Why Community Matters and What IV is Doing to Help
Humans are social creatures—we love to interact with people, not only in person but across social channels. We engage with others around us in order to connect, a fundamental human need in developing our social skills and ability to interact with society. And this is why community is so important for us as it is one of the many facets of achieving happiness in our lives. Interesting Vancouver takes on this challenge by creating a community of like-minded individuals who come together and celebrate diverse people from our very own backyard.
Now in it’s ninth year, Interesting Vancouver encourages people in their pursuit of interesting hobbies or passions. It’s a laid-back and relaxed event, there’s no pressure to network or even connect (if you’re an introvert)—it’s just knowing that there’s a diverse community who will welcome you with open arms at any time. And besides interacting with ten really cool and interesting speakers, one lucky nominee from the community will win the IV Prize with a one-of-a-kind award from Eclipse Awards along with a cash prize. The prize winner is even invited back to Interesting Vancouver the next year to speak about their experience.
Sure, it’s nice to sit at home, bingeing on Netflix while the rain pours, but think of the opportunity you can get by coming out and meeting new people who will inspire and make you see things from a different perspective? The IV crowd is full of people from all kinds of backgrounds coming together to discuss what’s interesting to them—it’ll even show Vancouverites in a different light because everyone who attends IV wants to be there and wants to meet people.
IV curates interesting people from the community—case in point, this year IV has invited speakers such as a First Nations woman who encourages people to dream in ‘Indian’, a woman who has played the zither ever since she was 6 (that is a very hard instrument to learn), a man who has made it his life’s work to stop trophy hunting of bears in Canada, a multidisciplinary artist and facilitator who brings communities together, and the IV Prize winner from last year who created an app for parents to leave messages of love and hope for their children posthumously.
Interested? You should be—these are people from the Metro Vancouver community and they’re going to be sharing their story with you on November 10th. Tickets are selling fast so grab yours before they’re all gone.