Creative Places and Spaces (CP+S) 2009 will engage stakeholders on a local and international scale with Toronto change-makers in a dialogue about creative problem solving through collaboration.
The 3-day event will be the first conference of this scale and will attract leaders in business, arts and culture, science, and design while internet technology and social media communications will allow expanded outreach to urban planners, researchers and programmers at all levels, providing a platform for a diverse group of individuals to shape this important and timely dialogue.
Previous instalments of CP+S have attracted over 500 delegates each and have been critical to the development of the Neighbourhood Vibrancy Index, resulting in groundbreaking research about the social and economic effects of cultural facilities. By beginning this focused dialogue on how we can collectively drive innovation with creative collaboration in the face of economic uncertainty, the program can ultimately improve the quality of life for all Torontonians.
Their 2009 Vital Ideas grant is going towards a social media and web 2.0 strategy that will allow CP+S 2009 to reach a broader audience and to make the dialogue truly interactive and collaborative. New technologies will be multiplied by a series of forums before and after the conference, allowing the dialogue to build momentum, and the web-based forums sufficient time to gain exposure.