Immersive City Learning Experiences
On Tuesday we will leave the hotel behind and tour downtown Vancouver taking in some of the city's best examples of community innovation. Some of the themes and hosts we'll enjoy are below:
Exploring Social Entrepreneurship and Systems Change
Host: RADIUS Social Innovation Lab and Incubator at Simon Fraser University
Location: SFU RADIUS Charles Chang Innovation Centre, 308 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2N4
This session will explore how to accelerate innovation for systems change. RADIUS SFU will host the discussion, sharing its experience using the university as a hub for fostering social entrepreneurship in individuals as well as acting as an incubator for innovation. One example is their 3-year LEDLab (a partnership with Ecotrust Canada) which focuses on working with residents and community organizations to build a more vibrant and inclusive local economy in the Downtown Eastside. They place the people most affected by the issues at the centre of creating solutions, supporting them with capacity - including graduate students!
- The Binners’ Project is a group of waste-pickers aided by support staff dedicated to improving their economic opportunities, and reducing the stigma they face as informal recyclable collectors. Learn more: https://www.binnersproject.org/
- The Thingery is a social venture, founded by sharing entrepreneur Chris Diplock. It is a lending library of things housed in a modified shipping container, and acts as a micro-lending library for the community. Learn more: http://thethingery.com/
Engaging Community with the Arts
Host: Simon Fraser University's Vancity Office of Community Engagement
Location: World Arts Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4
SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement supports creative engagement, knowledge mobilization and public programming in the theme areas of arts and culture, social and environmental justice, and urban issues through public talks, dialogues, workshops, screenings, performances and community partnerships.
This session will be an informal storytelling event with some of our long-term community partners, primarily based in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, ranging from social enterprises to community theatre groups. Join us in an exchange of ideas and hear directly from the groups we work with about the value of meaningful community engagement.
Strategic investments in Community initiatives help transform the city
Host: The Vancouver Foundation
Location: Walking tour in the Downtown Eastside and Chinatown
The Vancouver Foundation is leading a tour to visit two great examples of community investment that are within easy walking distance of each other. The Vancouver Foundation’s Vice President Deborah Irvine will share her insights on supporting meaningful and lasting impacts in neighbourhoods and communities. The group will start in the Downtown Eastside, meeting with Hives for Humanity, a nonprofit that encourages community connections through apiculture, more commonly known as beekeeping. Through mentorship-based programming they create flexible opportunities for people to engage in the therapeutic culture that surrounds the hive; foster connectivity to nature; and participate in local sustainable economies while supporting at risk populations of people and pollinators. From there, participants will walk to Chinatown to hear from The Hua Foundation, which supports Chinese-Canadian youth to participate in social and environmental change. For example, their Choi Project empowers Chinese-Canadian families and communities to take part in the local food movement, as much ‘choi’ (vegetables and leafy greens) is imported. Websites: http://hivesforhumanity.com/ and http://www.huafoundation.org.
Community-supported health and well-being across diverse residents
Host: Social Policy & Projects Team, Community Services, City of Vancouver
Location: Main Floor - Town Hall Meeting Room, Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver (12th and Cambie)
This session will share the Healthy City Strategy (HCS) framework the City of Vancouver adopted in 2014. The HCS is a social sustainability plan based on the social determinants of health which represents the “basket of goods” fundamental for the health and well-being of all individuals and communities. City staff will be presenting two examples of policies and initiatives that support the HCS, showing how the social determinants are interconnected and interdependent on the others:
- Community Economic Development Strategy – The strategy was adopted by City Council in 2016 and was co-created by City Staff and the Community Economic Development Strategic Action Committee (CEDSAC). Staff from the City and the CEDSAC Director will share the process to develop the strategy, which contains 9 core ideas and 22 actions, and is built on several years of partnerships supporting social innovation, social enterprise and other local economic initiatives in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside. The presenters will also describe how CED initiatives are connected with the 13 areas in the HCS.
- Urban Health – Opioid Crisis Response - City staff and community partners will present the collaborative work with all levels of government and grassroots groups to address the overdose crisis in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside. The presentations will focus on current and next steps the City is taking to respond to the overdose crisis and how non-profits groups are working together with all levels of government to support at-risk residents living in the neighbourhood. They will also share how this work can start to move from crisis-response to further upstream, supporting improvements in health and well-being in connection to various HCS goal areas.
Engaging people in the transition to 100% renewable energy
Host: City of Vancouver Sustainability Group (Renewable City Strategy)
Location: Creekside Community Centre (room MP4 - second floor)
Vancouver has set an ambitious goal to eliminate dependence on fossil fuels before 2050. We know that this will take time and will take the combined efforts of residents and business across the city and beyond. Join us for an interactive session exploring how to envision what a 100% renewable energy city looks like and how to make this vision a reality. Conference participants will start with a walking tour of the Olympic Village neighbourhood, taking in the scenery while hearing about ways residents are saving energy and building community. The City of Vancouver will share its engagement strategy for an ambitious and achievable 30-year plan to cut carbon pollution by at least 80% and transition to 100% renewable energy before 2050 by targeting the biggest sources of carbon pollution in Vancouver – buildings and transportation. The conversation will be enhanced by presentations by Empower Me, and ClimateSmart as well as an opportunity for participants’ own experiences with shifting energy demand and fostering behaviour change in other areas. Afterwards, participants are welcome to explore the Olympic Village and False Creek area on their own, by foot, bicycle or water taxi.
- Empower Me engages tight-knit, culturally diverse communities that have traditionally been difficult for utilities and local governments to reach - saving households an average of $200 in annual utility bills. This award-winning program both guides and measures behaviour change, delivering messaging around energy efficiency, water usage, recycling, safety and health. Learn more: http://www.empowermeprogram.com
- Climate Smart partners with local governments and other institutions to enable small and medium-sized enterprises - the engines of local economies - to measure and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions from energy, fuel, transportation, waste and other sources through a combination of training, one-on-one support and software. Learn more: http://climatesmartbusiness.com