Hilary is an entrepreneur in Vancouver, Canada who co-founded Hoovie, a moving sharing platform connecting supporting community activity in cities.
“We started this platform thinking there really aren’t any meaningful ways to experience film, but the more that we hear back from our users, the more we understand that it’s actually the opposite – that film is this fantastic vehicle for driving conversation, for opening people’s hearts and minds, and really helping them to be in space together, be in community, and be able to talk about the things that matter to them.”.
What is your definition of community?
A networked group of humans that feel a sense of bondedness and accountability toward one another and/or the group.
How do you and Hoovie engage with others ‘offline’? Is ‘online’ really that different?
We watch movies together and then have conversations. We make eye contact, share heartbeats and space together. We eat, drink and experience together. We show up. Online radically different. Ideally it would be the facilitator that gets us in the room together. The vehicle, not the thing itself.
What are the future implications of the IoT for you and community?
We will have to ensure that we are vigilant against the tendency to turtle within ourselves and our homes, and hold fast against the impulse to elevate convenience over quality, human-ness and well being.
What would a ‘smart city’ (or smart community) look like to you?
We need cities/communities built like eco-systems, not monocultures, where human activity and interaction are optimized and prioritized – and anticipated.