at least another two years.
It is during my experiences with the Canadian Forces that I finally put the pieces together and found true clarity of purpose leading me here where I can finally accomplish my original intent.
For this I feel gratitude greater then I had ever imagined possible.
Areas of Expertise
Political Science, Physchology, Open Goverment, organization development
An idea worth spreading
A web based global collaborative coordination point and knowledge base that facilitates high-quality content, innovation, coordination, content development, access to information, skill development/education and community creation, connects and optimize the development of projects, provide standardization that does not require centralized authority or coercion, increase the efficiency and reach of existing institutions, advancing the development/adoption of new industrial/economic models. The system it self would continual facilitating the development of tools for navigating and collating Information/opportunities within the system. Main governing structure would be a Per Task Liquid Democratic governing structure to delegate duties necessary for the maintenance and upgrade of the site. The entire system is designed to ensure to avoid exploitation. It allows for all structures to challenged and quickly replaced as necessary. Think Sun Tzu meets standardized digital Lego.
I'm passionate about
Ethics, Philosophy, Aboriginal culture, Science, Math, Psychology, Neuropsychology, Organizational Efficiency, Peace, Personal Development
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Open Government, Social Innovation, New Media, Wikis, Psychology, Innovation, Creativity, Art
My TED story
I really have no defining TED story but that it has been an oasis of rationality in my Prairie capital at the center of North America.