What is Media Democracy Day?
Since 2001, Media Democracy Day (MDD) is the signature event for independent and democratic media in Canada. It was first organized by a coalition of concerned citizens, researchers, academics and activists in response to the growing concentration of ownership in the media sector.
What is solutions media?
Solutions media uses communication tools to respond to social problems. It can take a diversity forms, including journalism, digital tools, cultural products or public campaigns.
Why does solutions media matter now?
The rise of fake news, divisive partisan politics, social media bubbles, and the growing insecurity created by climate change and income inequality often results in a media landscape dominated by depressing and dismal perspectives on the world. Many people tune out as the news often leaves us feeling powerless, anxious, and resentful. This disengagement hurts not only our democracy but the resilience of our communities. This event is a step towards re-thinking how media can be a tool to drive more effective citizenship, more accountable government and a more vibrant public sphere.
Using the power of media and technology to advance social change, we see Vancouver and its region as a hotbed of Solutions Media makers. This year at Media Democracy Day, leading thinkers in this new space of communication, from videographers to coders, will share their perspective its meaning and potential.
When: November 18th, 10am – 6pm
Where: Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
Partners: SFU School of Communication, SFU Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT), Vancouver Public Library, Gen Why Media, Graham Spry Fund, Vancouver Design Nerds