September 25, 2018

Buddy's Friend - A Vision for Virtually Connecting

 My next open adventure is part of the Mozilla Open Leaders programme. Working with others from Virtually Connecting, we are in 3/14 week and working on the vision. The outline for the project is here. This post will look at a more visual version as I find black and white words are sometimes difficult to work with and discussing definitions of words take time.

What we might need is a Virtually Connecting (Buddy) Friend! Buddy is a particular role in Virtually Connecting to denote those onsite and remove that 'buddy' together to open the conversation to others. In this context, it is where we can ask questions and get a friendly, personalised answer! In real terms, the backend of this 'Buddy' would be a members database. Throughout the process with our Mozilla mentor, we will be able to finesse this vision and work out details.

Illustration: Wendy Taleo and colouring by Ted Taleo CC BY

Maybe we don't know what our totem pole (inspired by my son's drawing) will look like but we have a clear understanding of what questions currently exist and that we want to encourage our brand of radical hospitality. My son/advisor (aged 7) said that this totem is made up of person, Al and monkey. If I changed that to AI (artificial intelligence), this is pretty close to our vision! The people are the base of our community, we might need some technology on top of that with a clever, approachable, monkey (with headphones) to assist. Maybe the antenna at the top is our communication signaller.
The answers are there somewhere! At the moment you might have to collect your own data or peruse Youtube recordings or read various sections on the website or ask someone on the Slack channel or be briefed by another buddy. We will continue to #WOLO (think wallow) in this inquiry.

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September 15, 2018

Equity Unbound

Alternative CV for Equity Unbound
Alternative CV: Wendy Taleo 2018 CC BY

My alternative CV outlines some of the things in my day. Smash avo on toast (as the fancy cafe's call it) is always enhanced with vegemite. My clarinet is getting some air time recently and the book and ipad are never far away. A soft toy Cassowary keeps my son company with the moving image on the flat, glass screen. Shoes for the journey and a slither of film strip for reflection on technology past. These are the things that my CV doesn't say.

It starts with an invitiation.

Maha Bali posted her beautiful updated #altcv

but what struck me was the grey space left behind by the empty embed of dead technology. I responded with a grey space poem.
On the other side of the world, Kevin Hodgson was celebrating dot day. I added my #altcv there, unbound in a squound. He commented on the sound of this word, which kicked off this poem.

Which perhaps deserves to be heard.