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Exactly one year since the last one, it’s time for Black Tie Dinner III! If you’ve never heard about black tie dinner, click here. This time we’re taking over the food court on the top floor of the Bay Centre. What do you have to do if you’re interested?
- Join us on the Facebook event page
- Wear your finest dining attire! (Black tie/tux/suit & formal dresses)
- Bring along your own china and nineteenth century cutlery, as well as a table cloth and formal napkins (fine dining place setting)
- After you order your food, casually grab the next empty table, place your table cloth on it and set the table. Remove your food from it’s packages, and place it on your china plate. Remove all evidence of commercial packaging, so any pictures look like we’re in a fine dining establishment.
Let’s see how much of the food court we can fill up! If you take any pictures or videos, post them on the Facebook wall or email kris at ideawave.ca and I’ll post them here!
I had the opportunity to meet Mitch Altman in Tokyo a few years ago, at the Tokyo hackerspace. Mitch is a rare breed; he's got world class level of smarts, as well as a generous serving of social skills, eager to help anyone interested in learning. It was because of him I soldered together a Brain Machine, which I've since hacked further into a 4 person device which made it into the Victoria Open Source Art gallery which I enttitled the Community Experience Exhibit.
Mitch's probably most known for his involvement in creating Noisebridge, the first official hackerspace, based in San Fransisco. I've been fortunate to have my second visit this year only two weeks ago, with a group of some of the world's top DIY bio-tech hackers. If you've not heard of him from Noisebridge, which is a must visit if you're ever in the area, he was the inventor of TV-B-Gone which has financed his lifestyle of travelling the world, teach people electronics and how to solder. How motivating!
Having just seen Mitch being interviewed on what is a hacker, I see today he's doing an IaMa on Reddit this afternoon, as well having an exciting active kickstarter project, the NeuroDreamer sleep mask. If you're in the U.S, he's currently part of the "hackers on a train" project, see if he's coming to your town. If you support awesome, and idealism, I can't think of someone more apropos. Thanks Mitch, for being awesome.
Thanks to Victoria city councilor Lisa Helps, I was made aware of a Victoria citizen who has made a request for vegetables. I can't imagine making such a request is easy for the ego, and who knows when each of us may need to make a similar request. As such, I've decided to relay it here in hopes I have a friend that can help Chris out:
So here's my deal: I'm on welfare, but my expenses don't leave me any money for food. I've been trying to solicit odd jobs, but it's been slow. What I am most seriously lacking in my life is veggies. I have stopped eating meat and so soup kitchens are out. I am wondering if anyone is into bartering. I'm an excellent writer, can install Linux on your computer, help you set up a website, help you convert your diesel vehicle to straight vegetable oil or build a biodiesel processor, can do basic carpentry and repairs…whatever, ask me, maybe I have the skills required. I'm also offering my services for cash of course, but it seems hard to come by for a lot of folks. I have plans I'm working on to bring money in, but I desperately need food like tomorrow. I've got a decent amount of rice, noodles, potatoes, quinoa, etc, enough for a week or so but no veggies. Would really like to have some broccoli, kale, spinach, brussel spouts and other healthy green stuff every day.
As I’ve been on both sides of the interview desk, I had the opportunity today to work with Jen and Randy last week who are doing amazing work at The Pathway Project. The program teaches you life skills, and assists you to get back into the workplace. I wasn’t sure what level to expect of the participants. I would have hired the large majority of them on the spot, as being in this intense program requires an unprecedented dedication that most facilities don’t require of the youth; for example, you must be not just be on time, but 15 minutes early for every single day you’re in the program. From their website:
Are you between the ages of 15 and 30, out of school and out of work? The Pathway Project may be just the thing for you. Participants are paid to look for work – plus, you’ll get Food Safe, SuperHost, and First Aid Level One certifications . How cool is that? AND we can offer a wage subsidy to an employer as an incentive to hire you!
If this means you, give Jen or Randy a call! 250-391-1487. or come by and check out the project in person – 101-847 Goldstream Avenue, behind Timmy’s and see if it’s a fit for you. If you’re a local employer, I would contact them as well, as they provide facilitation throughout the process, and are dealing only with people who have proven commitment and responsibility, and are eager to get back into the work place.
As I was fairly moved by this project, I asked Jen if there is anything a blog article could do to help them out, she said this is the feedback that most people feel after being in the space and seeing the great work they do. She wants you to come in and check it out, as as one of her focuses is connecting the community to these individuals who are marginalized. Here are a few suggestions that might apply to you or your organization:
- mock interviewing
- talk about hiring and firing practices
- teach a workshop
- an activity in the community
or just stop by for a visit and see what it’s all about!
This post will only be useful if you’re in Victoria, and on Facebook, but I have created a Facebook group called “Victoria’s secrets”. Not related to the lingerie business, but for us to discuss and share hidden gems found in and around Victoria. It’s one of the few Facebook groups I’m aware of that uses the discussions tab. Join the group, participate in the existing topics or create your own!