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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Public Service Internet monthly newsletter (Sept 2019)

Good day to you all!

We live in incredible times with such possibilities that is clear. Although its easily dismissed by looking down at our feet or watch how democracy is being gamed and broken

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 as people rethink public transport

Reflections on capitalism gone wild system
Ian thinks: Douglas Rushkoff's monologue at Betaworks Studio is breathless, funny, tragic and worth every minute of your time.

Ghosts in the Smart Home
Ian thinks: Lancaster University's short about smart homes, is a design fiction which is fun, informative and enjoyable to watch. Sure some the living room of the future and petras workstream had a influence?

Black Lives Matter's alternative systems
Ian thinks: Theres a question later about the media, Alicia talks about creating their own systems not just relying on what already exists.

Surveillance systems head to head
Ian thinks: Cambridge Analytica's whistle-blower and Russian investigative journalist, go head to head discussing surveillance capitalism and government surveillance.

Suicide Is an Epidemic and Therapy Apps are not helping
Ian thinks: As we turn to apps for everything, a thoughtful look at therapy apps market good and bad. Theres not an app for everything.

The real johnny mnemonic (contains surgery pictures)
Ian thinks: Ever since Quantified Self people started embedding NFC under the skin, I wondered how far it would go. Perfect name name for the software

We are not ready, privacy in 2019
Ian thinks: Really good list of the leaks, abuses, dumps and thoughts if we are ready for even more? Question is how many more before the end of year?

Emotional and Erotic Intelligence for an enlighten future (NSFW)
Ian thinks: Although a talk about sextech is uncomfortable for some, the subject of intimacy, human connection and self reflection are so much more important than our personal discomfort.

Danilo Milovanović public space interventions
Ian thinks: Excellent to see more thoughtful playful artistic interventions in the public relam.

Ian Forrester
Find the original here - https://cubicgarden.com/2019/09/17/public-service-internet-monthly-newsletter-sept-2019/

Public Service Internet monthly newsletter (Aug 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 state of democracy around the world and closer to home. 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 more people thinking more critically about the power of public services to transform society again - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/16/britain-brexit-public-services-whitehall

Well-being the real metric which matters
https://www.ted.com/talks/nicola_sturgeon_why_governments_should_prioritize_well_being via @lianne_k123
Ian thinks: Sturgeon is part of a growing momentum, rethinking what's important and coming to the conclusion; in the internet age our adoption of attention is very badly broken.

The Technology of Better Humans from the founder of the hashtag
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2yB1u7rpCc via #TOA19
Ian thinks: Chris Messina is always a good thinker and the idea of emotional technology by emotional intelligent entrepreneurs is very timely.

Facebook Libra deep dive with someone who knows what they are talking about
Ian thinks: After the dust has settled, a detailed look at Libra from the point of view of someone who understands Libra isn't a cryptocurrency, no matter what others have said.

The founder of Scruff on breaking up with Google
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QCSI46mO3Y via #TOA19
Ian thinks: Eric gives a compelling rational why he stopped using Google ads; siding with his users against short term profit growth in favour of safety and the support of his users.

Black Hat & Defcon hacking conferences in 12-15 minutes.
Ian thinks: Its fascinating to see the diversity of hacks and vulnerabilities in everything from security doors, printers, voting machines, cars and even canon DSLR cameras.

Why we need to think public transport even more in the age of driverless cars
Ian thinks: There is so much focus on indiviuals in driverless cars, however its public transport and last mile transport which can make the difference to peoples lives in our future cities.

You only need 1000 true fans
Ian thinks: I have been revisiting alternative business models and was intrigued to re-read Kevin Kelly's thoughts in the light of recent concerns over attention. Still holds weight I feel.

From Pixels to DNA, biotech needs a careful hand
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Owce_63Ab-Q - Short snippit
https://twit.tv/shows/triangulation/episodes/410 - Whole interview with Bryan Walsh
Ian thinks: One place I certainly don't want to see the "Move fast and break things" ideology is with genetic engineering.

Have you ever thought about the people who moderation that other content?
Ian thinks: This slow moving documentary opens your eyes to the reality of content moderation and the absolutely awful side of the modern web we all use without too much thought.

The Mozilla Festival is finally moving out of London
Ian thinks: Mozfest moving out of London a few days before Brexit is ominous, however the strategy of moving location every few years is a good idea for all including Mozilla.

Ian Forrester
Find the original here - https://cubicgarden.com/2019/08/19/public-service-internet-monthly-newsletter-aug-2019/

Gratitude diary 18/9/19

Grateful to have people who are super smart and can find things which were previously lost online

Gratitude diary 16/9/19

Grateful to have a decent financial advisor

Gratitude diary 13/9/19

Greatful to host a fellow dj

Gratitude diary 11/9/19

Grateful to be a one of a long line of proud BAME people, recognised for their contribution to society

Gratitude diary 9/9/19

Greatful for the conversations I had with friends and my partner

Gratitude diary 8/9/19

Greatful for taking my partner out into the peak district on my motorcycle

Gratitude diary 6/9/19

Greatful for tapas and time with my partner

Gratitude diary 5/9/19

Greatful for the help of the lab technician on my pacemaker device

Gratitude diary 4/9/19

Greatful for the lift finally working to my highrise apt

Gratitude diary 3/9/19

Greatful for the understanding of my partner and people around me

Gratitude diary 2/9/19

Greatful for antibiotics

Gratitude diary 1/9/19

Greatful for my parents understanding

Gratitude diary 30/8/19

Greatful for the frank conversations in the bar after a long workshop

Gratitude diary 29/8/19

Greatful for good news on one critical front

Gratitude diary 27/8/19

Greatful for ambitious plans to do great things at work

Gratitude diary 26/8/19

Greatful for park volleyball on a hot summers bank holiday

Gratitude diary 25/8/19

Greatful for the genuine welcoming of my partners extended family

Gratitude diary 22/8/19

Greatful for the advice of others