Geeks, Eco Freaks and those who object to Simple Steroetypes

Written by Stephen Hilton on 05 Jan, 07
Focus on city challenges Responsible innovation

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Wikipedia doesn’t appear to define an “eco freak” but down the ages, a “geek” has been seen as “1:a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake 2: a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked 3: an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity.”

It was mostly the latter (thankfully) who turned up to last night’s sustainable digital café event at Watershed. They were joined by a good sprinkling of eco-conscious folk and many others who preferred not to be defined in such a simplistic way.

Vala Ragnarsdottir from University of Bristol holds regular sustainable café events. Last night, Penny Gane added a specific Connecting Bristol focus, challenging the 60+ attendees to identify how Bristol’s ‘sustainable’ and ‘digital’ comunities can work together to ensure the future of the city and the planet.

In true café style, small groups worked together to record their thoughts before movimg on to another table and another conversation. The process generated a huge amount of ideas and thinking, which is being written up now and will be posted here.

I was really pleased to be able to attend, contribute but most of all listen. Sustainability and concern for the planet is a strong theme within the Connecting Bristol bid. Last night’s discussions were timely and will help to hone thinking before the final submission is made.

Thanks to Vala, Penny and all who took part.

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