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Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 8:30 AM - Monday, February 2, 2009 at 5:00 PM (EST)

Toronto, Ontario


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What is ChangeCamp?

ChangeCamp is a free participatory web-enabled face-to-face event that brings together citizens, technologists, designers, academics, policy wonks, political players, change-makers and government employees to answer one question:

How do we re-imagine government and governance in the age of participation?

ChangeCamp addresses the demand for a renewed relationship among citizens and government.  We seek to create connections, knowledge, tools and policies that drive transparency, civic engagement and democratic empowerment.

ChangeCamp is a solutions playground open to anyone, where admission and ideas are free. Our mission is to innovate how Canadian governments engage with citizens in an age of mass participation on the internet. We hope to ignite a distributed and self-organizing movement in cities across the country.

What To Expect

ChangeCamp is an unconference. The content of the day is created by the participants. You will have the opportunity to propose and facilitate discussion on a topic that you're passionate about or participate in those discussions proposed by others.

Participation is expected - there are no observers. Participation can mean many things: proposing a session, engaging in discussion, capturing and creating content, building something.

ChangeCamp is about leaning forward, not leaning back.

A simple breakfast and lunch will be provided to all participants thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.

What to Bring

Bring laptops with WiFi, digicams and any other materials or equipment you would like to help capture and create with your fellow participants.  A wiki at will be the focus of much of our work together, as well as posting content to Flickr, YouTube, Twitter and other content sharing services.

Schedule for the Day

08:30 - 09:00  Breakfast/Registration in Concourse

09:00 - 09:30  Opening Remarks

09:30 - 10:30  Breakouts - "Why Are You Here Today?"

10:30 - 11:15  Sharing & report back

11:15 - 12:00  Opening Circle - Building the agenda for the afternoon

12:00 - 01:00  Lunch provided in the food court/concourse area

After Lunch, there are two options for modules 4, 5, 6: open space sessions or the use of the ChangeLab for builders and makers who wish to create something on the day.

1:00 - 2:00  Open space session #1

2:00 - 3:00  Open space session #2

3:00 - 4:30  Open space session #3


Between 1:00 and 4:30, participants who want to collaborate in realtime to build or create something on the day will have the opportunity to do so in designated ChangeLab spaces. This will allow small teams to carry an idea through to a tangible artifact on the road to completion.

ChangeLab projects will be structured loosely along three consecutive iterative sessions:

  1. Problem. What is the problem that needs solving? Define the audience, strategy and objectives. - 1 hour
  2. Resources. What tools/technology/skills/resources/money are required? How is success measured? - 1 hour
  3. Build. Create as much as possible. Produce wireframes, look and feel, project plan, next steps, financial model, etc. - 90 minutes

4:30 - 5:00  Closing comments

Want to learn more? Join the ChangeCamp Google Group discussion:

Have questions about ChangeCamp? Contact ChangeCamp

When & Where

MaRS Centre
101 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1L7

Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 8:30 AM - Monday, February 2, 2009 at 5:00 PM (EST)

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Re-imagining government and citizenship in the age of participation.

ChangeCamp is an event format, an open community and a set of tools and ideas designed to give citizens and governments the ability to work collaboratively in new ways to make change and to better address real-world challenges in our communities.

The ChangeCamp community is focused on two goals:

  1. helping governments become more open, transparent, participatory, innovative, efficient and effective
  2. helping citizens become more connected to each other around their civic passions in the place they call home

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