Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Apr 7 Keynote Address at Mobile Apps & Interactive Games Conf

Greenest City by 2020 Project: Bridging Digital and Traditional Participation in Vancouver, BC
Susanna Haas Lyons / Public Engagement Specialist, Engaging.ly and Researcher, University of British Columbia and Amanda Mitchell, Greenest City Planning Analyst at the City of Vancouver
Join us for an exciting and indepth exploration of how the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, is employing games, apps and other technologies as well traditional engagement approaches as part of changing how people respond to climate change and overall sustainability.  Susanna Haas Lyons and Amanda Mitchell will highlight their inspiring and insightful work with the City of Vancouver to engage citizens in their efforts to become the greenest city in the world by 2020.

Susanna Haas Lyons brings together citizens and decision-makers to create better policy on issues that matter most to the public. She has worked across North America, engaging dozens to thousands of participants in complex and productive conversations. Susanna offers workshops, speaks and researches about the use of digital media as a tool for public participation. She is a Senior Network Associate with AmericaSpeaks and served for three years as their Communications Manager and Program Associate. Currently, Susanna is advising the Alberta Climate Dialogue, a community-university research project to involve Albertans in developing climate solutions, and is taking a Masters Degree at the University of British Columbia's Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability.

 Amanda Mitchell works with communities to embed sustainability principles into their long-term planning decisions. Specializing in the creation of meaningful and transparent public consultation processes, she has worked on the innovative Smart Growth on the Ground program at both Smart Growth BC and the Design Centre for Sustainability. Currently Amanda works at the City of Vancouver where she manages the online consultation and social media accounts for the Greenest City planning initiative.  She’s a founding Director of the Vancouver Public Space Network, co-founder of re:place magazine-- an online publication devoted to public space and urbanism in Vancouver.  Amanda is a LEED Accredited Professional with a Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Guelph and a Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture from the University of British Columbia.

Learn more about the conference and join us for a great program on Thursday, April 7!  Visit www.publicdecisions.com/games for details.
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