What if Facebook wasn't just for gawking at pictures of now-pregnant acquaintances from high school? Or your Twitter feed wasn't just for following Tracy Morgan's day-to-day musings? What if the internet and its addictive spawn, social media, could be harnessed for loftier purposes?
That's the sentiment behind ChangeCamp Halifax, a one-day "unconference" bringing together creative types, social media junkies and urban gurus with bureaucrats, planners and city politicians.
"The central question of the day is 'What does Halifax as a vibrant city mean to you?'" says organizer Emily Richardson. "So what we've tried to do is bring together as diverse a group as possible so that the issues will be as diverse as possible."
Richardson stresses that ChangeCamp's main goal is to hear bring new voices to the table in hopes that fresh perspectives will pave the way for new solutions to old problems, from infrastructure to accessibility to racism. "The idea is to start identifying solutions to whatever issues are raised, and establish the next steps as to how that discussion or those tools move forward," she says. ChangeCamp is "positive, it's constructive, it's solution-oriented...it's not a photo-op, it's not a complaints department."
ChangeCamp Halifax will be held this Saturday, December 5, from 9:30am to 4:15pm, at The Hub on Barrington Street. See changecamphalifax.eventbrite.com for more info.