Best for: startups, urban architects, social strategists, planning enthusiasts, passionate amateurs
Key value: network mapping, inspiration, partnership development
To create a sustainable future, we need to alter how we live, work, produce and learn. April Rinne, Chief Strategy Officer of Collaborative Lab, will discuss how the collaborative economy has the potential to transform how we design products and services, create sustainable and “shareable” cities, re-imagine public services, reduce waste and connect communities.
Spotlighting an array of innovations from around the world—from transportation to office space to food to education—April will show us how we can use technology and human ingenuity to unlock the wealth that exists in people, places and resources. In this way, we can develop scalable solutions for pressing social challenges.
April’s visit to Canada is part of the launch of Cities for People, a Canada-wide initiative to create more resilient and livable cities. Her national speaking tour is co-sponsored by Social Innovation Generation (SiG). Cities for People is an initiative of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and its partners include SiG, One Earth, Evergreen CityWorks, Montréal Urban Ecology Centre, and Musagetes. In Toronto, April’s visit is co-hosted with Evergreen CityWorks. This public event is also presented in partnership with the SiG Inspiring Action for Social Impact Series.