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.

Transforming Society: 5 Wild Ideas For A Better Future


Friday, February 13, 2015
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


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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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


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.

100 in 1 Day Changemaking Workshop

logo_for_web_vancouver120x240May 21, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts,
149 W. Hastings Street
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We’re pleased to partner with 100 in 1 Day to present a workshop to help you take an intervention from idea to execution.

This workshop process is meant to inspire generative, creative and reflective urban interventions, and for you to share your ideas for making your city a better place to live.

During the workshop, participants will be asked:

  • What is your dream?
  • What do you wish your community to be like?
  • What actions will improve the quality of life in your community, street and block?

The workshop is free and open to everyone. With less than a week left and already over 50% of the tickets taken, we hope you’ll take this opportunity to attend and share your ideas! Register today!

Join us at Projecting Change, April 24 to 27

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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