Change Camp 2017

Registration for Change Camp Now Open!

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On September 25th, community members are welcome to join us at Change Camp Hamilton at McMaster’s David Braley Health Science Centre at 100 Main Street West.

We will be featuring 5 community projects for discussion at Change Camp 2017. Participants will be able to participate in 2 discussions throughout the evening. The projects are:

  • Food Insecurity: Hamilton has a number of food deserts across the city. Within this theme, the project will be to identify these areas and how to best provide them with food by hosting pop-up marketplaces in the neighbourhoods as well how to start community gardens in those neighbourhoods.
  • Transportation: Safe streets and communities have been identified as a priority for many Hamilton neighbourhoods. This theme has the potential to explore a number of projects including reduced speed limits, cycling infrastructure, transit, and more.
  • Community Print Shop: Neighbourhoods have been investigating the idea of creating a community print shop. The goal of the project would be to find a space/people that could run all the community newspapers from the hubs in Hamilton.
  • Affordable Housing: Recent popularity in the city from Toronto-based investors has resulted in growing concerns for local residents regarding affordable housing. This theme will explore projects related to inclusionary zoning and developing tools to help track resident displacement in the city of Hamilton.
  • Space Animation: Empty storefronts can be found all across Hamilton. This theme project will explore how pop-up shops could take place in these empty storefronts as a means to animate under-utilized space. Other spaces for animation may also be discussed.

Schedule

The schedule for the evening will follow the outline below.

  • 5:30pm-6:00pm, Sign-In and Networking
  • 6:00pm-6:15pm, Welcome Remarks
  • 6:15pm-6:30pm, Break
  • 6:30pm-7:30pm, Workshops Round 1
  • 7:30pm-7:45pm, Break
  • 7:45pm-8:45pm, Workshops Round 2
  • 8:45pm-9:00pm, Wrap-Up

We hope that you will join us! Click here to reserve your spot!

Now Looking for Change Camp Theme Team Leaders

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What does a Theme Team do?

This group—a combination of residents, students, and community partners—will form project-specific Change Camp Theme Teams. The following timeline is a general breakdown of what Theme Teams will be doing to move forward with project planning before the September 25th event:

  • Connecting Project Theme Teams (August 2017): Team members will be connected with each other to talk about their project and develop a plan for the workshop that will take place at Change Camp.
  • Workshop Planning (August-September 2017): Based on the decision of each Theme Team, follow-up meetings will be used to further plan the workshop.
  • Training (September 2017): All Change Camp Theme Team members will take part in a 2-hour training session to prepare for the workshops. Team members will also have the opportunity to share their workshop plans with other volunteers who will be helping to lead the discussion at the workshop.
  • Event (September 25th, 2017): Theme Team members must be available to co-lead their workshops at the Change Camp Hamilton event on the evening of Monday, September 25th, 2017
  • Follow-Up (October 2017): Following the event, each Theme Team will meet to reflect on the workshop and decide on next steps based on the workshop outcomes. This meeting will be planned with team members in advance of Change Camp so that we can keep excitement going afterwards.
  • Learning and Reflection (October 2017-April 2018): Each Theme Team will decide after the event how the team would like to work together for the rest of 2017 and leading into Spring 2018. Team members will work together to decide how to move the project along, and will also discuss what additional resources or supports are needed for the project and/or for team members to move forward.

What are the Change Camp Project Themes?

We asked you what ideas you wanted to discuss at Change Camp 2017, and from your submissions we are featuring 5 project themes, each with one or more projects.

  1. Food Security: Hamilton has a number of food deserts across the city. Within this theme, the project will be to identify these areas and how to best provide them with food by hosting pop-up marketplaces in the neighbourhoods as well how to start community gardens in those neighbourhoods.
  2. Transportation: Safe streets and communities have been identified as a priority for many Hamilton neighbourhoods. This theme has the potential to explore a number of projects including reduced speed limits, cycling infrastructure, transit, and more.
  3. Community Print Shop: Neighbourhoods have been investigating the idea of creating a community print shop. The goal of the project would be to find a space/people that could run all the community newspapers from the hubs in Hamilton.
  4. Affordable Housing: Recent popularity in the city from Toronto-based investors has resulted in growing concerns for local residents regarding affordable housing. This theme will explore projects related to inclusionary zoning and developing tools to help track resident displacement in the city of Hamilton.
  5. Space Animation: Empty storefronts can be found all across Hamilton. This theme project will explore how pop-up shops could take place in these empty storefronts as a means to animate under-utilized space. Other spaces for animation may also be discussed.

Why participate in Change Camp?

The Change Camp planning team has identified the following benefits of participating:

  • Share Information: Be informed on what is happening in the Hamilton community by sharing information that you have and learning new things from others.
  • Meet New People: Connect with other neighbourhood residents, community groups, students, and partner organizations.
  • Make a Positive Change: Work together with project teams through conversations that will result in projects that will take place over 2017-2018.
  • Learn and Grow: Learn from other participants about specific issues within our neighbourhoods, how to work together, and how to use different approaches to project planning and design that you can apply to personal projects in the future.

I’m interested in joining a Theme Team! How can I get involved?

In order to be involved in a theme team, you must:

  • Be a Hamilton Resident
  • Show a proven passion for the topic and desire to see it through
  • Have experience volunteering or contributing to the community
  • Able to commit to 5 hours/week on the project
  • Available for the Change Camp Hamilton event during the evening of September 25th, 2017

If you fulfill the requirements and are interested in being part of a Theme Team, click here and fill out this short application form by Tuesday, August 22nd.

If you have any questions, contact Christine Yachouh at community@mcmaster.ca

Announcing the Change Camp 2017 Theme: Neighbourhoods

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Do you have an idea to enhance your local neighbourhood? This year Change Camp Hamilton is asking YOU for project ideas to discuss at our September event to make our neighbourhoods a better place to live.

What is Change Camp Hamilton?

Change Camp Hamilton is an event that happens every year which brings residents, post-secondary education institutions, community organizations, and the City of Hamilton together to talk about actions we can take to enhance Hamilton with a focus on community, partnerships, and collaboration.

This year, Change Camp 2017 is working in partnership with the Hamilton Community Foundation’s Neighbourhood Leadership Institute (NLI), to feature the overarching theme of neighbourhoods where we will be focusing on a small number of project-specific workshops that connect to  priorities identified within and across Hamilton neighbourhoods.

How will Change Camp 2017 project topics be chosen?

The Change Camp Planning Team is looking for project ideas over July and August 2017, with the goal of determining 3 or 4 specific projects by August 4th. Project topics will be chosen based on existing neighbourhood priorities. We are looking for projects that best match the following criteria:

The project must:

  •   Include more than one Hamilton neighbourhood*
  •   Be an existing challenge or priority for the neighbourhoods involved
  •   Have tangible opportunities for follow up over 2017/18
  •   Align with at least one of four themes co-identified by community and campus partners**
  •   Have potential to link with either college/university  courses, student clubs, or volunteer opportunities for community members and students
  •   Align with existing projects where appropriate in order to ensure we avoid duplication of time and resources (e.g. a transportation theme should align with existing projects or priorities  related to transportation)

We will also be taking into consideration whether the topic has at least one, but ideally more, community champion, has potential for broader funding (e.g. Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant), and has existing in-kind staff contributions from one or more of the Change Camp Hamilton partners.

Based on these requirements, the Change Camp Planning Team will determine 3 or 4 project topics for a September 2017 Change Camp event.

If you or your neighbourhood have a project idea that you think would be an ideal fit for Change Camp, let us know by clicking here and completing this short survey by August 1st, 2017! All ideas will be considered, but the Change Camp planning team will make a final decision on projects based on the above criteria.

What happens once projects are selected?

Once specific projects are selected, the Change Camp Planning Team will reach out to form project teams to run a 2 hour workshop on the project at the event. Teams will include neighbourhood and staff champions who are working on the project. Other team members will include the following:

  •   Residents: NLI, Discovery Program Graduates, City School students or community leaders/strong community advocates
  •   Students: McMaster, Mohawk, or Redeemer students.
  •   Staff partners: Staff from one of the Change Camp Hamilton partner organizations and/or other community organizations.

If you have any questions, please contact Christine Yachouh at community@mcmaster.ca.  

*Neighbourhoods may include both those within the existing Neighbourhood Action Strategy (NAS) and neighbourhoods that are not a part of the NAS.
**Themes of Poverty & Inclusion, Healthy Spaces & Communities, Access & Knowledge Sharing, and Economic Development were co-identified by community and campus partners (including all Change Camp Hamilton partners) within McMaster University’s 2016-2021 Community Engagement Strategic Plan.

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Change Camp Hamilton 2017 was supported financially by the McMaster Students Union and McMaster’s Office of Community Engagement.

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