Name Tag Day aims to make Vancouver a friendlier city

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It’s no secret that meeting new people can be difficult in Vancouver, but a new event that’s coming to the city this summer hopes to change that.

Name Tag Day aims to make the process of meeting new people easier by encouraging everyone in the city to wear – well – a name tag. The organization says a name tag encourages a level of openness and acts as an invitation for people to talk to one another, “breaking down an invisible barrier between us.”

“I think in this city, where there are millions of people, it can be very easy to feel kind of like a number in a big crowd,” organizer Krysta Wallbank tells Vancity Buzz. “People tend to shy away from breaking the ice.”

She says Vancouver is an awesome city with lots to do, but it can be tough to initiate conversations with people.

“The idea behind name tags is exactly the opposite of feeling like a number. You have a name and you’re an individual,” says Wallbank.

The event is also taking place in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Washington, DC, Liverpool, and Sorocaba, and originated in New York.

If you want to meet new people in Vancouver, simply show up at Davie and Denman Streets at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, grab a name tag, and start socializing.

Vancouver Name Tag Day 2016

When: Saturday, June 4; 11 a.m.

Where: Denman and Davie Streets, Vancouver

Website: nametagday.com 

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