Dream Vancouver

Vancouver dreamers wanted

October 5, 2007

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Inexpensive housing? A shorter commute? More parks? Better transit? More livable neighbourhoods?      

Whatever your vision, Think City and SFU’s Public Policy Program want you to join community activists and other concerned citizens at Dream Vancouver to share your ideas on the most pressing challenges facing the City of Vancouver.

The Sunday, Oct. 21 conference at Vancouver’s Jewish Community Centre will take participants from their dreams about Vancouver to a possible agenda for change. Bliss Browne, an internationally renowned speaker and president of Imagine Chicago, will facilitate the process.

Think City and the Columbia Institute Centre for Civic Governance will also host a one-day Master Class workshop on Monday, Oct. 22 at SFU’s Vancouver campus at Harbour Centre.

The workshop will focus on improving the public engagement skills of community-change agents, especially with respect to public participation. It will deal with the most important issues, as established by participants at the beginning of the day.

What needs to change? What will it take to transform the city? Who will lead? What are the barriers to overcome? What can we learn from other cities?

Think City has asked people from all walks of life to address questions such as these at Their comments will help spark the imaginations of the 250-plus participants attending the Dream Vancouver conference and/or the Master Class.

The “dreamers” weighing in so far include:
•    George Heyman, president of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union.
•    Former B.C. NDP leader Joy MacPhail
•    Mark Winston, academic director of SFU’s Centre for Dialogue
•    Patrick Smith, director of SFU’s Institute of Governance Studies
•    Joe Foy, national campaign director with the Wilderness Committee (formerly Western Canada Wilderness Committee).
•    David Eby, Lawyer, Pivot Legal Society

To submit your own Dream statement, send your prose or poetry, fact or fancy to Write in broad strokes or focus on a specific initiative, but keep your dream for the city to under 700 words.

For registration and other information on Dream Vancouver and/or the Master Class, visit
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