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Mike Riverso
Worked at Avema Corp.
Attends Centennial College
Lived in Toronto, Ontario
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In just over a week I'll be starting a two-month internship at +MaRS Discovery District. Suffice it to say that I'm pretty excited. I'll be working with their communications team, learning the ins and outs of their business and helping to communicate to the public about events, clients, and so on.

For those who don't know, MaRS is a technology incubator. It's a non-profit organization with the mandate of supporting technology businesses in Canada. Basically, MaRS helps technology start-ups establish themselves by providing office space, entrepreneurial training, networking opportunities, and many other benefits.

I've been gunning for the position since I met a few of the MaRS communications team at IdeaCity last summer. I was a few months away from starting my corporate communications program at Centennial College, and knew that I'd be needing an internship when I finished. I'd heard of MaRS, but never quite new the details, but once I learned more, I knew it would be a great place for me.

Why? Because I'm interested in science and technology, first of all, and immersing myself in a place that's full of researchers and inventors and generally smart people is going to be fascinating. But secondly, and more importantly, is because I want to get other people interested in science and technology, too.

Last night I had the opportunity to attend a talk given by one of my heroes: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. One of his major points was that engaging in science and technology is one of the most powerful forces for bettering humanity; I'm inclined to agree. He also made the point that to get people engaged, you have to work at communication: go to where the people are and explain ideas in ways that are approachable and understandable.

Science doesn't have to be incomprehensible. Technology doesn't have to be this mysterious force to be feared. The right communication can make these fields interesting to everybody, and I want to be one of the people doing that communication. That's why I'm excited to be interning at MaRS, because it's the next step on my way to being a force for good.
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I try not to post doom and gloom posts very often, because I think it's better to spread positivity and optimism, but this is pretty interesting. It's a study from NASA that paints a vision of the collapse of civilization if we don't change what we're doing sooner rather than later. The reason I'm posting it is because it offers a real goal to help fix things:

"Collapse can be avoided and population can reach equilibrium if the per capita rate of depletion of nature is reduced to a sustainable level, and if resources are distributed in a reasonably equitable fashion."

Easier said than done, of course, but it's worth striving for. What do you all think? Is the collapse of society inevitable? Can we adjust and change before it's too late? Or are the collapse and the change one and the same thing?
Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system
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In a effort to start exploring Google Plus more, and taking advantage of its communities and features, I'm going to try posting here for a little while. The first thing I'd like to know is how other people are using G+.

How many of you are actually using G+ regularly? And why? What do you like about it, and what do you hate about it? What does G+ do for you that you aren't getting from Facebook or Twitter? Do you have any favourite communities? Do you follow any favourite brands, celebrities, or organizations?
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I've been using Hangouts a lot more lately. The video features are great. I try to widen my feed, but it's still a bit light on content.

I love the fact that it supports .gifs.
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Interesting to hear an NSA rep talk candidly about their side of the issue. I'm not on their side, but I agree it's a conversation worth having.
After a surprise appearance by Edward Snowden at TED2014, Chris Anderson said: "If the NSA wants to respond, please do." And yes, they did. Appearing by video, NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett answers Anderson’s questions about the balance between security and protecting privacy.
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Tonight, in things I should probably post in the middle of the day but am posting now before I forget: Ed Snowden at TED via robot. He's an excellent speaker, and has fascinating things to say about the sad state of affairs of Internet privacy and security.
Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. "Your rights matter,” he says, "because you never know when you're going to need them." Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.
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  • Centennial College
    Corporate Communications & Public Relations, 2013 - present
  • University of Guelph
    Computing, Theatre Studies, 2003 - 2007
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  • Avema Corp.
    Systems Analyst, 2010 - 2013
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