Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Junction Rocks @ the Toronto Web 2.0 Summit

Junction Residents Association and  Junctioneer at web 2.0 Toronto summit November 26, 2008, by artjunction.blogspot.comLouis Marrone, President of the Junction Residents Association and
Robert Hilts, Coordinator of the Junctioneer: the West Toronto Industry and community web 2.0 platform at the Toronto Web 2.0 Summit introducing the JRA Web 2.0 platform. The Arts Junction is interlinked with the Junctioneer's and the Junction Parents' platforms forming the high synergy between the three.

November 26, 2008 @

What a wonderful panel is going now at the City Hall. I am inviting you to join the summit webcast online: to share your views, questions and experience on the topic of this rich, interactive, social media etc...

3:15 - 4:45

Citizens and communities of Toronto: Understanding what Toronto’s citizens and communities expect of their government, how Government 2.0 can enable them to provide their views to their government, and how the City can effectively access its citizens and communities

Chair: Gary Schlee, Former Faculty of Centennial College
Panel: Martin Cleaver, Wiki Consultant, Lifestyle Information Network
Saul Colt, Head of Magic , Freshbooks
Robert Hilts, Glass Artist, Junction Residents Association
Maura Lawless, Executive Director, 519 Community Centre
Louis Marrone, President, Junction Residents Association
Chris McCreary, Manager, Lifestyle Information Network
Margaret Szots, Chair, Toronto Professional Network
Geoff Whitlock, President, Lifecapture Interactive

Louis Marrone
Louis Marrone has been a Junction resident for five years. Interested in community organization and participation, he has sat on the Junction Forum for Art and Culture (JFAC), since 2007. JFAC is the organization created by the Junction Business Improvement Area (BIA), and is responsible for the annual Junction Arts Festival. His involvement in JFAC introduced him to many members of the BIA, the Councillor and active community members. He also chaired the BIA banner committee, responsible for designing and installing the utility pole banners on Dundas St. West.
When friend Robert Hilts created the Junctioneer eight months ago, Louis readily agreed to be a contributor, intrigued by the potential for the blog to be a vehicle for the community to define itself and keep informed about its neighbourhood. He has been the chair of the newly-formed Junction Residents Association (JRA) as of September, and since that time has been working with Robert to make the Junctioneer a vibrant platform for relating JRA information and encouraging community discussion, as well as making it the main resource for all West Toronto RAs and community groups.
Louis is employed as a Project Manager for BaAM Productions and holds an honours BA in Philosophy from the University of Guelph.

Robert Hilts
Robert is a full time professional glass artist, primarily working in cast glass and situational artworks. Growing up in the Junction, he developed an interest in the making of objects because of the Junction’s large industrial presence. The mixed industrial and residential character of the Junction has always defined the community for long-time residents, and for each wave of newcomers.
Robert created the Junctioneer blog with the aim of linking the residents of this community together. The intent is for it to thread together the wide variety of people living in the Junction by exploring the community from street level to the aspirations that so many residents have for the Junction. It provides viewpoints from several contributors, including Louis Marrone, Junction Residents Association chair.
Robert is also the chair of the Junction Communities in Bloom committee.


olga said...

If you would like to know why the city invited the Junctioneer and the Junction Residents Association to their summit please read a Junctioneer's post:

Web 2.0 Summit at City Hall

olga said...

This is a great continuation of the Toronto Web 2.0 Summit initiative inspired by a speech from Mozilla Foundation executive director Mark Surman a year ago.

"Openness and participation created a better Internet," stated one of Suman's slides. "They can also create a better city ... We can make a city that thinks like the Web. You just need to ask us for help."

After hearing Surman’s "city that thinks like the Web" speech, explained Miller, he committed to two things: sharing the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) schedule data and exploring how to open the city’s data to everyone.

Toronto starts thinking like the Web
By Jennifer Kavur
On 23 Nov 2009
For ComputerWorld Canada