Friday, September 30, 2011

TEDxToronto 2011 Opening Video - Toronto

This is the video for the opening of this year's TEDx Toronto. TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. The TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. At TEDx events, a screening of TEDTalks videos -- or a combination of live presenters and TEDTalks videos -- sparks deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.

This video is like a short personal opus for every Torontonian - the city should adopt it as it's "official" City of Toronto video:

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Friday, September 16, 2011

InvisiblePeople Interview: Aboriginal - First Nations Homelessness in Canada

The following is an interview by Mark Horvath, founder of InvisiblePeople.tv and WeAreVisible.com, outspoken advocate for the homeless. Mark, who lives and works in L.A.,  was invited to Canada to extend his annual InvisiblePeople.TV roadtrip meeting with and interviewing people who are experiencing homelessness. Helping them get the story told. Helping them gain the visibility they sorely need. Mark was invited by the Calgary Homeless Foundation and Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. Mark was hosted by homeless service organizations right across Canada from Victoria to St. Johns. One of the main characteristics of Canadian homelessness Mark quickly discovered was the high percentage of aboriginal peoples who are homeless here. Other studies have shown that although First Nations people are only 3% of Canada's population, more than 25% of the street homeless are aboriginal and make up 50% of the Canadian prison population. Here Mark interviews David Ward of Edmonton (via YouTube).


You can follow Mark on Twitter at @hardlynormal and @invisiblepeople

shared by Andy Coats - @canayjun
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