Social Media and Citizen Activism, part of Social Media, Social Change and Politics panel
Social media can help level the playing field. Citizens often face an entrenched system of power relationships at all levels of government, incomplete or biased information in mainstream media, deep-pocketed corporations emboldened by enormous potential profits, and spin from communications consultants. This has been the experience in Vancouver land developments in recent years.
Stephen Bohus will show how volunteer organizations grounded in a community can mount effective campaigns on a small budget, using social media, group-sourced analysis and information-sharing, and grassroots communications. He will take the case of a controversial rezoning application to build a 19-storey tower in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver.
Stephen Bohus actively uses social media to empower the citizen voice on civic and city planning issues in Vancouver. He has spearheaded several civic campaigns, most recently one to support public engagement with Vancouver city hall during a controversial rezoning by Rize Alliance for a tower proposal. Stephen is self-employed in the field of computer graphics and programming.