Call for Exhibitors and Sponsors

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference will host residents of the Fraser Valley, and Lower Mainland who are seeking to change, or redirect their lives. Audience members will attend the Conference to be inspired by the stories of others, to search out information, and to learn, to participate, and to grow as individuals.

EXCLUSIVE EXHIBITOR OPPORTUNITY

You will have the undivided attention of more than 125 conference participants by being the sole Exhibitor at the Conference. Set up your wares in the same space where attendees will circulate for morning and afternoon breaks, and lunchtime beverages. This includes an opportunity to address the audience directly.

SPONSORS

In what way would you like our audience to engage with your product? What kind of image, or feeling about it would you like attendees to take home with them?

We have put together an inventory of assets and opportunities in the following areas:

  • brand building,
  • product placement,
  • sampling,
  • thought leadership, and
  • more!

From Passion to Purpose Events is looking for sponsorships in these areas: meals and breaks, program and printing, the Quiet Space, the Networking Event, the Panel, delegate bags, and a photo booth.

Let’s join forces to create a day that is both inspiring, and life-changing for everyone involved.

To set up a phone call, or a face-to-face, email Stacey or Debbie at passiontopurposeevents@gmail.com.


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018

Fort Langley Community Hall | 9167 Glover Road | Fort Langley | BC | V1M 2R9

Speaking of Impermanent…

A flashmob recreates Rembrandt’s painting, The Night Watch, in a shopping centre in Breda to mark the painting’s return to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Companies and organizations use flash mobs, and pop-up events as marketing tools. Both, by definition, are temporary, and both are seemingly random or unplanned although, in reality, nothing is left to chance. Pop-up events can expand brand awareness, attract a new audience, or even characterize an entire organization.

Compassion Pop-up signageFor example, Compassion 604: The Compassion Collective is a loosely organized group of co-workers and friends who get together semi-regularly to help people experiencing homelessness. Initiated by Stacey Wakelin, Compassion 604 uses a Facebook group to communicate, organize, and solicit donations of needed items. With virtually no overhead, Stacey, and her group of neighbours-helping-neighbours operate with few out-of-pocket expenses.

Compassion Pop-up donationsFrom random-acts-of-kindness to an oatmeal street breakfast, to a pop-up hair salon, with free clothing, food, and a card-making table, Compassion 604 members use their imagination, their connections, and their initiative to plan each event. This means no two Compassion Pop-ups will ever look the same. To date, one event used empty retail space, another, a community centre, and still others went directly to the streets. All items are donated by individuals, and local businesses; monetary donations are used to purchase items to give away.

The Compassion Collective shows us what can be accomplished by a group of people, passionate about making a difference, who think outside the box, and use the resources at hand.

Sometimes a worn and weathered old saying is still a perfect summation: Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

~ Debbie MacLeod


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

Impermanent and Imperfect

True happiness is always a moment. – Liviu Rebreanu

Recently, Open Culture posted a 4-minute video called Wabi-Sabi: A Handful of Memories from Traditional Japan. This was an amazing coincidence in my mind, since a few days previous, I’d featured the Japanese art of kintsukuroi in To Repair with Gold. The video, by Spanish filmmaker Cristóbal Vila, is breathtakingly beautiful but, as stunning as these images are, they’re also a reminder that natural beauty is impermanent and imperfect.

As each of us begin our personal journey of reinvention, let’s not forget that we, too, are imperfect beings. We’ll make mistakes, we may even fail, and whatever we do create will surely end one day, but by reaching for our dreams, we create our moments.

~ Debbie MacLeod


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

#WhenIGrowUp Wednesdays: The Zagat Survey

#WhenIGrowUp Wednesdays features stories of people who reinvented themselves, or who came to a crossroads and chose a different path, or who rediscovered, or returned to the pursuit of their youthful passion.

Today, we’ll look at a wildly successful husband and wife team who gave up their respective law careers, in their 40s, to pursue their passion.

Tim and Nina ZagatTim and Nina Zagat compiled their first collection of New York City restaurant reviews for friends in 1979. Within a couple of years, their restaurant guide had become so popular that, in an effort to defray printing costs, they sought a publisher. None would take the project on, so they published it themselves, and sold the bound copies to small bookstores from the back of their Toyota station wagon. What started as a hobby, turned into a successful business, and in 2011 the company was sold to Google for a reported $151 million.

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Eugene Henry Zagat, Jr. and Nina Safronoff met at Yale Law School, married in 1965, and graduated in 1966. Each of them was hired to work in the Paris office of a different New York City law firm for approximately six months. While in Paris, their primary goal was to visit as many restaurants as possible, and sample as much French cuisine as they could in that short time. They kept a list of all the restaurants they visited, what they liked, didn’t like, etc.; six months turned into 2 years.

Zagat SurveyWhen they returned to New York, they began to host regular dinner parties for their friends, and other food-lovers. At one dinner, about 10 years after their return, and after much wine, the conversation turned to food critics. The consensus was that, often a critic’s dining experience was a much better one than the average person might have because critics were recognized, and courted, for five-star reviews. The solution, they decided, was to solicit the opinions of hundreds of average people, and then tabulate the results for a more accurate review.

Tim and Nina created a survey with questions about the entire restaurant experience, based on their time in Paris. This survey was distributed to their friends, who then distributed it to more friends and colleagues. Then, the ratings, and comments from all the surveys, which covered all sorts of restaurants were compiled annually. The published guides became very popular. In 1982, 7,500 copies were sold; 18,000 the second year; in 1985, sales jumped to 75,000 per month. Tim and Nina quit their respective law firms, and became full-time publishers of the Zagat Survey.

Tim Zagat’s advice to students:

Do something you really love. We had the good fortune of finding something we love to do and turning that into something successful.

Sources: Notable Biographies, Wikipedia, Yale School of Management, Zagat

~ Debbie MacLeod


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

Finding Your Peeps

Cause you gotta have friends. Finding your peeps is important — acceptance, understanding and support… and a soul connection. – Sascha Jones

So, you’re thinking you might be interested in joining us at The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference in May, but you’re not sure which one of your friends could be convinced to come along with you… because you definitely don’t want to come on your own… you don’t want to sit by yourself… you don’t want to have to eat your lunch with people you don’t know…. you don’t want to – STOP.

Hello

This is not a work event, or a parent meeting, or a concert, a movie, or a dinner in a nice restaurant. You don’t need to drag anyone with you – unless they’re as excited about the event as you are. And, then it wouldn’t be dragging! Every single one of the other attendees will be at the Fort Langley Community Hall for the same reasons as you are: to be inspired by some amazing life stories, to ask how-to questions of people who’ve ‘been there, done that’, and to meet like-minded strangers who could even become friends. These will be your peeps.

Remember, a few posts ago, I talked about dreaded networking, and another day I introduced the conference hashtag #WhenIGrowUp? See where I’m going with this? On May 26, 2018, let’s forget about standard intros like, “what do you do, where do you live, how many kids do you have, isn’t the weather (fill in the blank),” etc., etc. Introductions on this day should go like this: “Hi. My name is (fill in the blank). What do you want to be when you grow up?” I guarantee there’ll be no shortage of conversation.

~ Debbie MacLeod

Photo by Prawny via Morguefile


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

Walk the Talk

… You’ll be surprised how fresh air drives fresh thinking, and in the way that you do, you’ll bring into your life an entirely new set of ideas.” – Nilofer Merchant

Additional suggestions on taking a creative path:

Imagining and creating give us a sense of purpose. If you lack those things, a pervasive sense of emptiness becomes the default. The great seduction later in life is that many of us fill the vacuum with false friends, material things and medication, both legal and otherwise.  – A Creative Life is a Healthy Life by Amanda Enayati


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

To Repair with Gold

This idea of celebrating the broken pot is an extension of the idea of wabi-sabi which, in contrast to western values of perfection and symmetry, is an eastern philosophy of living that finds beauty in the damaged or imperfect. – Mercedes Smith

Kintsukuroi - To Repair with Gold


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

#WhenIGrowUp Wednesdays: Olive Dickason

HIGH SCHOOL DROP-OUT | JOURNALIST | SINGLE MOM | AUTHOR | PROFESSOR

When Olive Dickason was 12 years old, her family left Winnipeg, and moved to the bush. Her father, Frank Williamson, had just lost everything he owned in the Great Depression – except for a “worthless” piece of land in the interlake region of Manitoba. Olive, and her younger sister hunted and trapped with their Métis mother Phoebe Cote, to keep the family alive. Olive completed Grade 10 via correspondence.

Olive DickasonAt the age of 19, Dickason left the bush for Saskatchewan where she found a job selling subscriptions. Two random meet-ups there would influence the course of her life. The first was with a Catholic priest who, as improbable as it sounds, secured sponsorship for her university education at Notre Dame College in Ottawa. The second was with her mother’s Métis relatives in Regina, and would eventually determine her path to reinvention.

With her B.A. in Philosophy and French, Olive worked a series of journalism jobs at a variety of newspapers, moving from reporter, to writer, to editor. She married Anthony Dickason, had three children, and divorced. Without financial support from her ex-husband, she was forced to surrender her daughters to foster care for seven years – until she was hired to work at The Globe with a paycheque sufficient to support the four of them. Then, in 1970 at 50 years of age, when her daughters were grown, Olive went back to school.

The Myth of the SavageDickason had to fight the system the entire way. She wanted to become an Indigenous historian, but there was no such thing as Aboriginal history in the 1970s. So, she gathered her resources and made her case; then she found her own advisor and was allowed to proceed. After completing graduate studies in 1976, Olive taught full-time at the University of Alberta for eight years until she reached their mandatory retirement age of 65. At this point, she was supposed to retire, but instead, filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission, which made it to the Supreme Court of Canada. The case was ultimately unsuccessful, but she was able to stay on as a sessional instructor until 1992, when she retired at the age of 72.

 Canada's First Nations: A History of Founding Peoples From Earliest TimesOlive Dickason’s doctoral thesis was published in 1984 as The Myth of the Savage, and was the first of her books to become a bestseller. In 1992, she published the first written account of Indigenous people in Canada: Canada’s First Nations: A History of Founding Peoples From Earliest Times, another bestseller that has become a “major, path-breaking resource.” She received 10 honorary degrees, earned a National Aboriginal Lifetime Achievement Award, and was named to the Order of Canada in 1996. She passed away in 2011 at the age of 91.

Olive’s work was unique at the time. She was totally focused on rescuing the history of the First Nations from oblivion. She transformed the landscape and inspired a whole generation of new scholars. – Rod MacLeod

Let’s be inspired by the successes of others, and let’s continue to dream ‘the impossible.’ Put aside the obstacles, close your eyes, and finish the sentence: When I grow up, I want to be…

Sources: Globe and MailUniversity of Alberta History & Classics, University of Alberta Newsletter, Wikipedia

Photo: Olive Dickason

~ Debbie MacLeod


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

Michael Leland: I Belong Here

binner [`bin-ner] noun: a person who collects redeemable containers and other things from bins to sustain their livelihood and to divert waste from landfills; a dumpster diver – Binners’ Project 

From Luminus Films…


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

Logic versus Imagination

Logic versus Creativity

Logic can take you from A to Z. Imagination can take you anywhere. – Albert Einstein

From the LinkedIn article by Oleg Vishnepolsky.


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!