SIAT Showcase tomorrow! Come vote for me 12 to 5 at SFU Surrey : D

What are you up to tomorrow?

Come see my work and vote for it at the SIAT Spring Showcase!

Location: SFU Surrey – it’s by Central City Mall (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada)

Date & Time: Saturday, January 28th, 2012, 12:00-5:00pm

Facebook Event

I have several projects being featured…

( And vote for me! ;D )

Fun for a Change

So right now i’m doing this competition hosted by SIFE SFU (Students in Free Enterprise) called Fun for a Change. It is a social innovation competition where we use design and game dynamics to try and make the world better.

The contest was created by Charles Tsai, this awesome super passionate guy who knows tons about social enterprise.

It is all especially perfect because I am turning my freelance work into a business which makes the world better. Reading Sacred Commerce is also inspiring my developing business model. I think this is all very funny because just as I was thinking and wishing there was a course on social entrepreneurship I could take… along comes this opportunity! Perfect!

Oh and I get to work with two of my favorite people, Colette and Diana on my team : )

We are going to make smart choices and sustainability easier and more fun. STOKED!

Notes from the SFU “On Broadway…” Design + Transportation Lecture

Broadway (the part near Cambie) has a lack of pedestrian features. There are no spaces to linger, the street is almost too large to cross, the cafés do not have street furniture… But West of Arbutus there are roughly 10,000 less cars and a much more pedestrian centered experience. Interesting…

Broadway goes across the entire length of the city, and despite adapting a pseudo-name, continues into Burnaby. It has, at times, an absence of street trees.

What makes a great street? Is it the buildings? The amount of Traffic?

How long is a street?

How wide is it? How large is the space between doorways?

Strøget Copenhagen, Denmark: there is a street which accommodates 16 people per meter, per minute.

The best streets are comfortable : )

Is there wind? Is there shade when it’s hot? Is there sun when it’s cool? Buildings and trees control these factors.

There are certain qualities that engage the eyes. Is the street nice to look at?

“I THINK PEDESTRAINS SHOULD HAVE REIN OVER ALL STREETS IN URBAN AREAS.” – Elizabeth Macdonald (and I couldn’t agree there)

Every road has a priority, be it cars, bikes, transit, or pedestrians.

Things to check out: NYC: Pavement to Parks Movement.

There is a proposal to add parking lanes and a centered pedestrian median to Broadway.

Elizabeth Macdonald: Professor of Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley.

Allan Jacobs: former Director of City Planning for San Francisco and author of Great Streets.

Ethical Clothing

I found this in my folder of “to post to blog stuff” just as I get an e-mail from Me to We Style about ethical shirts! We can make better choices!

I don’t understand.

It all started with a shirt.

This has happened to me a few times. My personal philosophy is to not buy any clothing that is made unethically. So no clothes from sweatshops. This means supporting eco-friendly and fair trade companies in hope that unethical working conditions will come to an end. So what do i do when someone gives me a shirt? For groups and conferences I am involved in I have gotten a few shirts. I have tried returning them but that is somewhat socially awkward. At the moment I have one within my possession. When I hold it I feel a little sick inside looking at the “Made in Nickaragua” tag. I have been trying to use positivity in my life as much as possible lately and I have found that responding to something with positivity is always the best path. How do I deal with this positively though? Do should a horray because someone in a sweatshop got paid a low wage, low but better than nothing? This continues to support the oppressive system. And if it really is the right thing to do then why do I feel so shitty right now?

How would I want to be treated? This comes back to my one and only rule: treat other the way you want to be treated. I think personally i’d want to work in a fair environment with pleasant conditions that allow me to lead a pleasant life.

I guess there’s a difference between doing what’s right and doing what’s easy and I understand that sometimes doing the right thing is challenging but how do you separate challenging from wrong?

Here’s to better buying practices! Let’s do it!

microcredit challenge

SOOOOO This is this huge project i’ve been working on as part of the LEAD Program (I am earning a Certificate in Innovative Leadership).

http://microcreditchallenge.blogspot.com/

THE GLOBAL AGENTS MICROCREDIT CHALLENGE:

The microcredit challenge is simple: your team has one week, $100 and only the limits of its own creativity to create as much social change and raise as much money as possible.

The Microcredit Challenge is a one week competition where Global Agents funds competing teams of 2-5 members with $100 “microloans”. Teams have one week to use their entrepreneurial skills to raise as much money and create as much social change as possible using only this original loan.

At the end of the week the loan and proceeds are paid back to The Global Agents Catalyst Initiative, which are funds used to help developing world entrepreneurs pull themselves and their families out of poverty.

I worked on the blog, poster and these videos. Check it out!

DEADLINE TO REGISTER MARCH 4TH! Pretty much anyone can participate! DOOO IT!