Community Cinema: Design & Thinking
documentary screening + salon

March 24, 2014
7:00pm (doors open 6:30pm)
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema,
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts,
149 W Hastings St. Vancouver, BC

‘Design & Thinking’ is a documentary that links commonalities between business, design, social change-makers, and citizens in the profoundly ambiguous 21st century. Watch the trailer here:

A salon-style forum discussion follows the film. The panel will investigate how design thinking can be applied to improve civic engagement. Moderated by panelists Amanda Gibbs of Public Assembly, Justin Langlois of Broken City Lab, and Am Johal of SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

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Film Synopsis

“How do we fully engage organizations to think about the changing landscape of business, culture and society? Inspired by design thinking, this documentary grabs businessman, designers, social change-makers and unlikely individuals to portrait what they have in common when facing this ambiguous 21st century. What is design thinking? How is it applied in business models? How are people changing the world with their own creative minds? It is a call to the conventional minds to change and collaborate.”

Civic Renewal Lab:
The Civic Renewal Lab is a citizen-led initiative that aims to shift citizens from consumers to active shapers of policies, programs and public space. It is a community hub devoted to facilitating, promoting and supporting the use of art, design, media, and constructive dialogue to foster better citizenship.

Vancouver Design Nerds:
The Vancouver Design Nerds Society (VDNS) exist to facilitate, promote and support positive social, environmental and urban transformation by providing a platform for face-to-face creative collaboration. They design, expedite and improve civic engagement processes and techniques that, through the use of dialogue, art, design, media and other creative methods, act as innovative ways to reconnect citizens with their communities and engage them with their environment.
As a network of collaborating designers and artists, they share a desire to engage design opportunities with a spirit of creative play and to challenge the normative environment of the city. The diversity of the group enriches the design process and propels discussion far beyond the prescribed parameters of a project, revealing opportunities and unanticipated, often surprising results. Design Nerds are active in architecture, green building, urban design, public art, graphic design, industrial design, engineering, photography, sculpture, policy, sustainability, artificial intelligence, theatre, renewable energy, fashion, dance, film, community development, etc.

Gen Why Media:
Gen Why Media is a production house that uses media, events and public art to create engagement strategies, bridging on and offline inter-cultural and inter-generational dialogue.

Discussion Forum Panelists:

Amanda Gibbs:
Amanda is a writer, communications strategist and facilitator who has assisted dozens of social profit and knowledge-driven organizations map and create brands, enact organizational and policy change and craft winning campaigns. Her work via social innovation platform, Public Assembly, focuses on creative and productive public engagement, and in particular, finding ways to marshal leading edge tools from social marketing, deliberative democracy, the arts and design to address the pressing issues facing cities. She is a mother of two, lives and works in Vancouver and is an active volunteer in her neighbourhood of Strathcona.

Justin Langlois:
Justin Langlois is the co-founder and research director of Broken City Lab, an artist-led collective that works through collaborative social practice and creative research to understand the ways in which locality is shaped and enacted in the city. Among a range of projects that have unfolded in cities throughout Canada and the US, Broken City Lab currently operates CIVIC Space in downtown Windsor, a 24-month long project exploring the intersection of art and civic life, and the collective is also currently participating in the Contemporary Art Gallery’s Field House Studio residency in Vancouver. Langlois is an Assistant Professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design where he teaches social practice.

Am Johal:
Am Johal works as Director of SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.  He is co-chair of the Vancity Community Foundation, sits on the Vancouver City Planning Commission and is on the Steering Committee of SFU’s Centre for Dialogue. He has an MA in international economic relations and is currently a part-time doctoral student in Media Philosophy at European Graduate School.

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