Iron & Wine at the Commodore Ballroom, November 3, 2013
When I was growing up, Vancouver was a much smaller city. It was a city that, when I visited the States, many people I met hadn’t heard of (and sometimes they didn’t even realize that Canada extended all the way north of Seattle).
As an avid concert goer, we got a lot of tours coming through Vancouver, but many others skipped us. Now Vancouver is a world-class city and virtually every musician includes us in their itineraries.
I’ve lived in Seattle, Los Angeles and Vancouver, and, having been back for over a decade now, I’ve noticed something remarkable about artists when they play Vancouver. They seem humbled, sometimes ever overwhelmed by the audience’s love and support. Vancouver has some of the best crowds I’ve ever been a part of, and they create fertile ground for some amazing shows. They create an energy that is amazing to be part of, and they create a mood that encourages musicians to perform at their best. In fact, they often remark on how great our crowds are.
I took the shot above when I saw Iron & Wine this past week, and he seemed truly honoured to be playing for us. You could feel the connection between artist and audience – almost a sacred bond of trust. And you know what, I bet he’ll never skip Vancouver when he tours. That energy will keep him coming back for more.
It’s a lesson for all of us. To be grateful and humble and supportive and devoted. To be a great audience and keep our heroes coming back and wanting more. Whether that’s our members or customers, our staff, our colleagues or our boss. It’s a simple lesson from the mosh pits of Vancouver.
In June, I was lucky enough to be Vancity’s representative at a meeting of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values in Copenhagen. I have tried to sum up that experience in three posts on the Credit Union Water Cooler site.
The third and final post was published today. It’s called Citizen Bankers. Please take a look and leave a comment on the site if you have something to add or ask.
My first two posts were From Community-based to Values-based and The Banking Commons.
I’m humbled by my experience in Copenhagen with my Global Alliance colleagues – I am still unwrapping my lessons and the world of possibilities discovered during my time with them – and am very proud of these three posts.
As always, I welcome your thoughts on this final post…
The second part of my three-part series of posts on my experience in Copenhagen at the Global Alliance for Banking on Values meeting is now live. It’s called The Banking Commons. Please check it out and leave a comment and let me know what you think…
The first part of my three part series of posts on my experience in Copenhagen at the Global Alliance for Banking on Values meeting was published today on the CU Water Cooler site.
That is all.
I’m at YVR, waiting for a flight to Copenhagen. I’m going to a meeting of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, a group of 24 banks, credit unions, microfinance organizations and other financial institutions dedicated to a sustainable banking model. These organizations have a “shared commitment to find global solutions to international problems – and to promote a positive, viable alternative to the current financial system.”
We’re meeting in Copenhagen, hosted by Merkur Cooperative Bank, to discuss how to better convey to consumers what a values-based banking model and approach is all about. How do we get people to include thinking about what their money is invested in while it’s parked at the bank as one of their decision factors when choosing a financial institution – in addition to rates, location, brand, etc…
It’ll be an intense few days of meetings and visiting Merkur’s clients who are working to create a more sustainable, equitable society. I’m excited and a little nervous about it. I am looking forward to meeting new colleagues from around the world who share a vision of addressing society’s problems through the tools of banking. And, of course, I’m honoured to be representing Vancity, as always.
I’ll blog while there if I have anything interesting to say, and I’ll also be taking photos on Instagram.