It´s our coming up to our 20th year of producing the Body Soul & Spirit Expo and we´re celebrating! In March 1995 we started planning our first event in Vancouver Canada, and after producing more than 120 events and expos across Canada, it´s time to look at moving our events to the next level.
As we look forward to our 25th Anniversary in just a few years, we´re also looking at where we plan to be once we reach a 1/4 of a century! We thought we would share with you how it all started as well as our vision for the future! We´ll keep it brief in this update, but look for a more details video interviews and presentation coming soon!
Our Vision How it all started - a brief history!
Creating a NEW way of creating events for our Community!
When we first envisioned the Body Soul & Spirit Expo in 1995, it came from our experience of both years of exhibiting in other expos. Back then, we owned then owned "The Orion Centre" - which offer holistic therapies, services, classes, workshops and retail.
Our intention to facilitate the co-creating of our events with our community as a membership based organization (many were therapist, consultants and teachers from the Vancouver Orion Centre) and continue to exhibit along with them, from creating the Marketing and Promotion, budgeting and setting the "price per exhibitor" to coordinating volunteers for the expo.
As altruistic as our intentions were, people showed up for the first few bi-monthly meetings, but the fourth meeting it was just two people, Chandler Armstrong and Brad Simpson - myself and my partner at the Centre. At this point we spoke to our members, and they unanimously decided that as we were doing the majority of the work, that if we continued to put on the event, they would continue to support us by participating.
At this point, we continued to operate the show as founders and assumed ownership, but continued with many of the same ethics of from our original organization. As such, we´ve maintained the policy of allocating 100% of the revenue from the sale of exhibit space to our members (we still are member based) to the promotion and productions of the expo.
To this day our only pay for the expos comes from the admissions purchased by those who attend, and often when we don´t reach our projected number of exhibits, we personal fund the shortfall. This means that we only profit when our shows are a success, which continues to motivate us to do our best for those who exhibit with us.
We also continue to offer a percentage of the revenue to our member thought our affiliate program, including 10% of ticket sales and $50 per new qualified exhibitor that are successfully referred (be sure to ask us how to participate).
Expanding the Vision - Our New Direction for 2015-2020! If you´ve been following our progress over the past few years, you know we´ve been planning a major upgrade to the online platform for the Body Soul & Spirit Expo, Magazine and Network.
Our expanded vision has been the result of exploring all the great solutions in information technology that will allow us to better work with the clients, exhibitors, speakers and workshop facilitators that wish to play a more active part in co-create our events for our community.
The Next Level: Dream Big!
Creating a Platform that Allow OTHERS
to create our expo in their Community!
So, what do we see as the next thing? Our Goal is to find and support partners in producing the Body Soul & Spirit Expo in Major Cities!
This new model will not only automate and optimize how we produce shows with our clients, but will also allow us to partner with others to help them create events in their communities. We´ve already started talking with interested parties in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg.
We feel this is the best way of expanding our event to new cities - in away that creates unity and a culture of mutual support in our community over the next several years!
While we´ve spend over four years in research, and are positioned to move forward with our new community model including our new site and software, we require the support of our community to raise the funds required for it´s development and realization.
To this end, we have started to script a detailed video and presentation which is planned to launch on the crowd-funding site, gofundme.com later this year. Together, we believe will be able to create a new way of creating events that help make a difference in our communities.
As always, we look forward to co-creating something wonderful with YOU! YOU and your participation is, and always has been the fuel that propels this great mutual adventure.
We look forward to seeing you soon at the Body Soul & Spirit Expo!