February 24, 2021

Paying for Online Bike/Walk/Place Conference ? Come to an Online Global Walk/Public Space Conference Absolutely Free

The Walk Bike Places Conference is setting up to be a virtual conference again this year and the dates for it are June 15 to June 18. You can see the information about that conference here.

Last year the conference had a pretty hefty price tag that was beyond the reach of many people in the first few months of the pandemic. One of the architectural and walking critics in California dreamed up a whole bunch of the dialogue she imagined that would be discussed in each session based upon the name of the session, and of course the presenter. She shared that prose on her twitter account.  It kept the Twitterverse in stitches.

If anything can be said that is positive about this pandemic, there has been a great opportunity to participate in many free webinars and groups from across the globe. One of the best transportation conferences I have attended either in person or virtually was a two day online event provided by the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). It had a litany of fine transportation thinkers and sessions from across the continent. And it was absolutely free.

The Walk Bike Places Conference is not free, and early registration for this event is 290 dollars  US which ends on March 19. That is 365 dollars Canadian, which is out of reach for many that are not having conference fees paid for by an employer.

But not to fret~why go to a National conference that costs over three Big Bills when you can go to an Global one for free?

Walk 21 is hosting their annual conference from Seoul Korea this year under the auspices of the Seoul Metropolitan Government. There are papers that have been submitted by speakers from all over the world, keynote presenters, and virtual events you will be able to attend online. The conference runs from May 26 to May 28 and it is Absolutely Free.

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Future Economy: Prosperous, Sustainable and Resilient
Part of The Future We Want: The Change We Need, an event series hosted by the City of Vancouver in partnership with SFU.

As referenced on twitter, here’s Data Cake at 8 a.m.

Date: Thursday February 25
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
You can register here by clicking this link.

While Vancouver has transitioned from a boom and bust economy to a diverse and knowledge-based one, many residents and workers still struggle to make ends meet. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified these concerns and further exposed the vulnerabilities in Vancouver’s economic situation. The pandemic has also required many businesses to fundamentally change the way they operate. City planning and economic policies need to support a new economic landscape not just in the present, but into the future. Important considerations include:

What can we learn from xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and other Indigenous Peoples who are working on major economic development initiatives and leading their communities in economic endeavours important to the future of Vancouver’s economy?

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Thurs. February 18 2020
Time: 10:15 Pacific Time

You can register here.

Join us for a discussion of strategies and tools for systems change. Dr. Bruce Hull, Senior Fellow at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, and co-author of Leadership for Sustainability, will introduce a toolbox of strategies for tackling wicked sustainability problems.

Solving today’s wicked sustainability challenges requires system change. But as the 2020 US election illustrated, the nation is so divided and dug in that we need new strategies for leadership. We can’t rely on elected officials, political parties, chief executives, or others in positional authority to lead the systems change we need.

Sustainability professionals must apply strategies that extend their influence beyond their organizations to drive change in the cross-sector space where business, government, and nonprofit organizations intersect and the most pressing sustainability challenges exist. Professionals equipped with tools and strategies to work in this space will have more influence and career success.

The bulk of the webinar will present case studies that illustrate several of these tools, discuss the challenges and opportunities of being a systems change agent, and identify resources professionals can use to build their capacities as change

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Join us for the third event of The Future We Want: The Change We Need series, hosted by the City of Vancouver in partnership with Simon Fraser University.

Date: Wednesday February 17, 2021
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

To register please click this link.

About this Event
Many of Vancouver’s early-20th-century neighbourhoods include a mix of housing types, shops, schools, parks and more, allowing many residents’ needs to be met close to home. However, the legacy of planning for most neighbourhoods in Vancouver is one of exclusion and displacement based on income, race, ability and other elements of our identities. Today, many would argue that their neighbourhoods are not “complete.” As we look forward, the first question that the City must reconcile in completing its neighbourhoods is the fact that they are situated on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) land. Layered on this are other questions such as:

What do neighbourhoods mean to Vancouverites?
When is a neighbourhood “complete,” and does a more complete neighbourhood actually benefit residents?
Can we prevent displacement as we accommodate change?
What is our best thinking about how to meet diverse needs in our neighbourhoods?
What has Vancouver missed or erased in the way we have planned and constructed our neighbourhoods in the past century, and what lessons from history can be employed to ensure more liveable neighbourhoods in the future?

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Thursday February 18, 2021
7:00 to 8:30 pm Pacific Time

We know you know the answer to that question in the title and yes we did post that this event was going to happen last year. Sadly we  were unable to log in, and it looks like we were not alone.

Happily it appears to have been rescheduled with some interesting and topical speakers, moderated by the legendary First Journalist of City Hall, Frances Bula.

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