The Future Is Made In China

How Chinese Design and Values Are Driving Global Innovation Like many other children who grew up in Canada with parents who did not, we felt the light embrace of a distant – yet distinctly present – country and culture. We learned what it was like to grow up in China through the stories of our…

Perpetual Accommodation: A History of Technology-Driven Change

In the June 2018 issue of The Atlantic, Henry Kissinger raises concerns about the rapid advancements in machine learning and AI. His worries about humanity’s preparedness for the future of AI are no doubt matters for serious discussion: Technological change inevitably provokes anxieties, for it reshapes our societal and commercial worlds to the benefit of…

Making Work Play or Making Play Work

The Tom Sawyer Approach Some adults tend to think of play as something for children; for busy grownups with more important things to do, play is a waste of time. But in my experience as a designer and entrepreneur, the opposite is true. Incorporating play into the workplace is an excellent way to solve problems…

Bringing Life Into Death

The desire to give death meaning is universal. Death allows us to understand that our existence is finite, and this in turn grounds us in our experiences. But despite the advancements humankind has made in the fields of science and technology, death itself remains one of life’s unsolved mysteries. If death has a purpose, what…

Extraordinary Future 18: An Exploration of Canada’s Thriving Tech Scene

Extraordinary Future 18, held September 19–20 in Vancouver by Cambridge House International, billed itself as a “cornerstone event showcasing Canadian technology.” The event was designed to connect the most cutting-edge businesses with the capital they need to create tangible, lasting change. Indeed, by bringing blockchain entrepreneurs, eSports enthusiasts, cannabis pioneers, and others together under one…

The Virtue of Play

"For all the virtues will be present when the one virtue, practical wisdom, is present." In his writings about practical wisdom, Aristotle states that to take the virtuous and ethical action is to achieve the golden mean between two extremes (which he calls “vices”). For instance, acting with courage is virtuous, while having a deficiency…

Fungible Fun: Playing With Your Food

If you sometimes eat gluten-free without having a gluten allergy, or occasionally forgo that burger for a vegan meal option, you are engaging in dietary play. If you took it upon yourself to learn about the ketogenic, Whole30, or paleo diets and don’t actually follow any of them, yet still try to eat fewer carbs,…