This site is a manifesto.
We believe there are many cool events happening in Waterloo Region, and many cool people who would be interested in attending those events if they knew about them.
We believe public events should be advertised publicly. People should be able to find out about an interesting event even if they have not subscribed to the right Meetup/Facebook group.
We believe that algorithmically curated timelines deprive us of serendipity, and that filter bubbles do more harm than good.
We believe people should be able to receive event information at their own pace. We believe that people sign up to receive updates from an organization, they receive that organization's updates, and not just the updates that organization has bribed Facebook to show. We believe people should be able to consume event listings in whatever medium works best for them.
We believe in open standards. We believe in producing data feeds that can be consumed in many different ways. We build feeds for humans, not machines.
We believe individuals can do this work. We do not need to rely upon Silicon Valley to tell us what and what not to consume. Although our techniques are not in alignment with the IndieWeb, we are in concordance with its philosophies.
We believe that forming connections across interests/economic classes/philosophies is one of the most important tools for peace we have.
We are working to make this manifesto real by producing event listings you can use in a variety of ways. We want you to attend more local events, to find out about these events easily, to organize events of your own, and to publicize those events so people outside your immediate social group can attend them.
Every manifesto contains the seeds of its own heresy, and this one is no different. Nonetheless, we feel that working towards this manifesto makes Waterloo Region better, not worse.
Get in touch with us via email: feed-admins at off-topic.kwlug.org .
As of November 2019, this site is maintained by Paul Nijjar.
Thanks to the people of Waterloo Region for organizing so many events for us to enjoy.
Thanks to the people who are working to curate those events into calendars.
Thanks to IndieServe Networks for donating web hosting and mailing lists for this project.
Thanks to KWLUG for allowing us to chain subdomains off their domain name.
This site is created with Pelican, using a modified version of the Gum theme. The font is Krub, as downloaded from Google Fonts. The RSS Icon is from http://feedicons.com. Thanks to these projects (and many others!) for making their code available for our use.