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Home Exchanges: Birth of the Sharing Economy
BY RICH PATTERSON
@ VOL 15
ON JUN 03, 2017
What if you could travel for free or significantly reduced cost and deepen your connections with your destination, yourself, and your family? With his presentation, Rich Patterson explains how home exchanging allows this.
BY ERIKA MASHIG
IN NEW WESTMINSTER
In her talk, Erika Mashig explains how the original “parklet” stood in place in a parking stall in San Fransisco for two hours – the maximum term of the lease offered on the meter. When the meter expired, the sod, bench and tree were taken away and the space resumed as a parking stall. She goes on to explain how this grass roots initiative has caught on, and evolved into what is known as a “parklet”- the transformation of parking spaces on the street into places for people to sit, relax, and enjoy the city.
Empathy in Innovation
BY TOM CIPRIAN
IN NEW WESTMINSTER
For this presentation, Tom Ciprian talks about how walking in another person's shoes allows us to understand one another so that we can learn how to connect to the world around us.
He says that applying empathy to innovation means we're hearing the voice of the customer so that our decisions and actions can serve a bigger purpose.
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About the City's Organizers
PechaKucha New West was started by Melinda & Neal Michael, but is now organized by a committee of passionate and engaged residents including; Jen Arbo, Erin Jeffery, Wes Kinna, & Stephen O'Shea.
I like socks that fit snugly and strong tea. I like proposal writing and project managing. My chickens are awesome.
Stephen Carl O'Shea is a dedicated and passionate arts advocate. Growing up in Abbotsford, BC, he is the founding member and bass player of international touring New Wave band You Say Party. He was the Artistic Director of Jam in Jubilee Music Festival for 3 years and sat on the Board of Directors of the Devon Clifford Music Foundation before moving to New Westminster in the fall of 2013. He is currently the Executive Director of the Arts Council of New Westminster.
An actor by training and a communicator by trade, Erin has a thing for language. She is the Communications Manager for Uptown New Westminster BA as well as providing marketing and communications assistance for other fabulous clients like the Vancouver Circus School and Tenth to the Fraser. She first developed her passion for New Westminster and its environs as the Account Manager at Hangar 18 Creative group in charge of the visual identity redesign of River Market. She is the Vice President of the Board of the Arts Council of New Westminster where she uses her 'jazz hands' to get people as excited about the arts as she is. She is involved in the Ecole Qayqayt community school PAC, plays flag football and has her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, Concentration Acting from the University of British Columbia. She is a New West resident who is proud of her city, passionate about the arts, and a bit too obsessed with cheese.