Engaging Citizens, Fostering Innovation and Realizing Social Change in the era of Crowdsourcing and Social Media

Dec 05, 2012 8:00 am to 11:00 am

CSI Annex - ING Direct Presentation Room
720 Bathurst St
Toronto, ON

Never has both the desire and opportunity for citizens to engage with their cities, provincial or national governments and fellow citizens to shape what they look like and how they care for their residents. There are many examples of how citizens are engaging with their cities through social media, crowdsourcing, etc. to make change happen on the street, at the program and at the policy levels. This workshop will look at these examples and discuss the building blocks of leading effective community engagement and open innovation online and offline.

Speaking at the workshop will be Laura Graham-Prentice, VP, Communications & Marketing of the YMCA of Toronto, Tamara Balan, Project Director of the Civic Action Alliance, and Paul Dombowsky of Ideavibes.

We will also open the floor to the participants to talk about what has worked for them and to discuss challenges in reaching those whose voice is often left unheard due to the so-called digital divide, or apathy.

Participants will benefit from learning the building blocks, best practices, understanding the tools available and where they do and don’t work, and hearing of success stories in their community. This workshop will be of interest to grassroots organizations, community groups, and charities, as well as civic, municipal and provincial government staff.

Continental breakfast and refreshments will be provided.

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