Patrick

Obsessively curious. Assembling ideas for sentiers.media, @e180 and @thealpinereview. Collaborating with clients as Thought Partner.

Sentiers No.7 — Costa Rica, Books, Zuck, Work & a Festering Pustule

Writing this up in a cafe on a Sunday morning but I’ll have to finish a bit later on since there’s a piano here with a guy playing classical music loudly and beautifully, and it’s hard to concentrate. Nice problem to have, I know. Unintended consequence; the time I spend on writing this newsletter is […]

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Sentiers No.6 — Commons, AI, China, Netflix and Megastuff

Welcome to all the new subscribers sent this way by the brilliant Warren Ellis, I hope you enjoy what you find and I’m looking forward to your feedback. Probably a bit of a ‘duh!’ comment but as I’m writing this, ignoring Holywood pervs, dotards, and “gun printing” bores, I’m coming to realize a newsletter is as […]

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Sentiers No.5 — Virtual assistants, Gibson, the two-tier economy, sustainability and colonialism

This week feels mildly Berlinish thanks to Sight & Sound, an event held in Montréal’s Eastern Bloc and Never Apart venues. It feels like this because, as I said on Twitter, the lineup is exactly what I see in Europe, always wondering and bemoaning why we don’t have this kind of program here. Well, we do this week. Be sure to […]

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Sentiers No.4 — Unaccountability, access, drones, suburbs and octopuses

Issue 4 already, almost a month gone by. Thanks for joining and for the good comments. There are no real analytics on this platform so I don’t know what you click, hit reply for feedback but also for what’s especially interesting or useless. Do forward to friends when you enjoy the newsletter. If you are […]

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Les ponts

Deux ans (!!) plus tard, je relance l’idée d’organiser des petites rencontres informelles pour discuter de sujets divers. On en avait fait 2-3 et, après une pause estivale, je n’ai jamais reparti la machine. La dernière fois j’avais appelé ça les Cafés socio-tech pour discuter du point d’intersection entre la société et la technologie. Cette […]

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Sentiers No.3 — Cassini, a magazine, lots of tech, the future of cars and loads of plastic

Completely unrelated slice of life: back in 2009 when we spent a few months in Berlin, I was impressed and jealous about how many people were flying in and out of the city, “I’m off to Portugal for five days,” “we’re going to London for the weekend,” “I’m in town for a conference.” etc. etc. […]

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Sentiers No.2 — Algorithms, hauntings, autonomous cars and shinrin-yoku

In the first issue I mentioned the following ones would likely be shorter… and it’s not. So far this actually feels like a good length to cover the highlights of what I’ve read over the week and link to a couple of older things for context. Read to the end, I close with a walk […]

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Sentiers No.1 — AI, climate change, solarpunk, a Babylonian tablet

Here we go, finally joining the internet of newsletters. Better very late than never I guess. Although, technically, I’ve been writing the We Seek newsletter for two years, does that count? In case you don’t speak/read French: sentiers means paths. I like the idea of finding paths amidst everything that surrounds us, figuring stuff out. It’s also a slight nostalgic nod […]

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Singular vs Plural

I had a great chat yesterday with Ian Sanders. We’ve been tweeting and sharing some of the same ideas and realizing some common interests so it was time for a “live” discussion. One of the things that came out of it was an insight on something that has been bugging me for a few years […]

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Writing Is The Most Scalable Professional Networking Activity

I found this thread by Andrew Chen super interesting so I thought I’d use it as a test for Darius Kazemi’s little tool, spooler. Works great! (Not sure why some tweets were regrouped in one paragraph and others not though…) I simply pasted from spooler to here and made some small tweaks. — After 10+ […]

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Hospice

hospice \ɔs.pis\ masculin En tant que nom commun, c’est l’ancien nom d’hôpitaux, d’hôtels, de monastères, de maisons de retraite ou encore de gîtes pour pèlerins ou randonneurs. (Header image: Hospice du Grand-Saint-Bernard.) — After three issues, we are putting our crazy project of The Alpine Review on (deep) hiatus. As I said on Twitter, it’s been a […]

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Taillefer.coop

Commençons doucement avec deux avertissements; premièrement, je n’ai jamais rencontré Alexandre Taillefer mais je l’aime beaucoup. Pour ses projets, son implication, ses valeurs, ses interventions, etc. Même après la mort de son fils, il attache sa tuque et essaie de faire sortir du bien de sa douleur. J’ai hâte qu’il se lance en politique. Secondo; […]

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Crédit photo : la SHED

Hybrid Spaces

A few weeks months ago, following a discussion about when we started Station C and how it had been quite early in the “wave” for that particular type of spaces, my friend Véronique asked me “so what would you start these days?” Spur of the moment and with the flow of conversation, I ended up […]

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Thought Partner

Since working on The Alpine Review in 2012, I’ve been asking myself: how can the research, thinking and curation work we did for this magazine become a viable service offering? There is a lot of value in our observations, research and thoughts, which surely have several more applications. Over coffee, a friend offered the expression, […]

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Partenaire de réflexion

Dès que j’ai commencé à travailler sur l’édition de The Alpine Review en 2012, une question s’est mise à me trotter en tête : comment la recherche, la réflexion et la curation de contenu que nous avons faites pour ce magazine pourraient-elles se transformer en une offre de service viable? Il n’y avait pas de […]

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