Social Media Week is a week-long international conference that explores “the profound impact that social media has on culture, business communications and society at large.” Toronto is one of six cities participating in this year’s conference, which features several events that may be of interest to Spacing readers.
In particular, “We Built This City on Web 2.0,” hosted by urban planning and design firm Urban Strategies, features an exploration of how social media tools can be applied in meaningful public engagement related to city-building. The event will include a brief presentation by planner Andrea Winkler and colleagues about current public engagement tools in community redevelopment projects around the world, followed by a panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities presented by social media in this context. What are the tools currently used for public engagement related to city-building? What are their strengths and limitations? How can Cities and practitioners use Social Media tools in the pursuit of meaningful engagement?
The panelists include Zahra Ebrahim (OCAD Instructor and archiTEXT Founder and CEO), Kris Erickson (Communication and Culture PhD student), Mark Kuznicki (Principal, Remarkk Consulting), and Spacing’s own Steve Munro. (Full disclosure: I am a planner with Urban Strategies and will be moderating the panel discussion).