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W2 Belongs To Me – Spring 2012

March 24, 2012 Leave a comment

W2 Belongs To Me - Spring 2012

Saturday March 24 2012 from 2-6pm  at the W2 Media Cafe

Deepen your relationship with W2 this coming weekend!

It has been six months since opening the W2 Media Cafe and we are thrilled with the response and impact of our public programs. We have produced more than 100 community events and served tens of thousands of visitors on our 3-levels in the Woodward’s heritage building.

While building the centre we are facing serious financial challenges to both operate and complete our 10,000 sq ft space. This year, W2 was more than 85% self-funded so our future is definitely in our own hands. We talk about W2 being people-powered and this is the spirit we hold when creating programs and services, finishing our space, and operating each and every day. We look forward to seeing you at W2 for some of our diverse programs, and having you participate in the way that is most meaningful for you.

The W2 Board of Directors is inviting members to this afternoon session and reception to provide an overview of the many programs and service we have up and running. This is your opportunity to learn more about what we are doing, help you connect with people with similar interests, and get more involved with programs and committees that need your help now.

While you are here today, activate your “W2 Belongs to Me” member card to start benefiting from your loyalty to W2!

SATURDAY MARCH 24 SCHEDULE

2pm WELCOME
Gather in the second floor Community Lounge, enjoy a cup of complimentary coffee and baked goods from our in-house cafe. Tour through our 3-levels and basement crossmedia studio. Hear a welcome “state of the union” address from W2 Board and staff on what we have accomplished, where we are at, and where we are heading.

2:30-3:30pm FIRST CONCURRENT SESSIONS +++++
Choose a topic or working group that you are currently involved in, are curious about, or waiting to dive deep into!

A) PROGRAMMING
media arts, festivals, music, literary, electronic arts, all ages, long tables, your ideas…

B) COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
crosscultural, redress, digital divide, access, DTES, urban Aboriginal, SFU students, your ideas…

C) CROSSMEDIA BROADCASTING
W2 TV, CJSF, Coop Radio, Shaw Cable, multi-platform broadcasting, interactive, demos, tech services, your ideas…

D) VIDEO HISTORY of W2
area for video presentations/looping with some presenters/informal

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3:30-4pm BREAK / informal open space
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4-5pm SECOND CONCURRENT SESSIONS+++++

A) COMMUNICATIONS
Web, graphic design, social media, computer programming, street teams, your ideas…

B) W2 MEDIA CAFE
Social enterprise food operation, catering opportunities, politics of food production and serving, coffee, local food, urban agriculture, your ideas…

C) W2 RADIO
The W2 Morning Radio Project is W2’s current affairs program broadcast every weekday at 6-8am on 102.7FM. This conversation is designed for current or future contributors to discuss the state of the show and how we can build it.

D) LETTERPRESS
Interactive demonstration on letterpress, programming, fundraising, your ideas….

E) VIDEO HISTORY of W2
area for video presentations/looping with some presenters/informal

5-6pm RECEPTION
Join us at this optional reception for a complimentary beverage and food samplings from the W2 Media Cafe, as we wrap up the day with conversation. This is for individual W2 members like you, plus group members: Simon Fraser Student Society, Open Media, Coop Radio, CJSF, KAYA Songweavers, AHA Media, Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival, W2 Radio, Fearless TV, and you!

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Activate your W2 Belongs to Me member card while you are here today! Earn benefits from your participation with W2’s membership loyalty program. The more contributions you make or coffee or meals you purchase, the more discounts and free access to W2’s resources you receive. Ask a staff member for more information.

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April Smith Photo Exhibit at Utopia Festival 2012 in W2 Media Cafe, Vancouver

March 6, 2012 Leave a comment

W2 Woodwards

UTOPIA: 2nd Annual Festival of Women in Digital Culture


The second annual Utopia Festival lands at W2 with film screenings, workshops, a free International Women’s Day community fair, and epic evening performances. The festival showcases women in the Vancouver community ‘making our future through technology

April Smith: Photo exhibit

March 5-30, Woodward’s Atrium, Vancouver

Social media maven April Smith presents some of her favourite digital images of women in our DTES neighbourhood.
April Smith works with AHA Media, a social media project, which has a massive archive of digital stories by and for inner-city residents. The exhibition is supported in part by DTES Neighbourhood Small Arts Grants.

See more of Utopia Festival here

AHA MEDIA filmed at W2 Soul Gardens Long Table Pie Competition in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

August 6, 2011 Leave a comment
W2 Woodwards

Soul Gardens Pie Competition

Event Details

Time: August 6, 2011 from 4pm to 6pm
Location: W2 Media Cafe
Street: 111 W Hastings
City/Town: Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-689-9896
Event Type: culinary, food, pie competition
Organized By: W2 Woodwards

Event Description

Soul Gardens Pie Competition
What’s Vancouver’s best pie? Taste the history of Vancouver through the unique ingredients we grow in our gardens and put in our fruity summery pies and savoury dinner pies. Welcoming artful culinary creations that qualify for the artistic category.
3 categories: Savoury, Sweet, Artistic

It is all going down in the Woodward’s Atrium, and to enter, it’s easy!

AHA MEDIA filmed at Net Impact Vancouver and the Vancouver Graphic Design Meetup at W2 Media Cafe

June 23, 2011 Leave a comment

A Case Study in Collaboration & Design event at Net Impact Vancouver and the Vancouver Graphic Design Meetup  to hear the inside story of W2 Media Cafe.

Irwin Oostindie, Executive Director of W2 shared the history of this six-year, collaborative project, reflecting on the organizational design that went in to bringing eight non-profits together around a compelling vision.

Below is Marie Prince of Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival (VIMAF) speaking on being part of  the W2 Creative Tech Incubator

Below is Eugene Boulanger speaking about the Fearless City Mobile App

Below is a photo and videos of April Smith of AHA MEDIA speaking on the history of AHA MEDIA and the need for more business mentorship

Below is Mike Rowlands of  Octopus Strategies and Irwin Oostindie of W2

About W2
Opened in May 2011, W2 Media Cafe is a globally networked community media arts centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Housed in the four-storey atrium of the restored Woodwards heritage building, W2 houses a 200-capacity networked broadcasting studio, community TV station, community FM radio station, media lab, creative technology incubator, letterpress studio, telepresence and mobile media programs, and more. Learn more at CreativeTechnology.org

What’s a Meetup Mashup?
Meetup Mashups are a social experiment. Vancouver is an amalgam of micro-communities, many of which never interact. The intent of Net Impact’s Meetup Mashup series is to bring together disparate groups around speaking events of mutual interest. As the networks interact, the communities connect, and fresh new ideas emerge!
EVENT ORGANIZERS

Net Impact
Net Impact is a global network of leaders who are changing the world through business. The Vancouver Net Impact Professional Chapter aims to facilitate opportunities for community impact where business professionals can leverage their skills to affect positive social and environmental change in our local communities. Learn more at www.netimpactvancouver.com

Vancouver Graphic & Communication Design Meetup
The Vancouver Graphic & Communication Design Meetup is a collective of like-minded Vancouver designer folk. We meet monthly to share new ideas, learn valuable skills and to geek out about all things design.

EVENT SPONSORS

A large thank you to our sponsors.

Octopus Strategies:
You know your mission. We’ll tell your story. We unite passion and pragmatism to build the visionary brands of the 21st century. We help leaders of businesses, charities and social enterprises to catalyze change, accelerate progress, and build a better world. We call it ‘Branding. But bigger.’ Learn more at www.octopusstrategies.com

Inkslam – Designers Only :
Inkslam – Designers Only is a new system for Canadian Graphic Designers to get cheap online printing and increase their customer revenue potential. Here’s the benefits:
• Automatically get 20% off our already cheap public prices (you can see them on www.inkslam.ca)
• Get a discount coupon to give to your customers for 10% off, which they can use on our public store, Inkslam.ca. When they use that, you get 10% of the purchase price.
• Get 1000 coupon cards with your coupon code on them for free.
• Get a swatch deck of our paper stock and coating options after your first order – great for showing your customers!

To find out more and sign up, check out www.designersonly.ca.

W2 Media Cafe: A Case Study in Collaboration & Design event on Thursday June 23, 2011

June 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Join Net Impact Vancouver and the Vancouver Graphic Design Meetup to hear the inside story of W2 Media Cafe.

Irwin Oostindie, Executive Director, will share the history of this six-year, collaborative project, reflecting on the organizational design that went in to bringing eight non-profits together around a compelling vision. Be among the first to enjoy the inspiring new networked cafe, and connect with fellow members of the business and design communities.

When & where
Thursday June 23 @ 7:00 – 9:00
W2 Media Cafe
Woodwards Atrium
111 West Hastings Street

Register at
$10 (includes appies & first drink)
w2meetupmashup.eventbrite.com

About W2
Opened in May 2011, W2 Media Cafe is a globally networked community media arts centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Housed in the four-storey atrium of the restored Woodwards heritage building, W2 houses a 200-capacity networked broadcasting studio, community TV station, community FM radio station, media lab, creative technology incubator, letterpress studio, telepresence and mobile media programs, and more. Learn more at CreativeTechnology.org

What’s a Meetup Mashup?
Meetup Mashups are a social experiment. Vancouver is an amalgam of micro-communities, many of which never interact. The intent of Net Impact’s Meetup Mashup series is to bring together disparate groups around speaking events of mutual interest. As the networks interact, the communities connect, and fresh new ideas emerge!
EVENT ORGANIZERS

Net Impact
Net Impact is a global network of leaders who are changing the world through business. The Vancouver Net Impact Professional Chapter aims to facilitate opportunities for community impact where business professionals can leverage their skills to affect positive social and environmental change in our local communities. Learn more at www.netimpactvancouver.com

Vancouver Graphic & Communication Design Meetup
The Vancouver Graphic & Communication Design Meetup is a collective of like-minded Vancouver designer folk. We meet monthly to share new ideas, learn valuable skills and to geek out about all things design.

EVENT SPONSORS

A large thank you to our sponsors.

Octopus Strategies:
You know your mission. We’ll tell your story. We unite passion and pragmatism to build the visionary brands of the 21st century. We help leaders of businesses, charities and social enterprises to catalyze change, accelerate progress, and build a better world. We call it ‘Branding. But bigger.’ Learn more at www.octopusstrategies.com

Inkslam – Designers Only :
Inkslam – Designers Only is a new system for Canadian Graphic Designers to get cheap online printing and increase their customer revenue potential. Here’s the benefits:
• Automatically get 20% off our already cheap public prices (you can see them on www.inkslam.ca)
• Get a discount coupon to give to your customers for 10% off, which they can use on our public store, Inkslam.ca. When they use that, you get 10% of the purchase price.
• Get 1000 coupon cards with your coupon code on them for free.
• Get a swatch deck of our paper stock and coating options after your first order – great for showing your customers!

To find out more and sign up, check out www.designersonly.ca.

April Smith of AHA MEDIA is very honored to be a Keynote Speaker at Northern Voice conference 11 at UBC

May 13, 2011 Leave a comment

April Smith and AHA MEDIA will be presenting  a Keynote Speech at Northern Voice Conference on Friday May 13, 2011

April Smith, Hendrik Beune and Peter Davies make the letters AHA with their fingers while at  Woodwards Housing in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

April is a citizen journalist and co-founder of AHA MEDIA.

“I’m a citizen journalist and co-founder of AHA MEDIA. I have also been involved with W2’s Fearless City Mobile Project – which has presented here at Northern Voice in previous years – and I facilitate social media literacy classes at LifeSkills Centre and Oppenheimer Park.  In my teaching work, I encourage and promote peer training to support education in technology.

I believe, if my neighbors in the Downtown Eastside are able to access communication and technology – as people do in other neighborhoods – I feel it will help create positive change. I know this because it’s helped me create a better life for myself.

I work with W2, which is active in this area of breaking the digital divide and believes access to technology and communication is a human right. For those who have been following, W2 is finally opening a 10,000 square foot community media centre at the Woodward’s Atrium. From this fabulous new space, W2 will help people with their digital storytelling, with a crossmedia lab that broadcasts on CJSF and Coop Radieo, and Novus and Shaw Cable, and the internet.

Programs like Fearless City Mobile and this new media centre put technology in the hands of people and will help more people overcome marginalization by connecting people with society and supporting their self-representation. I know this work is important for transforming people’s lives because it’s where I began. This is my story.

I am cheerleader for positive community building and outreach. Through art, music, and community promotion, I am a self-taught advocate for social justice and positive neighborhood unity. This is really important given that the voices of our marginalized groups are usually mediated by others, rarely do we represent ourselves. Out of W2’s Fearless project was born our social enterprise ” AHA MEDIA.”

AHA MEDIA is a small business that supports social justice by creating spaces for people to represent themselves.

My interests are documentation of daily life in the Downtown Eastside, highlighting the positive, while bringing to light the injustices that occur in the neighborhood.

I have filmed observations, both subversive and situational, over the last 3 years.

Using social media, new media, mobile technology, photos, videos and blogs,  I concentrate on sharing the stories and voices of the otherwise-silenced inner city community. Through our website AHAMedia.ca we reach our neighbors, reach Vancouverites from other neighborhoods, plus a global audience

April Smith, Hendrik Beune and Richard Czaban make the letters AHA with their fingers while at Woodwards Housing in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

I hope to inspire everyone at Northern Voice!


AHA MEDIA filmed at W2 Cafe info meeting in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

April 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Are you a DTES resident with an interest in culture, journalism, media arts, social justice or coffee? Do you have a background working with customer service, as an artist, or have an active interest in W2? Our new facility, W2 Media Cafe, is hiring baristas!

W2 is working with Building Opportunities with Business (BOB) to help us organise potential crew for our new bistro cafe that will operate as a economic generator for W2’s media arts centre operations. If you are interested in this opportunity, come to our barista training information night onWednesday April 27th from 4-6pm. The session will be held at our W2 Media Cafe construction site at #250-111 West Hastings.

The session will include a presentation about the community work W2 does, as well as information about the barista positions. Please bring your resume and be prepared for a short screening interview.

Successful candidates will be selected for a week-long training session put on by W2, BOB, and Salt Spring Coffee Co. that will include the opportunity to get certified in Foodsafe and Serving it Right, plus learn about Salt Spring Coffee Co’s training modules, and W2’s crossmedia and community service vision.

BOB is supporting W2 Media Cafe to provide the barista information and training sessions through their BusinessLinks program. W2 is committed to hiring inner-city residents and Aboriginal women to staff our inner-city social enterprise.

If you have any questions, please contact W2’s office at 604-689-9896 or Lani Johnson at BOB 778-328-7674 or lani.johnson@bobics.org.

Below are photos of the construction process of W2 Cafe