I’ve been a Sociable Scientist for over three years! As the business continues to grow and evolve, we are updating the website and continuing to reflect on what we need to create, preserve, accept, & eliminate (thank you Marshall Goldsmith); what we’re doing well and what we need to work on. I get a lot of questions about what it is that The Sociable Scientists do and what a Master’s in Sustainable Leisure Management means, so here is a summary of my experiences over the past 3 1/2 years.
My roles as a Sociable Scientists include strategic lead, entrepreneur, researcher, project leader, business developer, survey developer, editor, analyst, presenter, facilitator, event planner, marketer, community engager, runner, committee member, idea generator, idea thrower-outer (not a technical term, but you know what I mean), motivator, tourist, traveller, student, teacher, collaborator, game show host, leaner, knowledge mobilizer, social media poster, blogger, report writer, volunteer, networker, proposal writer, accountant, bartender, and explorer.
The Sociable Scientists have worked with:
Campbell River Arts Council;
City of Campbell River;
City of Port Alberni;
Comox Valley Economic Development Society (& Tourism);
Discovery Passage SeaLife Society;
Greenways Land Trust;
Island Joy Rides;
Nanaimo Art Gallery;
Nanaimo Design Nerds;
SFU’s Community Conversations;
Southern Gulf Islands Economic Development;
Tourism Campbell River & Region;
Tourism Industry Association of BC;
Tourism Vancouver Island;
Vancouver Island Economic Alliance;
Vancouver Island North Tourism;
Vancouver Island University;
Village of Cumberland; and
Young Professionals of Campbell River.
Leisure is interdisciplinary at its core, and is intricately woven into the fabric of our lives, yet its application and merit are often misunderstood and undervalued in our economically-driven society. The Sociable Scientists observe the world through the lens of leisure and it is fascinating – our workplaces, our play places, our third spaces, our homes, our geographic communities, our tourism developments, our connections to place, our relationships with people and our natural environment, and our quality of life. Our continued goal is to enhance meaningful leisure opportunities and contribute to positive, healthy, and actively engaged communities.