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Overcoming Power and Privilege in Community Change

2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern TimeA Tamarack Institute Webinar

As a community changemaker, have you ever stopped to wonder where the power lies in your project? What are you trying to achieve, and for whom? How does your place of power (as a creator and an individual) hinder your ability to relate to those you are trying to help? We often use power unknowingly in the work of change. But, when we recognize the influence of our training, politics, access, and privilege we allow ourselves to understand our clients, communities, and abilities more deeply. During this intimate conversation, George Aye of Greater Good Studio will help us understand the mechanics of power and how to wield it with care as we move forward in our community change efforts. 

Register for Overcoming Power and Privilege in Community Change

George Aye’s keynote presentation on Power and Privilege was the highlight of last-years Community Change Festival. By popular request, George is making that same experience available to those of you who weren’t able to attend. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from George on how to navigate issues of power and privilege in community change work!

Guest

George AyeGeorge Aye co-founded Greater Good Studio with the belief that design can lead to positive behaviour change. Previously, he spent seven years at global innovation firm IDEO before being hired as the first human-centred designer at the Chicago Transit Authority. Since founding Greater Good, he has worked across multiple social issues including autism, criminal justice, education, public health and health care. George is an Adjunct Full Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With his co-founder, he was awarded the TED Prize City 2.0 (2012) and recognized in the Public Interest Design 100 list (2013). The studio’s work was featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (May 2018), LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation (published 2016) and Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook (published 2015). He is a frequent speaker and workshop facilitator. 

About Greater Good Studio:

Greater Good Studio gives mission-driven organizations new ways to solve problems, big and small. We’ve adapted the practice of human-centred design to the unique needs of the social sector. Our approach builds the capacity of clients and communities to solve old problems in new ways. It is grounded in the following principles:

  • End users are the experts
  • Innovation doesn’t have to be fancy.
  • Less is more.
  • Capacity is built through hands-on experience.
  • Hard is not the same as impossible.

HostGalen MacLusky

Galen MacLusky is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Community Innovation Idea Area. He is passionate about working with community organizations to help build and scale new ideas that deepen their impact. An experienced design, innovation, and co-creation consultant, at the core of his work are approaches that help organizations engage with those who are impacted by their services and test new programs and services with minimal investment

How Do We Build Inclusive Communities?

A Cities Deepening Community Webinar1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time

Speaker: Jim Diers

Loneliness and polarization are two growing threats to our society. Although these problems are different from one another, Jim Diers believes that the common solution is to build inclusive community and that the best place to do that is where we live.

In this webinar, Jim will share some tips and stories about making our neighbourhoods places where everyone feels included and connected across the differences that tend to divide and isolate so many of us.

Register for How Do We Build Inclusive Communities?

Speaker

Jim Diers, Asset-Based Community Development Institute

picture of Jim DiersJim has a passion for getting people engaged with their communities and in the decisions that affect their lives. His work in the Seattle Department of Neighbourhoods was recognized with an Innovations Award from the Kennedy School of Government. He was appointed the first director of Seattle's Department of Neighbourhoods in 1988 where he served under three mayors over the next 14 years creating what some would say is a miracle of neighbours where he put his passion to work for a direct-action neighbourhood association, a community development corporation, a community foundation, and the nation's largest health care cooperative.

He teaches courses at the University of Washington and serves on the faculty of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute. Jim travels internationally to deliver speeches and present workshop on neighbours and neighbourhoods. His book, Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way, is available in both English and Chinese editions.

Principles and Elements of Asset-Based Community Development

1:00pm to 2:00pm Eastern TimeA Vibrant Communities Webinar

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) emphasizes strengths, connections, citizen leadership and recognizes that individual gifts become powerful when they are connected together. 

Join John McKnight and Cormac Russell as they dive deep into ABCD. They will review the principles and practices of ABCD and discuss their latest paper on the four elements that make ABCD a distinctive process.

To prepare for the webinar please read:  The Four Essential Elements of ABCD Process

Register for Principles and Elements of Asset-Based Community Development

Speakers

John McKnightJohn McKnight, Asset-Based Community Development Institute

John McKnight is a founder and co-director of Asset-Based Community Development Institute, whose graduates -- including both Michelle and Barack Obama -- continue to have impact strengthening communities and neighbourhoods around the world. In 2013, John was awarded an Honourary Doctorate from the University of Waterloo in recognition of his innovative work.

For three decades John has researched social service delivery systems, health policy, community organizations and neighbourhood policy. He is the author of The Careless Society and co-author ofBuilding Communities from the Inside Out and The Abundant Community. John serves on the Boards of several national organizations that support neighbourhood development and he remains tireless in his recognition and championing of citizens -- and their capacity to care for one another -- as an essential resource in the work of building better communities and neighbourhoods. 

Cormac RusselCormac Russell, Nurture Development

Cormac Russell is a faculty member of the ABCD Institute and an internationally-renowned thought leader, trainer and Speaker. He has supported the establishment of more than 30 ABCD learning sites in Rwanda, South Sudan, Kenya, Canada, Sweden, Ireland and the UK. He is driven by a passionate belief in the importance of localism, economic and environmental sovereignty, and is a strong advocate for the protection of indigenous living and social justice. Cormac —a long-time friend and collaborator with Professor John McKnight has published extensively in professional journals on Asset-Based approaches to Probation, Health, Ageing Well, Community Housing, Community Development and Disability.

Learn more from John McKnight and Cormac Russell at the upcoming ABCD: Healthy Neighbourhoods, Healthy Cities workshop in Edmonton on May 28-30.

Weaving Indigenous Wellbeing, Research and Ethics: Community and Campus Perspectives in Canada

12:00pm – 1:00pm Eastern Time
Online - Register for webinar link!

Cost: Free

Join us for Weaving Indigenous Wellbeing, Research and Ethics: Community and Campus Perspectives in Canada.

The webinar will feature the work and vision of four Indigenous leaders working in community-campus engagement. Two Professors from Saskatchewan and British Columbia and two community leaders from the National Association of Friendship Centres in Ottawa will focus on ethical research, Indigenous knowledges, equitable partnerships and how higher education and other Canadian allies can collectively support Indigenous community health and well being. They will explore the challenges they face, opportunities for the future, and specific recommendations for policy, funding, culture, and program changes.

Level: Beginner/Intermediate – Attendees do not need any prior experience or knowledge of indigenous research or community development. Check out the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network to learn more about the topic: www.uakn.org

Resources to read ahead of the webinar:

Pidgeon, M. (2018). Moving between theory and practice within an Indigenous research paradigm. Qualitative Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794118781380

Pidgeon, M. (2016). More than a checklist: Meaningful Indigenous inclusion in higher education. Social Inclusion, 4(1), 77–91. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/si.v4i1.436


Presented by CFICE and Community-Campus Engage Canada, in collaboration with the National Association of Friendship Centres, the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network, and the Centre for the Study of Educational Leadership and Policy (CSELP), this webinar explores answers to the guiding question How do we grow impactful Indigenous-Campus engagement and ethical research in Canada to better support indigenous community health and well being?

This webinar is now full. Please email cfice@carleton.ca to be put on the waiting list, and to receive post-webinar information. Thank you!

Local Organizing for Fair Economies

Join a conversation to explore how local organizing principles and approaches can contribute to the creation of more sustainable, fair and inclusive economies.

LePower Lab logod by Co-facilitators, Alejandra Bravo and Mercedes Sharpe Zayas, this interactive webinar shares the Power Lab's experience of connecting people and ideas for action to build local economies that strengthen communities and benefit everyone.

Delve into how community economic development organizations might contribute to changing social conditions for your organization’s constituencies and how the people you serve can become a base for action. Understand how to centre equity-seeking groups as primary actors in decision-making and agents of making material gains in their communities.

Resources: 

PRESENTERS

Alejandra Bravo, Director and Co-Facilitator, Power LabAlejandra Bravo

As the Director of the, Power Lab, a new leadership learning initiative focused on local organizing for a fair economy co-generated by the Atkinson Foundation and the Broadbent Institute.

Active in the community benefits movement, she supports leaders working to build campaigns and coalitions organizing for economic opportunities for historically disadvantaged and equity-seeking groups. Alejandra contributes to movement building as a facilitator, trainer, mentor and strategist with various social change efforts.

Previously she was Manager of Leadership and Learning at Maytree, where she designed and delivered political and civic training for emerging and diverse leaders. Alejandra has a 25-year history of working for progressive social change with grassroots, immigrant, and labour groups. She has worked as a community organizer, political staff and has been a City Council candidate in Toronto.

Mercedes Sharpe Zayas, Co-Facilitator, Power LabMercedes Sharpe Zayas

Mercedes Sharpe Zayas is a community planner committed to movement building and economic justice in the urban form.

Mercedes has been cultivating her participatory planning practice as the Workforce Planning Coordinator for the Parkdale People’s Economy, a network of over 30 community-based organizations and hundreds of community members organizing towards decent work, shared wealth, and equitable development in Parkdale. She has also worked as a Policy Research Intern at the City of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture Division, a Research Assistant for the Metcalf Foundation’s Inclusive Local Economies Program, and a Graduate Research Assistant with The Public Studio.

In her spare time, Mercedes is the Co-Director of Communications for PODER, a grassroots Latinx feminist organization in Toronto. She holds a Master of Science in Urban Planning from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Anthropology from McGill University.

    Community-Campus Partnerships for Social Infrastructure

    webinar supporters3:00pm to 4:00pm

    Universities, colleges and institutes can play a much more significant role in the design and construction of much-needed social infrastructure In Canada and globally, including affordable housing, child care centres, women’s shelters and seniors’ care facilities. The most effective and sustainable way to do this is through authentic partnerships with non-profit organizations and community groups that mobilize the necessary local knowledge and public, private and philanthropic resources to implement these complex projects.

    Register for the Community-Campus Partnerships for Social Infrastructure Webinar webinar

    As leaders in this work, Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the University of Winnipeg have valuable experience and methods to share, to spread information on innovative models and support their replication and adaptation across Canada and the world. Guided by our Moderator, Ted Jackson, our presenters—SFU President Andrew Petter and University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation Managing Director Sherman Kreiner—will address the following key questions:

    • What kinds of social and green real estate projects are possible?
    • How can we structure effective community-campus governance and project-management bodies?
    • What combination of financial instruments and sources can be used to finance social infrastructure?

    Webinar participants will be invited to pose their own questions online to the presenters before and during the webinar.

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