January 7, 2009

I'm running for the Humanity+ Board

Board elections are coming up for Humanity+ (aka H+) and I've decided to throw my name into the hat. For those who may be out of the loop, Humanity+ is the artist formerly known as the World Transhumanist Association. If you are one of the 500,000 people who read the inaugural edition of Humanity+ Magazine then you've heard of H+. You may have also heard about Convergence08, the futurist conference that was held last November in Mountain View, CA and co-organized by H+.

Here's an excerpt from my candidacy statement:
After meticulously studying the past to earn a degree in history, I turned my attention to science, technology and the future. I'm now one of Canada's leading futurists and a specialist in assessing the impacts of technology on human performance.

To this end I have compiled an extensive portfolio of writing and speaking on these themes. You may have seen or heard me passionately prognosticating about science and technology on CBC's
The Hour, the BBC, Radio Free Europe, in the pages of The Guardian, or on public transit. It's also likely that you've come across my work through my popular and award winning blog, Sentient Developments.

I am certainly no stranger to the transhumanist and futurist communities. Back in 2002 I helped launch Betterhumans, the first explicitly pro human enhancement e-zine on the web. It was during this same year that I co-founded the Toronto Transhumanist Association, an active organization that I preside over to this very day.

In addition, I served on the WTA Board of Directors from 2004-06 and chaired the TransVision '04 conference in Toronto. I currently serve on the Board for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and I am the Director of Operations for Commune Media Inc., a marketing and communications company that specializes in optimizing web content; along these lines, I have more than 10 years' experience in media, arts and communications.

Now is a very exciting time for Humanity+ as it works to redefine itself and take organizational futurism to the next level. As a member of the Humanity+ Board I will leverage my work ethic, skills and experience to help make Humanity+ the premier futurist group in the world.
Now, I know what you're thinking: you're thinking that you want to vote for me. But you remembered that you're not a member of Humanity+/WTA. So here's what you need to do: go to the WTA registration page and become a member for a mere USD$50. Then, when the polls open next week, you'll be able to vote for me.

Thank you in advance!

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