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With Glowing Hearts ~ The True North ~ Strong and Social

Over the past 2 years, Andrew, Jon and crew of filmmakers have documented the origins of the True North Media House campaign as my colleagues and I sparked a conversation about the role of social reporting during the Vancouver Olympics in a film called “With Glowing Hearts.”

In all my projects, I extol the importance of recording and contextualizing the changes in the civic landscape in the midst of significant world events and these indie filmakers are demonstrating a stellar example of the role of creative arts in the offering this context.

Along with True North Media House, the With Glowing Hearts crew documented the W2 Woodwards arts project and April Smith and AHA Media.

I encourage everyone which an interest in social change and media r/evolution who  living in, or visiting to, Vancouver to watch this clip about True North Media House as well as the aforementioned clips plus My Vancouver.

Andrew Lavinge sets up the clip thusly:

“The latest webisode highlights the folks at True North Media House, featured are two local social media gurus, Vancouver photographer Kris Krug (@kk on twitter) and his counterpart story maker and social media activist Dave Olson (@uncleweed on twitter)”

These independent filmmakers are self-financed and are asking patrons to “Chip In” with a donation to defray production costs.

Follow With Glowing Hearts

WGHthemovie.ca- Webisode #2 ‘True North Media House’ on Vimeo

With Glowing Hearts on You Tube

@wghthemovie on Twitter

With Glowing Hearts blog

Animal Mother films on Flickr

Kris Krug and Dave Olson at Animal Mother Films presents the launch party for With Glowing Hearts, December 2, 2009

More With Glowing Hearts Coverage

WGHthemovie.ca- Webisode #2 ‘True North Media House’ [video] – True North Media House

Creating the People’s History of 2010: Accredit Yourself and Start Reporting, Partying, and Schmoozing with the World – Vancouver Observer

With Glowing Hearts film documents True North Media campaign - Now Public

With Glowing Hearts the movie – DOXA Film Fest

With Glowing Hearts… Webisode – The True North Media House – Vancouver Access 2010

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With Glowing Hearts… Webisode – The True North Media House

It’s apparent by the way we speak about the Games that we are passionate about the Olympics. We love to create fan stories and talk about the culture behind these amazing international events..

As individuals we have had the honour to attend, cover and enjoy several Olympic games.

In 2006, Kris and I where part of a delegation of Vancouver companies that attended the games in Torino, Italy. Accredited by the Piedmonte Media Centre, we generated fan stories, using YouTube and other web tools to share our experiences. We tested a new video streaming device built by iMate (JazJar), running on a software created by ComVue. We also held a symposium on Social Media and the Olympics at the BC Canada House.

This first hand experience helped us create our strategy for 2008 where we attended the games in Beijing, China. Again, we covered fan and cultural stories and took part in an academic symposium on Olympic research. Some of our social media coverage gain popularity and was distributed by the BBC, the LA Time and various other media outlets.

Before our adventures in Torino and Beijing, our multi-talented friend Dave Olson attended the games in Salt Lake City and was living in Nagano before the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Over the past few years, as a group, we have spoken at various conferences and events about the impact of citizen journalism, social media and the internet on the various Olympics, IOC and “ANY”OC brands. We sent VANOC several letters over the past 18 months requesting to meet with them, and have a discussion about this change in culture… Without any replies.

Andrew Lavigne, a filmaker has been working on a project called “With Glowing Hearts” a documentary film about the use of social media and the upcoming 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver..

In this webisode, Kris, Dave and Rebecca speak about an ad-hoc project we have been tinkering with since November 2008, it’s called the True North Media House.

“The True North Media House project aims to inspire social media creation and educate about best practices for sharing content with audience. We’ll do this through a variety of meet-ups, photo walks, field trips, and outings with international media makers and aggregating Olympic culture-related content licensed with a Creative Commons license.”

If you would like to register with the True North project, it’s simple.. just fill up our online application.

To find out more about Andre and his project, follow him on Twitter

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London Calling: Scales Talks about his Olympic experience on the BBC

Cross-posted from: BBC Sport | Olympics | Beijing Diaries

Background: Raincity Studios CEO/Founder Robert Scales and Pres/Ambassador Kris Krug are on the ground in Beijing to document and study the 2008 edition of the Olympic Games. They are publishing dispatches to a variety of news outlets including the venerable BBC. Here’s Scales’ first installment of his Olympic diary.


Robert Scales

Robert runs a web development company based in Canada

Since Autumn 2007, I have been living in China in preparation for the upcoming Summer Games.

I can honestly say that I have been an Olympic fan, or a "fen zhi" as the Chinese say, since I was a little boy!

I remember watching the 1976 summer games in Montreal on the TV, and
that has always stayed with me. In 2006, I had the opportunity to go to
the Winter games in Torino, Italy. This lit a flame in my heart and
since then I have been working on securing new opportunities to attend
future games such as Vancouver 2010 and London 2012.

Over the next couple of weeks I will be sharing my Beijing
experience with you. I like to shoot low quality, single take, unedited

I am also travelling with my friend and business partner, Kris, who
is a photographer extraordinaire
, so there will be no shortage of
pictures to share with you folks.

Some of my goals over the next 16 days are to attend the
Olympic fencing, which I have several tickets for on 15 August. I also
plan to visit some of the nation houses around the city to make new
international friends and meet athletes.

Other goals are to enjoy some of the local food and culture, and to have a great time.

Now, I must make myself ready to go and venture out into the Beijing
wild, in hope of finding the perfect spot to watch the opening
ceremony, since I have not been blessed with a ticket.

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Beijing 2008 Social Media Backpack

Citizens On the Ground

Scales on the go by KK

Raincity Studios Sino-Away-Squad of Scales and KK, are on the ground in Beijing to cover and participate in the Olympic experience as citizen journalism, technology experts, social pundits and cultural ambassadors.

The Glimmer Twins’ tasks are diverse and their methods varied so here’s a preview:

  • participating in the 9th International Symposium on Olympic Studies, in Beijing, August 5-7 with Olympic scholar Dr. Andy Miah’s
  • documenting the scene for crowd-sourced new site: Now Public, Vancouver radio station: Crave 95, and BBC Interactive – among other media outlets
  • KK on the go

  • shooting Creative Commons licensed photos delivered via Flickr
  • extolling about the new, improved Bryght web community hosting product – available in free, cheap or fancy varieties
  • meeting up with prospective clients to extol Raincity Studios’ status as an approved weblog vendor for Vancouver/Whistler 2010
  • cheering for Team Canada at the Archery, Fencing, Women’s Softball, BMX and more summer games sports
  • spreading international goodwill in the fun-loving/hard-working style they honed whilst at the Torino 2008 Winter Games.

Get Friendly

Follow along with their content via your RSS feeder, Facebook or whatever you prefer … or, if you are in Beijing, track Scales/Krug down for a photo walk, meetup, excursion, interview, geekout or just a tasty beverage. Leave a comment to or message via the arsenal of communication funnels at their disposal.

Scales’ coverage:

KK’s collections:

Pathway: Critiques and Discourse In Olympic Research

Chinese Theme and Version

Meanwhile, back in the tubes, … we are playing along with a Chinese
styled blog theme to celebrate the Games – birdsnest and everything.

Also worth reminding you that Raincity Studios’ site is
available in Mandarin
Chinese readers. Even if you don’t read Chinese, you gotta say the site looks
really cool in kanji ;-) .

Also, the new improved Bryght hosting platform is available in Chinese for your international-minded web community hosting projects.

Approved Olympic Weblogs

In case you didn’t happen to know … Raincity Studios is an approved weblog vendor for Vancouver/Whistler 2010:

“Along with the good people at Raincity Studios, Bryght has been successfully passed an RFQ process to provide weblog services to the BC Olympic Games Secretariat.

We want to work with teams, countries, athletes, non-profits, and businesses who are preparing for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and want to take advantage of emerging internet technologies.

We can help you get online, start blogging, podcasting, posting video, sharing images, building a community and sharing your news and messages with a global audience hungry for information about the 2010 Games.

We’re experts in syndication, aggregation, web development, community development, search, microcontent, blogging, online publishing, Drupal, PHP, CSS, ecommerce, content management and hosting.

We have an experienced network of partner companies who have also been approved as Olympic vendors who we work with to offer comprehensive integrated marketing and communication campaigns from your browser or mobile phone at the front end to the web server at the back end as well as normal, real world marketing and communications.”

Have a Luge team needing a communication platform? Maybe a site to keep athlete’s and families in-touch? An interactive training diary for your entire team? We’d be pleased to help.

No matter your idea, Raincity Studios is ready to deliver a top-notch performance. Contact Raincity Studios to begin the conversation.

Bonus: Archive & Related

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Torino 2006 Winter Olympics Check-in

British Columbia Canada PlaceI’ve been in Italy for 3 days now and am starting to finally get caught-up on some of my posting. Long days and long nights is the way we roll and I’ve been getting a lil backlogged on posting the many things we’ve been involved with. I have a few minutes and want to point you guys to a few of the things you should check out. First, our symposium on the Olympics and Web 2.0 is tomorrow and it’s going to be awesome. Andy is here, many many media people will be be attending and we’re going to be lucky if we can fit everyone inside the venue we have reserved inside BC Canada Place here in Torino. Here’s the overview of the event.

The Olympics and Web 2.0

Friday, February 17th, 2006
BC Canada Place, Torino, Italia

Join Bryght and Raincity Studios in Torino for a half-day symposium in BC Canada Place in Torino exploring the intersection of sports and web 2.0. Chaired by Andy Miah and Kris Krug this event aims to explore how changes in technology and the internet are influencing media and the coverage of the games. Topics to be discussed include citizen journalism, the decentralisation of media power, user generated content, mobile devices and applications and open-source software.

Presenters include Boris Mann, Andy Miah, and Robert Scales.

Sign-up today to attend the event.


The best way to follow along with our trip is going to be to check out Scales, Boris, and my Flickr photostreams. I’ve also created a Torino 2006 set over Flickr. We’ve also been uploading videos to YouTube.com (kk @ YouTube, Scales @ YouTube, Boris @ YouTube) as often as we have solid connectivity to the internet… which has been pretty sketchy in general.

Here’s an interview with the Hudson Bay company design and retail team that I did at an Italian resturant the other night. It’s been super popular on YouTube, getting a hundred views in the first hour or so it was on the web. The beautiful blonde sitting next to me is a 3 time Canadian olympic swimmer… but I forgot her name. :(

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KK and Scales to 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy

Kris Krug from Bryght is spearheading an initiative to have a delegations of companies, including Raincity Studios travel to Torino, Italy for the Olympics next month.

Yesterday, Kris and I met with members of New Media BC to explore ways to join our efforts.

At first glance, it looks like we will be there between the 14th to the 26th of February. During the first few days, we will be hosting a few media events and information sessions on “Web 2.0 and the Olympics” at the BC Canada House, next to the Media Centre. We plan on doing some Olympic blogging, podcasts and vcasts on location and attend a few events.

Here’s a little clip from Boris Mann of Bryght, speaking about Mobile Media and the olympics, posted on Now Public

You can expect us to blog more about this over the next few weeks as our planning effort translate into a more concrete plan of action.

For more information or if you would like to join the delegation, please contact me (robert at raincitystudios dot com) or Kris (kris at bryght dot com)

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