Hold My Beer.
I often run into people who say,
“So I am not sure exactly what you do?”
I think it’s best to start the story from when I walked across the stage at my high school graduation and the MC read out to the crowd,
“Many would say that Jordan is ahead of his time, and therefore is taking a year off of school in hopes that it will catch up.”
While I was waiting for the time to catch up I thought it might be a good idea to pursue an acting career. While I would by no means call that a success, having only appeared in a MADD Canada commercial and a YTV Commercial I have still yet to see it did cause me to take a job for the year doing in-person demos in Large Department stores all across Canada to sell knock-off sham-wows. I must truly say that even though I became one of the top sales reps for the company this was definitely one of those check your soul at the door kind of jobs.
Needless to say I thought it might be a better idea to attempt the academic route and enrolled at the University of Western in Consumer Behavior and Psychology.
While fully participating in clubs and a few too many social events I also focused on two main extra curricular activities.
I ran the marketing intern team at Budweiser Gardens. Our team’s job was to develop and execute the guerilla marketing and promotional campaign for the shows put on by Global Spectrum (now Spectra Experiences).
We ran shows with some pretty cool artists and performers, here are a few of the memorable ones:
I truly did luck out landing a job as a promotional representative for 102.3 Bobfm while I was at school.
From all the amazing community events, the Jeep for the summer, doing give aways, and just an absolute amazing crew what more could a student ask for!
Western is where I got my first taste of politics.
I was approached to run as apart of the slate as VP External because of my connections I had gained through the radio station and arena.
Having no prior experience in politics I very quickly learned that politics is a very different world than just marketing your message to the most people.
Upon graduation I was elected as a councilor member of the London Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) an Organization by youth, for youth that strives to ensure young people have decision-making power in public processes. Youth priorities, perspectives and experience matter to the city’s future.
I was elected for my passion and desire to positively affect three core principals: entrepreneurship, music, and technology.
Alongside the normal council duties, of reviewing the City Council proposed bills and community project proposals, I launched my own project in partnership with the LYAC called London Covers. A city wide music competition targeted at revitalizing and uniting the London Music Industry.
One of my driving goals has been to illustrate the importance for individuals & society as a whole to focus on the balance between commerce and the arts as opposed to commerce being the main priority and the arts as an after thought.
After the first year success the event ran for 3 years before I finally made the personal decision to move to Toronto.
City of London funding approval for the establishment of the London Music Office. A division of the City of London, Ontario and exists to provide assistance toward the growth and development of the music industry in London, Canada.
During the time I was running London Covers I was approached by the city to be a task force member for the London Music Industry Development Task Force (LMIDTF); whose purpose was to spearhead the development of a community wide comprehensive music strategy intended to promote and support music in London.
The Task Force consisted of the Mayor and 22 individuals who represent every facet of music in London, and was composed of members representing a range of sub-sectors, and all genres of music, within the industry:
The origins of the London Task Force and similar initiatives province-wide can be traced to a series of studies commissioned by Music Canada including, “The Next Big Bang: A New Direction for Music in Canada,” and “Accelerating Toronto’s Music Industry Growth: Leveraging Best Practices from Austin, Texas.” These studies concluded emphatically that music is good for business – that a thriving cultural scene driven by music not only generates revenue through music tourism, but perhaps more importantly serves to create ideal conditions to retain and attract a young, highly skilled work force. This in turn creates an attractive climate for job creation, specifically in the high tech industry.
During University’s Psychology of language course there was a chapter that discussed the experiment that showed as infants we can hear a complete range of vocal sounds but if a vocal sound was not heard by a certain age that part of the brain was not developed and the sound forgotten to the point you might never really be able to hear it again. In human to human interaction this can be seen in the case of a native speakers of a language being able to identify someone who is not, or why we make fun of accents. An argument was made that even when an individual loses their accent it is a cause of them judging people’s reaction and learning as opposed to them innately knowing.
Today, we are seeing a similar effect with how society interacts with technology, as it is essentially a new language. With the evolution of technology happening exponentially and a level of innovation never seen anywhere close in history every different generation has to initially adapt to new technologies at different ages causing never before seen societal gaps.
As we truly begin to understand the effects caused by this societal technological digital world, the way we work, the way we plan cities, the laws and regulations needed to keep us safe, free, and private will all need to adapt to ensure that collectively we all live joyful healthy lives.
A desire to have a positive impact on Societies digital literacy, along with a true passion for storytelling, is why I founded…
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