Alison Garwood Jones

Planet freelance

Originally published in October 2015 in Blog

I stick up for freelancers. They inspire me. They’re my tribe. I don’t know if what I say disturbs the order. When there are still more men making $100 million a month on Wall Street flipping real estate than there are Occupy protests, I’d say … probably not. Every day, we freelancers show up to […]

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Blogging’s bad rap

Originally published in August 2015 in Blog

Social media has scattered blog communities and pretty much killed engagement in blog comment boxes. I’ve seen it on my own site. I average about one comment every six months. Those two facts alone, some say, are proof that maintaining a blog is (1) old school and (2) pointless. Those same folks say that blogging peaked […]

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TEDx

Originally published in May 2015 in Blog, Doodling, Graphic Recording, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Visual Notetaking, Visual Storytelling

TEDxWomen 2015 is a one-day event showcasing women’s voices and perspectives from around the world. While TEDxTheAnnexWomen highlights local voices in Toronto, it is part of an intercontinental network of inspiring storytelling. Here’s how I saw what I heard.

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He wants YOU

Originally published in April 2015 in Blog

When winter leaves, Canadians, for the first time in months, can take their hands out of our pockets, straighten their shoulders and look up. No need to act like battering rams against the cold. The dog park is one of the first places I go to celebrate the glowing effects of the earth’s new position. […]

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David Carr (1956-2015)

Originally published in February 2015 in Blog

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News really is getting mobile

Originally published in February 2015 in Blog

News organizations that have been focused on their online real estate  — i.e. stuff they own, like their websites — need to start thinking more like train-hopping vagabonds. This means going homeless and filling their rucksacks with original stories formatted for mobile-only apps, then hitting the road and stopping at a variety of destinations along […]

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Saying no is hard

Originally published in January 2015 in Blog

For writers, social media is like a hole in a tire. It’s a drain on your energy, productivity and ability to sustain a thought. Sometimes the leak is slow and silent (like the daily Facebook checkin). Other times (Rob Ford), it’s this giant fucking “POP!” Afterwards, you’re left with a big flabby thing that won’t turn. Not the ex-mayor, […]

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Consciousness Raising

Originally published in December 2014 in Blog

Then and now This post is dedicated to #RememberThe14,#December6, #MontrealMassacre, #ABetterMan, @EngineersCanada Twitter eggshell image via @CompDealerNews

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Move over

Originally published in December 2014 in Blog

New technology has always been forcing us to change. Here is a priceless vignette by Doris Lessing about the introduction of the television set to the row houses of post-war London. t was the summer of 1950. Before I left Denbigh Road I saw the end of an era, the death of a culture: television […]

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Your reading brain ~ part deux

Originally published in September 2014 in Blog

  Marcel Proust (above) defined deep reading as the moment when, “That which is the end of [the author’s] wisdom appears to us as the beginning of ours.” (1906) Book editor Peter Dimock took it one step further, calling deep reading, “A time of internal solitary consciousness.” (2010) Neuroscientist Maryanne Wolf, author of Proust & […]

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