Category Archives: Unconferences

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Almost into June: FCM, NetSquaredCamp 2013, and my podcast!

This weekend, the intrepid organizers behind the NetTuesday Vancouver meetup are holding NetSquaredCamp. I attended the one in 2012, as well as one way back in 2010, and rather enjoyed it. I’ve yet to identify what precisely I want to get out of the event this year, since I’m in the middle of bit of […]

NetSquared Camp: Session on Non-Profits and Open Civic Data

I volunteered to lead a session on Non-Profits and Open Civic Data at yesterday’s NetSquaredCamp, and we talked and thought about how non-profits might make use of open data as part of their advocacy and convening conversations on what is important to us in improving our neighbourhoods and daily lives.

TransportCamp: rapid-fire impressions

Not being at the opening circle is a HUGE set-back when it’s a new crowd. I clearly need to polish up on my how to have the “what is social media?” conversation; but under the circumstances, especially with such a thoughtful bunch, I think the group facilitated itself quite well. A couple of weeks ago […]

Social Media and Planning, or My Passion and Frustration Story in Progress

During BarCamp, I attended Boris Mann and Mark Busse’s session on Balancing Passion and Frustration – but I stepped out to chat with someone across the room in the middle of the session, and now I’m kicking myself a bit for it. Near the start, I offered the story of how I turned one of […]

Open311 – opening the city like we really mean it

Last Friday, due to a great stroke of fortune, I got to visit the Vancouver 311 call centre and hear a presentation from two of that project’s key figures: the person who championed the project within City Hall, Barbara Pearce, and the Operations Manager, Darcy Wilson. I didn’t know too much about the 311 project […]

TransportCamp: dancing in the professional divide

A few days ago, an upcoming unconference known as TransportCamp came across my radar. It’s being organized by The Car Co-op (perhaps better known as the Co-operative Auto Network), and has a number of sponsors, such as VanCity, TransLink, The Cooperators (the insurance company), and BCAA. There is a $25 admission fee, and it’s happening […]

VanChangeCamp, leading into Participation Camp

Two posts rolled into one! The time constraints demand it. Vancouver ChangeCamp Vancouver ChangeCamp happened last Saturday, and I was extremely delighted to have the privilege of describing  (at the very high-level due to similar time constraints) the ChangeCamp “lineage”, from BarCamp, DemoCamp, TransitCamp, OpenCities to the events in Toronto and Ottawa. So what happened? […]

Exploring topics for Vancouver ChangeCamp Mapping Session

The last couple weeks have been so full of activity helping to organize Vancouver ChangeCamp, that I’ve sadly neglected my very own proposed session on mapping and public engagement! That said, the goal was always for me to convene the conversation rather than show my (non-existent) expertise, so I’m feeling the pressure lift slightly on […]

Pecha Kucha Vancouver 6

Thanks to Richard Smith, I unexpectedly got to attend Pecha Kucha Night 6 at its usual spot at The Park Theatre not 4 blocks from my home. I arrived late (as usual) and panicking about locking up my bike as the clock inched past 7:05. But I needn’t have worried; the presentations got to rolling […]

ChangeCamp Proposal – Old and New School Mapping in Vancouver

I submitted this to the VanChangeCamp’s call for proposals last week (it’s also available in the ChangeCamp wiki): Who is the intended audience? Government leaders Non-profits General public Brief description of the session: I will moderate a session involving groups involved with mapping at the municipal, non-profit and citizen levels, to talk about what their […]