Prepare for launch…

Posted in Uncategorized by nicktaylorvaisey on May 8, 2009

In just a few hours, Around the Block will hit Ottawa’s airwaves. I’m pumped, and I know co-host François-Olivier Dorais can’t wait to get going either (go check out his half of the show, by the way, at

Just past 11 a.m. this morning, you can expect to hear University of Ottawa vice-president research Mona Nemer talk about how she hopes to connect the school’s brightest researchers with the people who live just a few doors away — i.e. the residents of Sandy Hill and Centretown, among others. Hint: She wants to have people come to campus, and she also wants to use new media to get the word out.

At the bottom of the hour, you will hear a few people involved with ChangeCamp Ottawa, an un-conference scheduled for May 16 that hopes to answer the question: How do we re-imagine government and citizenship in the age of participation? It’s heavy stuff, but it’s all about engaging people at the most local level (hyperlocal, even) in the governance of the space around them. You’ll hear from Mark Kuznicki, the Toronto-based founder of ChangeCamp; Morgen Peers, an organizer of ChangeCamp Ottawa; and Ryan Saxby, a local blogger with Apartment613 who will cover ChangeCamp as it unfolds — think liveblog and Twitter, to the max.

Not sure what ChangeCamp really hopes to succeed? Confused about what the heck an un-conference entails? Tune in at 11 a.m. either by using a radio or, if you don’t want to move at all, by clicking on the “listen live” link in the top right corner of this site.


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