Community depends on networks, and the strength of these networks determines the strength of all human enterprise: from business ventures to the traditional barn raising or canning bee, or a multi-platform global fundraiser. Yet how can we pre-determine the success or failure of a network? Are there clues for us to consider? Janis will share lessons learned from many decades of community building and organizing: from early days as a student in France, to neighbourhood associations, the Blizzard of ’96, and more recent efforts involving both social networking and online communities. Learn how to strengthen your pre-existing networks and build new ones on a solid foundation.
Janis La Couvée is a financial services professional with a long history of community involvement particularly in the areas of capacity building, public relations and the arts. Long before the web, Janis was connecting people and providing answers. It’s just easier now!
She is a member of the Social Media Club Victoria leadership team and the lead organizer of Twestival Victoria. Her other community involvements are: the Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre board, Quadra Village Day planning committee, Hillside-Quadra Neighbourhood Action Group, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, and volunteering for Intrepid Theatre, Victoria Fringe Festival, Theatre SKAM and the Canadian College of Performing Arts.
In August 2010 Janis was the PR manager for The Road to Port Hardy Charity Bike Ride by Frans Jonker, a fundraiser for the BC Cancer Foundation. Watch for her on the Babes (and Blokes) Go Bare calendar for 2011, another BC Cancer Foundation fundraiser.
Recent speaking engagements include Social Media Camp Victoria, the BC Social Media Summit and the inaugural Idea Wave conference, as well as moderating panels at WordCamp Victoria and Social Media Club.
Janis is passionate about bridging online and offline communities to effect positive social change.