Brian Alkerton

Rewriting The National OS: Why Farmville Brings Out The Worst In Us

This is the second in a series on the values and attitudes we have as a population, why I think they need to change, and how I think they can be changed. Previously I wrote a general overview of the problem which can be read here.

The reason I'm talking about Farmville first (particularly when I've got a lot of bigger and more important topics on the list) is because it serves as a great introduction to an idea that I'm going to keep coming back to over the coming posts: misplaced energy/effort.

In creating Farmville, Zynga has created...


Canada 3.0 And Rewriting Our National OS

I hope people don't confuse the following criticisms with a lack of gratitude. Over the last couple days I was privileged to attend the Canada 3.0 Conference in Stratford. I went to a number of sessions across a variety of streams and met a number of great people working in a range of industries. There was discussion about "The Moonshot", some big grand sweeping visionary initiative that, like JFK's promise to put a man on the moon, will inspire an entire country to step up and do what's needed to make the impossible possible.

Some good ideas came out of...


Is The Internet Destroying Political Progress?

Hear me out now. I love the Internet, but...

I was thinking about the derailment of TransitCity, the very real possibility that Ottawa isn't going to get light rail because of funding and politics and so on, and the extreme difficulty the democrats had pushing through Health Care Reform in the states... and I kinda had a revelation.

Why do we elect politicians? Their fundamental role, if I'm not mistaken, is to act as representatives of the people who elect them. Voters judge a person based on their opinions and values, and once elected, it's pretty much hands off. I...