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What is Terry? Terry is a website that aims to collect prevalent (as in academic, educational, or critical) as well as esoteric (as in creative, humourous, or surreal) pieces that look at pertinent global issues. Plus, it has a kick ass speaker series.

TERRY TALKS VIDEO: TIFFANY TONG – REDEFINING BOUNDARIES, URBAN AGRICULTURE

(From Terry talks, November 22, 2008) How often do we connect the words “urban” and “agriculture” in our brains? The word “urban” conjures up a concrete jungle where skyscrapers dominate the grey sky. The word “agriculture” makes me see rows after rows and fields after fields of green crops and livestock dotting the landscape. These words seem to be an unlikely duo to be integrated and be able to produce surprising benefits. But they do. According to the International Development Research Centre, 15% of all food eaten in cities world-wide is grown by city dwellers. Urban agriculture actually provides many…

TERRY TALKS VIDEO: MIKE GRETES – MAKING MEDICINES FOR PEOPLE, NOT FOR PROFIT

(From Terry talks, November 22, 2008) . All lives, no matter where they are lived, have equal value. Yet access to life-saving drugs is most often limited to those who can pay for them. Also, treatments for many tropical diseases are either unavailable or are increasingly ineffective, with toxic side effects to boot. Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (ubc-uaem.org) is a student organization dedicated to fixing this broken system. We work by changing how universities set their technology licensing priorities and their research agendas. At UBC, we’ve persuaded administration to publicly adopt a set of Global Access Principles (www.uilo.ubc.ca/global.asp) that…

The Terry Talks YouTube experiment.

For those of you at this year’s Terry talks, you’ll obviously be aware of our little YouTube experiment. In any event, I present to you the fruit of that labour below. If you weren’t at the conference, here is the gist: audience members were ask to participate by brainstorming, pitching, choosing, and then executing an activity amenable to recording via YouTube. This was done during the odd free 5 minutes here and there in the conference program. In total I think about 20 minutes in all was used to get the material for the video.

BAKE FOR A CHANGE 2008: GAME ON!

Or as Dave S. (creator of this great idea) might say, can we call it BFAC2008? Anyway, for those of you who have an annual tradition of putting together a gingerbread house, why not do it this year with a sustainability twist? That’s right! our sister site’s own “Bake for a Change” is a contest where you, as the submission details say, apply sustainable building design practices to a gingerbread house. Anyway, those details in full are presented here, and you can see last year’s entries by checking through this Flickr group. If you do check the flickr page out…

TERRY TALKS: APPLICATIONS TO SPEAK (ONE WEEK LEFT!)

(a message from our sister site) THINGS TO AVOID WHEN SPEAKING PUBLICLY Egad! Is it already that close to October 6th! This is our deadline for applying to be one of the inaugural speakers of the Terry talks student conference. Well, the short answer is yes – in fact there is just under a week or so left. And in case this is brand new news to you – the Terry talks can be encapsulated in the following manner: “Imagine UBC’s most fascinating and engaging students coming together for a day, giving ‘the talk of their lives,’ sharing their ideas…

TERRY’S WRITING CHALLENGE #2

We thought perhaps (especially for those of you who are globally inclined) that you might enjoy a little writing contest we have going over at our sister site, Terry. Prizes consist of our bookstore’s gift cards which are usable even for those of you who are not local (via their website). $1500 in total, and an opportunity to present material in a variety of forms – take a gander at the rules below, presented, of course, in limerick form PDF | JPG There once was a website named Terry1 That wanted to make people wary Of things going on In…

TERRY’S ILLUSTRIOUS WRITING CHALLENGE

(Terry and the Global Citizenship Seminar Series is a joint TLEF initiative of the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science, with support from the Michael Smith Laboratories, VP Students, UBC Campus Sustainability Office, UBC Okanagan, UBC Bookstore, UBC Let’s Talk Science Partnership Program, and the Chan Centre for Performing Arts.) – – – The UBC Bookstore and Terry are pleased to announce a writing challenge, and a grand one at that. There will be three sets of prizes available, which involve the hunt for pieces in the following categories. 1. Creative pieces that perhaps work best to subtlety…