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Global Perspectives on Community Change Webinar

TamarackPre-Recorded Webinar - Released on October 30th

Speakers: Megan Courtney and Liz Weaver

In this webinar, Megan and Liz will reflect on 25 years of collective wisdom in community change from Canada to New Zealand. Based on their experiences, you'll hear about some of the most important shifts in the community change landscape and what that means for your own initiatives. Most importantly, Megan and Liz will provide insight into challenges, themes, and principles that they believe will affect the next decade of community change work.

Register for Global Perspectives on Community Change Webinar

This webinar is a great opportunity to hear from important voices in the community change landscape, and to benefit from different perspectives on the past, present, and future of community change work. This webinar builds on the paper Reflections on Community Change: Two Countries, Two Perspectives, One Vision for Moving Forward. 

Speakers

Megan Courtney

Megan Courtney is a founding member of the Inspiring Communities core team, and (amongst many things!) leads co-ordination of IC Team activities. She’s a firm believer in the power of local people and places to do amazing things and loves working alongside communities to help make locally-led action happen. 

Liz Weaver

Liz Weaver is the Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute where she is leading the Tamarack Learning Centre.Liz is well-known for her thought leadership on Collective Impact and is the author of several popular and academic papers on the topic.

UNDRIP: A Webinar on the Canadian Context and Implications for Reconciliation and for Protecting Canada’s Environment

UNDRIP webinarAdopted by the General Assembly in 2007, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is regarded as the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of Indigenous peoples. In Canada, the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission speaks to UNDRIP as the framework for reconciliation and calls on the federal government of Canada to develop a national action plan and strategies to achieve UNDRIP. 

Register for UNDRIP: A Webinar on the Canadian Context and Implications for Reconciliation and for Protecting Canada’s Environment

This webinar, co-hosted by Sustainability Network and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network, is intended to increase our understanding of UNDRIP in the Canadian context, as well as it implications for collective efforts to advance reconciliation and protect Canada’s environment. 

Presenters 

 Danika Littlechild 
Consulting Legal Counsel, International Indian Treaty Council

 Eli Enns
Indigenous Circle of Experts for The Pathway to Canada Target 1 

 Jessica Clogg
Executive Director, West Coast Environmental Law

 Kris Archie Moderator
Circle on Philanthropy and Indigenous Peoples in Canada 

Meet the Mentors | Groundswell Potluck Social

Meet the Mentors Potluck SocialWork is changing: 50% of people in BC now have to find their own way in the gig economy.

Traditional education is not providing the answers. Groundswell is an alternative business school with a focus on supporting social impact businesses. Taking the Build Program* at Groundswell is not only about developing the hard skills needed to run a business. Social entrepreneurs also need emotional resilience and community, and that is where our team of mentors comes in.

Register for Meet the Mentors | Groundswell Potluck Social

Join them Oct 24 to Meet the Mentors, each of whom is a successful entrepreneur. (Also they are funny and insightful and kind people too, just saying.) Featuring:

Gilad Babchuk

Co-Founder of Groundswell with over 25 years experience establishing, developing and running various progressive businesses and organizations, Gilad has founded numerous alternative schools, social enterprises and NGOs.

Jim Barker

Another Groundswell Co-Founder, Jim is a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience and an international portfolio and that includes employment training and recruitment, travel management, bars, restaurants and computer software/financial services.

Madeleine Shaw

Madeleine, the co-founder of Lunapads and founder of Nestworks, brings over 25 years of experience as a social entrepreneur interested in product development, progressive business practices and reimagining work-life balance.

Lenard Reid,

Co-founder of North Vancouver business Jackets for Jasper, whose profits go towards funding girls to attend school for a month in Nepal. Last year, the company funded the lifetime education of 7 girls!

Moderated by Build Instructor Emily Chow!

Stay afterwards for a potluck social and meet the community!

Incubating Cooperatives

Incubating Cooperatives10am to 11am Pacific Time

In the last of five webinars by the Asian American Solidarity Economies Project, speakers will share cooperative planning and startup experiences as nonprofit organizations with an organizing focus.

Register for Incubating Cooperatives

Speakers:

Lan Dinh, VietLead

Lolita Andrada Lledo, Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California

Facilitators:

Yvonne Yen Liu, Solidarity Research Center 
Yvonne is the co-founder and research director of Solidarity Research Center, a worker self-directed nonprofit that advances solidarity economies. She serves on the board of the US Solidarity Economy Network and was named the 2018 Activist-in-Residence Fellow at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. 

Parag Rajendra Khandhar, Asian American Solidarity Economies Project 
Parag is a founding principal of Gilmore Khandhar, LLC, a law firm focused on legal, policy, and advocacy tools to advance economic justice, racial equity, and social transformation. He teaches at George Washington University Law School. Parag co-founded Baltimore Activating Solidarity Economies (BASE) and the Asian American Solidarity Economies Network (AASE).

Asian American Solidarity Economies is a project of Solidarity Research Center in partnership with UCLA Asian American Studies Center and National CAPACD. For more information about our five-part webinar series, see our website.

Realize Change: Leadership in an Age of Disruption

Realize Change: Leadership in an Age of DisruptionToday’s impact-driven organizations are not only working to solve an even greater number of social issues, but we are also facing a generational shift. With our constantly evolving communities, innovation has become the solution to unleashing unprecedented change in how non-profits, governments and businesses respond to community, environmental and social needs.

REALIZE CHANGE: LEADERSHIP IN AN AGE OF DISRUPTION will explore how leaders of the impact sector can build workplaces that foster innovative solutions to cataclysmic change and support future leaders in the sector. This conference will take participants on an interactive, immersive journey with thought leaders from across Canada.

Register for Realize Change: Leadership in an Age of Disruption

Join us for our Conference Welcome and Opening Reception at the Vancity Theatre on November 21st at 6pm. The evening will feature a screening of The Social Shift, a documentary about social entrepreneurs using their businesses to make a positive impact in communities across Canada, followed by a panel discussion. Then fill your plates and glasses with snacks and beverages as we cap the evening off with a casual and fun networking reception. We'll see you bright and early the next day for the conference!

Realize Change: Leadership in an Age of Disruption is the conference for:

  • Non-profit, social enterprise leaders, co-ops and mutuals, and B Corporations
  • Government policy makers
  • Academics and thought leaders
  • Anyone interested in driving social change through innovation

Converting Cooperatives: Legacy Conversions and Micro Businesses

Converting Cooperatives1pm to 2pm Eastern Time

In the fourth of five webinars by the Asian American Solidarity Economies project, our speakers will discuss legacy business conversions into cooperatives and how existing micro-business can work together in cooperative ways.

Register for the Legacy Conversions and Micro Businesses webinar

Speakers:

Shevanthi (Shev) Daniel-Rabkin (Democracy at Work Institute) is passionate about the intersection of sustainable business and economic development. Her work spans over fifteen years in community and labor organizing, and strategic capacity building with nonprofit and small businesses. She previously served as Lead Manager of Worker Cooperative Initiative at Pinchot University – Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, and also helped develop a Cooperative Management Certificate program at Pinchot University. Shevanthi has managed and implemented large-scale labor organizing and worker justice campaigns with SEIU1199 NW, and programs centered on civil rights and social justice leadership, in rural and urban centers across the country, as well as solidarity work in South Africa, Nicaragua and Ethiopia. Shevanthi is also a co-founder of the O’Dell Education Center, a nonviolence direct action and leadership academy in Washington State, owned and operated by the Institute for Community Leadership. She is also Executive Board member at the Center for Women in Democracy, strengthening women’s capacity and leadership in public and private sector. Shevanthi has an MBA in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University and BA in History and Anthropology from University of Washington.

Soyun Park (Micro Business Network) is an organizer, a trainer, an organization builder and a movement strategist. She has over 25 years of experience with youth and community organizing in Black and Brown communities to affect local, state, and national policy change on racial and economic justice issues and immigrant rights issues.Over the last few years, Soyun has been focused on community economic development, working with owner operator micro businesses fighting predatory development in DC. A natural ally of neighborhood residents and workers, she has mobilized micro business owners in support of progressive worker policies, against public utility rate increases, and to push the largest electric holding company in the US to provide sustainable alternatives. She is also working in Baltimore with Korean owned liquor storeowners and the surrounding Black communities to identify solutions to city policies that perpetuate anti-Blackness and racial triangulation. She grew up in this country as the daughter of an immigrant shop owner and brings this experience into her political and organizing work to make an impact. She lives East of the River in DC with her two beautiful children.

Facilitators:

Yvonne Yen Liu (Solidarity Research Center) is the co-founder and research director of Solidarity Research Center, a worker self-directed nonprofit that advances solidarity economies. She serves on the board of the US Solidarity Economy Network and was named the 2018 Activist-in-Residence Fellow at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

Parag Rajendra Khandhar (Asian American Solidarity Economies Project) Parag is a founding principal of Gilmore Khandhar, LLC, a law firm focused on legal, policy, and advocacy tools to advance economic justice, racial equity, and social transformation. He teaches at George Washington University Law School. Parag co-founded Baltimore Activating Solidarity Economies (BASE) and the Asian American Solidarity Economies Network (AASE).

Asian American Solidarity Economies Webinar Series is a project of Solidarity Research Center in partnership with UCLA Asian American Studies Center and National CAPACD.

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