ChangeCamp is only a week and a half away. Monday, September 25, 2017.
I'm registered because the event provides a great opportunity for bridging between Town and Gown (the community and university) to work on projects in five areas: Food Insecurity, Transportation, Community Print Shop, Affordable Housing, and Space Animation.
I've registered for the discussions on Food Insecurity and Community Print Shop. Food Insecurity is a major issue across Hamilton, and I'm hopeful ChangeCamp will result in more urban farming projects.
On the Community Print Shop, there is a desire to see the creation of a small scale print shop to support the publication and printing of volunteer neighbourhood newspapers.
As a media type, I have views on this. We need more neighbourhood media and newspapers are the best method of delivery for neighbourhood level information. I support these papers with my Creative Commons licensing that enables them to use my work in their papers at no cost, and the access to my collection of semi-pro news photography. If I had time, I'd love to write for them.
I do not believe that including a printing press in a Print Shop is a good idea, the mechanical process of printing is costly and with 10,000 prints for a publication such as The Point in Crown Point, printing is not a small process. Printing is best left to industrial operators who can offer competitive pricing.
The Community Print Shop should have the tools, hardware, and software to enable high-quality design and editorial products. It should be able to faciliate the creation of new publications, and even individual self-publication. It should be the "maker-space" for alpha-numeric communication. It's a great fit for the Hamilton Public Library.
What are your ideas, and thoughts? Come out to ChangeCamp and share them. Register now.