The Gen Why Media Project is a community building project that seeks to use DIY ethics to adjust, annotate, and reimagine civic engagment in order to shape the direction of our city, province, country and planet. Our interest in Maker Cutlure lies in the ethos of building, modifying, or repairing of something without the aid of experts or professionals, offering an alternative to modern consumer culture’s emphasis on relying on others to satisfy needs. We believe that an ordinary person can learn to do more than he or she thought was possible – thus empowering individuals and communities to employ alternative approaches when faced with bureaucratic or societal obstacles to achieving their objectives.
Gen Why is hosting the speaker series at Maker Faire as a way of championing the average individual seeking knowledge and expertise for him/herself. Gen Why is also leading the building of a public art piece entitled “REGENERATE” that brings progressive community groups together to collaborate on a sculpture made from recycled/re-used/repurposed materials and greenery. As a collaboration between eatART, Makerfaire, Gen Why, Vancouver Community Lab and Vancouver Design Nerds the project envisions a large scale, text-based mural to spell the word “regenerate” – inspiring the re-imagination of energy, makers, refuse and public art. The project will reflect on the Great Northern Way site; its history, ecology, its cultural context within the city and the site’s past and present conditions.
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