Jan 05 2009

Fearless In Vancouver

Vancouver’s downtown eastside is better known for being the poorest urban area code in Canada. Whenever I visit the neighborhood, I’m astonished at the stark transition from the hip, gentrifying Gastown neighborhood that seemed until recent years to be an extension of the worst parts of the ghetto, and the worst intersections where drug dealers and sex trade workers are reflected by pawn shop storefronts and in the dusty window panes of businesses that long ago closed their doors.

But there is an interesting experiment going on in the downtown eastside, Fearless City, bringing new technology and media tools to energize the neighborhood’s artists and other residents. Empowered with donated camera cell phones, other mobile devices, and peer training, the people of the downtown eastside get to tell their own stories and have a greater voice in our fast-changing city. With a camera phoneThe Vancouver blog Raincoaster provides some details on phase 2 of Phones for Fearless.

Excellent overview of what Fearless City is all about on Global TV. If you want to donate a cell phone or get involved, here’s how to contact them.

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2 Responses to “Fearless In Vancouver”

  1. raincoasteron 05 Jan 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Hey, thanks for the mention! I know there are a lot of phones and cameras out there looking for new homes since their owners upgraded at Christmas or the Boxing Day sales.

  2. Lawrenceon 08 Jan 2009 at 9:40 am

    That sounds like a great idea. This way many stories and different perspectives can be heard from the people themselves rather than than traditional documentaries where we look from the outside in.

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