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NextGen Month

NextGen Month takes places in the month of June and it is an exciting time to connect with young people in Edmonton. There are a number of great events taking place in June (see below) so make sure to attend the NextGen Month kick off event to hear more about them!

NextGen, an initiative of the City of Edmonton is proud to be working with the next gen community and TD to create and promote NextGen Month. 

 

Check out all these events taking place in June! #nextgenmonth

Check out all these events taking place in June! #nextgenmonth

If NextGen Month is new to you and you want to learn more about how to engage Edmonton’s next gen demographic in your organization’s activities, we’d love to talk to you. Come to our NextGen Month event or the other events taking place in June and hear all the great things that NextGen and community organizations are working on!

 

 

Celebrate the kick off to NextGen Month,  June 4

Celebrate the kick off to NextGen Month, June 4

Celebrate the kick-off to NextGen Month on June 4 at a reception at Latitude 53, featuring music, entertainment and the NextGen Month proclamation by Mayor Don Iveson.

When: June 4

Where: Latitude 53 at 5:00pm, Speeches at 6pm

Thanks to everyone who RSVP’d!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candi(date) | October 15 & 16, 2013

On October 15 & 16, 2013, Edmonton’s NextGen, the City of Edmonton’s Youth Council, The Students’ Association of MacEwan University, and the U of A’s Student Union invite you to attend the 4th Annual CANDI(DATE), a speed-dating style event focused around engaging young voters. Candi(DATE) has been well-attended in the past and represents an opportunity to connect with young voters, hear their ideas and visions, and share yours.

Our city is growing at a rapid pace, both in population and infrastructure development. Increased access to public transportation, revitalizing the downtown core and community growth are issues attracting major attention in the media and on the street. CANDI(DATE) provides a space for you to reach out directly to Edmonton’s young voter population and share your thoughts and perspectives.

Each 15 minute session will allow you to sit down with small groups and speak candidly about your platform and vision for the future of Edmonton. This face-time with candidates allows young voters the opportunity to ask questions on issues that impact their decision to make Edmonton the city they choose to live, work, learn and play in for future years.

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Candi(date) North:

  • When: Tuesday, October 15th 5 PM – 7 PM
  • Where: Heart of the Robbins (Main Floor, Robbins Building) Grant MacEwan University (10910- 104 Ave.)
  • Who will be there: Candidates from Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 and Edmonton Mayoral Candidate
  • To RSVP http://candi-date.eventbrite.com/

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Candi(date) South:

  • When: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
  • Where: SUBStage, Students Union Building, University of Alberta (8900-114 St.)
  • Who will be there: Candidates from Wards 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 and Edmonton Mayoral Candidates
  • To RSVP https://candi-date2.eventbrite.com/

June is NextGen Month!

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June is NextGen Month! Just in time for some serious sunny weather and long days at the park or on the patio, NextGen and our partners are proud to host some great events this month to celebrate all that is vibrant and fresh in Edmonton (that’s you, by the way).

We’ve got some great stuff going on and can’t wait to see all of you out making the most of what our city has to offer. Mayor Mandel will be proclaiming NextGen Month at Pecha Kucha Night on June 13th, so make sure you stop by and check out some of our events:

Pecha Kucha Night 16 | Thursday, June 13th, Citadel’s MacLab Theatre -  Buy your tickets here

DIYalogue Talks Fashion | Tuesday, June 25th, ATB Financial Arts Barns (formerly TransAlta) - Buy your tickets here

Looking forward to seeing all of you out and about this month!

Creating Community: Why Local Food Is Not A Spectator Sport | NextGen Speaks Out on Food

It’s official: the backlash against local food has begun. May it be as short-lived as it is ill-conceived.

 

Earlier this year, a Toronto couple released ‘The Localvore’s Dilemma’, critiquing the localvore movement and turning on its head many of the valorous claims it made. Lower carbon footprint? More ethically sourced? All quantifiably bunk, say authors Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu.

 

But they miss the most important motivating factor of the local food movement.

It’s never been about quantitative trade-offs on miles-trucked or litres-of-pesticide-sprayed. It’s about satisfying a deep, emotional desire to feel connected to what’s on our plate.

 

Two years ago, at Pecha Kucha night 8, I delivered a talk about some of the tensions of local food – the need to overcome the geographic barriers of our cold, continental climate; the fickleness of the tastemakers that deem local food trendy and authentic; and the risk of cooption from bigger players in the agrifood business. But in my talk, I forgot one divisive, and perhaps unsolvable challenge: isolation.

 
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NextGen Speaks Out | July Theme announcement

July’s NextGen Speaks Out! theme will be Food

 
Summer is in full swing. Do you know how I know, besides the weather? Well the signs are all there. I know that you will be able to identify with at least a few of this signs.

 

  • The BBQs are out in full force, the aroma of my neighbours’ dinner taunting me on my way home. An unspoken challenge to get out there and make something on the grill.
  • Gardens are starting to produce fresh vegatables, fruit and herbs. Now you can go just a few steps to your backyard/balcony to collect ingredients for dinner instead of something trucked into the store.
  • Then there is the multitiude of Edmonton and area farmers markets which are now bustling with people on weeknights as well as weekends.
  • Patios are quickly becoming a hot commodity on lunches and after work. You almost have to leave early to send someone to “save” you a table, so you can enjoy your libations in the sunshine.
  • Last but not least we are on the brink of the festival season. It won’t be long before we can rub elbows (litterally and figuratively) at the Taste of Edmonton and then Heritage days is right around the corner.
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    This month we will be bringing you tantalizing, and thought-provoking posts on and about the food scene in Edmonton. Ww’ll share what that means to a consumer, to a foodie, to a business owner, to an activist, and to someone who loves to cook, bake, and create.

     

    We also want you to engage in discussion. Come on nextgener’s we know you have opinions and thoughts on these themes too. We’d love for you to comment, start a discussion, and share these posts with your networks.

     

    Check back weekly as we will be adding new NextGen Speaks Out! posts regularly. We’re looking forward to it and hope you do too!

     

    Disclaimer
    NextGen Speaks Out, our guest blogging series, is envisioned as a hub for information and discussion. NextGen is a non-political, non-denominational organization focused on giving all nextgeners a voice. NextGen does not represent the opinions expressed by the individual columnists.

    MEÆT 3.0 | Mystery MEÆT Edition

    Edmonton’s NextGen presents MEÆT 3.0 | MICRO-FUNDING TOGETHER | Mystery MEÆT Edition on June 28, 2012, at 6:00 PM at a mystery location! A project of ENGAGE, producers of the popular DIYalouge and Candi{date} forums, MEÆT brings local creatives and Edmontonians together for an evening of short pitches followed by a shared meal. At the end of the meal, all diners (each of whom put $10 to the pot, no charge for the food) vote on which proposal receives the pot of funds to move forward with their project: immediate funding for awesome ideas! For more information on MEÆT, to register as diner, or to pitch an idea, visit www.meaet.com.   All diners and presenters are to meet at Century Park Bus Terminal at 6:00 PM sharp to be whisked away by ETS to the top-secret MEÆT 3.0 location.

    MEÆT 3.0 brings us together for a meal and to fund home-grown projects. By getting together and pooling our wealth we can avoid bureaucracy, get right down to the meat of an idea and make it happen. We’re thrilled to partner with ETS and the City of Edmonton to offer our Mystery MEÆT edition. We hope you’ll join us on this adventure; stay tuned to the NextGen Twitter and Facebook pages for  updates and more information,” says Carol Neuman, Engage Working Group Co-Chair.

    Edmonton NextGen is looking for MEÆTing participants – limited space is available:

    1. Presenters: Apply to have a project funded, present your project & come enjoy dinner;
    2. Diners: Come enjoy dinner, experience the presentations, vote for your favorite, and donate $10 to fund something awesome;
    3. Less than 30 spots remain; register as a Presenter or Diner at www.meaet.com.
    We look forward to seeing you at MEÆT 3.0 | Mystery MEÆT Edition!

    Candi{date} | April 17 | 5 – 7 PM

    Edmonton’s NextGen and interVivos present CANDI{DATE}, a speed-dating inspired forum connecting  voters with 2012 Provincial Election candidates, April 17, 2012 at The Common (9910 – 109 Street) in downtown Edmonton.

    In 10 minute sessions, small groups of voters will sit down for mini-dates with candidates from across the spectrum of federal political parties. This face-time with candidates allows voters the opportunity to ask questions on issues that impact their decision to make Edmonton the city they choose to live, work, learn and play in for future years.

    “CANDI{DATE} provides a space for Edmonton’s next generation to cut through the political spin and directly connect with candidates on a personal basis to hear their ideas and perspectives. Voters will have the opportunity to speak to candidates face-to-face and ask questions about the issues that really matter to them. It’s time for Edmontonians to get engaged and see what provincial election candidates propose,” says Yuk-Sing Cheng, Edmonton’s NextGen Volunteer and ENGAGE Co-Chair.

    Confirmed CANDI{DATE} attendees include:

    CANDI{DATE} is one event in the Edmonton’s NextGen ENGAGE series. ENGAGE gathers Edmontonians interested in sharing ideas about the future of the city we call home.

    For more information on the 2012 Alberta provincial election, visit http://www.elections.ab.ca/Public%20Website/index.htm .

    For more information and to RSVP for CANDI{DATE}, visit http://candidate.eventbrite.com/.

    Instead of a ticket or event fee, we’re asking attendees to bring, if possible, a small donation of new and unused toiletries to the event, which will be donated to YESS – Edmonton’s Youth Emergency Shelter Society.

    CANDI{DATE} is brought to you by Edmonton’s NextGen and interVivos, with special thanks to our venue sponsor, The Common.

    MEÆT 2.0: Gourmet Pizza Edition

    MEÆT 2.0: Gourmet Pizza Edition

    When: Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 pm
    Where: Hawkeye’s Too Restaurant, 10048 102 Street

    NextGen’s Engage Working Group is currently accepting applications for the next MEÆT event.

    We encourage all artists, thinkers, and organizations at any stage in their careers to apply. MEÆT funding has been known to fund both practical and unusual endeavors – from urban gardens to mobile party vans, public sculpture to performances.

    Unlike conventional grant programs, individuals receive funding immediately and therefore MEÆT is designed to provide seed money or the much-needed cash infusion to make some critical thing happen now.

    MEÆT is designed to bring us together for a meal and together fund home-grown projects. Make it local, forward-thinking, and sustainable.

    For more information, to RSVP to attend, and to download an application form, visit http://meaet.com/proposals/.

    EDMONTON’S NEXTGEN AND FRIENDS FEATURED AT METROPOLIS

    From January 26 to 29th, Edmonton’s NextGen is proud to be programming partner of the Community Centre Pavilion at METROPOLIS, Edmonton’s newest celebration of winter culture. With a focus on engaging Edmontonians, ages 18 – 40, in making the City of Edmonton a place they choose to work, live, learn and play, the four days of programming feature a Best of NextGen schedule of events plus a variety of creative collaborations with next generation community organizations. All activities are free of charge and open to all ages, unless otherwise stated.

    6:30 PM Doors, 7:30 PM Presentations | January 26 | PECHA KUCHA: METROPOLIS

    Pecha Kucha Nights have become one of Edmonton’s NextGen’s most popular and enduring public events. Japanese for the phrase “the sound of chitchat”, Pecha Kucha Nights feature presentations on local ideas, projects and musings in the 20 slides x 20 second per slide format made popular world-wide by Klein Dytham Architecture.  At METROPOLIS, the public is invited to attend Pecha Kucha: Metropolis featuring “best of” presentations from the past 11 installments of the event plus fresh ideas.

    Featuring Presentations from:

    Ron Gilbertson, Warning: Revitalization will Dramatically Change the Character of Downtown Edmonton, EEDC (from PKN X)

    Nadir Bellahmer & Mike Rivest, Media Art and Design Exposed in Edmonton (from PKN  8)

    Todd Babiak, Interventions (from PKN X)

    Tad Hargrave & Amy Shostak, PKN Off The Cuff  (Improv PKN)

    Kevin Kossowan, Food Writer and Activist (from PKN 9)

    Christopher Samuel, Starcraft: More Than Just A Game (from PKN 11)

    Lisa Baroldi, Designing Downtown: A Movement (New presentation)

    Shafraaz Kaba, First Nations Architecture (New presentation)

    Michael Strong, Downtown Edmonton: Place, Perception, Transformation (from PKN X)

     

    8:30 AM | January 27 | SOCIAL MEDIA BREAKFAST #13 

    Edmonton’s NextGen is pleased to partner with SMBYEG as Food Sponsor of Social Media Breakfast #13, taking place right next door to METROPOLIS at the CBC Centre Stage, 10062-102 Avenue.  The Edmonton Social Media Breakfast (SMBYEG) is pleased to announce Walter Schwabe (@fusedlogic) as this month’s guest speaker.

    The Awesomeness of SocialTV

    Understanding the digital behaviors of today’s online audiences can help businesses accomplish their objectives far better today than in the original static Web eco-system.  Walter Schwabe, Chief Evolution Officer of fusedlogic inc., and Executive Producer of fusedlogicTV will define and discuss the impact of digital behaviors such as, “social viewing” now associated with traditional television programming and how it’s changing the industry as a whole.  Further, he’ll demonstrate how the entertainment industry has effectively integrated into the social eco-system, while discussing the impact of social viewing data which is affecting entertainment expenditures.

    Overall, Walter’s talk on SocialTV will look to reveal interesting behavioral patterns associated with this evolving space for your viewing, tweeting and blogging pleasure. Register for Social Media Breakfast #13 at http://www.amiando.com/smbyeg13.html

    6:30 PM| January 27 | MEÆT 1.5

    A project of Edmonton’s NextGen ENGAGE, producers of the popular DIYalouge forums, MEÆT1.5 brings local creatives and new philanthropists together for an evening of short proposals followed by a shared meal. At the end of the meal, all diners vote on which proposal receives the pot of funds to move forward with their project: immediate funding for awesome ideas! Presenters and diners are encouraged to register in advance at www.meaet.com; a minimum donation of $10 for dinners is suggested.

    MEÆT1.5 is supported by JCI Edmonton. JCI Edmonton is dedicated to the development of opportunities that empower young Edmontonians to create positive change. Founded in 1929, JCI Edmonton encourages young professionals to Be Better and is part of a global movement with more than 200,000 members, creating positive change in the communities they call home.

    January 28 | WINTER WONDERS

    Visitors are encouraged to explore their creative sides with a number of interactive activities, events include:

    • interVivos presents A Minute to Win It | Ongoing
    • Break dance jam | 1 PM – 4 PM
    • Open hoop / spinning jam | 4 PM – 6 PM
    • artsScene presents an evening of creativity | 6 PM – 10 PM
      • Modern dance, improv and comedy performances
    • Fire spinning performance | 10 PM – 10:30 PM

    Winter Wonders is made possible through the support of artsScene Edmonton and interVivos. artsScene Edmonton is a volunteer-driven non-profit initiative that brings together young creative and business professionals (ages 18 – 40) through the arts to grow Edmonton’s creative community. artsScene is a national initiative from Business for the Arts. The interVivos Mentorship Society of Alberta (interVivos) provides a welcoming, respectful forum to openly discuss issues that affect our community, province and country’s current and future social, political and economic well-being.

    11 AM – 4 PM | January 28 | SNOW SCULPTURE COMPETITION

    M.A.D.E, Media Art and Design Edmonton hosts a Snow Sculpture competition in the East Gardens of Sir Winston Churchill Square. Teams can register at www.madeinedmonton.org.

    A maximum of 8 teams of 2-3 people will compete to create snow furniture. Each team is provided 4 blocks of snow, sized at 0.5 cubic meters. Teams are required to bring their own hand tools and water to shape and fasten snow furniture. Powered tools are not allowed for this competition.

    M.A.D.E , Media, Art, Design Exposed in Edmonton, is a young, volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization that is actively working to bring out the best in Edmonton’s design community, with a focus on the fields of architecture, graphic design, industrial design, landscape architecture, interior design, fine art, and film. The Snow Sculpture Competition is a natural extension of M.A.D.E’s popular street furniture collaboration with the Works Art & Design Festival which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary!

    12 PM – 9 PM | January 29 | THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG

    Old Ugly curates The Tip Of The Iceberg: featuring half hour sets from twelve of Edmonton’s most sought after independent music acts! Acts include: Jom Comyn, Camembert, Krang, Viking Fell, Brazilian Money, Jessica Jalbert, Field & Stream, Mitchmatic, Scenic Route To Alaska, Jeff Stuart & The Hearts, Liam Trimble, and 100 Mile House.

    Old Ugly Recording Company is a collective of artists dedicated to creating and preserving an Edmonton musical aesthetic for audiences of all ages.

    METROPOLIS is a celebration if Edmonton’s dynamic winter culture, featuring four pavilions designed by an international roster of architects and programming from a variety of community and corporate partners. Tents are fully heated. For more information, visit www.metropolisedmonton.ca.

    MEÆT 1.0 – MICRO-FUNDING TOGETHER

    After a succesful pilot project in August, Edmonton’s NextGen presents MEÆT1.0 – MICRO-FUNDING TOGETHER, November 26, 2011, 6:30 PM at Latitude 53.

    A project of ENGAGE, producers of the popular DIYalouge forums,  MEÆT brings local creatives and new philanthropists together for an evening of short proposals followed by a shared meal. At the end of the meal, all diners vote on which proposal receives the pot of funds to move forward with their project: immediate funding for awesome ideas! MEÆT1.0 is hosted by Nate Box of Elm Café.  For more information onMEÆT and to registervisit www.meaet.com.

    MEÆT 1.0 brings us together for a meal and to fund home-grown projects. By getting together and pooling our wealth we can avoid bureaucracy, get right down to the meat of an idea and make it happen. We look forward to continuing the momentum from the discussions we had with participants of DIYalouge last week,” says Carol Neuman, Engage Working Group Co-Chair.

    Edmonton NextGen is looking for MEÆTing participants – limited space is available:

    1.       Presenters: Apply to have a project funded, present your project & come enjoy dinner;

    2.       Diners: Come enjoy dinner, experience the presentations, vote for your favorite, and donate $10 to fund something awesome.

    Twenty-nine (29) spots are remaining; register as a Presenter or Diner at www.meaet.com.

    Read on for a reflection from Toscha Turner, NextGen Volunteer, on her
    experience planning and hosting MEÆT 0.5…

     

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    Get Your Great Idea Flying at DIYalogue 2.0

    Ever dream about…

    Creative freelancing as a career?

    Launching an online life-style magazine?

    Combining technology and the arts?

    Taking the plunge to put an idea into action?

    Let’s talk.

     

    Edmonton’s NextGen presents DIYalogue 2.0

    After a successful pilot event in June, Edmonton’s NextGen presents DIYalogue 2.0, a cultural mix-and-mingle in the style of NextGen’s popular Candi{date} series, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at Yellowhead Brewery, 10229-105 Street.

    Looking for a collaborative space to share ideas and gain advice on launching them into action? DIYalogue connects Edmonton’s established cultural entrepreneurs with emerging young creatives in 20 minute one-on-one mentorship mini-dates. DIYalogue explores the potential for individual success in the creative industries through unique partnerships and community support.

    Confirmed speed mentors include:

     

    Participants of DIYalogue 2.0 are encouraged to use the event as an opportunity to percolate ideas to present at the upcoming MEAET 1.0, November 26, 2011. MEAET 1.0 is an opportunity for young creatives to apply for micro-funding for new ideas in a relaxed community dinner setting.

    For more information and to register for DIYalogue, visit http://diyalogue2-efbevent.eventbrite.com .

    Looking back at Up{date}

    Common water cooler discussion during an election is around how to get young people more involved and engaged in the democratic process. Even in a non-election year, Edmonton’s NextGen continued its efforts on this front through Up{Date} 2011 held October 5th at the Art Gallery of Alberta.

    Now, be honest. When you think government, speed dating generally isn’t the next thing to pop in your mind. NextGen though is aiming to change that as it uses a speed dating format as the basis for these discussions. At Up{Date} Councillors Krushell, Iveson, Sohi, Batty andHendersonalong with Mayor Stephen Mandel and Fire Chief Ken Block were each stationed at their own table with attendees coming to them. Every 20 minutes, attendees rotated to a different table to hear new views, answers and insight. This small group, interactive format is designed to allow for increased discussion and direct connection to each civic leader.

    Up{Date} follows on the footsteps of Candi{Date} which were two similar events held during the 2010 civic election campaign. Those too mimicked the speed dating format but had numerous candidates out seeking to connect with voters. Feedback on those from both candidates and participants indicated the format was unique and allowed for better discussion. This inspired NextGen to run Up{Date} and continue the conversations even in non-election years.

    There was a good turnout of ‘daters’ at Up{Date} and the hope is that more Edmontonians will take advantage of future opportunities to connect so closely with the representatives that shape their city. That way their views can be heard and they too can have a more prominent role in making this a better Edmonton.

    Doug McLean

    Edmonton’s NextGen Volunteer

    Looking for an Up{date}?

    Time flies! In a city with so much happening and so much promise it’s easy to lose track of time to take stock of what’s going on. As it’s been nearly a year since Edmonton NextGen’s successful Candi{date} election gatherings it’s now time for an update.

    Up{date} 2011 brings together city councillors and key civic leaders in a speed dating style format for you to directly ask how their visions for Edmonton’s future are coming to life a year since the election. It’s your chance to:

    • Ask questions
    • Offer opinions
    • Learn about Edmonton’s growth
    • Spark debate

    First introduced in the 2010 municipal election, Candi{date} is a made-in-Edmonton NextGen event that connects Next Gen voters to election candidates. Candi{date} is a casual, informal and fun way for voters to meet candidates, find out who they are and what they stand for, and to ask the questions that matter to them.

    So get thinking, organize your thoughts and come out for an Up{date}!

    • Where – Art Gallery of Alberta
    • When – Wednesday, October 5th, 7pm-9pm
    • Who – City Councillors, Civic Leaders

    Check out pictures from previous Candi{date} events in our gallery

    MEÆT: MICRO-FUNDING TOGETHER

    Edmonton’s NextGen presents MEÆT – MICRO-FUNDING TOGETHER, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2011. A project of ENGAGE, producers of the popular Candi{date} forums, MEÆT brings local creatives and new philanthropists together for an evening of short proposal presentations followed by a shared meal. At the end of the meal, all diners vote for their favourite proposal. The winning presenter receives the pot of funds donated by the diners to move forward with their project – immediate funding for awesome ideas! For more information on MEÆT and to register, visit . Once you register, you’ll be notified about the location.

    “MEÆT 0.5 is a pilot event designed to bring us together for a meal and together fund homegrown projects. By getting together and pooling our wealth, we can avoid bureaucracy, get right down to the meat of an idea and make it happen,” says Carol Neuman, Engage Working Group Co-Chair.

    Edmonton NextGen is looking for MEÆTing participants. Limited space is available:

    1. Presenters: Apply to have a project funded, present your project and come enjoy dinner.

    2. Diners: Come enjoy dinner, experience the presentations, vote for your favourite, and donate $10 to fund something awesome.

    3. 50 spots are available; register as a Presenter or Diner at www.meaet.com

    Edmonton Journal – Edmonton entrepreneurs seek advice, one date at a time

    By Jeanne Armstrong, edmontonjournal.com June 20, 2011

    http://t.co/cGbGBCp

    EDMONTON — As rain pours down outside, a group of about 30 young Edmontonians are mingling in the moody ARTery on Jasper Avenue.

    Flirty salsa music can be heard from the speakers, as the men and women saunter from table to table meeting each other.

    A double-date is unfolding in one darkly-lit corner of the room. But instead of making nervous small-talk, each person is staring intently at their iPhone.

    “Do you guys have Twitter?” one guy asks.

    Though designed with the flavour of a speed-dating party, attendees at Sunday’s DIYalogue were not looking to connect romantically. Instead, the event aimed to give magazine founders, crafters, website editors and other aspiring entrepreneurs a chance to meet and share their business wisdom through mini-dates.

    “We have homegrown talent [here] but we don’t always tell the success stories,” said Carol Neuman, organizer of the event with Edmonton Next Gen.

    As attendees rotated from table to table every 15 minutes, Sally Poulsen, the editor and creative director of local website The Edmontonian, offered her advice to aspiring businessmen and businesswomen.

    “There aren’t any rules anymore. You take the risk and try,” she said.

    Poulsen and the site’s editor-in-chief, Jeff Samsonow, did just that two years ago when they began The Edmontonian, while both were still fully employed.

    “We were scared,” Poulsen said.

    Today, the site has a steady local following and its own television spot on Shaw TV.

    Karen Lee sat at Poulsen’s table. The twenty-something University of Alberta grad said she planned on going into teaching, but soon realized she wanted to be her own boss.

    She arrived at the event with her own handmade business cards, her name and e-mail written in quirky block letters on fluorescent green.

    “It’s so they remember me and don’t dump it. You can go anywhere and get business cards for cheap,” she said.

    She doesn’t have a business plan, just a lot of ideas. After connecting with Poulsen, she hopes to start contributing to The Edmontonian.

    Not all entrepreneurial tales were full of success. Funding roadblocks, creating a business plan, and being taken seriously were hot topics at every table.

    “I’m still trying to get myself recognized as a business person instead of some funny girl with funny clothes,” said local clothing designer Bridget Smatlan.

    After the event, Neuman said the event was “illuminating.”

    “There are a lot of people who work their asses off to make the city more vibrant,” she said.

    jarmstong@edmontonjournal.com

    © Copyright (c) The Edmonton Journal

    DIYalogue

    Ever dream about…

    Starting a gallery?

    Launching a magazine?

    Turning your sketches into a fashion line?

    Landing your own TV show?

    Getting your favorite musicians to play your festival?

    Let’s talk.

    Edmonton’s NextGen presents DIYalogue, a cultural mix-and-mingle in the style of NextGen’s popular Candi{date} series, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 19, 2011 at The ARTery, 9535 Jasper Avenue.

    Looking for a collaborative space to share ideas and gain advice on launching them into action? DIYalogue connects Edmonton’s established cultural entrepreneurs with emerging young creatives in 20 minute one-on-one mentorship mini-dates. DIYalogue explores the potential for individual success in the creative industries through unique partnerships and community support.

    Participating speed mentors include:

    • The Royal Bison

    • The ARTery

    • Solidaritees

    • dEdmonton

    • The Edmontonian

    • Parlour Magazine

    • City and Dale

    • Fridget Apparel

    • SOS Fest

    To register for DIYalogue, click on the image to visit our Eventbrite page.