Vancouver ChangeCamp 2011

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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

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:

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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

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Nonprofits and Government

Coat of arms of City of Vancouver
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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/