Obama-mania has arrived in Canada, with the arrival of the President to Ottawa. This morning I was interviewed on CBC Radio Sudbury’s Morning North show to talk about ChangeCamp, an unconference-style event geared to re-thinking the relationship between citizens and government.
We touched on what ChangeCamp is, the inspirations for the event, namely the City of Toronto’s Web 2.0 Summit, other unconferences known as Barcamps and the new open, engagement style of President Barack Obama.
My goal is to help organize a ChangeCamp event in Sault Ste. Marie later this year, but I’ll need lots of help. I’ve created a ChangeCamp Sault page and a discussion group to get things started. If you live in northern Ontario, I encourage you to join the conversation. Vancouver, Edmonton and Ottawa are busy getting their ChangeCamp plans in motion.
ChangeCamp is an inclusive event, bringing together techno types, policy wonks, bureaucrats, politicians, and other inspired citizens to spark this conversation around how citizens and government engage each other. Imagine how the power of online communication can encourage more transparency, openness and engagement around shaping policy. We’re seeing how businesses, organizations and individuals can benefit, now is the time for government as well.
Due to a technical glitch, the recording got cut off near the end.