Changemakers Vancouver is a network of people who want to learn, share, and act so to make the world a better place. We believe in connection, collaboration, and creativity.

The Planet in your Portfolio

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Clean energy is the future — but will we get there fast enough? We as individuals can do our part by reducing our consumption, maybe even putting solar on our roofs. But we’ve been largely excluded from utilizing one of the most powerful tools we have in our arsenals — our investment portfolio.

CoPower is on a mission to move millions for climate change by empowering everyday Canadians to invest in clean energy projects for both profit and planet. Find out how this innovative green investment platform is partnering with Canada’s largest Credit Union to accelerate this vision, and how you can be a part of it.

Join us for a panel conversation and light refreshments at SAP from 5:30-6:30. Cocktails and snacks to follow next door at Yaletown Brew Pub!

Speakers:

Trish Nixon, Director of Investments at CoPower Inc
Christine Bergeron, Vice President of Impact Investing, Wealth Management and Community Real Estate at Vancity Credit Union

Moderated by:

Christie Stephenson, ‎Executive Director at The Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, UBC Sauder Business School

Tues Mar 7 2017, 5:30pm
Executive Briefing Center, SAP Labs Vancouver
910 Mainland Street, Vancouver
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Who Needs Canada? Canada’s Role in the World

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Are you concerned about current events happening to the south and around the globe? Do you wonder how Canadians will be affected? Do you think Canada has an increasingly important role to play in the world? More than ever, we need courageous Canadians to define who we are, globally. That means you.

Join us on February 27 for the launch of the 2017 SFU Public Square Community Summit, Who Needs Canada? and get the straight goods from our diverse, experienced, and knowledgeable speakers and share your thoughts, as together we can push for the Canada we believe is possible.

Speakers:

Roland Paris, University Research Chair in International Security and Governance, University of Ottawa and former Senior Advisor on Global Affairs and Defence to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Canadian Inuit activist and author, advisor to Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, former International Chair for the Inuit Circumpolar Council, and nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Senator Yuen Pau Woo, former President of HQ Vancouver, former President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and Senior Resident Fellow at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University.

Shuvaloy Majumdar, former senior policy advisor on international security and the global economy to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his cabinet, Munk Senior Fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and writer at the Huffington Post.

Moderated by Laura Lynch, award winning CBC News correspondent.

What do you think? Does the world need more Canada?

Monday, Feb 27, 7–9pm
Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street

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3rd Annual Sparkle Party: A Holiday Soiree for Changemakers

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For the third year in a row, Transformation Projects is stoked to bring together some of Vancouver’s most celebrated game-changers, solution-seekers, change-makers, truth-speakers, art-makers and justice-keepers under one giant umbrella of celebration, snacks, tea, art, dance and friends. Come in your sparkliest!

Friday, December 9th, 9pm–2am
The Beaumont Studios

326 W 5th Ave (Corner of 5th / Alberta St)
Unceded Coast Sailish Territory, Vancouver, BC

Tickets $21 with promo code Changesparkle; $16 for Elders.

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WHO IS WELCOME? Genderqueer folk, indigenous folk, elder folk, people of colour folk, young folk, queer folk, trans folk, gay folk, straight folk, cis-gender folk, new immigrant folk, introvert folk, and exuberant folk.

To All the Folks: We made this party for you.

DRESS: Sparkly! ie. whatever makes you feel FAB·U·LOUS.

FOOD: Your Ticket includes: Veggie pot-pies, cheese plates, + savoury snacks by Alex Atchem.

WEST BUILDING: DANCE D.A.N.C.E D*A*N*C*E
This building will host the friendliest and funkiest dance floor started off by by DJ Anjoli w/ Divinity DJ’s, followed by A Mystery Live Act and topped off by DJ Blenda + Lighthead who will are recreating a Vintage MuchMusic Dance party starting at Midnight. Upstairs will be a Gong Fu Cha Tea Tasting lounge hosted by local Teajay: Luke Moloney as well as: Coffee-Leaf Tea by Wise Monkey and Matcha Tea by Let’s Matcha. And back by popular demand: Tarot by Heidi of the Hammock Residency. Annnnnddddd a rad Photobooth by Michael Hall (cause you dressed up, and deserve some evidence!)

EAST BUILDING: MEGACHILL INTERCONECTIVITY LOUNGE
A New Friendship Generator Environment (patent pending): Featuring “actually connecting with folks” powered by very tasty food made by Alex Atchem, very groovy and sublimely chill tunes by GROUNDWERK DJ’s and vibey lighting by Nick’s Vintage Lamp Collection.

BETWEEN THE BUILDINGS
11PM-2AM SaunaBus Environment: Hosted by BC Mobile Sauna Society. Towel rentals avail, tea is served. Sauna: A respectful, safe, quiet, happy cozy warm space for you and your crew as you traverse the party-scape.

ORGANIZATIONS PARTYING TOGETHER (so far): CityStudio, Changemakers Nite Out, Groundswell Grassroots Economic Alternatives, Social Venture Institute Hollyhock, HIVE: Sweet Social Impact, Junxion Strategy, RADIUS Social Innovation Lab, Creative Coworkers Studio, Arbutus Medical, SHIFT Delivery, New/Mode, Uproot, Gen Why Media, Futureprenur, Board of Change, Modus, and yours? ASK:

ACCESSIBILITY: Gender-diverse accessible washrooms. The West Building now has wheelchair accessible washrooms on the ground floor. Do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions on accessibility:

TRANSIT: The Beaumont Studio is 2 blocks from the Olympic Village SkyTrain Station (stop 980).

CONTACT: Adrian Sinclair or Andrea Curtis: // 778.837.8889

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Changemaker Spotlight: Eli van der Giessen

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Eli strives to be a connector — the interstitial tissue that holds the muscle of a community together. He’s been a volunteer manager, an event organizer and a digital campaigner. Basically he’ll take any gig that allows him to enable a group of passionate people to create things they love.

Currently he’s the NetSquared Community Manager supporting a global volunteer network of 50 monthly meetups for the nonprofit technology sector. Together they hold over 450 events per year.

What precipitated you organizing unconferences? Why even do one in the first place? What didn’t you find in a standard conference?

I started planning unconferences because real conferences suck!

The common refrain you hear from conference attendees is “the most valuable moment was the unplanned conversation in the hall between sessions.” The unconference movement takes that insight and turns your entire event into a series of serendipitous moments. By throwing out a formal agenda and predefined “experts” we flip the power dynamic of most conferences. We know that the smartest person on any topic is never onstage — but your secret geniuses are often introverts, minorities, women, or others who are less likely to be invited to present. When we remove the formality of the standard conference format and invite people to share ideas as equals an amazing flowering of new insights and relationships emerge.

Another huge benefit is that everyone is invited (nay, expected!) to participate. In our digital age the unconference format gets people to close their laptops, put away their phones, and engage.

Describe an unconference you’ve organized — it can be your first one or one that you’re most proud of. What happened? Who attended? What did you expect? What was the outcome? Feel free to share one or many stories here.

My first unconference (and the first I attended) was Vancouver Changecamp. Our goal was to help renew the relationships among citizens and government. We worked to create connections, knowledge, tools and policies to drive transparency, civic engagement and democratic empowerment.

But I didn’t believe anyone would show up for something with such squishy goals. Luckily I was super wrong. We had several hundred attendees including civic groups, neighbourhood houses, government staffers, seniors groups, and more. There was an amazing productive energy in the room as groups that normally clashed with their different interests and strategy came together to discuss their common interests and vision for their city. Normally environmentalists and city staffers are battling with each other, but for one day they came together to talk about a shared vision.

I was hooked, and I’ve organized an unconference every year since.

I’m often asked about the impact of the unconferences. What came from all that work? And the honest answer is that I don’t know. In the space of an unconference all we’re really doing is creating a space where unlikely allies can come together and start building a relationship that may turn into something amazing later. I’ll often hear from someone three years later about the job they found, or the project they created, or the new career direction that emerged from their experience at an unconference. To me, that’s the real goal of the unconference – to create the conditions for the next amazing project or life transformation.

What are Eli’s spicy tips on organizing an unconference? How do you come up with the burning question, theme and potential speakers? What other prep work is useful in putting on an unconference?

Here the truth: don’t overthink it. Your attendees are going to ignore all your specific instructions anyways. They’ll talk about what they want to talk about.

I recommend unconference planners be very open with your theme and questions. If there’s a question between specificity or broadness always lean towards opening up the question space. Instead, your prep should focus on getting a diverse mix of attendees and working with a couple ringers to seed some interesting discussion topics that model what a pitch session could look like.

What’s the best gathering you’ve attended and why?

The best gathering I’ve attended by far is the Edmonton Folk Music Fest. It isn’t an unconference — it’s a music festival. But it shares a spirit with an unconference in that it’s all about creating the space for relationship building and fostering collective creativity.

The music programming is done by a small team of producers, but the event itself is planned and run by over 2,000 volunteers, dwarfing the team of 10 who are paid staff. The volunteers come together to build something for themselves, and for their community. Edmonton Folk Fest volunteers build their own fully functioning community. Crews come together to build the festival site, cook the meals, direct traffic, run the sound and lights, and fill every other responsibility needed to host 20,000 attendees each year. The experience of coming together to create a gift for their fellow Edmontonians is so meaningful to the volunteers that many volunteers travel from other countries, contribute 100+ hours of time, and then don’t even attend the festival itself. Creating the event is the reward in itself.

If you could look into a crystal ball, what would the future look like for events and / or gatherings?

Getting face to face is magic – nothing can replace it. But the next big challenge is to blend the in-person and the online. How can we make our events inviting to virtual attendees and provide genuine opportunities for engagement. Broadcasting is now getting easier with new technology like Periscope, but the old skills of facilitation will continue to be vital to make all voices heard.

What’s the best way to capture the energy of the room at an unconference and also capture the energy, ideas or discussion post-event (including the outcomes)?

Graphic facilitation is the sexiest technique out there! Capturing a conversation with text notes can be tricky, but a trained illustrator/summarizer can distil an hour’s worth of conversation into one amazing image.

Super Tuesday Live Stream + Watch Party

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March 1st, 6pm–10:30pm @ The Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St)
Entrance is Free! 19+
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“This is one of the most unique, and potentially transformative, US Presidential primary elections in modern history.”

Donald Trump is leading in national public opinion polls. Hillary Clinton is vying to break the highest glass ceiling and return to the Clintons to the White House. Bernie Sanders is stoking a grassroots political revolution that’s inspired millions.

Change is in the air.

So, like good neighbours do, we’re opening our doors and inviting you to join us for a Super Tuesday Watch party!

We’ll live stream the Republican and Democratic Party primary results from 12 states on a HUUUUGE projector.

Representatives with BC for Bernie will help register expat Americans to vote in the Global Democratic Party Primary.

Co-hosted by: BC for Bernie, New Mode Engagement, Changemakers Vancouver, and The Fox Cabaret.

February changemaking events in Vancouver

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Feb 2 — Net2Van Nonprofit Technology Show and Tell
Feb 3 — Hollyhock Launch Party
Feb 4 — Vertality and Science of Cocktails
Feb 15 — Social Impact Group — third Monday of every month at the HiVE

Vertality6 — Transformation

Thurs. Feb 4 | 6pm–9pm
CBC Vancouver, 700 Hamilton
Tickets: Members $20 | Non-Members $35

What better way to kick the New Year into full gear than at Vertality6 — the annual sustainability bash of the Board of Change.

The Board of Change is pleased to announce that Coro Strandberg, Strandberg Consulting and Adam Millard, ello Foods and 3Fold Partners, will be our hosts for this year’s event, and what better theme for an event that involves Coro than TRANSFORMATION. Like all of our parties we promise not to disappoint, with great people, great food from the Roaming Dragon, music and new experiences.

Re-Purpose Your Textiles
Part of the Vertality6 Transformation evening will include the creation of a giant re-purposed textile sculpture of a giant butterfly. Under the direction of Robyn Thompson from Robyn Thompson Design she – and you – will re-purpose any items of used clothing that you’d like to donate to transform the metal frame of a butterfly into a colourful textile sculpture. Included above are examples of other re-purposed textile sculptures.

Please bring any 1 to 5 pieces of used clothing items. At the event’s conclusion, all dismantled garments will be donated to local charities.

Science of Cocktails

Thurs. Feb 4 | 7pm–12am
TELUS World of Science
Changemaker discounted ticket

We need all the help we can get as we are attempting to raise $200,000 for Science World’s Class Field Trip Program, which give kids from underserved schools free entrance to Science World.

Think molecular mixology, 25 stellar beverage stations (open bar) run by award-winning bartenders and mouthwatering appetizers all night. Bragging rights and prizes to be won all in the name of charity. 100% of ticket proceeds will go towards Science World’s Class Field Trip Program, providing underfunded schools free access to Science World.

New Moon Sparkle Dance Party: A Holiday Soiree for Changemakers

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Friday December 11th
Beaumont Studios (326 West 5th Ave, Vancouver)
9pm ’til late
Tickets $15–$23. Use discount code changesparkle to save $4 (on general admission only).

Changemakers is excited to partner with Transformation Projects for their Holiday Party. The night will feature inspiring tunes from DJ T-Spoon (Delhi 2 Dublin), Chillout Tea & Conversation Bar (upstairs), Veggie Pot Pies, proper cheese plates and exquisite bartending.

Other partners include CityStudio Vancouver, SVI Hollyhock, Vancouver Design Nerds, Junxion, Happy City Lab, Gen Why Media, SFU RADIUS, HiVE, Documentary Organization of Canada, Creative Coworkers, Wize Monkey, Textbook, and Arbutus Medical.

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100 in 1 Day

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What if hundreds of people united, each taking one small action to improve their city, all on the same day? 100 in 1 Day is a global festival of civic engagement returning to Vancouver for its second year on June 6, 2015. Imagine the possibilities for our city if hundreds of people united to participate in small initiatives to spark change. Share your vision for a better city, sign up your urban intervention at vancouver.100in1day.ca

ReMatriate Fashion Show + Panel Discussion

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Saturday, June 27, 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, 350 West Georgia St

You are invited to a cultural experience, exploring the depth of creativity amongst notable Indigenous designers, writers, researchers, traditional and contemporary artists, and advocates. Join us for a conscious fashion show followed by a insightful conversation to raise awareness about appropriation of indigenous cultural identities. Thank you to All My Relations for putting on these intentional events.

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