By Emily Kinread. November 6th at 9:33am.
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Taking the lead – Studio Y – HIVEX Workshop turns talk into action
Ambition. What does it mean to someone trying to enable positive change within their community? How can each of us make a difference to the broader socio-economic development of the city? This is what James Arron, Scott Baker, and Ross Curtner, graduates of Studio Y, addressed in their HIVEX Conference workshop on October 18, 2014.
Studio Y is an immersive fellowship for young people committed to driving positive change in their lives, their communities and the systems that surround us.
(R) Emily Kinread at HIVEX 2014. Photo: @alyssa_lai
The workshop kicked off with the group being asked to focus on a positive, inspiring memory they have of Hamilton. They were then prompted to use this memory as the motivation for what they would ideally do to help make Hamilton better.
The trio then instructed attendees to form small groups, where each individual shared their idea, and then received strategic feedback from the other group members. Through these small groups, each idea was evaluated and strategies for growth were developed.
The workshop finished off with everyone being encouraged to sign a document committing to make the positive change they identified.
Attendees were not only inspired to make a difference, but also to reflect upon the power of asking for help and taking advice from peers.
The Business of Local – Reflecting on how to build a sustainable community
Working together to better the Hamilton community was an overarching theme of the 2014 HIVEX Conference. The Business of Local workshop, lead by the Hamilton Sustainable Professionals Network, explored improving the city through sustainable growth.
According to Peter Topalovic of the Hamilton Sustainable Professionals Network, the “business of local” is made up of a number of sectors, including: economic development, arts, culture & heritage, small business, infrastructure and development, education and community, food and agriculture, health and quality of life, natural ecosystems, innovation & incubation, and Impact investing.
“Hamilton is at a tipping point and we all need to work together to make it better,” stated Topalovic.
This was echoed as Eric Miller, a consulting economist and university lecturer, took the stage.
Miller stated, “business as usual is no longer as economic as it used to be.”
He believes that to maintain economic sustainability, we must take into account building capital, human and social capital as well as natural capital, rather than just focus on the market value of development. We must ensure the shared value of these areas is a focal point, in order to ensure long-term ambitious sustainability is achieved.
Following Eric Miller’s presentation, David Carter, Executive Director of Innovation Factory spoke about the importance of developing clusters. Carter reflected on the reasons clusters are formed in nature: for protection, to be better hunters, and to be stronger as a group than as individuals.
“Even candy is better in clusters,” joked Carter.
Cater proposed that through the clusters developing in Hamilton, we are reaping the same benefits as those seen in nature. Clusters such as Software Hamilton, Hamilton HIVE, Platform 302 and others, are all bringing people together with shared interests, and those groups are stronger together because of it.
“We need to continue to build more inclusive clusters within the city,” stated Carter. “As these groups thrive and grow we are positioning Hamilton to be stronger by building more collaborative partnerships which in-turn will build a sustainable Hamilton.”
Emily Kinread is a marketing professional and enthusiast in Hamilton Ontario, and is a member of the Hamilton HIVE PR sub-committee.