Seeking local intelligence in Nelson

The Nelson area is rich with innovative people doing incredible work that transforms our local culture and the broader world.

The Nelson area is rich with innovative people doing incredible work that transforms our local culture and the broader world. On May 4, some of our most inspiring citizens will gather to share their work, bridge sectors, and catalyze a new level of collaboration.

Presenters from business, the arts, education, technology, medicine, and more will come together for the one-day event called the Local Intelligence Gathering.

The event will also give attendees the opportunity to engage with presenters, and each other, to help turn ideas into action. One of the gathering’s main goals is to encourage dialogue between diverse groups and collaboration across sectors.

“Columbia Basin Trust recognizes the need for cooperation between the various sectors working on community issues,” said Columbia Basin Trust community liaison Rona Park. “This gathering represents a trend in collaboration that the Trust will continue to support in the coming years.”

The gathering itself is a collaborative effort hosted by the Trust, the City of Nelson, Selkirk College, Transition Nelson, and the West Kootenay EcoSociety.

“We live in an extremely creative and innovative community,” said David Reid, executive director for the West Kootenay EcoSociety. “We want to showcase and foster that ingenuity, so when challenges arise, our community will respond with the resiliency and creativity we are known for.”

The gathering will cover topics ranging from agriculture to energy, aging to art, and rewiring our brains to rewriting our business models. It aims at catalyzing a deeper interconnectedness between people who make things happen, and inspiring new ideas by celebrating the accomplishments of some of the areas creative thinkers and doers.

“We want to wow people with the incredible work going on in our region,” said Russell Precious, one of the event organizers, “People will leave with new knowledge of what is happening, and a new sense of what is possible.”

The Local Intelligence Gathering will take place on May 4 at Mary Hall, Selkirk College, 10th Street Campus, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lunch and dinner included. Tickets are $59, bursaries are available. Registration is through the Kootenay School of the Arts or by calling 250-352-2821.