How do we (re)engage citizens in the political process?

Patrick Lee will be pitching a discussion that asks,

In recent years, voter turnout in Canada has reached record lows. Only 61% of eligible voters cast ballots in the last federal election. Turnout for recent provincial elections in Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Ontario was even worse, ranging from 52% to 59%. However, the lowest participation is at the municipal level where turnout in BC was a mere 30% in 2011.

Election officials, political parties and advocacy groups have tried to increase voter engagement, but low turnout continues to be a problem. In Canada, voter turnout is lower amongst younger voters and minority ethnic groups, resulting in underrepresentation of these groups in electoral results. Increasing voter turnout amongst these groups and the general population is desirable to help ensure the interests of all Canadians are reflected in policy decisions.

Promote the Vote is a non-partisan movement of everyday Canadians trying to increase voter turnout through dialogue with each other. Traditional outreach campaigns try to speak directly to people who don’t vote. Promote the Vote takes a different approach: it asks people who already vote to go one step further and encourage their friends and family to cast ballots too.

What are other ways we can (re)engage citizens in the political process? How do we create a culture of voting in Canada? How do we create collaboration and dialogue in a space that is increasingly along political and ideological lines?

You can reach him at mpatlee[at]gmail.com to discuss or connect with him at Changecamp 2014.


eBook Projects to Help the Oppressed

Larry Colero will be pitching a discussion that asks,

Harriett Beecher Stowe’s illustrated novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin was the #1 best-seller of the 19th century (after the Bible). It achieved a tipping point for the Abolitionists and it re-defined Lincoln’s Civil War.

The book caused a radical change in attitudes towards slavery by appealing to people’s conscience in a way that decades of appeal to their minds could not – through the use of compelling fiction. Using her imagination, the author made a political argument come alive for the American people through an entertaining story that includes empathy, suspense, inspiration and other literary techniques. So,…

a) Can we learn from the Uncle Tom’s Cabin model about how to move hearts as well as minds towards appreciating the need for greater equity in our communities?

b) How might we use the ubiquity of interactive e-book technology to tell engaging, uplifting stories about fictional characters who reflect real people in our communities?

Later thoughts:

1. I’m not sure the story would have to be fiction

2. Expected roles on an e-book project team, although it could all be done by one person:

– Author (may be a separate author for fiction/non-fiction) and maybe a Researcher as well
– Illustrator if required
– Publisher – to manage technology for layout, web design and publishing with Amazon, Apple, Google, B&N, etc.
– Marketing

Expected cost per e-book – from less than $100 to $10,000

You can reach him at larry[at]colero.net to discuss or connect with him at Changecamp 2014.




How can we leverage community data to create positive social change?

Bob Prenovost will be pitching a discussion that asks,

There’s a plethora of data about pressing and persistent social issues in our community such as homelessness, mental illness, addictions etc. How can we leverage the collection and analysis of this data and use it to create positive social change ? Can organizations that are tasked with collecting this data find more effective and mutually beneficial ways to collaborate with the organizations and groups who are providing front line services and/or proposing innovative solutions to social issues ?

You can reach him at bob.prenovost[at]bc211.ca to discuss or connect with him at Changecamp 2014.


Session Proposal: Living the New Economy Convergence

Tammy Lea Meyer (or maybe someone else) will be pitching a discussion that asks,

What passions, skills, projects and/or resources do you bring to the new economy movement?
What do you need to take your contribution to the next level?
How can our collective resources be leveraged to help each other?
What is missing? Who else do we need to bring into the conversation?
What questions are we left with? Whom do we ask?

Planet Protector Academy

Sion Lanini will be pitching a discussion that asks,

Planet Protector Academy is a digital interactive classroom experience that trains kids as ‘apprentice’ Planet Protectors to lead pro-environmental behaviour change in their families. The first program ‘Keep Cool’ focuses on Climate Change and has engaged over 4,500 kids and their families, with 65% of parents now driving less!

We’re looking to re-develop the platform so that it can be customized and applied to lots of different social and environmental issues. The superhero storyline and behaviour change methodology is already attracting interest from a range of organizations working on zero waste, water conservation, aboriginal issues, anti-racism work etc.

Housing Crisis

Anonymous may be pitching a discussion that asks,

At least 116,000 people in BC are in housing crisis.

At the tip of the iceberg are 11,000 visibly homeless people, who have no homes at all.

Just below the surface are 40,000 hidden homeless, who sleep with family, in cars, or couch surf.

Deep under water are 65,000 people at risk of homelessness, who spend more than 50% of their income on rent. Many of them in substandard housing conditions.

How do we make this an issue for those who are not connected to any risk?
What have activists and the homeless community learned from Oppenheimer Park or Occupy?
What has city council learned since 2008?

Ideas to Action: Change Everything Day

Chicken soup for changing the soul

More details

Party to celebrate change

Opposite day – change your routines


Key Q

How do we move forward


Sub Q’s

What structure(s) do we want to create?

What operating principles?


How do we want to

  • come together?
  • Share responsibility?
  • Model adaptive leadership?


Grassroots – not needing a lot of money

Structure – similar to Vancouver ChangeCamp

Volunteers commit to time period (ie. 6 months)

Collecting stories, change can happen anytime (ongoing space)

Annual event


Key goal

To create content


Story of a change you have made in your life?



What is that important to you?

What is meaningful about that for you?




Empower people to embrace CHANGE in their lives to expand their comfort zones

We want tot create a network for change (blog, print) so that ideas stories, enthusiasm & contributions may emerge.

What’s the BEST thing that can happen?


Change Everything Day  – Facebook Group

Ideas to Action: Team Hastings Trade

Intros – students, lawyer, investments advisor, dad, unemployed person



Reducing frustration for youth

Need for skilled workers

Tap into marginalized

Change the system – new pathways to employment

Storytelling – inspirational

Create movement, possibility to replicate & apply to other markets

Tier 1 labor ready -Identifying guys and barriers advocacy

Benefit to society – industriousness, working w/ your hands

Guilds/ models – mediaval model



Vetting employees and employers – educating inquiry

Advocacy/ education

(camps outside Van?) (resource sec?) (possible issues w/ this – Ft. Mac)

New model – pitch to small contractors, worker/employer owned co-op?



Social enterprise needs consistency – good brand

Vetting Proc. Scalable?

New job readiness

Support – certification, not just extra cash

Employment orgs often don’t get private sector



Reduce cost

Access volunteers


Work BC

Mission possible

Just work

West coast prison justice society


E Fry Society

Board of Trade



COV (social planning)

Dress for Success


Van Found


Van Found


Work Gear


Resources – support

Advisory board


Team in place – W Van

Skilled trades


Next Steps

Who buys – contractors


Who is team – tier 1 apprentices

Who are partners -

“Start small”

A sustained contract – a connection

Leadership – organizational structure


Refining concept

Exploratory conversations

Needs contract

Needs contact or intro to put team up to work

Keep in touch with orgs


Social Enterprise

Works using skills – revenue

Non-profit side focuses on advocacy

Gaps – labour matching

Board of Change collaboration “Board of Changecamp” at SAP on Tuesday (Feb 26)

BoardOfChangeSmallerBoard of Change is a not-for-profit social enterprise inaugurated by business people with the goal of integrating sustainability into business practices and economic thinking. It does this through a number of programs and projects, including advocacy, all with the goal of shifting paradigms in a world that has long embraced the status quo.


We’re teaming up this month to put on a fun and intensive 2 hour event.  Essentially a mini Changecamp geared toward entrepreneurs and business which will pose the question, “How can businesses lead a thriving community in our city?”

SAP Executive Briefing Centre

Hosted at SAP’s beautiful Executive Briefing Centre from 5:30 – 7:30, Board of Changecamp is the perfect place to jam with fellow entrepreneurial minds on whatever thrive means to you.  We’ll draw upon the wisdom within the room to generate sub-topics and break in to groups for generative conversations. This mighty brainstorm will be a great place to introduce friends and colleagues the nature of Changecamp, without a full day commitment.  Tickets are just $5 or FREE for Board of Change Members. Light snacks and refreshments from Potluck Catering will be provided.  We look forward to seeing you there!