Start date: 1 January, 2016
End date: 1 March, 2018
Campfire150 will gather Canadians around the modern campfire, known as the Internet, to share their stories, ideas, songs, tweets, images and videos about the future of this place we call home. Campfire150 will create an interactive, user-generated online community that will collect stories from as many Canadians as possible in order to co-create one over-arching narrative, or vision, for Canada’s future that will be revealed to the country on July 1, 2017.
This collective story will be expressed through different mediums: prose, music and visual arts. But it doesn't stop there. Campfire150 will challenge Canadians to make their story a reality by encouraging participation in sesquicentennial celebrations in communities across the country. The project will fire up Canadians to give gifts of time and talent by rewarding them for initiating or volunteering on 150 legacy projects, hosting their own campfire story swaps, attending larger community-based campfire dialogues and sharing additional stories about those experiences in the hopes of sparking greater civic participation throughout Canada.
Nature of the Project Reach
Campfire will form a network of partners from across the country, representing all aspects of society, to collect 300,000 stories by the spring of 2018. Through the project, partner organizations will experiment with social media tools and communications techniques to increase their engagement with Canadians.
The online platform provides a space for partner organizations to promote other 150 celebrations, events or legacy projects they are hosting. In addition, Campfire150 and its partners will host a series of campfire dialogues in cities and towns across the country during the anniversary year to bring Canadians together to refine and tailor the national vision into road maps for community-led projects that will ignite civic participation beyond 2017.
Campfire150 will spark a national conversation that will reveal how Canadians are connected emotionally to each other, their communities and their country as they re-imagine together a new Canadian identity and what it means to be an active citizen in a modern pluralistic society.
Campfire150 aims to increase understanding of how to harness the power of storytelling to stimulate greater civic participation and meaningful social change. Campfire150 has four main goals:
- Catalyze civic engagement.
- Celebrate a modern Canada.
- Promote intergenerational exchange.
- Promote knowledge sharing.
Campfire150 is actively seeking partner organizations. Partners will participate in the project by promoting Campfire to their members and community through emails, Social Media and their websites and sharing their communications techniques. Partners will be encouraged to host “storytelling campfires” where volunteers can collect stories to add to the website.
Campfire150 is also seeking a core group of 5-10 collaborating partners and researchers will form an advisory committee to refine the project’s existing theory of change and define key elements of the project’s definitions, engagement measures and success criteria. If you are interested in joining the project or want to receive more information, please contact Leanne Clare at the email provided.