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?

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. http://socialinnovation.ca/

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

Occupy 2.0

One discussion in the morning of Vancouver ChangeCamp 2011 included three topics – Church Project / From Vancouver to Global / Creative Community Nexus/ Open Source Growth and was called Occupy 2.0.


  • Isolation is killing is – if we want to do good in the world we need to come together!
  • Making a real space hub for innovation (like an underground art space of Scott’s  in east van)
  • Can we get a virtual space going for the discussion – with skills and tools? (like Vancouver tool library – a coop for sharing tools) – or maybe http://www.changemakers.com/ (ashoka)
  • Let’s get together and share – participatory aspects, bring mini version of what we do on the street, bring people in the neighborhood together for a mini changecamp
  • We need to ask the right people – reflective of diversity and all the stakeholders
  • How do we engage people of all ages and ways of life – sometimes things like changecamps feel more alternative – how can they be more mainstream?
  • Catalyzing communities over issues – join like-minded organizations, We spend time talking about problems and 20% of the time talking about solutions
  • How are power & resources are allocated?

Fragmentation vs. Community

Submitted by Elias Arjan (elias[at]eliasarjan.com) for Vancouver ChangeCamp 2011

What would it take for the large number of organizations and individuals who desire to improve the social and environmental conditions in Vancouver to become more unified as we all share common goals? How can we get the public of Vancouver more concerned about the very real challenges that face us as global citizens and get them directly involved in this process.

In essence what would it take to get Vancouver, with it’s diverse cultures and peoples, to behave more like a community as opposed to a collection of people occupying the same general space?

Telling Untold Stories | ChangeCamp 2010

Telling Untold Stories: Low-wage workers as effective new media makers

We’ll explore how the storytelling capacity of low-wage workers as effective media makers can be developed in order for new media to fulfill the promise of bringing previously unheard stories into mainstream conversations. We’ll explore the challenges of creating compelling media that tells the currently untold stories of low-wage workers, from the perspective of workers themselves, in ways that shift how we think about social priorities and solutions to problems faced by low-wage workers. By sharing ways to overcome barriers of technology and access, and also by reflecting on barriers stemming from being disconnected from the language and networks of decision makers and new media leaders, we can begin to think of how to apply new strategies for widening the social impact of new media possibilities. Drawing on lessons learned from successful models, such as Philadelphia’s Media Mobilizing Project and Baltimore’s United Workers Association, we’ll explore some of the lessons of “the telling of untold stories” and “the battle of stories framework” developed by these two organizations. We’ll also consider storytelling in the larger sense, discussing how stories shape perception, create movement, shift power and are often best told visually and across media platforms, combining stories of the heart that move with emotion and stories of the mind that carry ideas and shift thinking. Discussion will relate models elsewhere to examples of how to unharness the power of new media for social and economic good in Vancouver and the rest of B.C, including in the context of organizing child care workers in B.C. Proposed by Tom Kertes (Liberation Learning) (tom@tomkertes.com).

Other resources…

  • Please add resources

Process for developing Participation Plays (featured in the video example):

Battle of Stories Framework / Storytelling Activism:


Storytelling and Theatre Resources:

Examples from Elsewhere:


What kind of community do we want to create, sustain, be part of? And how do we go about intentionally making this so?

Community is more than a collection of people who live and work in the same place. It’s about how we relate to each other. Our relationships can be deep, centered on trust and grounded in shared respect and love for another. Or they can be shallow, centered on either mere proximity, constructed community identity, or transaction and trade. We can relate to another another in terms of utility to each other, or as human beings. We can hide or withhold our true selves in how we relate, or we can be vulnerable and open.

Being intentional about community requires that we know what we want and expect from community. It also requires that we work with others to create community. This can happen on many levels – including the personal, family, neighborhood, government, cultural, political, and economic levels. Community is experienced both informal and formal ways, through personal practice, custom, law and tradition.