I attended my first Interesting Vancouver conference in 2008 at the Vancouver Rowing Club and through a line-up of diverse, knowledgeable, and creative speakers, I walked away feeling inspired and motivated. What did they each talk about? Something completely different. Interesting Vancouver invites speakers to share some time on stage to talk about anything. Really, anything.
Confirmed speakers for September 2012:
Toby Barazzuol – lessons learned from the Downtown Eastside
Lloyd Bernhardt – adoption and capitalism
Aamer Haleem – reflections on a career in television
Ron Shewchuk – BBQ and how it can benefit the workplace
Roy White – an unexpected opportunity at an unlikely time
Tori Holmes – rowing across the Atlantic
Corinne Lea – bureaucracy and the limits it imposes on culture
Boris Mann – sailing the South Pacific in a tall ship
The evening’s aim is to impart new knowledge, things you’ve never known, or thought about. Open up parallel thinking ports. Activate parts of your brain that for even the brainiest person may have been neglected or unexplored. There will be a degree of spontaneity, unexpected moments, and learnings. It is a splendid collage of interesting ideas and passionate people.
The audience is as interesting as the speakers. It will be a mix of artists, photographers, lawyers, librarians, social marketers, micro finance specialists, university professors, accountants, visual effects artists, journalists, marketing strategists, and more. The people sitting around you will be just as interesting as those on stage.
At the event in 2008 I walked away with stories of comic books, museums, social spaces, media, and Pikachu floating around in my head. All in all, it was a very interesting evening.
The next Interesting Vancouver will take place Friday, September 28, 2012 from 6:00pm to 10:30pm at the Museum of Vancouver. Tickets are currently on sale for $25 or $21 if you’re a Museum of Vancouver member.
The event is already about 80% sold but I have a pair of tickets to give away, here’s how you can enter to win:
- Leave a comment stating what you think is the most interesting thing about Metro Vancouver (1 entry)
- Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 10:00am.
Update The winner is Steve!