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Events Guide: 4 Days Better City LAB

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HALIFAX4 Days Better City LAB is an invitation to engage with other passionate people in Halifax. Rather than complaints and criticisms, the self-described “un-conference” is about generative conversations, developing ideas and sparking new relationships with the ultimate goal of a better, more livable Halifax.

Starting Wednesday 20 October, Day One focuses on the theme of ‘Mobility’ with a Knowledge Black Market. At this event, ‘knowledge dealers’ such as artists, philosophers, economists, bureaucrats, sit and offer a portion of their knowledge which can be explained and learned in 15 minutes. Participants can choose between offers by the ‘knowledge dealers’ for an interactive and lively conversation.

WHAT: Knowledge Black Market
WHEN: Wednesday 20 October, 7pm – 9pm (doors at 6)
WHERE: 5410 Spring Garden Road

On Thursday 21 October, Day Two looks at the issue of ‘Enterprise’ in Halifax. This is an opportunity to spark conversations on the new impact economy and actually participate in community-based investment. In short, this is a fun night to help local social innovators make their ideas happen with a little conversation and a little investment.

Bar philanthropy is a chance to not just talk about – but to actually invest in local ideas. Your ticket price turns into “local investment chips” at the door. In a reverse-dragons-den style, local social entrepreneurs whose ideas have been incubating at the HUB Halifax, will make their pitch to the audience. Where your investment goes is in your hands.

WHAT: Dragon’s Lair Event
WHEN: Thursday 21 October, 7:30 – 9:30 pm (doors at 7)
WHERE: Garrison Brewery

Day Three features PechaKucha Night 6 on the theme of ‘Government.’ PechaKucha Nights (PKN) are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts – just about anything really. The idea behind PKN is to have many people sharing their ideas within the course of one night. Therefore the 20×20 PKN format was created: 20 images. Each shown for 20 seconds. 6 minutes 40 seconds per presenter. 14 presenters. 1 fun night.

WHAT: PechKucha Night 6.0
WHEN: Friday 22 October, 7:30 – 9:30 pm (doors at 7)
WHERE: 2540 Agricola Street

4 Days Better City LAB concludes on Saturday 23 October with a variety of events on the topic of ‘Public Space’.

In the afternoon, meet for a brief walking tour co-hosted by Spacing Atlantic and in conjunction with the global Jane’s Walk community, we will visit sites of possibility in our downtown. This walk will be followed by workshops about public art & public space.

WHAT: Walking Tour & Public Space Workshops
WHEN: Saturday 23 October, 12 – 2:30 pm
WHERE: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Finally, on Saturday evening, a co-presentation of the Autopoetic Ideas Festival and Atlantic Ground Control of an evening with Dune Lankard. Dune will be exploring the topics of conservation based economies, lessons and unresolved long-term impacts of the Exxon Valdez disaster and teaching of effective models of change to empower people to positively influence their local economy, protect endangered homelands and provide real solutions for energy and pollution challenges.

WHAT: An Evening with Dune Lankard
WHEN: Saturday 23 October, 7 pm
WHERE: Ondaatje Auditorium, Halifax
HOW MUCH: $33.50

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