CivicCamp Engages Calgarians to Create a More Liveable City
‘The non-partisan, loosely organized public advocacy group has a reputation, and track record, for creating change.’
As Todd Andrew points out in Avenue Magazine’s Big Idea issue in the fall of 2012, asking 10 CivicCampers to define CivicCamp will likely get you 10 different answers. It’s messy and unstructured, but somehow it works. Read how it works here.
How to Build Your Own City
‘In places like Calgary and Portland, regular folks are taking their neighbourhoods into their own hands.’
Not only has author Craille Maguire Gillies juxtaposed the efforts of ordinary citizens in Calgary and Portland here in enRoute Magazine but air travellers all over the world can dig into the seat pocket in front of them this month and read about the exploits of CivicCamp. Kinda freaky if you think about it too hard.
An “Ungroup” of Happy Campers
‘Since banding together in 2009, the community activists behind CivicCamp have seen their influence grow, culminating in an Oct. 18 election that high-lighted how much Calgarians can decide just by showing up – together.’
Cowtown no more: Why Calgary Chose Naheed Nenshi
‘On the model of the “unconferences” popular with tech types, instead of having a pre-set agenda, CivicCamp attendees nominated topics on the spot, then broke into groups to discuss them. The themes of that day read, in retrospect, like a first draft of the 12 “better ideas” the Nenshi campaign released, one per week, during their campaign.’
Sure, Chris Turner’s article from the October 23, 2010 issue of the Globe and Mail is about Calgary’s New Mayor, Naheed Nenshi, but it includes a reference to CivicCamp and that’s our first mention in national media so far. Pardon us if, ahem, we do an ever-so-humble little happy dance. Read it here.