Newsana Community Member Profile – David Peck

David Peck 2012

David Peck is a respected speaker on various topics including: international development, CSR and ‘the power of little things.’ He has a BA in Philosophy from York University as well as an MA in Philosophy from the University of Guelph. In addition David has also successfully obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in International Development from Humber College where he is now a lecturer.

David also started the growing social justice conference series called yChange, which has brought well-known speakers on issues of justice, international and community development to Toronto, Vancouver and Hong Kong.

As a social entrepreneur, in 2008 he founded SoChange, a groundbreaking organization that works alongside members of the corporate, not-for-profit and non-governmental community in areas such as fundraising, advocacy, and capacity building.

In his free time David enjoys reading, wine collecting and watching documentary films.

What makes a great social media site?

Something that is easy to access. Willing to post the tough stories. Up to date. Timely and interactive.

Where do you go for great content online? Why there?

Usually I have about 3 or 4 sites I use on a regular basis – The Economist, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, Adbusters, Mother Jones, New Internationalist, UTNE, Rabble, BBC, Al Jazeera.

All these sites give me a broad understanding of what’s going on in the world. I’m looking for perspective and once you’ve done the reading and the research you can get a sense for where you can go for a particular topic.

What’s your favorite type of content (info graphics, interviews, thought pieces, studies, etc) and why?

Thought pieces and interviews. I like to be challenged and I think biography is a great way for that to happen. I’m interested in getting a variety of perspectives from a variety of worldviews. It helps me to remember who I am, while challenging me to take my thinking tot he next level.

Which of your Newsana pitches are you most proud of?

 World Toilet Day

Stormy Weather

Just Not Enough

American Psychosis

Justice and The Killing Fields

What’s the best part of Newsana?

It has a fresh, unique style to it that I really like. It’s easy to use and full of great content.


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