Monday, March 2, 2009
While listening to everyone during the conference call on the 2nd of march, it was amazing . I think there are a few things to be kept in mind while doing it -
(1) Sponsorships apart from ticket sells are needed. In this concert while we are trying to forge powerfully the youth movement for change we also need to raise funds. As our teachers told us previously we need to raise money which is also a part of the whole event. So when we go to companies for sponsorship it is not needed to be ticket sales (that should be the last option), so that we can far reach out in raising funds along with the awareness movement.
(2) University students and young professionals are the two sectors we need to target. Keeping that in mind if we can start the promotion by word of mouth in the club meetings, in our classrooms just in cities in and around montreal, we can get our target audience outnumbering what we even imagine.
(3) As for young professionals - from now till the day of the concert we should work on organizing and giving intro talks or the 2 hours Artofliving introductory workshops in each and every company we can get to.
And secondly for the concert what do you all think about getting some university student performers as well. Like in Quebec city we just had a YES!+ course and there is a student from up north Nunavut, who performs the traditional throat singing. I am sure in every city we have such talents.
Loads of love to all,
Friday, February 20, 2009
Last summer there was an excellent music/arts festival here in Toronto (called The Manifesto) featuring some great artists, it had a strong youth/social message and it collaborated with the Urban Arts Forum.
Please check out:
Urban Arts Forums
The Urban Arts Forums were launched to illustrate how young artists from all backgrounds are using urban arts (hip hop, graffiti, spoken word, break dancing, etc.) to combat social exclusion and crime, and to bring about change in their communities. Forums have taken place from one end of Canada to the other, as well as in Brazil and South Africa. Featuring artists, decision makers, members of the Order of Canada and civic leaders, the forums have resulted in new community initiatives, which, on more than one occasion, have encouraged entire communities to work together.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
EXACTLY! breathing techniques, pranayama, meditation, ego busting techniques, all of this should and must be taught at all levels of education, elementary through university. Mind and emotion management and awareness is the most fundamental of knowledge and its not taught!! it should be mandatory.
Here is a quote from our Guru from the same book. "Right education is that which creates in each person a sense of belongingness with the whole world. A person learns to embrace all religions of the world as his own and can choose to practice one without decrying the other. Members of a family can practice more than one religion. This should be the strategy for the 21st century".
There is our long term mission for the Yes+ movement in Canada: Lets strive to get Mind management techniques and courses such as Yes+ happening at every level of education, so that eventually we may finally have the right educationin which we are all aware of the fact that we are One, that we belong to eachother and the world; that we are eachother and the world, therefore transcending limited indentifications with names, creeds, philosophies, politics and religion. We can learn to be all or none of these limited identifications because we have been deeply ingrained through our education system that we are all One.
Love, bless, Jai Gurudev
I was recently reading our beloved Guru-man's book "Wisdom for the New Millennium" and the first few chapters are chalk full of comments, ideas and knowledge which, of course, correlate exactly to what we want to do for our mission regarding the Canadian Yes+ movement. If your short on inspiration and ideas, go to this book. GuruoOoOm, GuruOooOm, Guruoooommmmm. Jai Gurudev. Jaya, jaya, jaya.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
There are a few things that we here at Winnipeg, are still not clear about. I thought it would be best to put them forward now.
Is the Theme of the concert finalised?
Also we are still deciding about the names, right? We came across few names - One Youth for change, Youth conference for Peace, One Youth: Wave for Change, etc.
We were thinking of looking at this event/concert more as an annual concert for youth all across Canada to come together. As this will be the first of many to come, it should start with a bang. But we believe that it will be good to keep our focus on one thing. It can be peace, gun violence, drugs, sexual exploitation or anything that is affecting youth and society in general. We can pick one issue every year and bring about awareness and the necessary change to eradicate it. In this way, we will get a chance to address all the issues and as our energy will be at one issue on one time, we will be able to bring more tangible results. As for example - this year's concert can be Youth conference 2009: Awareness against gun-violence; Youth Conference 2010: War against drugs, etc. What do you guys think?
Also we wanted to draw the attention towards the possible teams that we are going to make. We are still not sure what the decision was about making the teams on the national level or making it on the level of cities. Whatever be the event, we can start making some of the major teams right now. Like we know for sure, we need a finance team, a fund raising team, a marketing team, administrative team, etc. While the framework of the event is being made, we can start putting people on teams so that we are set to start when we are ready.
How does that sound?
Jai Guru Dev!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
as soon as that is done i guess sending out regular mails or calling them regularly, our voice will not go unheard for a long time.
keep up the good work team !!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
This is what I got so far, adjust as much as you please or discard completely, choice is yours.
Al from Halifax
Once again we had a wonderful conference call. With each passing calls it seems we are getting more focussed and organized...GREAT. Today there was one thing that made me go wow... our team termed as " A mini United Nations" by Aditya... That was so so cool and inspiring. ( I am sure you all will agree).
After listening to so many names for the event which will mark a day that will initiate the beginning of the era of "Renaissance of Youth Power" (as per my thinking). Not that Youths are not born..everyday they are born but this wind will create the change in the wave dimension and power cutting away from the monotony and boredom we see around. A wave that will empower for generations to come to have a society which cares, shares and loves- isn;t it? So how about to put the banner of the event termed as "One Youth for change " or " One youth: wave for change".
Love you all,
So as the six of us met this week to discuss the upcoming conference call, we thought it was important to clarify and verbalize exactly what it is that we are doing. What is the purpose of this youth concert?
Here is what we came up with for a mission statement:
"In this time of economic crisis and social unrest, we aim to bring together the youth of Quebec and Canada to join in a celebration that will inspire and empower them to take action that will effect positive change in the local and global communities."
It's important to clarify our goal for two reasons. First of all, this will help us to crystallize our purpose. Secondly, when we approach third parties, whether to book the venue, or for sponsorship, it is necessary for us to have a clear statement of purpose.
Any feedback is most welcome!
Here is a link provided by Simon with pictures of the Chalet du Mont-Royal hosting different outdoor and indoor events.
For those of you who've never visited the Chalet, let us share with you just how breathtaking this location is. It's situated on the summit of Mont-Royal, in the heart of the city, with awesome views of the cityscape. The idea to have the concert there actually originated this past December, while a group of us took a walk up the mountain late one night with Swamiji. At one point all of us stood on the terrace of the Chalet, under the night sky, and as we spoke of this and that, Swamiji casually mentioned: "You guys should have a Youth Festival here."
We did not see the vision then, but now that all of us are part of a team responsible for planning this event and laying the foundation for a community of united youth in Canada, our goal is that much clearer.
And how appropriate it is to have a Youth Summit on the summit of a beautiful mountain (well, it's a hill by some standards!). Let's do this, guys - this is just the beginning!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
1.Umbrella Organization & Theme:
YES!+ and IAHV present... World Peace Youth Summit
IAHV has a broad reach and does lots of service that people can connect to, also a great website, and YES!+ gains the publicity and recognition as being connected to all of that
2. Getting the Venue
- Château on top of Mont-Royal - Looks beautiful! Montreal Team: Were you guys thinking inside or outside? We think outside looks more practical and appropriate. Have there been concerts there in the past? If so, it will be easier to figure out the logistics in terms of fencing, stage setup, etc.
- We should make sure we all have the same idea of the type of concert, price of tickets, indoor/outdoor, etc. $60 tickets?
World Peace Youth Summit
celebrate what youth are doing for world peace etc
4. The Bands
- XAVIER RUDD!!! Is awesome, very popular, will bring a huge crowd, and his music completly fits the vision and the vibe. Check him out at www.xavierrudd.com !! And YouTube him.. Seriously this guy is amazing. We in Halifax are all very attached to the idea of having Xavier Rudd. Just so you know. And there is a logo of two swans and a sun on one of his albums. We think it is a sign. oooohhh....
- Jeremy Francis is a pop rocker from TO who won’t necessarily draw a huge crowd but will do an incredible job warming up the crowd as an opening act. He sings about love and knowledge and he’s awesome and he is JGD. www.myspace.com/officialfrancis
- Stefie Shock is cool. Are people still into him in Quebec? does he fit with the vision?
Ethical companies - are they too poor?
- Let’s all search for companies with good morals who we can feel comfortable with who also have tonnes of cash to give us for free!
6. Book Venue, Performers, get everything in writing
AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!! Venues and Tour Schedules fill up very quickly starting around now.
7. Who is the MC?
- Justin Trudeau would be awesome - any local celebrity figure
- How about a motivational speaker/ comedian? Russell Peters/Sugar Sammy?
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Things seem to have started moving a bit regarding planning for the concert this
spring/summer. I've got a potential opening act lined up for the concert if everyone's
into his vibe. His name is Jeremy Francis, and many have asked me if I could
check his availability for this event. I spoke to him and he's
totally down for singing his heart out to inspire thousands of people. Check him out http://www.myspace.com/officialfrancis
Just thought I'd put that out there !
A suggestion for a headlining performer which I thought appropriate for contacting is a singer named Xavier Rudd. I feel these two Youtube video's have caught his vibe quite well, check 'em out:
Monday, January 26, 2009
I will build out the SEE-IT tomorrow, the link is http://yesplusttc.visiblestrategies.com/
Start sending me your blog links. If you do not have one yet go to http://www.blogger.com/home and make one. it's super easy and only takes 1 minute.
I will show the communicators how to work SEE-IT sometime this week.