100 in 1 Day Vancouver: Urban Intervention at Dude Chilling Park
From 100 in 1 Day Vancouver:
What if hundreds of people united, each putting in place the changes they wish to see in their city, all on the same day?
On June 7, for the first time-ever, Vancouver will host 100 in 1 Day.
This citizen-driven festival will unite people across the city to make Vancouver a better place by creating acts of urban change.
These acts, or interventions, have the potential to raise awareness of urban and social issues, inspire ideas, and motivate leaders to consider new approaches to old problems.
What is an urban intervention?
An urban intervention is a community-based project, led by an individual, group of like-minded citizens or neighbours, or an organization. These projects, be they whimsical and fun or advocating for social justice and change, are a simple, often low-cost way for people to showcase their ideas for a better city. They transform the city, and inspire participants and onlookers alike – fostering a strong sense of community and positive change. Interventions respond to the needs of the public – either through the social community, in public spaces or the built environment – with a goal to stimulate community involvement.
In the spirit of 100 in 1 Day Vancouver, myself and a few friends are running an urban intervention in Dude Chilling Park from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on June 7th.
Our urban intervention is titled “Hello!”. The premise is simple. Sometimes we struggle to engage with each other because we’re too busy, too preoccupied, or too scared to open ourselves up to strangers. Yet, sometimes a simple “hello” or a smile is all the permission we need to strike up a conversation. Come say hello and we’ll see where the moment takes us. We’ll have a table and chairs set up, with some writing and art supplies so we can get creative if we feel the need. Perhaps we’ll collaborate on something to add to the Dude Chilling Art Exchange. We’re looking forward to meeting you and saying hello.