Archive for April, 2007

Yann Martel (author of Life of Pie (2001), Self (1996)) has recently started a project called:

What is Stephen Harper Reading

In one word: awesome.

Someone should be recommending books to our Prime Minister, if nothing else, that means maybe he can discuss something intellectual (insert gawf) about the Arts with some of his cronies, despite the fact he doesn’t fund them.

Fashion falls under the Arts too, right? That should also be considered:


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I listened to a CBC Radio 1 program called Ideas and their topic tonight was on the recently (as in, the last 30-40 years) coined phrase “Social Entrepreneurship“.

Briefly the show is described by CBC as:

Some have called it the natural fall-out of a hyper-capitalist society — billionaires who’ve made more money from media and technology enterprises than anyone in human history. There’s Bill Gates, the creator of Microsoft; Jeff Skoll, the founder of e-Bay; Larry Page, a partner in Google; and then, of course, Warren Buffet, who has been dubbed the “Oracle of Omaha.” Now, they’ve reinvented themselves as philanthropists, giving away billions to help the poor. Freelance broadcaster Richard Phinney asks: can they re-make the world?

This is something i really hope when my colleagues and myself make our millions* that we will actively pursue.

Though some argue it is contentious (tax breaks, who ‘really’ benefits, i will only support my “crusade” b/c it’s my money etc.) the ultimate goal is helping others far less fortunate than those of us in the Western world.

As cliche as this sounds, I have felt a huge desire to volunteer and contribute more to this meagre world since watching “Blood Diamond“.

Student debt, jump starting a career, learning more about others, and life in general (obviously none of which are excuses) have basically prevented me from beginning any sort of serious pursuit of helping the numerous organizations out there.

But with the rise of the P3 (Public Private Partnership), i wonder if this will extend much further into spreading the wealth and helping those less fortunate.

Perhaps too this means information professionals will be needed now more than ever to help facilitate this relationship and ensure success.

Here’s hoping we can help any way we can.

*millions: relatively speaking

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Only at an SLA* event can i say:

“I’m going to Slovenija for a two week course on libraries.”

and receive nods of approval and eyes of envy rather than the regular “are you kidding me-why would anybody do that-i think you’re crazy” shock ‘n surprise.

Happy International Special Libraries Day Everyone!

~Have you hugged a librarian today?~

*FIS friends count too, obviouslyno question


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