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Thinking Forward Halifax
Pecha Kucha Night
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soaking in big ideas
knowledge black market
ideas for government
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Exploring public space turned parking lot
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Public Space walking tour
Peter W (Breakhouse Inc) & Joanne M (HUB Halifax)

 4 Days :: Unconference

 Better City, Better Life

 

4 Days is about generative conversations, sparking ideas and building relationships for a better city, better life in Halifax. It is for everyone. This “unconference” is a genuinely unique platform to engage with passionate people in this community to help make ideas happen. Experimenting with pertinent themes, guest speakers, idea-incubators, collaborative conversation forums, new media, prizes, 4 Days aims to apply design thinking and public engagement to solve complex problems.

This is a collaborative project with Breakhouse Inc, the HUB Halifax and many others.

2009: Thinking Forward Halifax

One day Rachel (co*LAB), Peter W (Breakhouse Inc) and Joanne (HUB Halifax) sat over coffee thinking “let’s do something to stir up ideas in Halifax”. In the spirit of starting anywhere & following it everywhere, we invited some of our international friends to join us for four days of forward thinking in our city.

Our Guests:
John Thackara
(Doors of Perception)
Uffe Elbaek
(Kaospilots Founder, World Outgames)
Peter MacLeod
(Mass LBP)

Over the four days we hosted TEDxHalifax, PechaKucha Night on ideas to save the city, a playful social enterprise Dragon’s Den and a street party to celebrate a heritage building whose memories will last longer than its’ foundation did.

 

2010: Better City LAB

Themes, ideas, focus areas became clear from the first edition of 4 Days. Building on its momentum and learnings each day in 2010 had a theme and an experimental event to mix the maximum number of ideas and perspectives.

MOBILITY //

Participants booked a 15-minute, triad dialogue with local knowledge dealers including artists, philosophers, economists, bureaucrats, garbologists, experts, non-experts …. The ‘knowledge dealers’ – through stories, theories, research, ideas & myths – on ideas about MOBILITY in our city.

Is our city an age-friendly city? What about e-mobility? How do we plan our cities for optimal movement of people and goods? Where are all the bike lanes? Could Halifax have a passenger rail system in 10 years? From these conversations a collective story will began to emerge that is a vision or snaphot of what mobility could be for a Better City, Better Life in Halifax.

 

ENTERPRISE //

With the HUB Halifax, we launched a pilot 6 week peer-to-peer incubator program for a few people with great ideas in Halifax. We supported & accelerated the development of these great ideas then showcased them on ENTERPRISE day of 4 Days. This idea-incubator provided opportunity to work on strategy, connect people to resources & talent in our community and globally.

This was an opportunity to spark conversations on the new impact economy and actually participate in community-based investment. In short, this was a fun night to help local social innovators make their ideas happen with a little conversation and a little investment.

For more info on this program, click here.

 

IDEAS FOR GOVERNMENT //

Civil servants, activists, business folk shared their ideas for government during this inspiring PechaKucha Night.

 

PUBLIC SPACE //

With Spacing Atlantic, visual artist Leola LeBlanc and NSCAD Media artist David Clark, we hosted a walking tour of vacant and underused spaces in the city. We told stories, participants generated ideas for each space and physically left these ideas on each space.