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CONNECT Catalyzing a Social Movement

December 8, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Do you see yourself actively involved in the front lines of an organisation seeking to help residents in the lower mainland foster a greater sense of CONNECTION and BELONGING? If so, we are inviting YOU to:
ENGAGE around the common goal of increasing social connections and BUILD MOMENTUM to reach this goal through collaboration and leadership
INSPIRE by sharing your initiatives, research and current practices to increase our collective impact and enable greater positive change

***Please don’t wait to register! Tickets are limited and it will be first come first serve. Also, to favour diversity, please limit the number registrants coming from your organisation. Lastly, do register as an “Individual” not a “Business”***
Over the past several years, social connection has been a recurring topic of interest for many local governments and agencies in the region. There is a strong interest in knowing more about the current state of activity relating to social connection, and how this impacts communities across the region. In response, the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health and Metro Vancouver have collaborated to bring you CONNECT, an action-oriented forum exploring the impact our built and social environment can have on social connections.

CONNECT will convene regional stakeholders, systems builders and community champions to explore the impact we can collectively have on social connections. The intent is to situate this as the launch of a series of events, energising a movement around social connectedness. Although we won’t be able to cover the vast spectrum of social connection at this first CONNECT event, our intent is to use it to inform the focus areas of subsequent events. We used the feedback we received from surveying 100 people across the lower mainland (local government organisations, non-profit organisations, community groups and residents), to help us narrow down to five dynamic and pressing questions for our first event:

Happy Homes: How can we boost social connections in multi-family housing? Hosted by Charles Montgomery of Happy City
Connected Neighbours: How can we adopt and adapt San Francisco’s successful Neighbourhood Empowerment Network to enhance community resilience in the region? Hosted by: Daniel Homsey, Director, Neighbourhood Empowerment Network, City and County of San Francisco. Co-hosting are GL Hodge, Engaged citizen and NEN Champion from San Fran, Tyrone Jue, Special Advisor to the Mayor on Environment.
Inclusivity: How do we accelerate inclusion of hard-to-reach populations? Hosted by Amil Reddy of QMUNITY and Richard Drake of SPEC’s Elder Circle.
What role does Arts & Culture have in creating more engaged and connected communities? Hosted by Marcus Youssef, Artistic Director, Neworld Theatre and Niall McNeil, Playwright and Actor
How do you measure Social Connection? Hosted by Meg Holden of SFU, Sophie Fung Graduate Research Assistant at SFU, and Maritia Gully Regional Epidemiologist at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
The entire day has been designed as a journey to take you from curiosity to deep learning to collective impact towards our larger goal. We encourage you to stay for the entire day and evening! Each of the LEARNING EXPEDITIONS hosts will guide you through the question in depth and leave you motivated and inspired to work together towards something bigger, hence catalysing a social movement!
12:00-1:15pm – Lunch, Social Explorations
1:15-3:00pm – Welcome Address, Why Are We Here? Presentation of 5 Learning Expedition topics
3:00-3:30pm – Break
3:30-5:30pm – Learning Expeditions
5:30-6:45pm – Dinner, Social Explorations
6:45-7:45pm – Learning Expedition Outcomes + Action Steps, Hosted by Charles Montgomery
7:45-9:00pm – Bar open: Community Action, Fun!

**** NOTE: If this fee is a barrier to your participation, we still really want you to join us! Please contact event producers directly for a reduced fee ****


Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chestnut Street
Vancouver , BC Canada


City of Vancouver
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