Today sees the kick off the third CityCamp Brighton – bringing people from across the city together to answer one question:
What kind of future do we want to create together for our city?
It’s incredible to think that this marks three years of CityCamp in Brighton – starting from a single event in 2011, driven by NixonMcInnes, DemSoc and Public-i, it’s evolved into a network of people, events and support across our city, run by a much wider, loose network of volunteers collaborating mainly through digital tools.
If you’re not familiar with the event, it’s purpose is to connect people from communities, the public sector, businesses and creative/digital professionals to share their problems and ideas, and turn these into real projects to create a better future for Brighton.
Today, we kick of with inspiration in the form of a series of speakers at the Salis Benney Theatre in central Brighton. Amongst them our very own Tom Nixon, talking about building a future economy based on wellbeing, Emma Daniels of BH Coats for Kids talking about her journey setting up an ‘agile charity’, and Paul Richards, to talk about how CityCamp Brighton turned his idea into a fully fledged project that employs someone.
Saturday, at the Brighthelm Centre, is where we share ideas – I’ll be facilitating an Open Space session where anyone can bring anything that fits under the banner of creating the future we want, to host a discussion and get the inspiration they need to turn it into something real. They will pitch back their idea, to form teams for the following day.
Sunday, at Hove Town Hall is where those teams create something real (a website or app prototype, a presentation, a written or drawn plan etc) to pitch back at the end of the day to our judging panel, who will be awarding some financial and in-kind support to some of the ideas. On that judging panel will also be someone from TEDxBrighton, who’ll be picking one idea to receive a place in their Ideas Lab at the 2013 event.
If you’re around this weekend, and want to get involved in something really different – about changing the way we think about our city and our relationship with it – please grab a ticket and come down. We’d love to see you.