In April 2011, I spoke at TEDxScottsdale on some of my community involvement in Phoenix. Here is what i had to say:
Spacing Vancouver is the latest addition to Spacing’s online network and provides a west coast take on the issues affecting our shared urban landscape. My activities include:
- Write feature articles, book reviews and event announcements for Spacing Vancouver, a web-based publication
- Manage the Spacing Vancouver Twitter account.
SMCYVR is the local chapter of the worldwide Social Media Club organization. Their mission is to bring valuable presenters, new participants, and a business focus to build a business-focused social media organization that generates learning, friendships and opportunities for all of its members.
- I create web content for the Social Media Club Vancouver website.
- I also sit on the organization’s local executive board and aid in the organization of learning and social events.
MAR 09-MAY 11
Jane’s Walk is an international series of neighborhood tours honoring the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs that combines the act of walking with personal observations, urban history and local lore as a means of community building through bottom-up approaches and neighborhood involvement.
- I brought Jane’s Walk to Phoenix in 20099, by planning, promoting and coordinating the walk through downtown Phoenix. This includes developing a running a website, coordinating guides and speakers and promoting the event in the local media (both traditional and online)
- Approximately 30 people participated in the inaugural 2009 walk. In 2010, this number increased to 80 people. Alongside the 2010 walk, I also held a Jane’s Talk to highlight the recently published book, What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs.
- In April 2010, I was asked to join the Jane’s Walk USA team to help coordinate and promote events in Arizona.
- Manage the Jane’s Walk Phoenix Twitter account and Facebook page.
- My LinkedIn recommendations for Jane’s Walk Phoenix can be found here.
SOCIAL MEDIA SPEACIALIST
PROJECTING CHANGE FILM FESTIVAL (Vancouver, BC)
Projecting Change is an innovative organization that focuses on promoting green and sustainable living through the use of entertaining & educational film. Through the strategic use of engaging films and inspiring speakers we aim to increase awareness and promote change within our local community. Through these efforts all profits are invested back into local initiatives.
- I was part of the PR team who promoted the Projecting Change Film Festival by engaging people through social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and the Projecting Change blog.
- We also partnered with Social Media Club Vancouver to host a workshop on Projecting Change through Social Media on May 17th.
The TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and people the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.
- The theme of the evening was urban sustainability: What are we doing in this desert? How can the merely four million of us now here live here going forward? Why would we want to? What can we do about living here?
- My presentation was entitled: “Cites ARE People.” A video is posted on YouTube. The slides are available on Slideshare.
AUG 09-APR 11
PARK(ing) Day is an annual, one-day, global event where artists, activists, and citizens independently but simultaneously temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.
- I staged events in downtown Phoenix in September 2009 and 2010, where we transformed several parking spaces into temporary urban respites.
FEB 10-APR 11
There’s something special about sitting down over a meal and how it brings people together and forms a special bond between them. That is why I helped found a monthly community potluck dinner in central Phoenix.
- Each month PSF visits a unique space in the city and share our favorite dishes and stories about each other and the place that we are in.
- The event grew from a small gathers of 20 people into an event with up to 100 people participating each month.
GRANDVIEW NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
JAN 10-DEC 10
The Grandview Neighborhood is a diverse central Phoenix neighborhood of about 1,200 people in 850 residences. The association is a voluntary body of concerned neighbors who help promote safety, security and quality-of-life issues for all members of our community.
- Duties include chairing monthly board and community meetings, overseeing fundraising and the association budget, meeting with the adjacent neighborhoods and businesses and acting as a contact point to the city for neighbourhood concerns.
DEC 08 – JUL10
The Canalscape initiative explores the possibility of an authentic and sustainable desert urbanism for the region, composed of urban cores and corridors distributed along the canal banks.
- I attended regular board meetings to offer direction to the project team.
- also participated in a joint ASU/University of Colorado-Denver workshop developing research and proposals to ‘re-imagine’ Phoenix’s canals between January and May 2009.
FEB 08 – APR 11
Radiate Phoenix is a monthly ‘non-traditional’ community networking group dedicated to place making, design and community building in central Phoenix. Each month, the group meets at a different local establishment and hears from a guest speaker who shares their story, ideas and vision for the shaping our community.
- I assisted in the planning and promotion of these events.
JUL 08 – JAN 10
The Moving AZ One Reality Check is a regional visioning exercise that is a key step in envisioning the future of Central Arizona. I was part of team that analyzed the results of the Urban Land Institute’s May 2008 Reality Check AZ.
- I prepared communications material looking at the accuracy of Phoenix’s medium to long-term growth projection in light of the 2008/09 economic downturn.
- I also planned the Reality Check Revisited event in May 2009 that took a more in-depth look at regional growth issues.