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AHA MEDIA is very pleased to receive a special Smiling Buddha pin from Andrew “Muskie” McKay of BOB – Building Opportunities with Business in Vancouver

February 19, 2010 2 comments

AHA MEDIA is very pleased to receive a special Smiling Buddha pin from Andrew “Muskie” McKay of BOB – Building Opportunities with Business in Vancouver

BOB – Building Opportunities with Business http://www.bobics.org/

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In this video, Andrew “Muskie” McKay of BOB ( Building Opportunities with Business )speaks about Trimpin Exhibit and how the Smiling Buddha Pin was Shirley Chan’s idea – CEO of BOB in Vancouver and was in partnership with the Museum of Vancouver

Trimpin Exhibit at BOB – http://buildingopportunities.org/blog…

Museum of Vancouver      http://museumofvancouver.com

Smiling Buddha – http://www.vancouverneon.com/page_q/q…

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilm

AHA MEDIA from Vancouver Downtown Eastside is very proud to be featured in Robert Matas’ article “Clustering In Action” in “The Globe and Mail” National newspaper

December 19, 2009 1 comment

Clustering in action

Robert Matas

Vancouver — From Saturday’s Globe and Mail Published on Friday, Dec. 18, 2009 10:13PM EST

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/clustering-in-action/article1406276/

AHA Media is a struggling new company incubated in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside by a government-funded agency that turned to theories of a Harvard University professor more often associated with Silicon Valley and Hollywood than with revitalization of urban slums.

April Smith, one of the company’s founders, drifted into the Downtown Eastside after a serious car accident left her with severe memory loss and other injuries. With no money, she ended up living in temporary shelters and hotels dominated by predator pimps and drug addicts, she said recently in an interview.

Her life changed after she began cartooning to tell the stories of people she met at the hotel and on the street. A local community group inspired her to think about reporting activities in her neighbourhood without going through traditional media. She became part of an apprenticeship program developed by a cluster of local companies. After completing the program, she worked with others to open a new business in the area, AHA Media.

Prof. Michael Porter has written extensively about the advantages of clustering as an approach to economic development. Concentrating interconnected companies, specialized suppliers and associated educational institutions in the same geographic area fosters increased employment, productivity and innovation, he said. The clusters become a catalyst for innovation that feeds economic growth.

Building Opportunities with Business, a government-funded agency, dedicated to revival of the local economy, embraced clustering at the suggestion of an ex-board member who had studied at Harvard.

Ms. Smith was part of a training program developed by a cluster that included Bell Canada, the FireHall Arts Centre, a local digital filmmaking program that works with youth at risk called Intersections Media, a B.C. government employment program called BladeRunners and a non-profit group working in social media called W2: Community Media Arts.

The training program “gave me a big, big start,” she said. “It gave me a sense of direction.”

Ms. Smith is now on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Flickr. She describes herself as a mobile new-media videographer and social media content-producer. She shoots camera-phone videos and live-streams events onto the Internet.

To speak with April Smith more personally

http://www.facebook.com/AprilFilms
http://www.twitter.com/AprilFilms
http://www.twitter.com/April

To see more of AHA MEDIA:

http://www.facebook.com/AHAMEDIA

http://www.twitter.com/AHAMEDIA

http://www.youtube.com/AHAFilm

http://www.flickr.com/photos/AHAMEDIA/sets

Clustering pushes local businesses to think how they can work together, BOB’s chief executive officer, Shirley Chan, said. But, unlike Silicon Valley, the Downtown Eastside businesses do not have resources to carry out many of their ideas.

“Many employers here are marginal, they do not have a lot of money. That is why they are here. The rent is cheap,” she said. “ Without finding sources of funding, there is not a lot that can be created.”

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AHA MEDIA wishes to thank the following :)

Robert Matas, Reporter for Globe and Mail http://www.theglobeandmail.com

Shirley Chan of BOB ( Building Opportunities with Business ) http://www.buildingopportunities.org

Irwin Oostindie of W2 Community Media Arts http://www.creativetechnology.org

Lani Russwurm of DTES CAN ( Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network ) http://tinyurl.com/yaqw5mz

Lorraine Murphy of Raincoaster Media http://RaincoasterMedia.com

AHA MEDIA was pleased to attend BOB’s Christmas Open House 2009 at Main and Pender in Vancouver

December 18, 2009 2 comments

AHA MEDIA was pleased to attend BOB’s Christmas Open House at Main and Pender in Vancouver.  Their new location was beautifully decorated and very spacious… located right at Main and Pender in Vancouver

Based in Vancouver B.C., Building Opportunities with Business (BOB) is a non-profit organization that is championing an inclusive revitalization process for the inner-city that values existing businesses and residents. BOB is a connector, a resource and a facilitator working to: strengthen the inner-city’s community capacity; identify and build on untapped business opportunities; improve employment opportunities and retention; and increase investment in Vancouver’s inner-city.

buildingopportunities.org/

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In this photo is Libby Davies – MP for Vancouver East

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In this photo – Shirley Chan – CEO of BOB and husband Steve Hopkins

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In this photo, AndrewMuskieMcKay – Industry Initiatives Coordinator for BOB

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In this photo, Shirley Chan presents a certificate to London Drugs at Woodwards

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In this photo, Shirley Chan presents to Nester’s Market at Woodwards

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In this photo is Kerry Jang, Vancouver City Councillor and Lorraine Murphy aka Raincoaster http://www.Raincoaster.com

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In this photo, AndrewMuskieMcKay,  Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA, Lorraine Murphy aka Raincoaster

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In this photo, Irwin Oostindie – Executive Director of W2 Community Media Arts, David Lee, Toby Barrazoul and Peter Davies

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In this photo, Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA at BOB’s Christmas Open House

To see all 15 photos of BOB’s Christmas Open House 2009, please see our Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/7215762302541

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Co-Working Opportunities are available at BOB.
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To further our mission we would like to make available to select partners, individuals, and businesses the main floor of 163 East Pender Street. We hope that this open shared work space can contribute to the revitalization of the inner-city by providing a space for creative professionals to flourish, for ideas to percolate, to cross pollinate, for businesses to grow, a place where stuff gets done.

What we’re offering is a work surface, be it a desk, a chair, a table, a couch, or the bay window, wherever you’re most comfortable.

Of course we’ll offer wi-fi and other niceties such as an electronic white board and a projector to facilitate discussion and creative thinking. There’s a fridge for your food, a microwave, filtered water cooler, and secure storage for your bike.

The price is a flat $200 per month and includes keyless access.

We’re looking for creative professionals, progressive thinkers, the socially responsible and ecologically conscious who want to be surrounded by others of like mind.

Folks who want more than a cubicle and a 9 to 5 and dream of bigger things and a better Vancouver to call home.

If this sounds like you, contact Andrew “Muskie” McKay 778-328-7672 or write coworking@bobics.org

buildingopportunities.org/

AHA MEDIA attended BOB’s Green Inner-City event at Japanese Language School on June 10, 2009

June 12, 2009 2 comments

Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA attended the following event by BOB :) http://www.bobics.org

Below is text from BOB’s new blog  at http://greeningtheinnercity.ca/

Join the Greening the Inner-city team for the kickoff event for BOB’s Green Inner-city Cluster.  Learn from local green business leaders such as  Toby Barazzuol of Eclipse Awards 

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and Louise Schwarz of the Recycling Alternative on how being green can be a competitive advantage for your organization. 

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Topics covered will include:

  • Marketing Sustainability
  • Greening Your Organization
  • Green Buildings and Green Roofs
  • Recycling and Waste Reduction
  • Collaborating to increase efficiency
  • Urban Agriculture

There will be presentations but also peer learning opportunities where attendees can share what has worked most successfully at their own organization.  We are pleased to have Councilor Andrea Reimer giving the opening address.  She is a leader in BC’s environmental movement and a member of the Mayor’s Greenest City Action Team.

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Schedule:

Time Craft Room 3rd Floor w/ Projector Tatami Room 5th Floor
10:00 -10:15 Welcome Address – Andrea Reimer – roof top patio weather permitting
10:15-10:30 TBA
10:30 – 11:30 How can being sustainable give you a competitive advantage? How to market your sustainability practices for maximum benefit?Marketing Green with Toby Barazzuol, Saul Good, and Andrew “Muskie” McKay What we are doing now that is green in our organization?Sharing and learning about greening an organization with Kristina Welch and Maureen Cureton
11:30 – 12:00 <!– What current policies are in place in Vancouver to promote the green economy? What changes is the Greenest City Action Team considering to make Vancouver the Greenest City in the World?Green Policy with Kristina Welch and Kira Gerwing –> TBD How can you reduce and recycle inputs to your products and services? How can we take control of the complete full circle product lifecycle?Wasted – The Shift from Recycling to Zero Waste with Louise Schwarz and Seann Dory
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 1:00 How can you grow your own food? How can the inner-city increase its food security and create green jobs? - Urban Agriculture with Kristina Welch and Chris Hild What is a green building? Where can I see green architechtural design locally? How can green buildings benefit my organization and the inner-city community?Green Buildings, Green Roofs, and Energy Efficiency with Toby Barazzuol, Morgan McDonald, and Doug Horn
1:00 – 1:30 How can you play a part in creating green jobs in our community and greening the inner-city?Brainstorming Sessions led by Shirley Chan, Andrew “Muskie” McKay and TBA
1:30 – 2:00 Closing Address – Toby Barazzuol and TBD

Toby, the cluster, and Strathcona BIA’s efforts were recently profiled in the Vancouver Courier

BOB Greener Inner-City Event June 10 28

BOB Greener Inner-City Event June 10 31

To see 37 photos, please see our Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/72157619651861120/

AHA MEDIA is pleased to present BOB’s local Green Inner-City Cluster Kickoff Event

May 26, 2009 1 comment

Green Inner-city Cluster Kickoff Event

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Join Building Opportunities with Business and local green business leaders such as Toby Barazzuol of Eclipse Awards and Louise Schwartz of the Recycling Alternative to learn how being green can be a competitive advantage for your business.  Topics covered will include:

  • Marketing Sustainability
  • Greening Your Business
  • Green Buildings and Green Roofs
  • Recycling and Waste Reduction
  • Collaborating to increase efficiency
  • Urban Agriculture

There will be presentations but also peer learning opportunities where attendees can share what has worked most successfully at their own business.

Time: June 10th 10:00-2:00

Location: Japanese Language School, 487 Alexander Street

Cost: Free (includes lunch, coffee, etc.)

RSVP: andrew.mckay@bobics.org

See what efforts are already underway to green Vancouver’s inner-city at the blog we started.

** NEW UPDATE **

We are pleased to have Councilor Andrea Reimer giving the opening address.  She is a leader in BC’s environmental movement and a member of the Mayor’s Greenest City Action Team.

AHA MEDIA attended the Plan-It event at Aisle 45 by BOB ( Building Opportunities with Business )

April 17, 2009 2 comments

AHA MEDIA attended the event  where it was a presentation by UBC students on :

“How can BOB work with the community to revitalize the Hastings corridor between Main and Cambie?”

After an introduction to the evening’s presentations by CEO Shirley Chan of BOB http://www.bobics.org , we heard:

Topics to be presented on:

1) Social Enterprise & Informal Economies
2) Celebrating Community
3) Lighting the Corridor
4) Save on Meats, an institution
5) Using Branding for Revitalization

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The highlight of the evening was when Hendrik Beune, Director of AHA MEDIA won  free entry into a golf tournament sponsored by

EMBERS on Thursday, June 25th

for their “Against All Odds”

Golf Tournament Fundraiser

http://embersvancouver.com/golf_tournament_27.html

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