Jan 13

Jimmy Wales meets ARKiveWikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales visited Bristol today. Harriet Nimmo, Richard Edwards and I were fortunate enough to meet him. 

We joined Jimmy for coffee at the Watershed – the hub of the digital media industry in Bristol, UK. He talked with passion as he explained the purpose of Wikipedia – a free encyclopaedia that’s accessible by everyone. 

Jimmy has a dream… 

The dream of free knowledge for all. And that’s not dissimilar to ARKive’s vision – with knowledge comes caring and with caring, there is hope. 

With a thirst for knowledge, Jimmy was happy to sit back and engross himself in the ARKive promo video. He commented that ARKive has footage of animals he’d never even seen before! He talked about his daughter and her love for horses and funny cat videos – we’re hoping she’ll like these: 

Przewalski's horse photo      Pallas's cat photo  

      Przewalski’s horse – the last true wild horse                                    Pallas’s cat is a funny little fella

Jimmy said his own interests lay more in science fiction and physics, so perhaps these rather curious alien-looking species will tickle his fancy: 

Slender loris photo

The grey slender loris has a special network of blood vessels in its wrists and ankles allowing it to grip branches for days without getting cramp.

We told Jimmy about our current social media campaign ‘Speak Up For Species’ which gives a voice to the many thousands of endangered species, helping to build awareness and knowledge about their plight. He intends to speak up for species. Maybe you should too? 

I was surprised by Jimmy’s down-to-earth nature, given his global success as the face of the 5th largest website in the World. He’s a genuinely decent guy, and for me an inspiration. 

Wikipedia celebrate their 10th anniversary this Saturday, and we at ARKive wish them many happy returns! 

Ellie Dart, ARKive Online Outreach

  • Louis (January 14th, 2011 at 12:38 am):

    Both Wikipedia and Arkive are doing a tremendous job of education!
    Who would have think, lets say ten years ago, that we could have such a wonderful access to universal knowledge?

    Thank you and congratulations!