Public Salon

From June 9th 2010…

I was one of many lucky SFU students in attendance at Vancouver’s Public Salon. It was at the Vancouver Playhouse downtown and there were many interesting people both speaking and attending.┬áThe event was basically like the TED talks of Vancouver. They’ve uploaded the videos of the speeches. Here are some of my thoughts. BTW my favorites were John Fluevog, and Al Etmanski.

The first speaker was Douglas Todd. He made several generalizations about Vancouvites. We have a mistrust of traditions and institutions. We live in ethnic enclaves. We are not religious but rather, spiritual. We love the outdoors and physical activity.We are a tolerant people who believe in the “live and let live” principle…. looks like i’m in the right city! He wnt on to say that we also lack a certain culture and community of our own. I agree that more needs to be done to develop a true British Columbian community. More needs to be done to develop a world community… Community is important.

Next was Patrick Condon. He was speaking about one of the ideas that guides my lifestyle. If you do something well people will want to copy you. He was speaking about BC’s city planning and infrastructure however I try to apply this to my life. It’s why I am vegan, why I upcycle, why I buy sustainable (or try to). It’s also why I blog. One person alone doesn’t make a difference but one person can inspire others to join then, which is how real change is made. He also talked about and advocated from getting Trams instead of building skytrain extensions. They are much more cost effective and can cover a much wider area. At the end of his presentation I commented ” I heart trams” : )

John Fluevog said that it is up to individuals to make change and take ownership. By being yourself and letting your personality shine we create community. He also talked about some interesting design related initiatives that his business started. They allow users to design products and advertisements through contests.So I guess really you need to have personality but also allow others to show theirs.

Major Harjit Sajjan was talking about how important diversity (ethnic) is in the Canadian Forces. I liked what he had to say but it also reminded me of the old scenario. Should the most qualified Canadian get the job, or someone based on their minority status. I think this is a highly situational question. Perhaps some jobs require more diversity than others. Also, sometimes there are things beyond qualifications that make you the best candidate. Weather it be personality, ethics or experience.

Arran Stevens

“Intelligence is enlightened by love.”

“The vitality, richness of life is to love and be loved.”

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