How to Maximize the Power of Social Media Like a Rockstar with Brian Thompson

19 Apr

Just announced – the next #GetRealVan event

When: Tuesday April 30 from 6pm – 9pm
Where: The Refinery 1115 Granville Street (upstairs)

Brian will talk about:

  •  How to Brand Yourself Online Like a Rockstar
  • Developing & Leveraging Content & Inbound Marketing
  • Direct-to-Customer Social Media – Doing it Right
  • Stats: Thousands on the e-newsletter, tens of thousands on Twitter and hundreds of thousands have listened to the Podcast

Click here for details & to RSVP

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BNI UP Chapter Launch Breakfast Meeting Wed Apr 24, 2013

3 Apr

BNI UP Chapter Launch Networking Breakfast


Come and meet 50 motivated Vancouver urban professionals for breakfast. The goal of our meeting is to promote all the guests and refer business. We are happy to have you join us for our launch event.

Meeting format: BNI

You will have the opportunity to pitch your business via 45 second infomercial.

Please bring 20+ business cards for networking

Doors: 7am

Meeting starts: 7:30am Sharp!

Venue: Lost + Found Cafe | 33 West Hastings St.

(plenty of parking on Hastings, Abbott or Cordova)

Cost: $20 cash at the door. Includes yummy breakfast and excellent coffee.

Must register before 12 PM on Apr 23 to attend.



Rap Quotes of Famous Street Corners

2 Apr

Very cool art project by Jay Shells “Rap Quotes”.

For this ongoing project, Shells created official-looking street signs quoting famous rap lyrics that shout out specific street corners and locations. He then installed them at those specific street corners and locations.

More details at Animal New York website

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TEDxVancouver 2012 Presentation Videos Are Online

1 Feb

I know it’s been a while since the event, but the TEDxVancouver presenter videos are finally online.  I could only find 2 of them so far and will keep an eye out for the rest.  The other presenter videos will be added here as soon as they are posted online (or as soon as I find them if they are already online.)

If anybody reading this blog has links to any TEDxVancouver 2012 videos that I’m missing, please reach out to me via email or Twitter at @laurentmunier and I’ll get them added.

TEDxVancouver 2012 – Experience Confluence

Chen Lizra – The Power of Seduction in Our Everyday Lives

Mark Brand – The Impact of an Unconventional Solution

Natalie DeFreitas – Rethinking the Impact of Traditional Justice

Dr. John Izzo – The Defining Moment for a Generation In Waiting

Mark Betteridge – Short Term Thinking, A Risk to Our Legacy

Joel Solomon – A Journey of Mortality, Renewal and Ethical Investment

Dr. Jean Carruthers – Beneath the Surface of Botox

Elaine Lui aka Lainey Gossip – The Sociology of Gossip

Eric Winsborrow- Confessions of a Cyber Spy Hunter

Robin Esrock – Learn to Travel

John Bromley – Disrupting the World of Charity

Doug Schmitt – There Are 5,000 Meteors Heading Our Way… Now What?

Kristin Westdal – The Unseen Threat of Noise in Our Oceans


[VIDEO] Oil Sands Debate at Cambridge House Investment Conference – Marin Katusa from Casey Research and Rex Weyler from Greenpeace

22 Jan

An excellent, well informed and well thought out debate on Canada’s Oil Sands and especially the proposed pipelines that are supposed to run through BC.

It’s great to see some common sense thrown in this mix and not just yelling and screaming from both sides.  It seems like the pipeline debate in BC is dominated by PR talking points on both sides.

It’s refreshing to see 2 people who are clearly on opposite sides of this debate talk it out and propose some sensible solutions.


Marin Katusa – Casey Research Chief Energy Investment Strategist
Rex Weyler – Co-founder of Greenpeace


How to Sit in a Chair and Enjoy a Cup of Tea

15 Jan

A great read from the Raptitude blog.  In today’s go go go world, sometimes all we need to do is stop and do nothing.

First, slow down, like you’ve just turned off the highway into a quiet neighborhood. Normal rat-race speed is unsuitable for what we’re about to do. Hurrying through the process of relaxing defeats its purpose.

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[MUSIC] Benji B and his String Ensemble full mix

3 Jan

Smashing new mix to get you into 2013.

Benji B with a 16 piece string ensemble for a 52 minute mix. Recorded live at BBC Maida Vale studios.

It gets better and better as it goes along.

Here’s just the strings part in video.

Here’s the full 2 hour show on BBC Radio 1


[VIDEO] TEDxVancouver Confluence 2012 Videos

26 Oct

What an excellent event. Thank you to all who attended this year’s TEDxVancouver event.

Here are the videos from the event.  You’ll find a lot of the backstage TEDx videos from our sponsor Future Shop.  Some great interviews with all the TEDxVancouver speakers by Elliott Chun @elliottchun.

Behind the Scenes Set Up Video by Clayton Goodfellow of Georgia Street Media

Kristin Westdal – Behind the Scenes at TEDxVancouver Video

Chen Lizra – Behind the Scenes at TEDxVancouver Video

Mark Brand – Behind the Scenes at TEDxVancouver Video

Eric Winsborrow – Behind the Scenes at TEDxVancouver Video

Doug Schmitt – Behind the Scenes at TEDxVancouver Video

Natalie DeFreitas – Behind the Scenes at TEDxVancouver Video

Joel Solomon – Behind the Scenes at TEDxVancouver Video

Lainey Gossip – Behind the Scenes at TEDxVancouver Video

Robin Esrock – Behind the Scenes at TEDxVancouver Video

Riaz Meghji (Host) – Behind the Scenes at TEDxVancouver Video

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