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AHA MEDIA is very proud to help Lorraine Murphy – Night manager/space animator of Coworking at BOB ( Building Opportunites with Business ) in Vancouver

January 12, 2010 5 comments

April Smith and Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA are  very proud to help Lorraine Murphy – AHA MEDIA’s friend, mentor and Night Manager/Space Animator of the new Coworking@BOB space 163 East Pender St in Vancouver’s Chinatown 🙂

In the photo below, Andrew “Muskie” McKay of BOB explains to Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA the lockers to be installed shortly and available to Coworking@BOB tenants

AHA MEDIA will supporting and helping out at Coworking@BOB 🙂

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

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Please read Gillian Shaw of Vancouver Sun article:

By GILLIAN SHAW

Coworking and hotdesking are growing trends with companies and individuals who are abandoning high-priced real estate in favour of more practical – and less pricey –  workspace solutions.

With inner city Vancouver home to many independent tech and creative entrepreneurs, it’s a natural for the newly opened coworking@BOB space, a shared work space created by Building Opportunities with Business, a non-profit aimed at supporting business development and job opportunities in the neighborhood.

High-ceiling, spacious and located on the main floor of a building at 163 East Pender St., the shared open space gives tenants desk space, along with chairs, tables, couches and other furnishings that distinguish it from a less inviting cubicle haven. Art on the walls from Vancouver’s Grace Gallery will be rotated regularly.

“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,” reads BOB’s announcement of the new space.

Wi-Fi, a fridge, microwave, filtered water cooler and secure bike storage round out the offerings that come at a flat rate of $200 a month with keyless access to the building.

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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

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Below are photos of  Andrew “Muskie” McKay of BOB and Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA giving the Thumbs Up to Coworking@BOB! 🙂

AHA MEDIA hopes to see you there soon! 🙂

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 from Vancouver Downtown Eastside is very proud to be featured on the Blog site of the Mayor of London, England – Boris Johnson!

December 17, 2009 2 comments

AHA MEDIA is very proud to be featured on Blog site of the Mayor of London – Boris Johnson!

http://www.boris-johnson.com/2009/12/16/the-challenge-of-housing-and-homelessness/

Many thanks to our great mentor @Raincoaster for featuring AHA MEDIA and what we do in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside!

http://www.Raincoaster.com

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@Raincoaster writes

” We all know this blog belongs to the Mayor of London (although detached it is still his in spirit), and before that was based out of the cosmopolitan megalopolis of Henley, but for a moment I’d like to divert your attention to my own town, indeed my own neighborhood. I’d like to introduce you to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Queen of Hastings Street

Queen of Hastings Street

Image by Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA, From the Hope in Shadows collection, COPYRIGHT: Pivot Legal Society, 2009
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Hendrik Gets His Chair by AHA Media

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@Raincoaster writes ” With an average life expectancy in the mid-forties (thanks to disease, addiction, and the interlocking social and physical problems arising from substandard- or no housing), the DTES (Downtown Eastside) has been an archetypal skid row since the days in the last century when lumber was, in fact, skidded in the mud down the street on its way to the sawmill because wagons were for the rich folk.

Now, after more than a century of struggling with the issue, I’m proud to say that Vancouver has eliminated homelessness.

We anticipate increased life expectancy (as much as thirty years for DTES residents), a significant drop in crime (particularly violent crime), and an estimated $5000 per person “housing dividend,” reflecting the difference in social service expenditures between the housed and the homeless.

Gregor Robertson at Union Gospel Mission by AHA media

Gregor Robertson at Union Gospel Mission by AHA Media

If a Canadian may toot her city’s own horn, this is truly an amazing accomplishment and Mayor Gregor (Robertson), Premier Gordon Campbell, City Hall, social service agencies, advocacy groups and officials at all levels should be very, very proud. I salute them. Who can even imagine how it must feel to know, unequivocally, that you’ve changed the world for the better.

Here is the official Homelessness is Over press release, via the Pivot Legal Society, a great organization whose mandate is to ensure that the laws of the nation apply equally to all, and who are always on top of positive (and negative) developments in housing for the homeless in Vancouver:

Vancouver’s housing crisis is finally over. Today Ray Solda, Vancouver’s last homeless person, moved into his room in the Kansas Hotel, a new social housing building funded by the provincial government. Government officials and Canadians everywhere today are celebrating the end of homelessness in Vancouver, a city that has struggled with a homelessness crisis for years.

Today’s announcement is the result of a number of key investments made by the provincial government to build social and supportive housing as part of their visionary comprehensive housing strategy. Despite the up-front costs, government and experts alike are confident that ending homelessness in Vancouver will actually save money over the long term.

“The years of spiralling rates of homelessness, derelict hotels, over-crowded shelters and laws punishing those without a safe place to live are going to be remembered as a dark page in this province’s history” says Laura Track, Pivot’s housing campaigner. “But the way this government changed course and resolved the crisis is a testament to what is possible when governments show real leadership and determination to make positive social change.”

Already, Vancouver is being held up as model for the rest of the country. Governments around the world are looking to the province for guidance in addressing homelessness in their jurisdictions.  When asked what role she felt advocacy work had in ending homelessness, Track commented: “This accomplishment is the result of people coming together and saying they would not settle for anything less than an end to homelessness. It took everyday people saying yes, I will welcome social housing into my neighbourhood and taxpayers recognizing that it makes financial sense to tackle homelessness. Finally, it took governments hearing the call and making the decision to act.”

Once again: simply amazing. This is an incredible example to the rest of the world.

So you tell me: does London have what it takes?

@Raincoaster

You can learn more about London’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy here



April Smith of AHA MEDIA was very pleased to attend a meeting at The Shebeen Club in Gastown, Vancouver

October 27, 2009 2 comments

April Smith was pleased to attend a meeting at The Shebeen Club 7pm, Monday, October 26th  (.http://www.theshebeenclub.com ) and reconnect with Lorraine Murphy of http://Raincoaster.com and Chris Mathieson of http://www.VancouverPoliceMuseum.ca 🙂

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Below is a photo of Lorraine Murphy, Robert Shaer, Chris Mathieson, Salim Jiwa and Dennis E. Bolen.

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April Smith was honored to meet:

Featured speaker is Salim Jiwa, former investigative reporter for the Province, and founder of Vancouverite.com, a new hard-news site. He was the basis for the lead in the CBC series Jinnah on Crime, and he’ll be sharing his tales about being an intimate part of many of the major crime cases of our time and our city.

Salim Jiwa – Editor & Publisher of Vancouverite – High Speed Global News

http://www.vancouverite.com

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In the next two  videos, Salim Jiwa, Editor and Publisher of http://www.vancouverite.com speaks at the Shebeen Club http://www.theshebeenclub.com in Gastown, Vancouver

These videos were  filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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AHA MEDIA was very pleased to attend Dr. Michael Stevenson, President and Vice-Chancellor of Simon Fraser University luncheon to introduce SFU’s new Dean of Communication, Art & Technology DR. CHERYL GEISLER

September 13, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA was very pleased to attend Dr. Michael Stevenson, President and Vice-Chancellor of Simon Fraser University luncheon to introduce SFU’s new Dean of Communication, Art & Technology – DR. CHERYL GEISLER

SFU Arts

Below is a photo and 3 videos of Dr. Michael Stevenson, President and Vice-Chancellor speaking about SFU and introducing new  Dean of Communication, Art & Technology – DR. CHERYL GEISLER

35 SFU Luncheon for Dr Cheryl Geisler, New Dean of Communication, Art & Technology

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We were treated a delicious roasted chicken breast for our luncheon at the Segal Centre room in Harbour Centre 🙂

42 SFU Luncheon for Dr Cheryl Geisler, New Dean of Communication, Art & Technology

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Below is a photo and 5 videos of  SFU’s new Dean of Communication, Art & Technology – DR. CHERYL GEISLER

AHA MEDIA is very excited to welcome Dr. Cheryl Geisler and is excited to hear her thoughts on new media and community engagements.

AHA MEDIA is a mobile new media + social media making team that creates compelling user generated media with our community engagements!

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Dessert was a yummy fresh fruit tart with custard 🙂

43 SFU Luncheon for Dr Cheryl Geisler, New Dean of Communication, Art & Technology

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Below is a photo of  Munro Vescera,  SFU’s Director of Special Projects, Fundraising, Arts and Culture with Vancouver City Councillor Andrea Reimer

44 SFU Luncheon for Dr Cheryl Geisler, New Dean of Communication, Art & Technology

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Below is a photo of Dr Cheryl Geisler, New DEAN of  Communication, Art and Technology of SFU with AHA MEDIA’s mentor Lorraine Murphy http://www.raincoaster.com

45 SFU Luncheon for Dr Cheryl Geisler, New Dean of Communication, Art & Technology

 To see all 45 photos of the Luncheon for Dr, Chery Geisler, please see our Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/72157622230031195/

 

 

AHA MEDIA notices AHA TORO bottles at Central City Mall in Surrey, B.C.

August 24, 2009 1 comment

AHA MEDIA  after attending WordCamp Fraser Valley 2009, to film good friend and mentor Lorraine Murphy http://www.raincoaster.com  and her presentation on creative blogging at SFU Surrey,  noticed AHA TORO Tequila Bottles on the display shelves at  Central City Liquor Store in Surrey, B.C.

Below is a photo of Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA who noticed AHA TORO bottles and our similiar prefix of the word AHA 🙂

AHA MEDIA noticed AHA TORO Tequila

AHA MEDIA noticed AHA TORO Tequila 2

Perhaps one day, AHA MEDIA will attend an event with AHA TORO in it 🙂