Vancouver Crossroads conference May 5th

Vancouver aerial photo by Gord McKenna via Flickr

Evening Panel: May 4th, 7pm–9:15pm at TELUS World of Science
Conference day: May 5th, 9am–4:30pm at the Croatian Cultural Centre


Vancouver is facing crises on multiple fronts – sky-high rents, the overdose crisis, homelessness, social isolation, rising sea levels – and the community is fragmented on solutions. Our city is at a crossroads, and the best path forward will be chosen together.

Saturday, May 5, community members from across Vancouver will gather for the entire day to build relationships with one another, share their hopes for the future of their city, and collaborate to outline plans for making that future a reality.

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Photo: Gord McKenna via Flickr

100 in 1 Day


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

ReMatriate Fashion Show + Panel Discussion


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.

This event is sold out. More info

Public talk: Is Austerity Fueling the Generational Divide?


A public talk exploring the factors behind growing inequality between and within generations.

Performance Centre, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews
Thursday, 4 June 2015 from 7–9pm

Join us at this free public talk in Vancouver on Thursday June 4, featuring Markus Moos from the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo. Markus is the founder of Generationed City, a research project about the employment and housing challenges facing people in Canadian and US cities, especially young adults and Millennials. Learn more about the talk.

Space is limited at this free event so register early to secure your spot!


Join us at NetSquared Camp: A Nonprofit Tech Unconference


Gearing up for a successful 2015 but still searching for the answer to the best technology solutions and ideas suited to your needs? You should come and join us for the NetSquared Camp unconference on Saturday, January 31 at the Hive Vancouver. Register

Saturday, January 31st
9:15am – 2:00pm
HiVE Vancouver, #210 – 128 W Hastings St., Vancouver

NetSquared Camp is a one day unconference put on by the friendly folks that host the monthly NetSquared Vancouver (Net2van) events. Wanna chat about how to use technology for good? This is the place! We will bring together web innovators with social changemakers and nonprofits to discover emerging tools, trends, and best practices.

This is the fourth annual unconference. The first two NetSquared Camps sold out quickly, so register early.

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Join us at Projecting Change, April 24 to 27

Projecting Change Film Festival logo

Changemakers Vancouver is pleased to sponsor the 2014 Projecting Change Film Festival, April 24-27 at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

Projecting Change explores themes of environmental and social sustainability, empowerment, identity and global culture through four days of award-winning documentaries, inspiring speakers and panel discussions.

Highlights of this year’s festival include the widely popular Inside Out, about French artist JR and his work to enable communities to redefine spaces through collaborative art; Watermark, a collaboration between Jennifer Baichwall and photographer Edward Burtynsky exploring our relationship with water and Maidentrip, about 14-year-old Laura Dekker’s attempt to sail solo around the globe.

We encourage you to check out Projecting Change’s full schedule of programming.

Members of our Changemakers network are eligible for a $3 discount per ticket to screenings at the festival! Sign up for our newsletter today and we’ll send you the discount.

See you at the movies!

Featured Changemaker: Judith Marcuse

JudithMarcuse_webWhat are some of the most impactful changes you’ve made in your community?

I’ve worked with teenagers for 18 years for using arts for social change processes to explore issues ranging from teen suicide, violence in their lives, to social and environmental justice issues.

My current project is an arts for social change project (ASC!, a $2.5 million project, the first of it’s kind in Canada.

Who / or what inspires you?

People who take creative risks, are generous, have excellent listening skills, are collaborative.

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Inner Activist events for change makers

Inner Activist is hosting an event and webinar this spring.

The Art of Social Change: Moving beyond us vs. them is May 5th, 6:30pm – 9pm at Creekside Community Centre, room MP1. Cost is $15/person. Led by Inner Activist faculty Natasha Aruliah & Program Director, Ian Curtin. More info/registration

Join Inner Activist’s free webinar April 16 or May 13. Get to the heart of what it takes to be an effective change maker, and find out how their upcoming course, Building Strong & Respectful Relationships, will provide you practical tools and tactics for creating clear and effective collaborations within the workplace and with others. More info/registration

City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence

The City of Vancouver has launched the Awards of Excellence, a new civic awards program that recognizes outstanding achievements made by individuals — adults, youth and children — organizations, and businesses.

Consisting of 21 awards in six categories, the Awards of Excellence celebrate excellence in achievements that benefit all of us by making Vancouver a greener, healthier, more diverse, accessible, and prosperous city.

To learn more about the awards and to submit a nomination, visit

Thanks for sharing your art with us!

Changemakers IV: Late Nite ArtNow that Changemakers IV is over we’ve got a lot of thanking to do:

A huge thanks to everyone who attended for bringing your enthusiasm and creativity to the Interurban Art Gallery to connect and reflect on what change means to you. We’re glad you could join us to share great food, music and company. We hope you enjoyed the experience and learned something!

A big thank you to the evening’s artist in residence, Zack Embree, for sharing his insights on the value of art in creating social and environmental change, living a creative life and taking us for a journey from the Alberta tar sands to Haiti and places in between.

Thanks to A&B Rentals for helping us set the table, and E.&J. Gallo for some excellent wine.

Thanks to Jordan Yerman for great coverage about the event in the Vancouver Observer.

Thanks so much to Late Nite Art for partnering with us to bring you this event. If you enjoyed it we encourage you to check them out on Facebook to learn about their other upcoming events.