This Week: Tech and volunteering, Art and AIDS, Media and Social Change

This week’s a busy week with lots of diverse events, including some dealing with technology and volunteerism, media for social change, art and AIDS, just to name a few.

Volunteer Toronto is hosting a film evening on Thursday with a new British film that asks questions about how Web 2.0 technology can change democracy and civic participation.  Us Now is about “the power of mass collaboration, government and the internet.”   I’ll see you there.

Film: Us Now (internet and volunteerism)
Thursday, February 26 – 7:00pm
Bloor Cinema – 506 Bloor Street West at Bathurst

On Friday, I’m headed to two events about AIDS.  In the morning, Global Voices and Rising Voices will be hosting a live online Blogging Positively chat for bloggers and activists, facilitated by Kenyan bloggers Serina Kalande and Daudi Were.  If you haven’t seen it already, the Global Voices team has put together a great google map with AIDS bloggers around the world.

Online: Blogging Positively
Friday, February 27 – 9:00am

In the afternoon, as part of the Canadian Art Reel Artists Film Festival there is a screening of Art, AIDS and the Fin de Siecle. According to the website,

“In 1969, three young artists living in Toronto formed General Idea, a media-based collective, and quickly became international “art stars” challenging and transforming conventional ideas about art. Their enormous body of work explores pop culture, consumerism, media and celebrity. They also focused strongly on the AIDS epidemic and AIDS activism at a time when the virus was first being identified. The members—who changed their names to Jorge Zontal, Felix Partz and AA Bronson—lived and worked together until 1994, when Felix and Jorge died of AIDS. Narrated by AA Bronson, this film charts the life of one of Canada’s most internationally celebrated artist collectives.”

Film: Art, AIDS and the Fin de Siecle
Friday, February 27 – 3:15pm
Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Avenue

Check out other events this week on the Unpacking Development Events Calendar.  These include a speaker about global health in Sudan, a weekend conference about children’s rights, a workshop on media and social change, a symposium on the business perspective of water as a human right, and a photography fundraiser for the AIDS Committee of Toronto.

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