Citizen Reporting: Where is it going? | ChangeCamp 2010

In the past, citizens have been an integral part of ensuring a well run society. This has included actively informing government and police services of issues through the use of direct verbal contact and phone (911 and 311). With recent developments in mobile technology enabling more extensive reporting (through the use of cameras, video and audio recording, and customized applications) we are seeing an explosion of citizen reporting tools for mobile devices. These are being developed by social enterprises, for-profit companies and cities themselves. What are the opportunities? Should there be limits? Should citizens be “policing”.
Proposed by Campbell Macdonald, Co-Founder Parking Mobility ,

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

Another Successful ‘Un’!

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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.

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

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 (

Nonprofits and Government

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

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

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

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:

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: or email us at

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