The blog has moved

January 14, 2012 by

Vancouver ChangeCamp can now be found online at http://vanchangecamp.ca/

Vancouver ChangeCamp 2011

October 26, 2011 by

We’re back, baby!

RSVP now to secure your ticket

Session on telling untold stories at Vancouver ChangeCamp

Photo by Jenny Lee Silver

When: Saturday, November 26. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Where: The Hive. 128 W Hastings #210, Vancouver BC.

Vancouver Changecamp is a unique event to learn, share and connect with change makers in the city. If you want to see change in yourself, your community or your city, Vancouver Changecamp is the place to start.

Vancouver ChangeCamp addresses the need for renewed relationships among citizens and government. We seek to create connections, knowledge, tools and policies to drive transparency, civic engagement and democratic empowerment.

This year the theme for Vancouver ChangeCamp 2011 is the upcoming civic elections November 19 for the City of Vancouver. This will mark the start of a 3 year mandate for the municipal government. This marks a great time to envision and act on the change you want to see.

Attendees at Changecamp are passionate about bringing about positive change. This year we are bringing together the most engaged changemakers from across Vancouver. You won’t want to miss this so register now!

Join us to

  • Learn: Get grounded in skills needed to make change, get practical advice and benefit from the experience of those in the community who have been trying this for a while
  • Share: Let everyone else in on your social change successes! Share your stories, your projects and your change.
  • Connect: Find a unique constellation of change agents, business people, non-profits, activists, government folks and most importantly, people with lived experience in the issues we all care about.

And if there is something you really want to talk about that’s not on the agenda, that’s great! Lead a session on your topic in the unconference. Unconferences provide the opportunity for participants to share their experiences, raise challenging questions or facilitate a conversation on topics generated on the fly. It’s an engaging, energizing, and sometimes chaotic, way to ensure everyone has a voice in the discussion.

If you have session ideas for Van ChangeCamp 2011, please comment here with your ideas or, alternatively, you may submit your proposals to vanchangecamp (at) gmail.com. Check out last year’s sessions for inspiration

If you are excited about the new ways that change is happening in the city, curious about how change will happen in the future, unsure about the pace of change or just want to celebrate the changes we have already put in place, please join us at Van ChangeCamp.

We survived ChangeCamp

June 27, 2010 by

Just a short note to thank everyone for their contributions to the event this year!!

We had a great time full of engaging conversation and inspirational ideas.
It’s very exciting to witness such a variety of dialogue and we would love to foster the continuation of as much conversation as possible.

Please tag your blog entries, Twitter posts and all other online commentary with the hashtag, “VCC2010″. This includes media – Flickr photos, YouTube/Vimeo… EVERYTHING!

Special love goes to our supporters who made the event possible, with an extra-loud shout-out to the volunteers who joined the organizing committee and gave their time on the day of the event.

And let’s not forget our sponsors, without whom the event wouldn’t have happened. Next time you see one of our sponsors please give them a kiss on the cheek for us!

Champion Sponsor:

Advocate Sponsor

Partner Sponsors

If you have feedback on the event, feel free to comment on this post.

Thanks again for participating in this year’s event. We look forward to the stories and outcomes to follow.

All the best,
Vancouver ChangeCamp

www.vanchangecamp.ca
vanchangecamp.wikispaces.com/
www.twitter.com/vanchangecamp

Another Successful ‘Un’!

June 12, 2010 by

Owly Images

Vancouver ChangeCamp 2010 is winding down. Live posts and tweets were flying to the Wiki as sessions were pitched and people dug into the dialogue. An awesome mix of people and ideas, and great engagement in thoughtful exchange and sharing.

Lots to follow up, and although the day’s event is done, it’s not over! Notes and resources and links and info of all sorts will continue to be added to the Wiki, and that will give us all a collective space to work together on what we started.

Thanks everyone, for a super, exhausting, day. One that gives new meaning to the idea of ‘Open’ space. The one between MY ears has greatly expanded.

Rising from the grave

June 11, 2010 by

Grrr! Arrrggg!Vancouver ChangeCamp is alive! Tickets are available at the door for $25.

What do you need to know?

Bring a mug! And your creativity.

Vancouver ChangeCamp: mixing it up with Open Gov West June 11

June 7, 2010 by

As we get closer to the Vancouver ChangeCamp unconference day, are you curious about who else is working to promote open government, transparency, and broadening collaboration with citizens? Look no further than…the night before Vancouver ChangeCamp!

Open Gov West Logo

Back in March of this year, in Seattle, local area non-profit Knowledge As Power held a one-day conference called Open Gov West, convening US and Canadian open government advocates to foster progress on open government issues and technology. OGW alumni meeting groups have been starting to continue the conversations. The OGW organizers are also great friends of Vancouver ChangeCamp, so they are kindly holding their June meetup asa joint pre-Vancouver ChangeCamp networking evening!

Where: W2 (151 West Cordova — Google Map)
When: Friday, June 11, starting 7pm.
Who: Any and all Open Gov West or ChangeCamp attendees, or other changemakers interested in technology, open government or citizen-driven collaboration.
RSVP (Admission by Donation)
Cash Bar available, with raffle ticket draws throughout the evening!

This will be a great chance to hear more and learn about other perspectives, initiatives and ideas on why open government is important and how to make it more common, and to learn how others are moving open government forward. Hope to see you there!

If you would like any information about this event, contact the OGW Vancouver Liaison, Karen Quinn Fung (karen@counti8.ca).

The government of BC joins Vancouver ChangeCamp as a sponsor

May 30, 2010 by

Yay!

The province of BC has just joined Vancouver ChangeCamp as a “Champion” sponsor.

What does that mean?  It means lunch is now included with your ticket! So RSVP now. :-)

Photos from Vancouver ChangeCamp 2009

May 29, 2010 by

Big news coming about this year’s ChangeCamp later today.

But in the meantime let me distract you with this nifty photo from last year’s event.

Gregor Robertson, Jason Mogus, and Steve Anderson

View the slideshow at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/vcc09/interesting/show/

Nonprofits and Government

May 23, 2010 by
Coat of arms of City of Vancouver
Image via Wikipedia

Nonprofits have a strained relationship with government. It seems like we’re always yelling at them to open up their data. “Release the fisheries report!” “Publish the grizzly mortality counts!”

Wouldn’t it be great if nonprofits, community activists, policy wonks and government all got into a room and discussed our differences? What if government data defaulted to open, rather than closed?

Sounds kumbayah? Well, it isn’t. In fact, it happened last year. Community activists and nonprofits sat down with representatives from the provincial and municipal government (including Vancouver’s Mayor and BC’s Director of Citizen Engagement). And amazing things came from it, like:

Join me for Vancouver ChangeCamp 2010
When: Saturday, June 12. 8:30 – 5:00pm.
Where: W2 Storyeum, 151 Cordova W., Vancouver BC

Ticket are $20. RSVP at http://vanchangecamp.eventbrite.com/

What is Vancouver ChangeCamp?
Vancouver ChangeCamp is a participatory web-enabled face-to-face event that brings together citizens, technologists, designers, academics, social entrepreneurs, policy wonks, political players, change-makers and government employees to answer these questions:

  • How can we help government become more open and responsive?
  • How do we as citizens organize to get better outcomes ourselves?

ChangeCamp addresses the demand for a renewed relationship among citizens and government. We seek to create connections, knowledge, tools and policies that drive transparency, civic engagement and democratic empowerment.

The conference will be participant-driven, with the agenda created collaboratively at the start of the event, allowing participants to share their experiences and expertise.

When: Saturday, June 12. 8:30 – 5:00pm.
Where: W2 Storyeum, 151 Cordova W., Vancouver BC

Ticket are $20. RSVP at http://vanchangecamp.eventbrite.com/

Organizers meeting Wednesday, May 26

May 18, 2010 by
Hi Vancouver ChangeCamp conveners and supporters,

We’ve scheduled our next organizing meeting for Wednesday, May 26.

We’re in our final month before the event…. so it’s crunch time. We’d love your help with marketing, communications, outreach…. please come and we’ll find a home for your skills. :-)

Please RSVP at http://conveners.eventbrite.com/

NOTE: we canceled the May 19 meeting.

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