If you live in Toronto and are interested in supporting the sponsorship and settlement of Syrian Refugees, you might be interested in this presentation by the Arab Community Centre of Toronto (ACCT) happening December 2nd between 7:45 and 9:45 pm.
Of course, you might be interested in attending this presentation on the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Policy Options & Implications for Canada. It's also happening December 2nd, between 7pm and 9pm.
You obviously can't do both though; they're happening at different places in town at the same time.
Competition is all well and good, but when we're looking at a national project, you want to maximize the opportunities, information and capacity for collaboration everywhere you can. Having two related events happening at the same time is something that can and ideally should be avoided.
Did the two organizing teams know they were looking at the same time and space, and would end up competing for each other's attention? I imagine not.
Could they have been? Could whoever booked second have found out there was another related event happening at the same time on the same day and potentially picked a different time to book their event?
Can the people attending both events proactively share input and thoughts through a shared platform - or different platforms, but still have everything aggregated in one place?
You can see why something like the WelcomeHomeTO page at Shape My City could be useful.