Last month, I was incredibly honoured to speak at TEDx Ottawa. The shared ideas that came out on the day from the other speakers and the attendees was nothing short of amazing.

My presentation was entitled Digital Storytellers: What We Can Learn from George Lucas, and looked at how technology can enhance our lives as long as we remember the human connections around it. I was delighted to have local teenager Graeme Stewart share his story through music as well.

You can see the other talks over at the TEDx Ottawa YouTube channel. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Digital Storytellers and I’d love to hear your thoughts on the presentation topic in the comments below.

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Flexible Packaging Companies
Flexible Packaging Companies

Thank you for all the great posts from last year! I look forward to reading your blog, because they are always full of information that I can put to use. Thank you again, and God bless you in 2010.

Mark
Mark

I love your focus on the humanizing of digital story telling. At it's heart social is about the story. Thanks for sharing your presentation with us!
.-= Mark´s most recent blog post ...Kevin Rose – Some Thoughts on Social Location Sharing =-.

Narciso Tovar (Big Noise Communications)
Narciso Tovar (Big Noise Communications)

Great Presentation, Danny! You presented something that is altogether relatable and relevant to your audience - I mean who hasn't seen Star Wars or even tried to tell a story...even a small one...?

Enjoyment for the human race is based on stories and the art of storytelling. And you tapped into it quite nicely.

Moreover, I *very much* appreciate the fact that you pointed to the fact that getting swayed by the digital-ness of technology is equal to the loss of a good story.

Here's to more presentations and sharing the value of a good story and the support of superb sotrytellers!

Narciso Tovar, @Narciso17
Big Noise Communications
.-= Narciso Tovar (Big Noise Communications)´s most recent blog post ...The Scorsese School of PR =-.

Danny
Danny

Hey there fella,

The way you weave music into your stories is always great to see. And hardly ever a mention of technology either - double bonus :)

Mark Harai
Mark Harai

Nicely done Danny... I love the last comment you made about the blank page :) We can be the author's of the next chapter in our own lives - and it can be anything and everything we desire. Imagining it, writing it, and sharing it is all that necessary to experience and live it.

Your message is always consitent too! We can all contribute to changing lives and making the world a better place for all. Great message bro!

Danny
Danny

Cheers Mark - here's to everyone writing their own bestseller.

Coreen
Coreen

Nice job, Danny! I love how you always focus on the human side. People do get lost in technology--it's so easy these days. It's nice to have people like you out there reminding others to stay tuned to humanity.

I love the "free hugs" guy. I remember seeing his story a while back. It reminds me of a story of a Philly DJ (Pierre Robert) sharing a story once about a woman in front of him in a store who was screaming at the cashier. Pierre said something like, "you seem like you need a hug." He hugged her and she stopped treating the cashier poorly. Life is so fast paced, it's easy to forget we're all connected--and to act that way.

Oh, hey, and congrats for being asked to present at TED. Great presentation!

Danny
Danny

Funny how the simplest things make the biggest difference at times, Coreen. I think everyone can do with a hug now and again :)

Mickey Gomez
Mickey Gomez

Danny, what a great presentation! George Lucas, Star Wars, technology, storytelling and transforming heartache into positive social change. . . a little something for everyone.

I loved that you challenge people to be creative in their use of technology. And that you included examples like 12for12k, Epic Change, and the eye scanner on cell phones. Very inspiring.

Graeme is very talented - I'm so glad you gave him the opportunity to share his story.

And you're right - Anakin and Padme had NOTHING on Han Solo and Leia. ;-)

Danny
Danny

Thanks Mickey, glad you enjoyed. It was a bonus for me to be able to weave Star Wars into the presentation as I'm the original SW uber-nerd :)

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