Ian Forrester


Senior Firestarter at @BBCRD, ex @bbcbackstage, emergent tech expert, social geek, community wrangler & interested in the future of storytelling in new mediums

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Gratitude diary 24/12/19

Grateful for time to kick back and relax before the xmas holiday

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Grateful for my god children and their parents putting up with my need to fit everything in

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Grateful for my partner and her on-point driving skills

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Grateful for my ever so understanding partner

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Grateful for the help of friends and days where a lot is done

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Grateful to try and work things out when hit with a hard problem

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Grateful to potentially collaborate on things I have bootstrapped for years

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Grateful for time with my partner in London

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Grateful to spend xmas with collagues

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Grateful for 9+ hours of sleep and the help of my neighbours

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Grateful for time with my partner

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Grateful to see the lightwave festival

Public Service Internet monthly newsletter (Dec 2019)

Good day to you all!

We live in incredible times with such possibilities that is clear. Although its easily dismissed by looking at the next UK general election or at the endless denial about explainable algorithms.

To quote Buckminster Fuller "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

You are seeing aspects of this happening with the 2019 turner prize cooperatively shared between 4 artists - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50651827

Meet the real Mr Robot
Ian thinks: Listening to Elliot, you can't help but be quietly impressed with where his curiosity takes him. Which came first Mr Robot or Elliot?

Lancaster University's Gogglebox of the future
Ian thinks: Lancaster University's take of the living room of the future is quite something. Really getting into the meat of the smart home data ethics conversation in a fun, accessible but critical way. Look out for their next research

A more generous world?
Ian thinks: Heard Yancey talk a few times, wasn't convinced but he making the right noises about values. However still not convinced about http://bentoism.org/

Mozilla explains the possibilities of facial recognition
https://stealingurfeelin.gs/ | https://foundation.mozilla.org/en/campaigns/snapchat-stop-stealing-our-feelings/
Ian thinks: In a similar vein to "do not track", Mozilla expose the effects of facial recognition which the big corps hide in their EULA's. One reason why I've never willingly used snap chat ever.

Are we all to blame for the state we are in?
Ian thinks: I quite like rushkoff's post-rationalisation, but more importantly his call for us to be adults and make things right.

Roar for the public-interest technologists to unite
Ian thinks: Technologies for the public benefit against asymmetrical power systems that lead to the weaponisation of technologies against vulnerable communities.

What obligation do social media platforms have to the greater good?
Ian thinks: If we are talking about the mainstream ones, then its got to be a big fat zero. How many state their principles and actually back it up with yearly accountability and transparent reports?

Password patterns
Ian thinks: Our passwords say so much about ourselves and its time we stopped using them when possible. Its high time for the alternatives

Where the human race needs to be
Ian thinks: Umair's thoughts about turning money back into life is spot on, as he points at the problems in the metrics we have regarded highly for so long.

Ian Forrester
Find the original here - https://cubicgarden.com/2019/12/05/public-service-internet-monthly-newsletter-dec-2019/

Gratitude diary 4/12/19

Grateful to hear how collaboration and human values are making people question the status-quo

Gratitude diary 3/12/19

Grateful to see some good comedy in an unlikely Manchester venue

Gratitude diary 2/12/19

Grateful to get out of the cold and into my warm flat

Gratitude diary 1/12/19

Grateful to have time with friends and my parner but also sort out the near future

Gratitude diary 30/11/19

Grateful to experience new places with my partner

Gratitude diary 29/11/19

Grateful to give an award at the Inclusive tech alliance awards tonight

Gratitude diary 28/11/19

Grateful to work with some lovely people from Bristol and a friends amazing tweet