Something we aim to do here at MOV is to provide a platform for emergent thinkers, local leaders, and innovative projects and organizations around the city. In short, the people and groups whose passion centres around making Vancouver a better place for all of us. Although we mentioned the passing of Jim Green in MOVments last week , we wanted to take a second look at the legacy of this man and think about some Vancouverites who push the envelope in similar ways.
Throughout his long list of accomplishments and innovative goals, Jim is recognized as possessing “joy, originality, urgency, curiosity, laughter and love to the city”.
Something resounding for us, is Jim’s relentless understanding of the importance of community-based knowledge and leaders. It’s something we try to actively make space for at the MOV through our public lecture series and dialogues around food security, city planning, DIY communities, and Vancouver urbanism (to name a few).
More and more, organizations in Vancouver are also using their resources to spotlight Vancouver’s social innovators, environmental warriors, human rights advocates, and cultural proponents. For example:
- Carbon Talks – Brown Bag Lunch Series [for a low carbon future]
- Pecha Kucha Vancouver – Ideas, Inspiration, Images, Community
- Vancouver Observer; OpenFile; The Tyee – Encouraging Investigative Journalists
- Reimagine CBC - Make it yours!
- SFU Change Lab – How can the classroom change the world?
- City Studio
- Spacing Vancouver
- SFU Woodwards Community Outreach Office
- Global Agents for Change
- Public Salon
- Vancouver Youth Dialogues
We’re honoured to live in a city of innovative idea-makers. We know we’re missing more, but keep it coming, yvr!
At the MOVeum: Art Deco Chic opens with a glamourous party tonight and runs through September 23, 2012
[Image is Shift Delivery Service speaking at Re:Generation via Vancouver Public Space Network]