Nonprofits and Government

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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

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. 🙂

NOTE: we canceled the May 19 meeting.

Early-bird ticket deal ends Saturday, May 15

This is your final chance to buy a ticket to Vancouver ChangeCamp 2010 at our reduced early-bird rate.

So no dilly-dallying!

Register for Vancouver Change Camp 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia  on Eventbrite

Just $15 – but only until Saturday, May 15.

After that the price goes up to $20. Still a deal, but slightly less so. So act now! Don’ delay! This is a limited time offer!

(How’s that for a marketing spiel?)

Vancouver ChangeCamp: Saturday, June 11. Details at http://vanchangecamp.eventbrite.com