TED Community » David Leach

About Me

Location:
Canada, Victoria British Columbia
Current organization:
University of Victoria
Current role:
Director of Technology & Society Minor
Gender:
Male
My website links:
Kibbutzing the Hood


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  • A comment on Conversation: What is the bond that holds a community together? If woven properly, how can this common bond positively change the world?

    Jul 23 2013: Thanks, Juan! Yes, I think there is a small but growing movement to reclaim those village-like ideals and sense of community you describe. I was at Findhorn Community, a fascinating "eco-village" in northern Scotland, that has done just that. It's part of a Global Ecovillage Network:

    http://gen.ecovillage.org/

    People there talked a bit, like you did, about how technology can free us from some of the demands of commuting (and polluting) to work in big urban centres. Instead, we can telecommute (well, some people can) and use other sustainable practices & tools (3D print want we need rather than mass-produced products w/ tons of packaging)... all while maintaining a more close-knit relationship w/ our neighbours.

    I now live in a village-like community within a larger city, where everything is walkable (or else bus-able & definitely bike-able)... & can car-share when I really need to drive. A huge impact on personal satisfaction, family health and connection w/ our neighbours and community. It will take an earthquake to take me to move. (ALas, we also live on a fault line....)
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    A comment on Conversation: What is the bond that holds a community together? If woven properly, how can this common bond positively change the world?

    Jul 22 2013: Great topic, great conversation.

    I took a stab @ my own answer in a TEDx Talk called "Kibbutzing Your Hood". My idea? Strong communities depend on a high "kibitz quotient" — and tend to have built environments & cultures that promote conversation, cooperation, positive gossip & ultimately a shared mythology to rally around when times get tough.

    Scaling that up can be tricky, though, especially when so much in our high-tech world pulls in the opposite direction.

    I welcome any thoughts...

    http://youtu.be/OFRMyKVF7j0
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    A comment on Conversation: How might gaming and crowd-sourcing change the future of science?

    Apr 4 2013: We recently hosted a one-day event on the social power of video games here at the University of Victoria:
    http://gameswithoutfrontiers.uvic.ca/

    One of the projects featured was "Digital Fishers", which uses gamification and crowd-sourcing to get citizen scientists to watch and annotate 15 second clips of footage from undersea cameras & then help scientists better analyze the data and know which footage to focus on:

    http://digitalfishers.net/

    Watching the video feed (although not playing the game), a 14-year-old aspiring oceanographer from the Ukraine made a discovery that made headlines from his computer:

    http://www.neptunecanada.com/news/news-details.dot?id=37058

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