@qasim interviews me for designguru.tv

via vimeo.comThis is the first episode of designguru.org’s new series of first-person interviews and event footage featuring innovative problem solvers using technology to affect social change. In the interview, Mark Kuznicki (remarkk.com) details…

via vimeo.com

This is the first episode of designguru.org’s new series of first-person interviews and event footage featuring innovative problem solvers using technology to affect social change.In the interview, Mark Kuznicki (remarkk.com) details some experiences gained through his work establishing and developing the changecamp.ca platform, which aims to address issues of citizenship and the nature of government in the ‘age of participation.’

I no longer cringe watching myself on video. That doesn’t mean it’s good, of course, just that I’m accepting my faults more.

ChangeCamp: Not your father’s public meeting

ChangeCamp Halifax was held Saturday, December 5th at the Hub and from all reports was a great success. Congratulations to Emily Richardson, the lead organizer. I gave Emily some coaching along the way and she had some great help in facilitator Sera Thompson of ALIA Institute. For more about the Halifax event and other ChangeCamps across Canada, see the ChangeCamp blog and wiki.


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A design ethnography tour of Malvern?

I was writing up a funding proposal to take ChangeCamp hyper-local in Toronto in 2010, when I realized I know very little about how people outside my hyper-connected core use social technology and web connected devices. I thought about Malvern, a …

I was writing up a funding proposal to take ChangeCamp hyper-local in Toronto in 2010, when I realized I know very little about how people outside my hyper-connected core use social technology and web connected devices. I thought about Malvern, a neighbourhood in northeast Scarborough. Malvern has a lot of young people, a high numbers of visible minorities and newcomers and lots of tall apartment towers separated by vast stretches of suburban sprawl and is also close to some beautiful green spaces.

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Malvern feels pretty far away from the Twittering, iPhone waving, Macbook swaddled, Dark Horse sipping, social media hive I occupy at Queen and Spadina. I know almost nothing about life in Malvern, nor do most of my downtown peers. If I were trying to engage young people and newcomers in this neighbourhood, what would be the channels I would choose? What are their social technology habits? What devices do they have? How much time do they spend online? How do they talk? What are their public spaces?

The vision for the ChangeCampTO 2010 project I have proposed is to enable ChangeCamp style events in all 44 of Toronto’s wards with a particular focus on engaging residents in Toronto’s disconnected periphery, the inner suburbs and so-called “priority neighbourhoods” that are of such concern related to issues from community economic development, education, social inclusion, gun violence and systemic poverty. This project will not be successful by simply taking a downtown, white privileged, Twitterati dominated model and exporting it. It needs to be a model that people can make their own, adapt as they need to and that reflects local flavour.

So I am proposing a small group design ethnography tour one weekend day in December. Six design-thinker types armed with digital recording devices, their eyes, curiosity and a sense of adventure pile into a van. What happens next?

Presenting @IgniteWaterloo on November 25th

Mark KuznickiChangeCamp: How the Social Web is restoring community Mark Kuznicki discusses the role of the public and of govenment in today???s interactive world of Twitter, Facebook and other two-way media. Mark Kuznicki is an independent consultan…

Mark Kuznicki
ChangeCamp: How the Social Web is restoring community
Mark Kuznicki discusses the role of the public and of govenment in today???s interactive world of Twitter, Facebook and other two-way media. Mark Kuznicki is an independent consultant based out of the Centre for Social Innovation Toronto. His work uses participatory events and social media to encourage citizen participation in public policy, social change and innovation problems.

If you’re in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, come and say hi!

Call to Action: Join the Toronto Open Data Community

Community members with an interest in open civic data in Toronto have a unique opportunity to engage City government, to learn about what the City is planning and to participate in a meaningful way in helping to shape the future of Toronto as a “city that thinks like the web”.

Toronto Open Data Lab, part of the Toronto Innovations Showcase
Monday, November 2nd, 2009
1:00 – 4:30pm
City Hall Council Chamber and Members Lounge

Special Guest Speaker: Peter Corbett, iStrategy Labs and AppsforDemocracy.org

The Open Data Lab is an opportunity to explore the innovation possibilities of open civic data in Toronto. Join City subject matter and technology experts, community stakeholders and talented members of Toronto’s vibrant technology and design communities in an interactive and collaborative afternoon imagining commercial, social and civic applications of the City’s newly launched open data program.

This extended series of sessions kicks off with an aspirational talk about the Future of Open Cities from Peter Corbett, one of the open data leaders behind AppsforDemocracy.org and the success of Washington DC’s open data program. We will also hear from City of Toronto CIO Dave Wallace about the launch of Toronto.ca/Open and the future direction of Toronto’s open data program, and invited guests from the community will have an opportunity to inspire us with their open data dreams.

Participants will then have the opportunity to explore the first datasets to be released to the public from Toronto’s open data program. Facilitated by ChangeCamp organizer Mark Kuznicki, this is a unique opportunity that organizers hope will generate much interest and spark some ideas for new applications that will demonstrate the kind of value that open data can create for the City government and the community at large.

If you don’t want to miss this, or if you have an Ignite-style presentation proposal on the theme My Open Data Dream App, please let me know using this form:

Backgrounder

In April of this year, Mayor David Miller announced at the Mesh Conference [iTunes] [Podcast] that the City would open the vaults of its vast data and publish an initial number of City datasets in machine-readable open access format through a new home on the web at Toronto.ca/Open in fall of this year.

It was an announcement that was highly anticipated, from the challenge posed by Mozilla’s Mark Surman at the City’s Web 2.0 Summit in the fall of 2008, through the very popular session on open data hosted by Senior Advisor to the Mayor Ryan Merkeley at ChangeCampTO in January of this year, momentum had been built up towards the Mayor’s announcement.

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