61 Glimpses of the Future

I’ve been privy to the work of Jan Chipchase and Studio D Radiodurans for some time now. William Gibson famously wrote that “The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed,” and Chipchase’s work consistently endeavours to shine a light on that notion.

He recently shared some insights from his work in remote Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan’s GBAO region and China’s western provinces. Some favourites:

  • 14. Pretentious people are inherently less curious.
  • 17. Every time you describe someone in your own country as a terrorist, a freedom is taken away from a person in another country.
  • 21. The sharing economy is alive and well, and has nothing to with your idea of the sharing economy.
  • 58. If you want to understand where a country is heading pick a 2nd or 3rd tier city and revisit it over many years.

Links for Joe


This is my grandfather. Today is his birthday.

Grandpa Joe grew up in Jamaica but emigrated to Toronto as a young adult, working as a concierge at the Fairmont Royal York for decades before retiring back in the 1990’s. He’s a sociable, curious sort, and after receiving a decade’s worth of questions about the internet our family finally convinced him to purchase an iPad.

Here’s where you come in. I’d like to share examples of some of the best touch-optimized interactive sites on the web. Preferably, these would be on the explorational side of the spectrum rather than advertising or agency sites.

Think Into the Arctic and the like.

I’m hoping you can help me out.

Feel free to send links to me on Twitter at @bjfresh. I’ll be sure to update this post with the best contributions.

Thank you.

And beyond…

In one of my last meetings with the Canada Keep Exploring team in Vancouver, I mentioned offhand that Commander Chris Hadfield was doing a stellar job of living into the centuries-old Canadian tradition of exploration, and that it fit nicely with our output over the four years I spent working on the CTC’s international and domestic projects.

It didn’t necessarily fit into any brief, so far as I knew. But lo and behold, there were some behind-the-scenes negotiations being finalized with a little organization called TED. Nearly a month after leaving Vancouver to explore Europe, this was such a rad surprise.

Keep exploring, everyone…