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

Vancouver Change Camp 2010!

The momentum is building for Vancouver Change Camp 2010!  Earlier this year, a convener meeting was called to start planning for changecamp2010.  Since then, we’ve been hard at work to start planning the event, securing a location and brainstorming how to make this year even bigger and better than last year.

We’re pleased to announce that Vancouver Change Camp will be happening June 12th, 2010 at the old Storeyum location – 151 W. Cordova St., thanks to our partnership with the amazing folks at W2 Community Media Arts.  This location has been taken over by W2 until their new space at Woodwards becomes available.  For more info on the exciting developments at W2, check out their website.

If you’d like to find out what’s in store for this year or if you’re interested in helping us co-create VanChange Camp, join us for the next public convener meeting on April 28th, 2010 @ 5:30PM at SAP – 910 Mainland St. MAP: http://schmap.it/jyhkUp?a

At the very core of this event is public participation and ultimately, it’s the people who are involved that really make this all possible.   Whether you’re a technologist, creative, marketer, business person, innovator, public policy expert, civil servant, immigrant, parent, non-profit worker, student, social media guru, past participant or just an everyday citizen who wants to be more engaged, we’d love to hear from you!

Help us re-imagine citizen engagement and government in the age of participation!
RSVP today at: http://conveners.eventbrite.com or email us at vanchangecamp@gmail.com.

Stay tuned for even more details and ways to participate, coming your way soon!

(2009) Tickets available at the door for Vancouver ChangeCamp

Over 100 people have confirmed – tickets still available at the door – join us! – Vancouver ChangeCamp 2009
Saturday June 20th 2009 | 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

555 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC (BCIT Downtown Campus)
$20 in advance | $25 at the door

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?

The event is a partly structured unconference. One track of the conference will introduce the kinds of projects that harness new ideas and tools for social change. Other tracks at 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.

View information about spine speakers, sessions, and the participants. Once you’ve registered, please do add yourself to the participants page! This creates an opportunity ahead of time to get a sense of who we may want to meet.ChangeCamp

REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

  • All keynotes and activities
  • All breakout sessions
  • Free access to an “unconference 101″ prep session webinar – about unconferences and social media – Wednesday June 17th.

Blog about the conference by June 15th and send the URL to vanchangecamp [at] gmail [dot] com to be entered into a draw for a free ticket.

If the fee presents a barrier to you, don’t let it! Email our event coordinator Eli Van Der Giessen at elijahv [at] gmail [dot] com to request free entry.

Add your session ideas to the wiki or bring them on the day of the event, and claim one of our 14 unconference slots!