10 Nov Event Camp Vancouver
Event Camp Vancouver – A Bonfire of Brilliance
By Corinne Kessel
When I first entered the room for the first session of Event Camp Vancouver 2011, I knew I was entering a thought-changing landscape for learning, interaction, and innovative formats. With the chairs arranged in a giant circle, as if around a massive bonfire of ideas and energy, face-to-face engagement was set as the standard for the weekend. We talked, we sang, we danced, we “sexercised!”
Event Camp asked questions. Lots of them.
- What is the purpose?
- What is the objective?
- What are you trying to achieve?
- What do you want to learn in this moment?
- What do you want to experience?
- What way do you want to engage?
- What level of technology are you able or willing to embrace?
- What have you done that is sustainable today?
- What can you do to be sustainable everyday?
- What can we do to design better?
- What can we control and what can we influence?
- What are our resources?
- What can we do to design event experiences that don’t yet exist?
- What is your twitter handle?
- What change can you make to motivate yourself and others?
There were no right answers, but rather an overwhelming wealth of contributions and ideas from people all over the world who were excited about possibility, change and collaboration. It was a dynamic and transforming dialogue.
In addition to attending this industry-changing experience – Greenscape contributed sustainable décor options for the Room for Thought. This “white space” was a green space designed to encourage participants to have a place to reflect and rejuvenate. We focused on creating an interactive and highly sustainable space. Every item was sustainable through our manufacturing process or had been refurbished, reclaimed, or repurposed with all items returning to our rental inventory to be endlessly reused.
For me, Event Camp created a legacy of new friendships, deeper connections, and bigger thoughts. I am inspired to be a better leader, a more creative designer, a more collaborative colleague. I will drive my company towards greater sustainability and higher levels of technological advances and innovation. I want an app. I want greener options. I want to eliminate fear, fail, and fine from my vocabulary (I need to keep fake folks, until I change my tagline – Sometimes Fake Is Better!) I want to learn more. I want to be a champion for enthusiasm and change. I want to help.
Tahira Endean was the loving force behind making Event Camp happen in Vancouver, yet Event Camp grew bigger than any one person or singular contribution. She was the spark behind this massive experience by saying, “Yes, lets” and then it was ignited by a passionate group of people that followed up with “Yes, and.”
The fire burns on…