|Vancouver is an amazing city, chock full of creative talent. WE ARE VANCVR is a simple, elegant way to showcase all that talent in one place. Every week we profile one individual from the VANCVR community.VANCVR.com is a Domain7 Labs project.|
Recently, we published an open letter to TEDxVANCOUVER with a modest proposal.
We are huge TEDx fans, and we’re also huge fans of all the bright ideas generated by our city’s creative types. That’s why the team at Domain7 Labs started We Are VANCVR in the first place—to bring all this talent together for good and then see what emerges.
When TEDx returns for its third instalment in Vancouver on November 12, we would love to see some of that talent on stage. This is the fourth of five letters we’ll be posting to TEDx, with speaker recommendations from the We Are VANCVR community.
[photo by Duncan Davidson]
Little wonder, since Kris has both talent and a message. Seriously, this guy has something to say.
He’s become a known advocate for empowerment through open source technology—and some of you might have been lucky enough to hear his early Pecha Kucha Vancouver talk titled “Open media, open culture and open source” (PK5).
Kris’s own growth has run a curious parallel with the Web’s. He started building websites in 1995 —when graphical web browsers first came on the scene. Since then his career shadowed the growth of the Internet: forming an online magazine with Burnkit founder Josh Dunford, putting his web skills to work in PR, and eventually running an open-source software start-up in the Silicon Valley (well before most of us had heard of open source, let alone realized it was awesome).
Around that time Kris started playing with a camera as a way to reconnect with the world around him. “I was running a company that encouraged others to use the web to empower themselves, and using a camera as my proof point. I was saying: don’t be afraid of piracy—be afraid of irrelevance. That message would ring shallow if I didn’t have 50,000 photos available to public online. I use my photography to prove out these open source models.”
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