Oct 25, 2011
When I was a kid, the sciences straight-up fascinated me. Early high-school experiments looking at boiling points, the insides of rodents and the creation of artificial flavours and scents meant that science classes were a thrice weekly doorway to enchantment.
The roof of the building we’re in – otherwise known as the Dalston Roof Park. The Bootstrap Company, who run the building as a social enterprise, have built an urban oasis up there complete with allotments, solar panels, astroturf and picnic benches. It’s a great place to go, sit, think and watch the city and the sky.
Is it about what you know or who you know?
A bit of both, which sucks because I’m really bad at networking!
What’s been the most pivotal point in your life thus far?
Moving to London from Montréal ten years ago – a huge leap which I’ve never regretted making despite missing friends, smoked meat sandwiches, distinct seasons, etc.
Do you think there’s enough discourse between disciplines?
I think there’s an ever-increasing discourse, which is great, and it’s only going to get better as we all become more used to trying our hand at new things. We no longer have to be the specialists we once were, and I think that’s breaking down barriers.
Can you teach innovation?
You can definitely lead by example. I would be terrified if someone locked me in an office and told me to spend the afternoon ‘innovating’, but I could be inspired by something someone did and run with it.
Dollar or Yuan?
Neither, it’s time for a global currency and a proper global government.
Do you believe in an afterlife?
No, but I’m hoping a part of the brain lives on – even briefly – immediately after death and can access your entire memory bank at the speed of light. Seeing your whole life in fast forward (or reverse?) would be quite a grand finale.
Negative or positive freedom?
Neither, freedom is neutral – it’s what you do with it that counts.
Lagrange 4, Lagrange 5, or anywhere in Spain.
Can you draw?
Only with a mechanical pencil, ruler and architectural stencil set – otherwise it’s like a drunken child but not in a cool, funny way.
Can you draw us a wave?
Does a sine /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ wave count?
Individual or state (or both)?
Whatever it is they’re doing in Scandinavia.
Sonic Youth Dirty quadruple vinyl box.
Last book read?
Just Kids by Patti Smith
The best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Work hard and be nice to everyone” – I read it on someone’s shirt about two months ago but it’s working pretty well so far.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are?