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Ten From the Tribe

Ten from the Tribe

Here are ten tweets that caught my eye within the last week… enjoy!

All I can say is “awesome” ] @rvthomas67 Tue Aug 10 2010 17:51:01 (MDT) via web Balding and rather pudgy community leader announces run for Council in Wood Buffalo. http://tinyurl.com/2g6532o#YMM

[ Very important to be open to all information – lessening the impact of the oil sands is a worthwhile goal – one that can be accomplished@abraaten 12:25 PM Aug 6th via web Reading: Canadian Oil Sands and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Facts in Perspective http://is.gd/e6kMq

[ Wasn’t sure if it was worth letting this twisted piece of propaganda rear its ugly head again, but if you haven’t seen it… @JDietz1 Wed Aug 11 2010 07:29:45 (MDT) via TweetDeck I get tht focus group reacted negtvly to Rethink AB, but I wnt to knw if tourism #s are actlly dwn. Much ado abt nthg? http://bit.ly/9kv3P3

That *is* a good way to celebrate…@McMurrayTourism Wed Aug 11 2010 10:32:25 (MDT) via Twitter for BlackBerry® Best way to celebrate the summer? Free Barbecue!! Aug 20 from 11 am – 2 pm at the Fort McMurray Tourism gazebo, 400 Sakitawaw.

[ Can honestly say this passed me by…@tarsandsnews Sat Aug 14 2010 14:27:49 (MDT) via twitterfeed About 100 protesters march 13 kilometres past Alberta oilsands sites – Winnipeg Free Press: About 100 protesters m… http://bit.ly/94F4Hb

[ This event actually took place yesterday… @WhenIts40Below Thu Aug 12 2010 13:49:21 (MDT) via twitterfeed Legal and Greenhouse Gas Implications of Canadian Oil Sands Development http://bit.ly/bub2oK

$100,000.00 is a pretty amazing goal... ] @FortMacToday Wed Aug 11 2010 14:42:01 (MDT) via twitterfeed Community groups raise funds for Pakistan flood victims http://bit.ly/a7qqPj

[What kind of oil CEO wouldn’t? If efforts are in place to try and produce oil sands responsibly, then it doesn’t help if it leaks into a stream, ahem, downstream…@KyleHarrietha Thu Aug 12 2010 17:45:02 (MDT) via TweetDeck “Enbridge CEO downplays long-term effects of spill”« Michigan Messenger – http://bit.ly/bca3NT #oilsands #oilspill#enbridge

Unfortunately this is not a big surprise to me. Looking forward to seeing how “Unwrapping the Research Conference” will address this topic. @Jon_Tupper 1:41 PM Aug 16th via web Shepell-Fgi study on addictions and family issues in Oil and Gas sector: http://bit.ly/bxYrL0 #ymm #rmwb #oilsands #oil

Not sure if Deborah is still looking for input, but it wouldn’t hurt to flick her a message. @OilsandsEditor 9:44 PM Aug 11th via UberTwitter Hello #ymm! Special magazine for the 15 anniversary of RMWB. What is ur fave thing to do? Photos next week. Let me know. #oilsands #ableg

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An Oil Sands Tribe: I Like It

Earlier today, Jeremy Dietz, a Calgary-based professional communicator, shed light on a recent trend. His post, Shifting Sands?, talks about the emergence of an Oil Sands Tribe –  an online community of people that are progressively  adding their voices to the oil sands / tar sands rhetoric. An online space that has been dominated by the anti-oil sands / anti-tar sands faction for a while now.

Jeremy Dietz

The first indication (at least to me) that this online debate was evolving beyond its lopsidedness was when I scanned through the comments on an NRDC anti-oil sands blog post. I was amazed to find that the vast majority of the people lending their voice to the debate were not NRDC supporters, but were pro-oil sands readers. Furthermore, these comments severely out-numbered those of the anti-oil sands online community.

I like this idea. I like this idea of an Oil Sands Tribe so much, that I wish I had posted about it first. Kudos Jeremy, kudos. Looks like we’ve both been reading some Godin.

I place myself in this camp, in this tribe. Yet as with all tribes, there are differences on the individual level. Some of us in the tribe try to use reason and facts to prove points, and some of us don’t. I prefer to think of myself as belonging in the former.

Those of us that rely on reasonable arguments are starting to have an impact, we are asking questions and probing lines of thought. This is needed.

Rational, intelligent debate is needed on issues of importance, and the oil sands are definitely important. They do after all impact the things that make the world go round: the economy, the environment, the transportation-slash-production-slash-everything- we-base-our-society-on sectors are all impacted by this industry, this community, this tribe.

So go read Jeremy’s post, and then come and interact with the tribe. You don’t have to share the same point of view – in fact, considering how complex the issue is, I can guarantee that you don’t. Heck, we don’t even all agree – it’s a complicated, multi-faceted topic, and informed discussion is a good thing.