Jane’s Walk 2013: Call for Walk Leaders

Jane’s Walk 2013 takes place on May 3, 4 & 5 in cities all around the world.

What is Jane’s Walk?

Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that helps put people in touch with their environment and with each other, by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating a space for cities to discover themselves. Through the simple act of walking together and discussing what makes a neighbourhood, Jane’s Walk helps knit people together into strong and resourceful communities.

Everyone is welcome to lead or join in a free walk exploring the history and stories that shape our everyday urban experience. Food, art, history, nature, the built environment, the past and the future of the city and how we live together are amongst the themes developed and discussed on past Jane’s Walks.

Get involved with Jane’s Walk 2013!

Do you have a story to tell? Do you know your neighbourhood like the back of your hand? or perhaps you’re a recent newcomer and can share your experience of learning about your new city? Do you have an idea for a fun, informative, unusual way of looking at cities and neighbourhoods? You could lead a Jane’s Walk!

All are welcome to invent their own Jane’s Walk. We are inviting you to lead a walk in the area where you live, work or play. It simply involves planning a route,thinking through the stories, places and people you want to hear and talk about, and promoting it around your neighbourhood. You can also share the guiding duties with a few other resourceful friends or colleagues.

There are only two rules: walks are taken and given for free, and they should be walking conversations. The rest is entirely up to the walkers, and the conversation topics are as varied as the people taking part, from art and architecture to potholes and shortcuts and from video surveillance to the urban forest: anything that helps you and others better understand our cities and neighbourhoods as places and spaces.

Some suggested themes include:

  • Being a newcomer to a community,
  • Diaspora communities
  • Food access and security
  • Public art
  • Public spaces
  • Accessibility, health and well-being
  • Gender issues
  • Community development and revitalization
  • Sustainability
  • and many more…

The Jane’s Walk team can help you plan, promote and share your walk. They will provide you with resources, put you in touch with local organizers in participating cities and answer your questions about leading a Jane’s Walk. They are a small team, but love to share what they’ve learned over the years to help you organize a successful walk of your own.

You can learn more about Jane’s Walk and submit a walk at janeswalk.net.

If you have any questions, or would like to help out in a different way, please contact Yuri Artibise, Vancouver Walk Organizer at yuri@janeswalk.net.