WHAT IS VANCHANGECAMP: A participatory, web-enabled event to imagine and build new ways to collaborate for social change in the digital age.
WHEN: June 20th 2009
WHERE: Vancouver, BC
WHY: Change Camp is a collaborative, participatory and web-enabled event that is meant to explore the following questions:
VanChangeCamp 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 event is a partly structured unconference. One track of the conference will introduce the kinds of projects that harness new ideas and tools for social change. Other tracks at 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.
WHO: Changemakers! Including but not limited to:
What do you get for your money?
Unparalleled access to a large group of individuals, companies and organizations who are interested in helping Vancouver prosper. VanChangeCamp is a local event for people passionate about social impact.
The event aims to explore two main themes:
How can we help government become more open responsive?
How can citizens organize to get better outcomes themselves?
Each event pass includes:
Space is limited - sign up now to reserve your seat!
Bring your session ideas on June 20th, and you'll likely be able to claim one of our 14 unconference slots, left open until the day of the conference to allow participants more control over the content and direction of the event.
Pre-planned conference sessions
Old and New School Mapping in Vancouver - Karen Quinn Fung
A session bringing together groups involved in creating maps of the needs and assets of communities, using new technologies and data to create visual representations that help citizens and government better understand their local areas. Groups will explain the different uses of mapping, the role of technology, and their vision of the benefit mapping will bring to advocacy groups, the public and civil servants.
When Citizens Don't Wait: A Case Study from Bowen Island - John Dumbrille and Peter Rawsthorne
A session tracing a self-governance project on Bowen Island from its genesis through to its current status, beginning with politics as usual in the community, moving to the creation of a roads status tool to empower citizens during the winter of 2008/09, and now to an online community at www.bowegover.ning.com. John and Peter will offer a pattern or counterpoint for self governance initiatives, encourage others to embark on their own projects in their own backyards, and show government the potential beneficial outcomes of citizen initiatives.
BC as Citizen Engagement Lab: Designing Citizen Engagement with the Province of BC - David Hume
The BC Public Service is planning work around citizen engagement to help improve the way it designs, develops and delivers policies and services to British Columbians. In this session, the Citizen Engagement Unit in the Office of the Premier will share thinking about what citizen engagement means and why it matters, and seek out opportunities to work with citizens to make engagement plans better.
Orange is the New Awesome: Running an Integrated Social Media Campaign - Kevan Gilbert
Union Gospel Mission raised over $23,000 through Orange Day this year (http://www.domain7.com/orange), by tapping into the power of local people and their passions. Organizers will share what went well and what went wrong, and their thinking on why social media alone isn't enough to sustain an organization. Participants will be invited to discuss what's missing for open-source fundraising tools in Canada, celebrate sucess, learn from failures and help each other get better at using the web for change.
Just Outcomes - Ashley Webster
This session will explore how to ensure that the results of participatory processes are genuine and truly reflective of the population. Better outcomes is a contested idea - this session will explore the need for not just better outcomes, but more just outcomes. Participants will identify the possible ways in which participatory systems could be manipulated and brainstorm ways to safeguard against misuse.
Open Net Town Hall - Steve Anderson, Rocky Gaudrault & Jacob Glick.
An open town hall event giving local citizens the chance to shape Canada's broadband future. As Canada falls behind other OECD countries on Internet speed, cost, and openness this session will feature a lively discussion guided by a panel of web innovators, social change leaders, and public policy gurus. Citizen testimony will be used to develop the SaveOurNet.ca presentation to the CRTC and the “Open Internet Declaration” which will be put before MPs and policy makers.
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Group discount fees
-Group ticket rate is $15 per person, with a minimum group size of 6 people
-This offer cannot be combined with any other offer
-Email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest. Please include the names and email information (where possible) of the individuals in the group you would like to bring.
Win free entry by blogging about ChangeCamp!
Blog about ChangeCamp before June 15th, send us the URL (at email@example.com) and be entered into a draw for a free entry to the conference!
Low income free entry
If the $20 fee presents a real barrier to you, don't let it! Simply email our Event Coordinator Eli Van Der Giessen at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for free.
ChangeCamp will be followed by a dance party and fundraiser for SaveOurNet.ca. Tickets are $10, and ChangeCamp attendees get a free drink ticket. Buy tickets at: http://internetdanceparty.eventbrite.com/"Read more »
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