Jeff Lehman – Mayor of Barrie, Canada- shared how his town actively seeks partnership with startups to solve social issues. Other mayors don’t like Jeff because he insists there is enough money in society to solve all problems. For example Barrie reduced the number of 911 calls and hospitalizations by simply having emergency response teams visit ‘regulars’ during quiet hours. The town even plans to introduce ‘social impact bonds’ with clear deliverables as investment opportunities. Not for the money, but for the accountability it provides. All participants of the conference even received a ‘passport’ to the city, with a ‘boarding pass’ to discounted city events.
What happens when you reply to scam emails? James Veitch is a curious ‘nerd’. He started replying to those annoying scam emails (“The niece of your great uncle in Nigeria has left you $10,000,000…”) purely to annoy the scammers and take as much of their time as possible, so they couldn’t spend that time scamming other people. James is a brilliant storyteller. Check out his other videos: they are all as brilliant and funny…
A 9/11 musical???
On 9/11, a tiny Canadian town opened its runways and heart to 7,000 stranded travelers. Magic happened in the following days; passengers bonded and experienced extreme hospitality from the people of Gander. The effects can still be felt today. Travellers stories started circulating and were even turned into a musical! Read the short version (impressive!) or watch the documentary (45 mins of goosebumps).