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.

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.

This event is sold out. More info

Public talk: Is Austerity Fueling the Generational Divide?

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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!

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GradusTalks: Non-Profit on May 6

Hear from speakers who dared to delve deeper into the world of Non-Profit and discover the endless opportunities.

Wednesday May 6th from 6pm – 9pm
The Profile, #200 – 375 Water St
Tickets $18 in advance, $25 at the door

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Panelists:

  • John Bromley, CEO of Chimp.net
  • Michael McKnight, President and CEO of United Way of the Lower Mainland
  • Lisa Hurlbutt, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Canadian Cancer Society
  • Raquel de Munain, Director of People & Culture at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • Tanya L. Oliva, Executive Director, Social Venture Partners Vancouver (SVP)

Moderated by Sam Thiara, Co-founder of GradusOne

More information and panelist bios on the ticket page.

Keynote Panel: United Against Austerity

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Tuesday April 28th from 6–8 pm
Vancouver Public Library — Central Branch (350 West Georgia Street)
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Territorial welcome by Audrey Siegl (ancestral name sχɬemtəna:t) from Musqueam nation. Followed by fantastic speakers!

  • Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of Union of BC Indian Chiefs
  • Reilly Yeo: co-creator of Groundswell Grassroots Economic Alternatives and a specialist at OpenMedia
  • Arielle dela Cruz Yip and Cora Cadiz: Philippine Women Centre of BC
  • Paul Finch: BC Government and Service Employees Union Treasurer
  • Adrienne Montani: Provincial Coordinator of First Call BC
  • and COMEDY by Sean Devlin of Shit Harper Did

Why Unite Against Austerity

All around the world — from Quebec to Greece to Chile to South Africa — tens of thousands of people are rising up against austerity.

Governments and the mainstream media say there is not enough money, and belts must be tightened. Cuts to social spending and wages ensue, while fossil fuel companies and other corporations receive subsidies. Unions are attacked. Indigenous nations are denied inherent land rights and resources from their lands are extracted. Environmental regulations are reduced. Migrant workers are forced into even more precarious working conditions. Vital public services including education, childcare, housing, women’s centers and healthcare are cut, but the prisons and military are expanding. And all of this is justified by a prevailing atmosphere of scarcity and fear.

Almost everyone is affected by austerity policies, but we are typically isolated in our struggles. Unite Against Austerity is a cross-country effort that looks beyond the next election and seeks to transform the political and economic landscape across communities and sectors. By building grassroots power and solidarity, we want to make it impossible for any government to implement austerity policies. Unite Against Austerity aims to build an understanding of austerity policies, and begin to generate a unity (that is attentive to specificity) across Indigenous, labour, feminist, migrant, environmentalist, student, anti-poverty and diverse community movements.

Come join the conversation and let’s build our power!

Event sponsored by BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives, Changemakers Vancouver, Council of Canadians, Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University, Leadnow, Rising Tide, No One Is Illegal, Smart Change, Streams of Justice, Vancouver Ecosocialist Group

There will be snacks and child-minders on site.
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Transforming Society: 5 Wild Ideas For A Better Future

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Friday, February 13, 2015
$10
UBC Robson Square, C300 Theatre

Doors open 6:30pm | Program begins 7pm

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Needing inspiration to get you going in 2015? Feeling stuck at work or in your life? Having crazy bold ideas to change the world but not sure where to share them?

Well do we have the event for you. We have asked five influential thought leaders to share the biggest challenges they face in their respective fields and ask them to share their wild ideas and opportunities to realize a better future. We invite you to hear their story and also participate in sharing your wild ideas during the Q&A / panel discussion that follows.

Our esteemed speakers include:

  • Shadrach Kabango aka Shad | Juno Award Winning Hip Hop Artist
  • Iglika Ivanova | Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Ryan Meili | Physician, Founder of Upstream
  • Paul Kershaw | UBC Professor, Generation Squeeze Founder
  • Harsha Walia | Co-founder, No One is Illegal Vancouver

Transforming Society is co-presented with Next Up and Upstream.

+ Feel free to share your ideas to transform society on Twitter before the event via #wildideas
+ Huge thanks goes to our own Erika Rathje for the design work.
+ Interested in helping out? We’re always looking for people to get involved before, during or after the event.

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Join us at NetSquared Camp: A Nonprofit Tech Unconference

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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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NGO Ho Ho

Saturday, November 29th
730pm ‘til late
The Beaumont Studios (316 West 5th Ave, Vancouver)

We’re happy to be partnering with the good people at Net2Van to throw the party of the year for Vancouver’s activists, changemakers and non-profit communiteers: NGO HO HO! Get your tickets now for a night of drinks, snacks, live jazz, a photo booth and DJ The Fresh Princess.

A huge kudos to our very own Erika Rathje for designing all the promotional materials! We also extend our thanks to other media partners Fundraiser Grrl and Connecting Environmental Professionals.

TICKETS include a FREE drink, tasty food by Vij’s and are subsidized for Changemakers members ($15-20), so get them fast!

Stop Networking | Start Netwerking: A Mega Holiday Party for Changemakers

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Friday December 5th
eatArt Lab (882 E Cordova St, Vancouver)
8pm ‘til late

Changemakers is excited to partner with Transformation Projects for their Stop Networking | Start Netwerking: A Mega Holiday Party for Changemakers.

There’ll be tasty food, drink, tons of energy, tea ceremonies (!!), sparkles and dancing. We love their 5 reasons in needing a community holiday party:

1. This party makes it possible for each organization to do way less work organizing a holiday party and get a better party experience in the end.
2. This party creates a deep emphasis on celebratory, non-linear right brained immersive party times (strict policy: no networking allowed, only netwerking)
3. Even with less work to organize, there are more fun folks to party with!
4. Say goodbye to missing smaller holiday parties that have date conflicts in December.
5. This kind of party instantaneously intersects the key change-making communities into a zenith of cathartic oneness in one awesome night.

Other partners include really cool organizations: CityStudio, The HiVE, Gen Why, THNK, Potluck Cafe, Freshroots Urban Farm, Radius, and Shift Delivery.

Get your tickets now. (Don’t wait too long, the last party at eatART labs sold out!)

SociaLIGHT Conference

socialight-posterChangemakers is excited to be an affiliate for the SociaLIGHT Conference on June 7. SociaLIGHT is a conference for community leaders committed to positive global impact and business, startup and entrepreneurship innovation that embodies “People. Planet. Profit.”

They have an awesome lineup of local and international speakers planned. Check out their website for details and to purchase your tickets.