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.
Join us for our 16th annual free public conference!
When: November 18th, 10am – 6pm
Where: Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
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.
The Spry Memorial Lecture will launch MDD with a critical reflection of Solutions Media and how it might play a role in a strong, vibrant, and civically engage Canadian media landscape. After our minds have been sparked, we’ll invite the public to unpack the idea of solutions media and help brainstorm how media can be a vehicle for deeper public engagement. What works? What’s next? Come, collaborate, help invent the next wave of solutions-focused media.
We are planning a dynamic program which includes a solutions media showcase, roundtables, a design jam, workshops and interactive public art installation.
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