It takes a village. Thoughts on memes, crowdsourcing, and the non-biological virus.
This session will hopefully accomplish two things:
1. Provide some insight on the the wacky world of how a meme/virus might start and propogate particularly when crowdsourcing is used in the creation process. I'll use the Phylo project (http://phylogame.org) as an example, but ideally I would get maybe one or two others to help lead this session.
2. (and here's the fun part). In many way, I'd also like the session to provide a space where participants can brainstorm, develop, organize, and create a piece of media around a socially and locally relevant topic that we can ask (politely) all NV12 attendees to enthusiastically propogate via their own particular networks.
Looking at this, maybe a part 1 and part 2 session might be more appropriate, although I'm also game for the "let's do this by the seat of our pants in one session" too.
David Ng (twitter @ng_dave) is a molecular geneticist and a Faculty member at the University of British Columbia. He writes here and there, including humour for McSweeney's, essays for the Walrus, and blog posts for Boingboing.net. He has a lab full of curios and is interested in various areas of science literacy - particularly those where the notions of science and art intersect.