I first met Kris Krug earlier this year at the Alliance for Arts & Culture Annual General Meeting at the VPL.
Come to think about it, it was also the day that Michael Jackson died.
The end of an era, I suppose.
Or maybe, better put, it was the end to the end of an era for a voice that had long ago fallen silent.
But I digress.
A few days later, the good folks at Burnkit put us in touch and I went over to his place.
Kris had agreed to show me some tricks for listening to the internet and give me advice on how to best participate in online discussions using social media tools.
Over the course of our conversation I discovered a couple of things about Kris: He’s a very open guy with a wicked intelligence and a lot of different talents and interests.
He’s outside the box and he’s not going back in.
I spend a lot of time following people in the online/social media circles just to see how the game is played, who is playing it with style and who actually has something to say.
A portion of this time is spent watching what Kris is doing and how he’s doing it.
He mixes style, substance, ridiculous photography skills, support for cool projects with a vision for technology that is open, inclusive and always pushing forward.
It’s about positive hunger at a very fundamental level.
So it’s great to bring this wide-ranging and unexpurgated 40 minute extendo-interview to you here.
(It will run at just under 30 minutes when it airs on CJSF 90.1 FM.)
We talk about Kris’ beginnings as a photographer, his use of social media and Creative Commons to distribute and cultivate awareness of his work.
We discuss his experiences at the Olympics in Torino and Beijing and the upcoming 2010 Winter Games in his adopted city of Vancouver.
We talk Geeks on a Plane.
Kris tells us about the book that he’s working on that showcases the underground art scene in Shanghai and his interesting ideas for publishing that book.
It’s an awesome interview.
Just listen to it and let me know what you think.