Sparking Provocative Dialogue: Can We Innovate Through Debate?

Stu sat down this week to talk about sparking community dialogue with Mark Busse and Jocelyn Macdougall. The pair is a part of the team kicking off Interesting Vancouver 2017 this coming week – celebrating the diversity of ideas and authentic conversations that define our way of life as Vancouverites. Busse plays host while Macdougall serves as spokesperson.

Interesting Vancouver’s vision:

“Great ideas, inspiration, and perspectives come from unexpected connections—celebrating ordinary people doing extraordinary things in our community. The purpose of Interesting Vancouver is to expand the collective vision of possibility through stories, explorations, and discoveries.

The event itself is relaxed and casual; there aren’t rules for the evening other than to sit back and be inspired by people from our community. This is why we put the event on every year—to gain a new perspective on our multicultural neighbourhood we have yet to discover.”


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Jocelyn Macdougall – IV spokesperson and singer with Queer As Funk


Questions to ask yourself about this Conversation That Matters:

  1. Representational voices impact a larger conversation’s tone and direction dramatically. How do events such as Interesting Vancouver shift the power dynamic of who controls the narrative of the discussions that shape our lives?
  2. IV prides itself in stepping away from the TedTalks format and celebrating our authentic stories as Vancouverites. How does that change your perception of the community?
  3. What are some of the stories and ideas you’d like to see Interesting Vancouver tackle in the future?
  4. How can we as a community incorporate these ideas into our everyday conversations?


Interesting Vancouver is coming up on Nov. 10, 2017. Besides Jocelyn, here are some of the other interesting folks who will be sharing their stories on Nov. 10:

  • Amanda Strong— A stop-motion artist passionate about helping the community and youth.
  • Robert Chaplin—A publisher who practices the secret art of dimensional illustration.
  • Jen Sungshine—A fire tiger artist and filmmaker who is learning a language of tenderness from houseplants.
  • Paul Fast—An architect and hunter interested in reconnecting people to their environments.
  • Foster Eastman—A former hairdresser turned artist who raises money and awareness for veterans.
  • Tonye Aganaba—A soulful Afro-Canadian singer/songwriter living with MS.
  • Corrina Keeling—A socially conscious acoustic artist who unpacks creativity through visuals.
  • Sean Bindra—BC Lions marketer producing anti-bullying Bollywood flash mobs.
  • Adrienne Smith—A poet turned lawyer whose love of language takes in the mundane and spectacular.

Tickets to the event are on sale now for $28.  Eventbrite.

Full schedule of events: Interesting Vancouver

Interesting Vancouver 2017

When: November 10, 6 to 10 pm
Where: SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – 149 West Hastings Street
Price: $28 – Tickets available via Eventbrite

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