So I’ve been quiet for the last bit, but I’m feeling ready to let the cat out of the bag now. A few months back, Paul Hillsdon and I were approached by some folks at TransLink asking if we would help them put together an unconference for the youth summit they are hosting for CUTA, Canada’s public transportation industry group. We gave it some thought, then said, “Why not?” The day is finally drawing near and I’d like to invite you – yes, you! – to help us make it a kickass session for the budding
transportation professionals worldchangers!
“So what is this ‘Youth Summit’ you speak of?”
Every couple of years, CUTA holds a ginormous five-day summit on urban transportation – encompassing everything from public transit, to biking, to goods movement. They take applications from youth around the country who are asked to answer questions about sustainable urban transportation (the sort they might also answer if they were entering, say, a transportation-oriented beauty pageant – they’re really tough!), and the ones who are chosen to attend spend a few days hearing presentations from all sorts of interesting speakers on a wide array of topics.
“Youth, eh? Whippersnappers, get off my lawn!”
These youth were chosen also partially on the strength of a project that they are proposing to put into motion in their hometown, and part of the point of the youth summit is to help them along with skills to help get that going, like how to apply for a government grant, or how to deal with the media. They have the potential to be future Transport Heroes (hence the name!) – and I, for one, would love to see more of those! Plus, I do have a great deal of enthusiasm for many of the values behind BarCamp – things like fun, community, openness, and leading with values – and I think the delegates could certainly benefit from seeing these things in action.
I think there’s something equally as important as skill for these youth to come away with, however, and that is PASSION – for seeing something done better, with and by the community, for the benefit of everyone. And if I learned anything from the Camps I’ve attended and the school I’ve done, it’s that you don’t learn passion by listening to someone at the front of the room. You learn it in conversation and dialogue with interesting people who have cool experiences or ideas to share, and want to see them grow. And also by occasionally getting up in front of a bunch of people to tell them what you are interested in.
“I am intrigued by your offer. Where can I sign up for more information?”
If you’d like to attend, please check out the Transport Hero Camp wiki and sign up on the Attendees page (link updated; see update at end of post). We’re capping the non-delegate number at 40 to keep it a lively session for the delegates, so sign up while the getting’s good!
Sunday, August 24th, 2008 – 1:30pm to 4:45pm at UBC Gage Residence
UPDATE – All I have to say is, Google Sites as a wiki FAIL. I will update this post when I have an attendee solution actually up and running. Meanwhile, feel free to e-mail vancouvertransitcamp (at) gmail (dot) com to RSVP and get added to the list, and take care of all that wiki stuff for you when it’s done. Sorry for the confusion!
UPDATE 2 – After a weekend of angst, I’ve finally got the wiki re-setup again at TransportHeroCamp at BarCamp.org. As Mark says, the technology is secondary – the community is key! Apologies for the runaround/confusion. If you’re annoyed, just e-mail me and you’re set!