Interesting Vancouver 2012

Comments 24 by Rebecca Bollwitt

I attended my first Interesting Vancouver conference in 2008 at the Vancouver Rowing Club and through a line-up of diverse, knowledgeable, and creative speakers, I walked away feeling inspired and motivated. What did they each talk about? Something completely different. Interesting Vancouver invites speakers to share some time on stage to talk about anything. Really, anything.

Confirmed speakers for September 2012:
Interesting Vancouver 2012Toby Barazzuol – lessons learned from the Downtown Eastside
Lloyd Bernhardt – adoption and capitalism
Aamer Haleem – reflections on a career in television
Ron Shewchuk – BBQ and how it can benefit the workplace
Roy White – an unexpected opportunity at an unlikely time
Tori Holmes – rowing across the Atlantic
Corinne Lea – bureaucracy and the limits it imposes on culture
Boris Mann – sailing the South Pacific in a tall ship

The evening’s aim is to impart new knowledge, things you’ve never known, or thought about. Open up parallel thinking ports. Activate parts of your brain that for even the brainiest person may have been neglected or unexplored. There will be a degree of spontaneity, unexpected moments, and learnings. It is a splendid collage of interesting ideas and passionate people.

The audience is as interesting as the speakers. It will be a mix of artists, photographers, lawyers, librarians, social marketers, micro finance specialists, university professors, accountants, visual effects artists, journalists, marketing strategists, and more. The people sitting around you will be just as interesting as those on stage.

At the event in 2008 I walked away with stories of comic books, museums, social spaces, media, and Pikachu floating around in my head. All in all, it was a very interesting evening.

The next Interesting Vancouver will take place Friday, September 28, 2012 from 6:00pm to 10:30pm at the Museum of Vancouver. Tickets are currently on sale for $25 or $21 if you’re a Museum of Vancouver member.

The event is already about 80% sold but I have a pair of tickets to give away, here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment stating what you think is the most interesting thing about Metro Vancouver (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets to @InterestingVan from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 10:00am.

Update The winner is Steve!

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24 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Ashley MFriday, September 14th, 2012 — 10:25am PDT

    The most interesting thing about Vancouver is easily the diversity. The city is a magnificent melting pot for culture, food, religion, and the arts!

  2. Bryan BasamanowiczFriday, September 14th, 2012 — 10:31am PDT

    The most interesting thing about downtown Vancouver is the sign in front of the library which says, “words don’t fit the picture” — I was nonplussed by it several times before I finally walked up to the thing and read about its origins.

  3. SteveFriday, September 14th, 2012 — 10:50am PDT

    The most interesting thing about Metro Vancouver gorgeous landscape and sunsets during the summer, as well as all the awesome free activities like movies in the park.

  4. mary-joFriday, September 14th, 2012 — 10:56am PDT

    The most interesting thing about Vancouver is that on every corner you’ll find a designer dog (maybe child), a designer yoga studio, a designer coffee shop, flanked by a’undesigner’ (nix LuLu) crowd.

  5. ChristineFriday, September 14th, 2012 — 11:13am PDT

    The most interesting thing about Vancouver is the diversity of it’s eclectic neighbourhoods and the people the live in them!

  6. LindsayFriday, September 14th, 2012 — 1:40pm PDT

    The most interesting thing about Metro Vancouver is how much people use the public spaces (parks, benches etc).

  7. ChelleFriday, September 14th, 2012 — 3:48pm PDT

    The most interesting thing about Vancouver is how it contains such a wide range of people and does so fairly gracefully.

  8. DanaFriday, September 14th, 2012 — 7:34pm PDT

    All the bike lanes we’ve put in, and all the bike riders that still clog the streets around them

  9. JeffSaturday, September 15th, 2012 — 1:05am PDT

    The most interesting thing about Metro Van is the individual people – all the similarities and differences, what makes them tick, what their hopes and dreams are.

  10. Ray MaddlySaturday, September 15th, 2012 — 10:54am PDT

    The most interesting thing about Vancouver is our desperate need to maintain social/hierarchical order when lining up, since we line up for……everything.

  11. AnneSaturday, September 15th, 2012 — 6:58pm PDT

    The most interesting thing about Vancouver is the people that live here.

  12. MargareteSaturday, September 15th, 2012 — 8:03pm PDT

    The most interesting thing about Vancouver is the diversity found everywhere.

  13. karenSaturday, September 15th, 2012 — 8:57pm PDT

    The most interesting thing about Vancouver is beautiful sunsets and the ocean as well as the many different restarents and different cultures…always something new.

  14. Kondi CallaneticsSunday, September 16th, 2012 — 9:41am PDT

    The most interesting thing about Vancouver is how active everyone is! When you live in such a beautiful city I suppose it’s not hard to get outdoors an be active.

  15. KevinSunday, September 16th, 2012 — 8:33pm PDT

    Diversity. It’s fantastic to see so many cultures and backgrounds both merging as well as maintaining their own identities.

  16. valerieMonday, September 17th, 2012 — 12:06pm PDT

    Most interesting thing about Metro Vancouver? The fact that a major freeway (99) ends right at the city limits of Vancouver.

  17. shelaineMonday, September 17th, 2012 — 8:26pm PDT

    unique communities and diverse people.

  18. Sarah N.Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 — 9:08am PDT

    No matter what you want to eat, do, see or learn, you can do it here!

  19. StotesTuesday, September 18th, 2012 — 10:55am PDT

    The diversity, especially in the restaurant department.

  20. JonathanTuesday, September 18th, 2012 — 3:44pm PDT

    The most interesting thing about metro Vancouver? It would be the diverse scenery to be seen and appreciated – from mountain backdrops, Pacific Ocean and Burrard Inlet, sandy beaches, parks and greenery, cityscape buildings and bright lights, eclectic pubs and clubs, eateries and restaurants that cater to a thousand different cuisines – a lot of variety in what to see and enjoy in metro Vancouver.

  21. MaryWednesday, September 19th, 2012 — 12:16pm PDT

    The most interesting thing about Vancouver? Our sense of community! When that terrible night last year with the riots our metro vancouver community banded together the next day and cleaned the city up!

  22. Amara HaqqaniMonday, September 24th, 2012 — 1:10pm PDT

    The interesting thing that will forever tie me to this city has nothing to do with the scenery, ultimately. Vancouver is the beautiful blonde sitting alone at the bar. Her beauty attracts you to want to see her up close, but her passionate and diverse conversation will keep you at the bar chatting for hours.

  23. MargaMonday, September 24th, 2012 — 1:12pm PDT

    The most interesting thing about Vancouver is the fact that there are people who are willing to put their time and effort on events like this; as I’m sure the amount of work/time don’t even comes close to the money they collect for it and probably barely covers the cost of the event.

  24. JordanaMonday, September 24th, 2012 — 3:34pm PDT

    That people are always writing articles about how disconnected Vancouverites are from each other yet every time we’re out were meeting each other, stranger to stranger, and having a good time. At least that’s my experience

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