Dear Colleagues and Friends of Gaining Ground
Dear Colleagues and Friends of Gaining Ground,
As you may know, The 2011 Gaining Ground conference, Massive Collaboration—Stories That Bind Us, is cancelled; but other Gaining Ground events and program options are flowing in to replace the conference as we have known it.
The reasons for the first news won’t surprise you: the economy is troubled (funders and sponsors are more constrained by diminished budgets) and at the same time the market is increasingly competitive (attendees with limited time/capacity/money are facing an exploding array of sustainability-related events to choose from).
Last, sustainability has moved—even in the short six-year/seven-conference history of Gaining Ground—from an outlier to a mainstream/practitioner concern; and frankly, it may be time for a different class of events—not to mention the staggering trade in information online—to inform and inspire people.…which thought brings me to the three program initiatives we are currently planning.
V-2—Vancouver Beyond Vancouverism
Vancouver, during the decades of Vancouverism—that remarkable urban design creative release—became the place for the study of the best new expression of North American urbanism. Over the years, the intellectual pilgrimage has been extraordinary and the impacts, including financial, have been enormous.
V-2 argues that it’s now time for Vancouver to extend and amplify the arc of Vancouverism beyond urban design and planning into deep green urbanism; and that North America is looking for an exemplar, a champion city, to consolidate the possibilities and practices of one-planet urbanism. A discussion paper on this subject, written by Gaining Ground former conference moderator Rob Abbot and me, follows this note. V-2 will be hosted and sponsored in part by the Real Estate Foundation of BC and, we are hopeful, the Vancouver Economic Development Commission and others. Read the discussion paper.
Massive Collaboration: Stories That Bind Us The Book
It had been the intention of the now-cancelled 2011 Gaining Ground conference to explore the complex subject of social narrative, and to try to develop strategies and tools for expanding the culture of mutuality and common purpose.
The conference planning team believes that the topic is crucial, and that if we can’t have a conference, we can still hold the conversation. So we are planning a ‘book’—likely, an online expression—that will gather the thoughts, in text and spoken presentation, of many of the extraordinary speakers who were originally intended to enrich the conference.
If you are interested in any or all of the above events or initiatives, or if you wish to bring other matters to our attention, we invite you to contact:
Nikki Smorodin, Manager, Conference Relations, 250-858-4600 email@example.com.
You may also want to visit this website for updated event activity.
With gratitude for your interest in this work,