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Nora Young and The Virtual Self

"We are at the dawn of a watershed change in the amount of data out there about us. It is created by us, about us. The stakes are high: will we use it for personal insight, and to build smarter, more sustainable communities, or will we use it for control, surveillance, and profit?"

That's the central premise of Nora Young's insightful new book: The Virtual Self: How Our Digital Lives are Altering the World Around Us.

Nora Young will join us at our next Third Tuesday to discuss the issues around the data we knowingly - and often unknowingly - share as our use of digital devices and social media increases.

This is an important topic. We should not stand by and let others make decisions that will have real impact on us. Nora argues in her book, "The more digital our lives, the more complete the Data Map. ... By talking about this rapidly emerging future we can start to shape it. ... We can either accept passively what our data will be used for, or we can participate in defining the values we want our data collection to serve."

As usual for Third Tuesdays, we'll roughly follow this agenda:

6:00 - 6:30 Doors open - Meet Nora, book signing, and network with others who share your interests

6:30 - 7:30 Speaker introduction & presentation, followed by questions and discussion with participants

7:30 - 8:15 Book signing with Nora and networking

I hope you'll join us at Third Tuesday to be part of the discussion.

Attendees will receive a copy of The Virtual Self

That's right. Your admission fee pays for a copy of the book. All attendees will receive a copy of The Virtual Self.

About Nora Young

Nora Young leaves a lot of footprints on the social Web as well as mainstream media. She is the host of CBC's thought provoking Spark which can be listened to both on CBC Radio One and as a podcast. She co-hosts a personal podcast, The Sniffer, in which she and Cathi Bond talk about trends they find interesting. On top of this, she blogs, tweets, is on LinkedIn. I'm sure she's also on Facebook and many other places where I haven't foound her.

Thank you to our sponsors

As you know, Third Tuesday is a community-oriented, volunteer-driven event. And we wouldn’t be able to bring great speakers like Nora Young to Third Tuesdays across the country without the support of some like-minded sponsors. We’ve been lucky to have some great companies step up over the past several years to help us make Third Tuesday happen. Big thanks are due to CNW Group, Rogers Communications, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, Radian6 and Cision Canada for making the 2011/12 Third Tuesday season possible.

We want students to be able to attend

Third Tuesday is a great opportunity to hear about the latest developments in social media and to network with business and thought leaders. And we want students to miss out on this opportunity. So, if you are a student and would like to attend, don't let the admission fee stop you. Simply present your student ID card at the time you sign into Third Tuesday and we'll refund your admission fee, courtesy of Thornley Fallis.

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  • Jim C.

    Well organized and articulated presentation. Good follow up information.

    June 26, 2012

  • Dave B.

    world class speaker. i found the topic and the presentation fascinating and relevant. i'm find nora's book well researched and entertaining.

    June 26, 2012

  • Katie R.

    Talk was too long and there were not enough seats.

    June 26, 2012

  • Carol D.

    Fabulous thinker/speaker with compelling ideas and the ability to get them across in an economical and interesting way. Great evening.

    June 26, 2012

  • Karen Schulman D.

    Nora is a well respected speaker on the issue of the impact of digital media and the virtual self, and it was a pleasure to hear from her!

    June 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would have liked more Nora!

    June 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nora is a highly talented individual who spoke eloquently about the subject. Buy her book!

    June 26, 2012

  • Martha W.

    I am a huge fan of Nora Young, and I was delighted to hear her speak AND receive an autographed copy of her book! I feel a bit spoiled, actually :)

    June 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great presentation + thoughtful questions + energetic audience = worth my time.
    The book was a bonus.

    June 26, 2012

  • Stephanie F.

    Was a bit disappointed at the venue - the last meet up I went to was a the Berkley and the seating was fantastic. Unfortunately I arrived late and couldn't see anything. Nora was great from what I heard though!

    June 26, 2012

  • Daniele

    Fantastic! I enjoyed listening to Nora and learned a whole new perspective on data sharing. I've met a few new people and everyone was open and nice.

    June 26, 2012

  • reuben s.

    I thought the speaker was great. Different from what I have come to expect at Third Tuesday, but enjoyable and relevant at the same time.

    June 26, 2012

  • Ryan B.

    Intelligent and articulate and insightful. Great glasses too!

    June 26, 2012

  • Brian C.

    Thanks Nora. Very insightful.

    June 26, 2012

  • Caroline

    Great speaker, very timely and thought-provoking topic.

    June 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great talk and a change of pace from the usual panel discussion. Nora had an interesting thesis to share and genuinely provoked thought from the audience. Plus, getting a chance to dive deeper into the topic with her book always helps! Highly recommended.

    June 26, 2012

  • Boyd N.

    Excellent presentation . . . delivered with intelligence and insight.

    June 26, 2012

  • Marco P.

    This was my frist event. It was good. The next one I would suggest you offer more chairs.

    June 26, 2012

  • Bill S.

    This should be an interesting talk this evening.

    June 25, 2012

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