Ideas to Action: May 30, 2013

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Join three of the projects from Vancouver Changecamp 2013 as they explore how they turn their ideas into action.

Date: Thursday, May 30. 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Location:  HiVE Vancouver


5:30-6:00 Registration and mingling
6:00-6:15 Welcome and intros
6:15-6:30 5 minute pitches from each group – who you are, where you are, what you need, how people can help
6:30-7:30 Breakout into three facilitated groups to work in detail on projects


Project: Leverage Labs

Project driver: Sara Blenkhorn
Project description: Ever imagined what could be possible when you put a group of progressive values based businesses in one room and facilitated a conversation about what is possible together?  These progressive values based businesses are doing as much as they can to advance sustainable business practices, however, they are limited by what they can do alone. Together, they have the potential to do so much more. The value of the Leverage Lab is to host a facilitated dialogue that provides support to its participants in discussing challenges and finding opportunities to collaborate for leverage and velocity towards sustainability.
Looking for help with: I have been given an opportunity to work with The Natural Step to get some funding for this project and I’d really like to nail it.

Project: Team Hastings Trade Association

Project driver: Darryl Simmons
Project description: Team Hastings Trade Association’s Vision is to provide skilled trades career and business opportunities to those that face labour market challenges. Team Hastings goal is to create Red Sealed ticketed journey persons and indentured apprentices.
Looking for help with:
  • What is the best way to create a team of like minded members, social enterprises and non profits?
  • How to build trust and cooperation within the community?
  • Getting to the next level of detail and refining our concept into something concrete.
  • What is the growth/financial potential for the social enterprise sector within the skilled trades sector?

Project: Change Everything Day

Project drivers: Krisandra Reid & Mike Kang
Project description: Change Everything Day is an opportunity to bring communities together with the idea of embracing change as a good thing in life.  We want people to expand their comfort zones, either by taking a big step or even just changing one small thing in their lives.  Perhaps not wearing a tie to work is enough change for one person.  Perhaps for someone else, this is an opportunity to make move towards a healthier lifestyle or environment.  Maybe change is introducing yourself to your neighbour.  Change is relative, and change is good.  Embrace change; expand your comfort zones.
Looking for help with: Getting to the next level, project implementation plan, funding, volunteers, progress reporting – are all things we would like to work on and gain feedback for.  In addition, we would like to gain some input from the group on what date we should finalize for our official event.  We have a few dates that are currently being tossed around, each with their own pros and cons, but we highly value the collective input of a larger group in making this decision.

Session notes: Place Speak and Helping Politicians Communicate

Notes shared by Andrea Sanchez.

Session I: Place Speak and Helping Politicians Communicate (Rnold and Allison)

–        Place Speak is an online Platform to create goals for the government

–        How do we engage citizens? Not everyone can go to a public consultation. Lots of people want to have a say in decision making

–        Challenges of online consultation:

¨     Anonymity builds contempt. Place Speak verifies you by location so that you can tap on members and verify what area they are from

¨     You have to create a user base

¨     Social media is not the best because your target population may not be valid for what you are researching. Do you know who they are?

¨     Need to keep reaching out to get the word out

–        Place Speak:

¨     Identifying what’s important to you and find out what people in your area really care about

¨     Vancouver School Board started using it

¨     $200/year for non-politicians

¨     Participants can see the results (in accordance to the standard in public consultations)

¨     Andrea suggested the incorporation of enabling the general public to have access to certain types of data pertaining to their area, even if they didn’t participate.


–        Politicians (progressive ones in particular) need help. They are very accessible

–        Change is about communicating with politicians. More so than just voting

–        Things happen after politicians get elected, that can be unexpected

–        A legislation can be influenced in a lot of different ways before it gets approved

–        Some politicians think that if an issue is not on the media (or a letter addressed to them), then it’s not really an issue. So they need to be more open.

–        How do you get a more diverse group that’s not just the typical group that always gets engaged

–        Being told you are important, while being told you are stupid at the same time, may drive some politicians to simply stop listening

–        Do we need an ombudsman? Someone who’s solely dedicated to listening..

–        Where can we find information about our political structure and how to get engaged politically?

¨     Booklet for Citizenship is a very good resource

¨     West Coast LEAF(for women’s issues): 2 day workshop in “Transforming your future”

–        Get politicians to make public promises to hold them accountable

–        Write to your MP. They like having constituents and community feedback

–        Politicians also need to be told what they did good too. Successes are important for their development. Otherwise insensitivity can build up and it makes them numb. Don’t let the scabs form.


–        Final question: How do I engage politically, and what would inspire me to get engaged?

It’s a wrap

We had another successful event with huge thanks to our organizers, facilitators, volunteers, sponsors and participants! Looking forward to hearing your feedback and future outcomes! Please share your thoughts/ notes from yesterday at

Session Proposal: Engaging millenials

Arpy Dragffy from will be pitching a discussion that asks, What engages millenials to act for good most: fun, seeing change, being part of something, doing the right thing?

We’re all faced with questions about what the motivators are to get millenials to act for good and change. With countless organizations literally competing for attention and intention from this group, most are ignored or barely considered. Others are dominating the charitable world but why? Is it because they deliver the right program matching with the right person? Or is it due to the sheer size and awareness of those campaigns which often have large budgets?


What ideas will you bring? Submit a topic of discussion.

Session Proposal: Project and Change Management for Social Activists

David Lee will be pitching a discussion that asks, what can we learn from the world of project and change management and apply to driving social change?

Project management concepts can give us guidance on how to have conversations about bringing our ideas for change into reality. Change management can help us with understanding who the key stakeholders are and how to engage them, whether they are inside or outside “the tent”.

I’d like to propose a session which walks people through specific ideas for change they are currently working on, and take concepts and tools that have been used to manage projects and change in more structured settings, and apply them to more expansive and dynamic environments. This session would be 20% tutorial on approaches and tools I’ve used in both corporate and non-profit settings and 80% applying these tools to further your own “work”.

What ideas will you bring? Submit a topic of discussion.

Session proposal: Social innovation Centre for community groups

Net Tuesday organizer Elijah van der Giessen will be pitching a discussion that discusses next steps with the potential closure of W2 Woodwards.

The recent difficulties experienced by W2 Woodwards highlights Vancouver’s need for a community event and work space that will serve as a cross-sectoral incubator for digitally-delivered social and economic innovation.

This community space will bring together artists, hackers, nonprofits and other creators so that they can support each other’s work and co-create the next big ideas.

What’s your idea for a shared amenity space?

It could be modeled on Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation.

What ideas will you bring? Submit a topic of discussion.

Session proposal: Advocacy Frameworks

Steve Williams of Constructive Public Engagement will be bringing the idea of “Advocacy Frameworks” to the pitch session of Vancouver Changecamp.

I recently had a chance to hear from Tanya Beer from Center for Evaluation Innovation in DC. She has an amazingly useful “Advocacy Framework” that can help get really clear on who we are targeting with our advocacy efforts and what our goal is. In this session, I would like to share more about the framework and facilitate a discussion with the group about where we are currently targeting our efforts, is that the most effective and how we might position ourselves – and collaborate – to make the impact we are looking for. Bonus – expect to move around!

What ideas will you bring? Submit a topic of discussion.

What is ChangeCamp like?

Here’s what past attendees say:

“I participated in the Change Camp event at The Hive, in Vancouver a couple of years ago…which brought to Vancouver an exciting new way to think as a group and develop policy and citizen participation ideas that would be hard to draw forth in most other situations. I was impressed with how a room full of curious, yet skeptical people, who had responded to the invitation, were able to gell so quickly, become intimate with their vision and ideas, collaborative in how they merged, aligned, and presented them, and then with the palpable buzz that followed. It was felt not only that day, but for some time afterwards. I heard people talk about it even months later, as a seminal event for them, that prodded them to new thinking and more collaborative and constructive forward motion with their own ideas, as well as engagement and support for others.” - Joel Solomon, Renewal2 & Tides @joelsolomon

“It was an amazing experience to be sharing space and ideas with this amazing group of people. We had organizers from Occupy Vancouver along side members of City Council, consultants and economists, non-profit organizers and other diverse representatives all coming together under the banner of change…” Read More from Elias Arjan

Vancouver ChangeCamp was full of lively discussions recorded visually  and here are some highlights from our hashtag feed to give you a sense of how the day felt:

#vanchange recharged my batteries!
Instead of outreach. Why not try ‘inreach’ : Go out to where people are already meeting. #vanchange
‘build bridges not buildings’ #vanchange” I love this one!
Inspirational discussions with insightful/smart ppl.#vanchange
#vanchange dynamic stimulation for a rainy day. Thank you organizers and attendees. Very valuable.
Let us form a changemaker community nexus in Vancouver by 2015 #vanchange
#vanchange Isolation is killing is – if we want to do good in the world we need to come together!
#vanchange “Take responsibility for what you care about — use your own two feet to move to whatever place you can best contribute
#vanchange You know someone works in a non-profit when they have 3+ job titles & says “slash” in between them.
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