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PechaKucha, Creative Mornings, TED…oh my! Why are Vancouverites obsessed with Speakers Series? July 3

July 03, 2014

What is the driving force behind the popularity of events like former mayor Sam Sullivan's Public Salon series and PechaKucha Vancouver? Tickets for speaker series in the city often sell out within minutes. With an enthusiasm that is usually reserved for rock bands, public story-sharing has developed a large and dedicated following in this city.

As we are constantly exposed to other people's experience, and have instant access to world issues through social media and the internet, what is the allure of the in-person experience of storytelling? Is it a way for us to feel closer to others, to interact with people and build community? Does it help make difficult subjects easier to understand or do they instead create instant experts out of speakers who do not necessarily represent all sides of an issue?

Mark Busse, host of speaker events Creative Mornings and Interesting Vancouver, and Lizzy Karp, creator and host of Rain City Chronicles will start the conversation, sharing insights gained through their experience as curators of speaker series in Vancouver.

Then it’s your turn to question and comment. Do you go to speaker series? Why or why not? Come tell us at this edition of City Conversations. Remember to bring your lunch!

When: Thursday, July 3, 2014

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Location: SFU Vancouver Campus, 515 West Hastings Street, Room 1600

Cost: Free

For more information on this event, please visit the SFU Public Square City Conversations website.