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With Glowing Hearts movie documents True North Media House campaign

By uncleweed on February 2, 2010 - 9:54pm

Animal Mother Films is producing a series of short films about the social and cultural landscape of Vancouver in light of the 2010 Winter Olympics called "With Glowing Hearts." 

In a new segment released on Jan 30th, With Glowing Hearts documents the True North Media House campaign to encourage social reporting of the arts and cultural events and educate about best practices for creating and publishing content.

Director Andrew Lavinge sets up the Webisode #2 'True North Media House' webisode in the announcement:

Chicks Who Click Vancouver

By ElaineEllis on June 19, 2009 - 4:08pm

Jun 27 2009 - 8:00am
Jun 27 2009 - 5:30pm

Chicks Who Click conference in Vancouver on Saturday, June 27 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This conference is a community of like-minded women using social media to further collaborate, listen, learn and experiment with social media tools. The keynote speaker will be Monica Guziman with the Seattle Post Intelligencer. In addition, the speaker lineup includes some amazing local Vancouver women on the tech and social media scene including Rebecca Bollwitt, Megan Cole and Victoria Revay. Register at the Chicks Who Click Website and read the blog for additional details.

Canucks Fan Zone: Engaging Fans and Building Online Communities in the Social Media Space

By eccfix on June 18, 2009 - 3:36pm

Jun 25 2009 - 3:00pm
Jun 25 2009 - 6:00pm

New Media BC in partnership with the Anton Sledgehammer Creative Agency will be presenting a case-study on the Canucks Fan Zone, a user-generated editorial and fan media web portal followed by a good old fashion networking mixer. The case-study will include Fan Zone contributors, bloggers and podcasters who will share their experiences as "Citizen Journalists."

-Bruce Warren & Jamie Ollivier: Anton Sledgehammer Creative Agency
-Paul Dal Monte: Marketing & Brand Manager for Vancouver Canucks
-Miss 604/Rebecca Bolwitt: Canucks Fan Zone blogger & local "Blogosphere personality"
-Dave Olsen: Canucks Fan Zone Blogger
-Richard Loat: Canucks Fan Zone Blogger & Admin for Vancouver Canucks Facebook application (with 180,000 members)

3:00pm-3:30pm Registration & Networking
3:30pm – video reel, greatest Canuck moments of the 2008/2009 season
- a message from Sponsors/contributors
3:40pm – Presentation starts
(approximately) 4:15pm - Presentation ends and networking mixer follows

Where: The Lamplighter in Gastown, 92 Water Street, Vancouver

Time: 3:00 pm

Price: $ 35 ($25 New Media BC members)

Registration deadline: June 25th, 2009

For more information:

Open Letter to VANOC Media Relations and Press Operations from the Social Media

By uncleweed on November 20, 2008 - 11:32am

NOTE: Sent to VANOC {,} Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008.
Cross-posted at:,,, etc.

Hello VANOC Media Relations and Press Operations,

I am writing today on behalf of Raincity Studios, a Vancouver-based social media company who owns and publishes a suite of media properties. We had hoped to talk about social media (blogs, podcasts, twitter, wikis etc.) at the World Press Briefing this week, however we did not receive any response from the applications we submitted to the participate in the event. So, as per Mr. Furlong's suggestion at the Vancouver Board of trade meeting last week, we are liaising with VANOC.

In brief, we'd like to have a conversation about how to allow fans and amateur media makers to document their Olympic experience while keeping out of the way of the IOC IP lawyers. As a company and as individuals, we've produced extensive, non-accredited coverage of Beijing 2008, Torino 2006, SLC 2002, and Nagano 1998. With the next games literally in our neighborhood, we'll be hosting an independent, international media centre at our Gastown loft office. As part of this, we'll organize events like photo walks and aggregate fan-made content for the enjoyment of a worldwide audience. We'd like to work with you to do this for mutual benefit.

As you likely know, Vancouver is a hub of innovative journalism with companies like ourselves, Now Public, and others plus renowned conferences like Northern Voice. Raincity Studios/Bryght are also an "official weblog service provider." My colleagues Robert Scales and Kris Krug were published in the academic paper "Pathway: Critiques and Discourse In Olympic Research," participated in the 9th International Symposium on Olympic Studies in Beijing and will be presenting about the experiences at the noted SXSW Interactive conference in 2009.

Between my colleagues and myself, we've posted thousands of photos, dozens of audio and video podcasts along with hundreds of blog posts, updates etc. from several Olympics. Additionally, we've cooperated with mainstream media and published Olympic-related coverage in the LA Times, BBC online, plus outlets in Poland, Brazil, Shanghai, and so on.

In Torino, Scales and Krug (and others) tested cutting edge equipment for Comvu and produced a cross-ocean symposium "Athletes and Social media" between Turin and Vancouver. In Beijing, they tested camera for Qik and contributed to many mainstream media outlets. Our own media properties include,,, plus dozens of other presences, and we are allied with dozens of other media properties in BC and around the world.

Mr. Scales is China desk editor for Now Public and has presented to numerous international business groups about Olympics and business. Mr. Krug is ranked #4 on Vancouver Sun's "Internet Most Visible in Vancouver" list, both Krug and Scales were included on Tech Vibes "Vancouver Digital Media People to Watch 2008" list and appear on various other "best of" lists.

As for myself, I've produced extensive photo essays of event venues and published interviews with Canadian athletes like Duff Gibson, Ross Rebagliati and Crispin Lipscomb and written magazine articles about Olympians. I also appear on CBC Radio One discussing sports culture and new media as the producer/host of the Canucks Outsider podcast.

Bear in mind, aside form the occasional stipend, we do this work for no pay.

We are aware of your obligations to media rights holders and are seeking to provide an entirely different sort of coverage than the accredited media provide. We are not looking to cover events per se but are instead interested in covering the cultural stories, athletes' families' stories, and stories from fans who saved and traveled from around the world for this experience. In other words, we plan to encourage and aggregate fan coverage of the individual's "on the street" experience of the Games. We are locals who have watched (and helped pay for) the development of the Games since before the Plebiscite - as a result, we are tuned in to the issues and excitement surrounding the Games.

To begin our liaison relationship, we would like to attend the media briefing portion of the Worldwide Press Briefing on Thursday. We'd also schedule a follow-up conversation with the appropriate point of contact to discuss how we as a weblog vendor company, and as individuals, can be involved in providing amateur coverage of Vancouver/Whistler 2010.

With Best Regards,

daveo (and Robert Scales and Kris Krug)
Dave Olson
Community Evangelist

BC Green Directory adds Community Building Tools

By uncleweed on September 8, 2008 - 8:02pm

In the beginning, was created to help green-minded citizens find businesses and organizations which fit their values and displayed the results sorted by proximity to conserve transportation resources.

Then, happyfrog invited the public to add reviews to the thousands of listings, as well as engage in a community Q&A project to share tips and solve problems.

Now, all the "frogs" can auto-magically share their green favourites with the public with Myhappyfrog with a unique address to share with friends.

Members can now see all the reviews, questions & answers, and blog posts they've submitted so far via a personal address which looks something like this:

Share favourite green bizes and orgs

Members can add any listing as a "favourite" to share their preferred coffee shop, yoga studio, or organic market with the public and then add a badge to their blog or site to let people know about their happyfrog page.

Beijing Olympic Update - Scales goes solo

By uncleweed on August 15, 2008 - 12:56pm

Points for Participation?

Into the thick of the Olympic sporting competition, Canada is rolling in a litany of 5th, 6th, 7th places ... but with track and field, rowing finals and trampolining yet to come, the Canucks still have a chance to visit the podium.

As Tod Maffin twitter'ed: "Maybe Beijing will at least give us a courtesy Participaction pin?(Dont understand this? Ask a Canadian over 30.)" (ed note: or view this Participaction toque).

In the social media production department, Scales continues to create video at an epic pace despite losing his co-hort Kris who was repatriated to Vancouver in time for a glorious summer weekend. Scales is staying busy by picking up more tickets for varied events at the incredible new venues including the whitewater kayak run (plus visits to the Danish hospitality house).

I'm heading to the hills with tent and beverages so here's a few highlights to enjoy with your weekend viewing:

Beijing Calling: Scales Talks about his Olympic Fervor on the BBC

By uncleweed on August 8, 2008 - 2:07pm

Cross-posted from: BBC Sport | Olympics | Beijing Diaries

Cross-posted at: Raincity Studios

Background: Raincity Studios CEO/Founder Robert Scales and Pres/Ambassador Kris Krug are on the ground in Beijing to document and study the 2008 edition of the Olympic Games. They are publishing dispatches to a variety of news outlets including the venerable BBC. Here's Scales' first installment of his Olympic diary.


Robert Scales

Robert runs a web development company based in Canada

Beijing 2008 Social Media Backpack - Scales and Krug are on the go!

By uncleweed on August 7, 2008 - 1:25pm

NOTE: As part of on-going social media coverage of the Beijing 2008 games, this article was cross-posted at:

Citizens On the Ground

Raincity Studios Sino-Away-Squad of Scales and KK, are on the ground in Beijing to cover and participate in the Olympic experience as citizen journalism, technology experts, social pundits and cultural ambassadors.

The Glimmer Twins' tasks are diverse and their methods varied so here's a preview:

  • participating in the 9th International Symposium on Olympic Studies, in Beijing, August 5-7 with Olympic scholar Dr. Andy Miah's
  • documenting the scene for crowd-sourced new site: Now Public, Vancouver radio station: Crave 95, and BBC Interactive - among other media outlets
  • shooting Creative Commons licensed photos delivered via Flickr
  • extolling about the new, improved Bryght web community hosting product - available in free, cheap or fancy varieties
  • meeting up with prospective clients to extol Raincity Studios' status as an approved weblog vendor for Vancouver/Whistler 2010
  • cheering for Team Canada at the Archery, Fencing, Women's Softball, BMX and more summer games sports
  • spreading international goodwill in the fun-loving/hard-working style they honed whilst at the Torino 2008 Winter Games.

Blog Basics Workshop

By raincoaster on April 12, 2008 - 12:23am

May 17 2008 - 10:18am
May 17 2008 - 2:00pm

Blog Basics Workshop

OUR NEXT CLASS RUNS Saturday, May 17th

What: a hands-on learn to blog workshop

When: 10-2 Saturday, May 17th

Where: Tradeworks Training Society, Downtown Vancouver

Why: Get a blog up and running in one day with personal instruction in small classes. This workshop covers blog basics like:

* what a blog can and can’t do for you
* how to post podcasts, video, audio, images, and text in your blog
* basic copyright law and accepted practices
* solving basic technical problems, where to find help
* privacy and the internet

Who: raincoaster media ltd, in partnership with Tradeworks Training Society.

Contact bloggingclasses AT gmail DOT com or 778-235-0592.

How(much)? $125 tuition, or $100 in combination with any other half-day class. Please pre-register to ensure your reservation.

With class size limited to 8, this will be a program of personalized, hands-on learning. During the class you will create your own blog, tweak the design, publish your first few posts, add a YouTube video, and even some music. You will leave with a functional, personalized blog and the skills you need to run it.

Pimp My Blog workshop

By raincoaster on April 12, 2008 - 12:08am

May 3 2008 - 10:00am
May 3 2008 - 2:00pm

What: Blog Promotion Tips for Beginners

When: 10:00am-2:00 pm, SaturdayMay 3rd, 2008

Where: Tradeworks Training Society, Chinatown

Why: Now that you’ve got a blog, why toil in obscurity? This course will teach you effective blog promotion techniques to reliably increase your readership. Each course is limited to 8 students, and covers blog basics like:

· what a blog can and can’t do for you, famewise, and how to get there
· professional vs personal profiles, privacy and promotion
· community netiquette and joining the blogosphere at large
· what the world wants to hear vs what you have to say

Who: raincoaster media ltd, in partnership with Tradeworks Training Society.
How(much)? $125 tuition prepaid only, or $100 if registered along with any other half-day social media course from raincoaster media.

To register: email bloggingclasses at and reserve your space via the secure Paypal link at the top right-hand corner of or

Reservation guaranteed only upon acceptance of payment. Please email ahead and let us know what kind of blog you're working with (Drupal, Wordpress, Blogger, Tumblr, etc).

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