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Plan BE

Plan B:E is a forum for exploring and learning about ideas related to community development. It is centered around the "triple bottom line" approach used in the business community, in which people, profit and the planet have equal roles. The essential principle involved is collaboration among all sectors in the community, with particular emphasis on involving young people.

The process was begun by a group of local citizens who have all been involved in community advocacy in one form or another. The core group includes Jim Barmby, Dean of Okanagan College in Salmon Arm, architect Frank Bugala involved with CASSSA, Kyle Dearing representing the Economic Development Society, Louise Wallace owner of Mediability, Violet Pilkey who works with Louise and helps to articulate a youth perspective, Corey Sigvaldason, director of Community Futures, Bernie Desrosiers, director of Shuswap Settlement Services.

Plan B:E is now a BC registered nonprofit society, based at the College.

The Plan B:E process got underway with a visit from Mark Anielski, economist and well-known author of The Economics Of Happiness. Mark participated in an introductory meeting with invited guests from the business and other sectors in the community on Friday, April 26, 2013. He then attended the Launch-a-Preneur event that same evening. The following day he gave a keynote presentation followed by a closing summation for a motivational workshop put on by Darren Jacklin, arranged by Corey Sigvaldason. He was also interviewed at length by Steve Corrie at Voice of the Shuswap, the newly established community radio station.

Mark left the following morning, after numerous extended and wide-ranging discussions with the members of Plan B:E. He will play a central role in a major conference to be held at the College in October or November. This event will be an opportunity for any and all interested citizens from this area and beyond to come and listen, learn and share their ideas about a new and flexible model for community and business development.
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