Open Cities Toronto 2007 is an unconference being held June 23rd and 24th at the Centre for Social Innovation that hopes to explore how the concept of “openness” (as in: open source, open doors, open space, etc.) can be expanded to improve the way the city and its citizens work, live, and play together.
There are no speakers, only participants, and the shape of the event will be determined by the will and interests of those who attend. It sounds like a lot of fun and you have to admire any event that has it’s own Dream Wall for people to help define their hopes for what the event will ultimately become and mean.
Here is what some people are dreaming about Open Cities:
“The open city I dream of is principled, curious, and brave: it works as well as it plays, asks hard questions and pursues difficult answers over easy ones, welcomes controversy rather than repressing (or shying away from) dissent, rewards honesty, respects privacy, upholds responsibility at the personal and collective level, protects the weak as well as the strong, admits its likes and dislikes, and listens to the quietest of voices.”
Amy Lavender Harris
“I dream of a city that makes its own fun; a built environment that whispers subtle invitations for creative intervention. In my city, each person is both dreamer and doer, and the familiar is continuously rediscovered through the actions of countless hearts and minds at play.”
“I dream of a city where innovation changes people’s lives in many ways for the better. In the open city, communities collaborate to exchange knowledge, ideas, and information. Having this open-collaboration will solve many issues that are faced by many; social, political, wealth, health etc. in the open world, everyone is aware of everything; our city will be a global example.”
This certainly sounds like the same kind of city that Torontoist dreams about. Attendance for this unconference is limited to the first 60 people who sign up and registration opens today, Friday, June 8th. So, if you find yourself dreaming about the kind of city described above, act quickly!