EventCamp East Coast’s Greg Ruby and Traci Browne Show 193

confcont EventCamp East Coasts Greg Ruby and Traci Browne Show 193Today’s show we talk about EventCamp East Coast November 4-6, 2011.  The site of this year’s unconference is the National Conference Center which is in Northern Virginia near Washington, DC and very close to  Dulles International Airport.  Twitter hashtag #ECDC11.

Organizers Traci Browne and Greg Ruby, talk about what you can expect when attending EventCamp East Coast.  They will be following the Conferences That Work peer-conference format developed by Adrian Segar, there will be a cross-country virtual connection with EventCamp Vancouver on Sunday as well.

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Making A Difference At WEC MPI 2010

Making A Difference At WEC MPI 2010.  My trip to Vancouver was an exhausting experience. I learned, networked, and reconnected with many old friends.  I felt like a member of the community.  A community of people that are really trying to change the world one meeting at a time.  The opportunities- were right there to be experienced.  I tried to do all of them and I am glad I did.

Different By Nature Community Service Project

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What  they said we were going to do: Working stream side in one of North Vancouver’s forest parks, WEC attendees will be involved in various activities such as replacing invasive plants with native plants that provide critical shade, shelter and protection from erosion. We will be shown how to survey the area and identify species.

What we really did: Worked our asses off pulling out the Blackberry and other bad plants.  We laughed, joked and I made some great friends.  Plus, when were done, we had made a difference, and I had some new drinking buddies.

Oh yes, we also went to a fish hatchery for a bit and learned why we were going to work our asses off!  Very cool day!

WEC Puppy Cuddling with PADS!

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This fricken puppy was so fricken cute. It hurts to look at the picture.  Also, real working dogs came with their owners who were in wheel chairs. It was great to see the impact these dogs can make. Even the ladies in the wheelchairs wanted to hug the crap out of the puppy.

The name of the organization is Pacific Assistance Dogs (PADS) who raises and trains assistance dogs for people who are facing the daily challenges of life with a physical disability or who are Deaf or hard of hearing. These highly skilled dogs allow our clients to experience a greater level of independence and an enhanced quality of life.   PADS is a charitable, non-profit organization located in Burnaby, B.C., with an office in Calgary. PADS services people in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.   PADS relies entirely on fund-raising, grants and donations to finance the care and training of our amazing dogs.

Clean The World Foundation

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Clean the World Foundation, Inc. is committed to reducing the waste created by discarded soap and shampoo products and preventing the millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses around the world.  What a great idea and I posted about them a couple of times in the past.  If you are in Orlando do a community service program with your attendees at the center!  Save lives!

Dress For Success

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Dress for Success was there to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.  MPI attendees brought all sorts of business clothing for the drive to help people get successful!