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.

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.

Communicating Climate Crisis Issues

Communicating Climate Crisis Issues
Vancouver ChangeCamp 2010
Facilitator: E. Harrison

How to create an ‘aha’ moment for everyone so that we can create change in time for it to have a meaningful impact on changing climate?

  • It’s about (re)framing the message in a way that’s relevant for people as well as addressing what makes sense.
  • People don’t want to be told what to do with their lives.
  • Communicating around climate change can focus on health issues and renewable energy.
  • Need tool emphasizing positive impact on env & climate. Like reverse carbon footprint counter.
  • How can we use/build apps to demonstrate the complexities and externalizations of the issues?
  • What would app look like that takes action beyond individual behavior change to societal level?

Questions to ask (forum idea ) to help facilitate ‘aha’ moment:

  • How much do you spend on insurance per year? Very low probability of a lot of the disasters actually happening yet a very high probability of climate crisis.
  • Why spend thousands on insurance and only hundreds on sustainability/climate issues?

Answer:  It’s a lot to do with the immediacy/speed of disaster – one will destroy the biz instantly and one will only have impact much later.

The Empathic Civilisation by RSA Animate and Jeremy Rifkin http://bit.ly/9z3jQj, Interesting projects surfacing now around positive visions for a sustainable future.

Apps 4 Climate Change

At 2010 Vancouver ChangeCamp, the Apps for Climate Action Contest challenge organizers discussed how Canadian software developers are raising awareness of climate change and inspiring action to reduce carbon pollution using data in new applications for the web and mobile devices.

Apps for Climate Action is a great opportunity to:

  • meet Vancouver developers and collaborate on projects
  • get advice from SAP engineers on data visualization and web services access
  • see new Sustainability solutions from SAP
  • CODE!

We want to provide a space for developers to meet, get questions answered, find collaborators for projects and build some great apps

Session notes

  • location based data, climate impacts – ie water, showing people where there water is coming from, levels
  • if we’re measuring our energy consumption based on energy used here / carbon footprint is different if you use entire lifecycle
  • we’re not using the energy here, but we’re still responsible
  • not valid measure, consumables
  • ie. tobacco, breweries, dairies
  • simple data explorer to be able to visualize
  • upcoming: trash collection/ carbon offset purchasing
  • demonstrating value
  • ghg componant into pedometer
  • showing how things build up
  • take away overwhelming problem that paralyzes
  • comparison / competition as motivator
  • positive carbon footprint calculator (needs new term) to be positive “eco contribution”
  • having emotional connection was the key to meaning
  • MLS economic calculator – will cost you “x” in gas if you life here and “x(x)” after the carbon tax goes up

Are we willing to reflect complexity of issue in applications, uncover external impacts, true global, cultural impacts, reintroduce these?

Annie Leonard

  • the story of stuff
  • the story of cap and trade
  • the story of bottled water
  • funny, visual, an 8 year old can follow this story
  • was to reach out and involved those with lesser interest via existing gov. channels
  • other motivators – monetary, educational, etc etc

Apps for collective choices

  • policies
  • community organization
  • big business
  • spud – local incentive by contest
  • supporting policy changes
  • policy explorer


Energy Efficiency & Sustainability (Emotional & Effort)

At Vancouver ChangeCamp 2010 Ben facilitated at great conversation about Emotional sustainability. Here are some highlights:

  • accepting people and not being threatened by differences
  • Is this about joy and happiness? Most people put on the happy face but are not genuinely happy, especially through a work day, so it is not a surprise problems arise.”
  • “happiness” defined – are we supposed to be “happy” all the time? / the happiness myth
  • “tribal models – support, love, intimate”
  • “a lot of non-profits, organizations, are forced to create unfair expectations, overloaded at work, not able to create connections there, forced to generate relationships after work during personal time, which compromises personal relationships.”

We come together because we have a common thread – but we don’t knit ourselves together.

  • “eco/ humanitarian/ non-profit/ orgs – battling own inner demon, tendency to take on huge feelings of responsibility, working on such important work on such a huge problem and feeling the need to be the one who fixes it all”
  • “building friend group relationships, co-workers vs. family friends / co-workers + family friends
  • “choice recognition, respect, connection to something bigger, challenge.”
  • “knowing that you have the choice of participating, makes much more enjoyable than feeling obligated. obligation might turn you off of something you have a genuine interest in.”
  • “knowing where the task will lead – doing drudge work can still be satisfying if you see a benefit it goes down the road.
  • “spaghetti experiment” unpaid > paid / kids > adults

A sense of common purpose – burnout is from lack of results or things to show for your work, not # of hrs

  • “psychology of gaming – creating sense of being challenged, common purpose, completing levels & constant feedback keeps your going
  • “3M’s culture of failure – the post it note – happy accidents”
  • “meetup groups that charge small fee have much better turnout than free meetups” – giving value (free couch vs. do not take)