Calling all filmmakers, animators, writers, creative directors and producers, Filminute 2007 has launched, and I am very happy to be sitting on the pre-selection committee. If possible, I will try to give updates on any juicy tidbits, for now all I can say is get your crew together and get cracking. There are rumblings that Friends of the Earth and other green groups may get involved. Is it possible that we are starting to talk about sustainable cinema? Last year’s winners drew some commercial attention, and if I know the co-founder Sabaa, this year’s Filminute will be even bigger and better.
I would also like to thank Susan Thomas for being my first official sponsor for the Diane Fossey London Great Gorilla Run. Katy G. came in a close second. A heartfelt thank you to you both for bringing me closer to wearing the gorilla suit this coming September. I am about a quarter of the way to making it into the run, so your support is appreciated and necessary! All qualifiers need to raise 400 pounds to be eligible to run. You too can be part of making me a gorilla by going online to Francescaisanape.
I was intrigued to see that even in snow white Montreal, there are signs of greening. Popular yoga clothing store Lululemon has got its windows dressed in an eco footprint url. And even Regis and Kelly Ripa’s morning program is currently hosting a week of “Green”. Is North America also catching the green fever that has been spreading in the UK? Seems like mainstream cultural leaders may be biting.
And don’t forget to pick up the April edition of Vanity Fair’s Green issue. There are some scathing articles on Rush Limbaugh, one of America’s most hated by the left, a flattering review of once laughed-at Prince Charles for his organic farming ways, and a brief preview of Leonardo DiCaprio’s follow-up documentary to Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth, The 11th Hour. Included in the film is even a chapter on sustainable design featuring design guru Bruce Mau.
And just a quick mention that one of my favorite websites WorldChanging has been nominated for the Webby awards.
I am heading to the Goodness 2.0 event tonight. My friend Rob Purdie will be speaking as a project management trainer and technology consultant for social change organisations. I hope to heckle from the crowd. Is goodness reaching everyone that it needs to? Perhaps a sizing up of the audience tonight will help to clarify the answer. In my conference attending experience the audience is usually pale and male. Although women do increasingly show up at MiniCamps.
How can wikis, blogs, social networks, virtual worlds and other web 2.0 tools become more than interesting technology? How might a ‘read/write web’ create new and innovative ways for organisations to work and to communicate? April’s Beers and Innovation looks at the way in which technological progress can and does lead to better work, and ultimately, we hope, a better world.
Who should attend according to Beers and Innovation:
“This session is relevant for charities, campaigning organisations, public sector bodies, creative and digital agencies, and anyone interested in how technology intersects with society.”