Jeffrey Dixon, Associate Director of the Monieson Centre which has run the project, was very kind in his feedback:
Norm Jacknis provided an inspiring presentation at our 6th annual rural economic development conference. He helped a group of community leaders, business people, policymakers and researchers consider new opportunities for rural prosperity and to think creatively about how they can use technology to transform their economies.
A video of the presentation, including questions and discussion, is now available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7PmYBxcqgA&index=3&list=PLc4qJ1UgXeFHWsWwtzQm5TvfeNuDvfRad and also as the Tumblr post just after this. I went into a fairly deep explanation of the trends occurring in the economy and technology – and why and how these trends open up new opportunities for small towns and rural areas. It’s about an hour long video, although the actual presentation starts about two minutes into the video and ends about forty minutes later. (Sit back and relax – I tried to make it as entertaining as possible.)
You can see the printed handout at http://business.queensu.ca/centres/monieson/events/Economic_Revitalization_2014/Presentations/2014%20conference%20presentations/Norm%20Jacknis.pdf Of course, if you only read the handout, you’ll miss the videos and also what I say about each slide since I don’t really read them.
Also, in conjunction with the conference, the university staff issued a series of research papers that you can read in the Journal of Rural and Community Development at http://www.jrcd.ca/viewissue.php?id=20
© 2014 Norman Jacknis