What I have Learnt – Ryan Chahl

27 07 2009

This project has been a very big part of my life for the past six weeks. It has provided me with the opportunity to meet many interesting people and I have learned a great deal from them. The biggest change for me was my view of the homeless. Instead of ignoring them, I will approach them and talk to them. Most of the time they enjoy just the simple experience of someone being civil with them.

I have also learned a vast amount about the real estate market, thanks to our realtors who we have been in contact with. Not only this I have had the chance to experience ideas about why people invest in certain projects and more importantly why they would choose not to invest!

Another eye opener for me was the vast network of people who are already working on the homless situation in Vancouver. All of these people are very willing to help and this has made our project far more feasable than I ever could have imagined. I would personally like to thank everyone we have met and for all of their support. I hope this project can carry on and something good can come of it.

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27 07 2009
jason493

excellent work. It’s been great reading up (and trying to keep up) on your solutions… definitely some really cool innovative thinking, and i’m not just saying that.

do you see your model model perhaps working out to help curb violence against survival sex trade workers? If there is a possibility, how would you make your modifications to fit them better, if any?

27 07 2009
Hannah Kim

Hi Jason,

I’m sure Ryan will be replying to your comment, but I found your questions very interesting so I thought I’d give it a try as well. 🙂

Since a giving circle in simplest terms is a group of individuals who pool their capital resources as well as their time and talents/skills to give back to their communities, I can certainly see it being applied to help curb violence against survival sex trade workers. There are actually quite a few examples of “women helping women” giving circles out there, so it would be very cool to see a giving circle of women who donate money together to fund transitional/permanent shelters for sex trade workers. The giving circle members could also volunteer their time and expertise to provide educational and job training workshops if the goal is to get sex trade workers out of their current profession. Of course, as demonstrated by your team, participation in the giving circle does not have to be limited to women. 🙂

I hope that gives a good idea of a possible application of giving circles to your social issue.

Cheers,
Hannah

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