Map the Philippines

Celina Agaton with partners from xchange and Making All Voices Count at the Map the Philippines Unconference on July 2015.

Celina Agaton with partners from xchange and Making All Voices Count at the Map the Philippines Unconference on July 2015.

Map the Philippines is an international initiative to help provide free, comprehensive and accessible maps of the Philippines. We teach local government, business, NGOs, students and citizens how to map their community assets and visualize needed infrastructure and investment for economic and tourist development, and disaster and community resilience. We collect and share data to help meet the Sustainable Development Goals through real-time data collection, coordination and monitoring of cross sector efforts. Our mapping partners include the U.S. State Department’s MapGive program, OpenStreetMap, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap, OpenStreetMap Philippines and the Digital Humanitarian Network.

Our goal is to help create more sustainable infrastructure and to provide a space for better cross sector collaboration, transparency and accountability for our communities. Our free online platform launches in early 2016 and provides opportunities for citizens and organizations to share their programs, services, and best practices, and to identify funding needs and connect with other stakeholders.

Map the Philippines’ partners include Making All Voices Count, a consortium of the U.K Department for International Development (DFID)U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)Swedish International Development Cooperation AgencyOpen Society Foundations (OSF) and Omidyar Network (ON), Hivos, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Ushahidi.

Map the Philippines launches in the summer of 2016.

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A Heart to Art Chat at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Celina Agaton with the Art Gallery of Ontario's Education Committee

Celina Agaton with the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Education Committee

A Heart to Art Chat was an unconference-style event I developed to co-create ideas for the Art Gallery of Ontario. 70 community leaders and participants from the arts, culture and events communities came together in the beautiful new 35,000 square foot Weston Family Learning Centre. Over a six month process, I led the strategic planning, digital and community strategy for the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and currently sit as an advisor to the AGO’s Education Committee.

I am currently developing a plan to create a sustainable infrastructure for youth and the arts through museum, NGO, government, and business partnerships and crowdfunding.

View the full gallery on Facebook.

Learn about the Weston Family Learning Centre at http://www.ago.net/weston-family-learning-centre.

Follow the AGO on Twitter at http://twitter.com/agotoronto

Photos courtesy Rannie Turingan Photography http://www.rannieturingan.com/

 


Volunteer Toronto

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During my two years as Communications Director at Volunteer Toronto, I led and developed a training curriculum on social media, cross sector collaboration and volunteer engagement for non-profit organizations. I created an online process to enhance the matching of non-profit needs with corporate volunteer interests and established a program to provide low cost and free technology tools and discounted program resources to support Volunteer Toronto’s community of 500 non-profit organizations. I created Volunteer Toronto’s ChariTee campaign which was sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, George Brown School of Design students, and youth social enterprise, Me to We Style.

I conceptualized and launched Volunteer Toronto’s Free Movie Night, a social change film series to bring together funders, non-profits, business, government and volunteers, and to connect them to social innovation events and collaboration opportunities. These free movie nights brought together audiences of 300 people at each screening.

I collaborated with volunteers to create Volunteer Connect, a Facebook application for volunteer opportunities, which was endorsed by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

I hosted Volunteer Toronto’s annual event, Toronto TimeRaiser, an event to connect people in their 20s and 30s to volunteer opportunities.

I also created and managed successful e-newsletters, social media content and campaigns. Highlights include using social media to recruit 200 volunteers in two weeks to attend an 8am volunteer program at Toronto Zoo.


Social Enterprise Me to We Style

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Founded in 2005 by Oliver Madison and Craig & Marc Kielburger, Me to We Style is a social enterprise that provides domestically produced clothing using eco-friendly fabrics such as certified organic cotton, viscose from bamboo and recycled polyester.

Each year, Me to We Style donates half of their annual profits to their charity partner, Free the Children, while the other half is reinvested to grow the enterprise and its social mission. Through Free the Children, they plant a tree in the Maasai region in Kenya for every piece of apparel that is sold as part of a long term sustainability initiative.

Me to We Style is part of a family of youth organizations, including Free the Children, Me to We and We Day, that has a shared goal: to empower a generation to shift the world from ‘me’ to ‘we’—through how we act, how we give, the choices we make on what to buy and what to wear, the media we consume and the experiences with which we choose to engage.

In 2009, I established Me to We Style’s social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.


Healthcare Advertising

by Celina Agaton

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I spent 6 years leading national launches for pharmaceutical companies in Canada and enjoyed working across government, healthcare, business and creative sectors. I managed two historical launches for the Canadian pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca’s Crestor launch, the largest advertising account at $25 million, and Janssen Ortho’s Pariet launch, the fastest product launch over 2 months. Other notable clients include GSK’s vaccine portfolio including Twinrix vaccine, Solvay Men’s Health and AstraZeneca’s Symbicort respiratory therapy.


Hungry for Change

by Celina Agaton

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Hungry for Change Chefs

I created Hungry for Change, a free community food fair on the way we grow, buy and learn about the food we eat, in partnership with George Brown Chef School and their Community Partnerships Office.

We screened movies on local and international food issues, served free samples of delicious local food and presented Toronto’s community kitchens, neighbourhood gardens, chefs, farmers and teachers. Participants were able to

* Sample delicious food grown right in Ontario and prepared by community
kitchens, chefs and community-friendly businesses, like Vert Catering, George
Brown Chef School, Cowbell and Fiesta Farms.

* Enjoy 10 free food booths from our community partners.

* Learn about food sustainability and community-friendly businesses from
Toronto’s food community leaders.

* Connect with free programs from urban farming and cooking classes, to
children’s activities and farmer’s markets in our street fair.

* Join a local community garden, help pick fruit trees, or share gardening and
cooking skills with your neighbours.

We announced the winner of our $2,500 prize, Young Urban Farmers.

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Films That Move

by Celina Agaton

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In 2009, I founded Films That Move, a global social change film series that brings together people from across the sectors to connect and collaborate in their communities. I screened UK civic engagement documentary, Us Now to demonstrate the transformational impact of the internet across business, government and society.

Over 300 people attended each screening, and included Toronto Mayor David Miller’s announcement of the city’s Open Data initiative.

With international interest in Us Now, I launched a global screening project with other social innovation organizations around the world, taking Us Now to Portland, San Francisco, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Columbia, the Netherlands and Argentina.

I’m currently directing a film series pilot, and cross sector education and fundraising program for Toronto’s food sustainability community. In 2012, I organized the Toronto location for the celebration of United Nations World Food Day in partnership with the Centre for Social Innovation Regent Park, Daniels Spectrum and Food Forward.

Learn more at FilmsThatMove.org.


CrisisMapping

by Celina Agaton

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I volunteer as part of the Crisis Mappers Humanitarian Technology Network. Crisis mapping is inherently interdisciplinary, situated at the nexus of many fields, drawing from debates in disciplines as diverse as: geography, epidemiology, sociology, environmental science, political science, forestry, ecology, psychology, linguistics, robotics, communication, cultural studies, statistics, mathematics, conflict studies, art and design, computer science and disaster and emergency management. Sometimes it is difficult to engage a group of people from such tremendously different professional and personal backgrounds, with dramatically different views of the world.


National Volunteer Week ChariTee Design Contest

by Celina Agaton

ChariTee Design Contest

I created the ChariTee T-Shirt Design Contest in partnership with George Brown’s School of Design and social enterprise, Me to We Style to commemorate National Volunteer Week in Toronto in 2009. George Brown’s art foundations class produced t-shirt designs as part of their course curriculum, and we opened up the voting to the public to select the winning design.

Voting closed on Friday, April 10th with over 10,000 votes for the winning ChariTee design by Tlell Davidson. Her winning design was printed by Me to We Style and showcased on their site.

On April 15th, the ChariTee Design Contest exhibit and winner announcement took place at George Brown’s School of Design art gallery. Volunteer Toronto, Me to We Style and the School of Design awarded certificates and prizes for the top 20 designs, finalists and contest winner.


Open Cities

by Celina Agaton

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I consult as Don Tapscott’s community engagement director for his Open Cities initiative where we work with municipalities to transform cities into smart, collaborative cities.