The Threat and Impact of Climate Change on BC’s Archaeology
The inspiration for this theme: “Archaeologists work in the present to understand the past, but also to speak to future crises. Archaeologists have a role to play in the decision-making around how we respond to future climate disasters. In our work, as we consider the relationship between short-term events and long-term processes, we can help navigate our uncertain futures.”
Revitalizing Past Revitalizations
With this theme, we can explore different approaches to maintenance and rejuvenation, and the changing tastes and philosophies of what makes good conservation and rehabilitation; as well, this workshop can explore the evolution of what is good heritage and how we need to evolve our approaches to planning and conservation.
Heritage, The Good
Heritage positively impacts most aspects of our communities, yet we are not always so good at describing the impacts. With this theme, we can explore how we create better communities through conservation, impacting the economy, society and environment. This theme also provides an opportunity to discuss the turning points in our communities that resulted from heritage work.
Open Source Program Development
With this workshop, we can explore the development of community programs from the ground up. We can explore the question: “How do we connect with marginalized communities that have not been part of mainstream heritage and how do we involve them in the early stages of program design?”
Place and Re:place
With this theme, we want to explore ideas and approaches to revitalization through re-use and reinvention of places and spaces. We can explore the question: “How can conservation create the spaces we need today? How can heritage be a real benefit to the challenges facing our communities?”
Many communities and organizations have developed heritage education programs, but the work has been done in isolation and we do not benefit from collective learning. With this theme, we can explore program design and approaches to curriculum, as well as successes and challenges. What can we learn from one another so that we can create exceptional education programs based on what we have learned?
In this workshop, we want to explore how organizations and communities have developed cultural heritage maps to tell their stories. How did they do it and how was the community involved? Why did they map heritage resources and what were the goals? How can mapping be used to help us tell our community stories and increase the visibility and sustainability of heritage
Conversation instead of conservation
Let this quote be your inspiration: “Try to reach different kinds of locals; don’t be afraid of leaving a building for a while since this gives more freedom for bottom-up initiatives; don’t look at the economic side of the investment since the social, cultural, ecological etc. return on investment is immense; and don’t forget the long term process; participating, facilitating and moderating doesn’t stop… Participation takes time, because if you listen carefully the whole city has ideas and by using these ideas you not only create a ‘place to be’, but also a catalyst for development.”