6. June 11 – Isolation and disconnection in Vancouver (or not)

To wrap up this season of SANKASET I’m bringing together two leaders in connection to discuss the Vancouver Foundation‘s study “Connections and Engagement” published in June of 2012. This study has sparked many community conversations already, including the SFU Community Summit Alone Together last fall. I can’t wait to discuss  experiences in isolation and disconnection (or not) with these two leaders:

Jane Cox – Creative Strategist, Cause+Affect

A visionary, natural-born catalyst and seasoned creative strategist Jane works with her clients to help them define their uniqueness and reach their potential.  As founding principal of Cause+Affect, a brand and design consultancy, she works across a wide variety of sectors including lifestyle and culture, environmental and city building, and uncovers nuances hidden within companies and organizations that help to shape successful strategy and drive innovation, style and business success.

Trained as a designer, her career path took her to across Europe and spanned interior design, fashion and lifestyle branding.  Jane has developed a unique understanding of global consumer trends and behaviour and brings this knowledge to each of her engagements.

With a passion and expertise in building culture and community, Jane has led a diverse range of influential movements including Fuse at The Vancouver Art Gallery, Movers and Shapers at MOV, EPIC-The Sustainable Living Expo, and the creation of the globally renown Pecha Kucha Nights in Vancouver.

As well as her work with private clients, Jane has been a past member of the Cultural Facilities Advisory Group for the City of Vancouver and was selected as City Insider by Wallpaper Magazine for their Vancouver travel publication. Jane lives in North Vancouver with her husband and two young boys and fulfills her dreams by creating culture through design.

Mo Dhaliwhal – Director of Client Services, Skyrocket & Patron of the Arts

Educated in Business Administration from the University of the Fraser Valley, Mo Dhaliwal has over a decade of experience in the technology sector, including software development and Internet marketing in Silicon Valley. As a patron of the arts and producer of cultural events, Mo has worked to shatter barriers between people and encourage cross-­‐cultural understanding, most notably through the creation of the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society. As Director of Client Services or Skyrocket Digital, Mo collaborates with creative minds across the country and continues to create moving experiences for clients and community. In 2012, Mo was recognized for his contributions by Business for the Arts as the national recipient of the Arnold Edinborough Award.

If you missed the evening,
you can relive the dialogue.