It’s no surprise that a start-up in Canada, in a city that has been dubbed the most diverse city in the world (Toronto), has come up with the first social media platform to facilitate cross-cultural awareness for travellers and the culturally curious. Culture Dock is an idea so obvious, so simple it has people wondering why it hasn’t already been done.
In a celebration of rich cultural diversity, Canadians have begun to upload photos and videos of local culture onto a Culture Dock app, branded specifically for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. They may be known for their toques, toonies and two-fours but there’s a lot more going on in the land of moose and maple syrup than stereotypes fed to us in a guidebook. Canadians are coming together by sharing their differences; they’ve made the first move and they want the world to follow their lead.
We all know how friendly Canadians are and that they’re not going to want to keep something like this all to themselves. They’re also crushin’ on cultures of people and places around the world. Now that they’ve begun to show you theirs, they want all of you to show them yours.
This is a free social media app for everyone, including those in the tourism and culture sectors, to share what’s unique about their region of the world. It’s being prepped to become the go-to app for cultural tourism so we’re inviting a second ‘tribe’, that of the global traveler, to also share experiences as they engage in local cultures around the world.
This is the start of a global love affair made less complicated by a user-friendly app that supports the sharing and engagement of content that’s been uploaded onto twelve cultural channels. From whichever country users are in or wishing to travel to, they can explore these topics: Customs and Traditions; Geography and Landmarks; Nature and Wildlife; Holidays and Festivals; Architecture and Design; Literature, Music and Art; Food and Drink; Transportation; Beliefs and Attitudes; Language and there’s probably more to come as the app continues to grow.
Oh, one more thing. It’s our world so let’s face it! Can we get over ourselves and try very hard to leave ourselves out of the picture? We’re urging people to flip the direction of their device’s camera and instead use it to be curious about the world. This isn’t about you, it’s about everyone on this planet and this is the point we wish to make with the Culture Dock app. We don’t believe we’re ever going to begin to understand one another if we’re putting ourselves front and centre, all the time.
Culture Dock – deepening the understanding of people and places around the world.
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It is a great opportunity to partner with the only social media platform capable of effectively communicating our diverse national identity on a centralized platform. As Canada approaches its 150th birthday, imagiNation 150 looks forward to working with Culture Dock to share our celebration of Canadian culture and identity. Del Simon, Managing Director, imagiNation 150,
Because Culture Dock supports the belief that Canadians proudly come together when our diverse national character is embraced, it is celebrating the imagiNationmovement of “gift giving” by offering an i150 branded app for Canadians to share their multicultural identity in the year leading up to the country’s 150th birthday celebrations. Canadian culture will then be brought to the world stage as the app hits the global travel scene at trade shows and in the global tourism arena.
From the founder of Culture Dock, Kendall Hunter: A partnership with imagiNation 150 is an exciting opportunity to load “The Dock” with videos and images of my home country and to embrace the spirit of cultural understanding that Canadians exemplify. My hope is that it will eventually show the rest of the world what it means to be Canadian, for all Canadians.
It all begins on July 1, 2016 when, for one year, destinations, industry sectors, and Canadian citizens will share their region’s cultural identity through the app’s designated channels. It will conclude on July 1, 2017 as Canadians celebrate, from across the country, on this significant day.
Please explore the website to learn more about the app and to subscribe to Culture Dock as we approach the one year countdown to Canada’s sesquicentennial!
Culture Dock: Social Media With A Destination In Mind
Right now, that destination is the Bow Valley, not only because that’s where the founder is from, and she wants to fill the app with content from her ol’ stomping grounds before it hits the global travel scene, but because it’s a community full of cool and interesting people.
Travellers today are looking for an authentic local experience, wherever they go, and that’s where you come in. We at Culture Dock are looking for people in Banff and Canmore (locals, drop-ins, business owners, visitors) to take our app for a test drive. Photos and videos that you upload on to our designated channels will provide a glimpse into the culture of our region and eventually help visitors (and residents) feel welcome and at home. We’re a social media app with purpose, facilitating cultural understanding around the globe.
Please explore the site to learn more about the app and its feature and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be put on our list of beta testers.