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Innovation Commons follow-up, Snowball edition

[Cross-posted from the wiki]

Well, things are well and truly moving. I didn't get around to posting a wrap up of the October 5th meeting -- Roland made a post and also took a bunch of pictures on Flickr -- just check the innovation commons tag.

Suffice it to say, we had about 20 plus people show up, Take 5 stayed open late to let us hang out, and there was a great discussion on what people wanted out of this here in Vancouver. The main take away: let's do this thing, and what can we do to make it happen.

Troy Angrignon connected the effort with Charles Holmes (who did a great job of adding some analyses to the wiki), and is briefing Cindy Pearson of the BC Technologies Industry Association this evening.

The other big "snowball" item was a contact from Bill MacEwen. Apparently, Bill had actually been working on a local Innovation Commons concept for the past few months, and is a lot farther along in terms of business plans, looking at locations, etc. Bill is going to present at the next meeting to get us caught up -- he posted some details about his Workspace Cafe to the wiki.

I'm out of town for the next week, so I'm going to suggest October 26th for the next meeting. I'm sure I'll get feedback if this interferes with a hockey game or other event that I'm not cool enough to know about. As usual, adding your name to the supporters list and filling in more information on the wiki is how you can continue to help. The list of names was another big discussion -- add some more, then we'll run a poll at some point.

Thanks to Nik and Elicia from the New Enterprise Development team for putting up with the wide ranging discussion. Some of that material is going to make it's way in to a survey which we're going to ask people to fill out and help promote.