Want to make a difference but don’t know how? Year three of this Vancouver lecture series features four leaders who are using creative thinking and courage to create positive change in the world. Explore the tactics, creativity, pitfalls, and challenges of what it takes to create change. In a potent mix of storytelling and skill sharing, these leaders will reveal their personal struggles and the leadership lessons that have made all the difference. Come away with information, insights and inspiration to make change in your community and beyond.
LUNCHTIME (12:00 – 1:30 pm) Organic coffee and tea provided.
UBC ROBSON SQUARE, VANCOUVER
Per lecture: $15/$12 for non-profits, seniors & students; 10% discount for signing up for more than one lecture.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION. TO REGISTER CALL UBC CONTINUING STUDIES: 604.822.1444 Nicole Rycroft
Building a Conscientious Marketplace: How Harry Potter helped to secure the World's Largest Conservation Agreement.
Oct 13, 2010
In recent years, companies such as the Globe and Mail and Harry Potter’s publishers have become key allies of the Canadian environmental movement in securing conservation milestones that seemed impossible 10-15 years ago. From the Great Bear Rainforest to the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, harnessing the power of the marketplace has played a critical role in helping environmental organizations advance their goals. How has the traditional chasm between business and environmental activism been bridged? What does this mean for individual citizens in terms of their environmental engagement and choices? Be part of a dialogue about how seemingly unlikely allies have partnered together to green business, secure some of the most exciting conservation initiatives in the world and what future partnerships could look like.
Nicole Rycroft is the Founder and Executive Director of Canopy and a recipient of an Ashoka Fellowship and a Canadian Environment Award Gold Medal. Named one of Canada's 50 Most Influential People in Graphic Communication for the past four years, she has also accepted numerous awards on behalf of Canopy including the Benny Award for Outstanding Corporate Campaigning. www.canopyplanet.org
Lauren Bacon & Jason Mogus
Are You Web Ready? Key Learnings in Working Online for Change.
Nov 9, 2010
The internet is a powerful network that's creating a fundamental shift in the way organizations work, connect, engage and effect change. What qualities and skills does your organization need to make a bigger impact within this landscape? How can you achieve your mission by catalyzing the necessary shift towards openness, collaboration and innovation? Learn the frontline and behind-the-scenes strategies of highly successful organizations and people-powered campaigns. This is an open forum where you will be exposed to the newest models and strategies for world-changing groups. Get 'web ready' with two veteran leaders.
Lauren Bacon is a partner at Raised Eyebrow Web Studio. Lauren’s work can be seen amongst some of the premier websites in the non-profit, government, and progressive business communities. www.raisedeyebrow.com. Jason Mogus is the CEO of Communicopia, a digital agency that helps local and global social change organizations become more open, collaborative, and citizen-driven by deeply embracing the web. www.communicopia.com
Reinventing Social Action: Is Collaborating with Opponents Selling Out or Smart Strategy?
Nov 23, 2010
There are new demanding problems that call into question traditional approaches to social action. Significant strife has arisen in recent years within the BC activist communities over collaboration with other parties such as industry, First Nations and governments. Is collaboration needed to solve intractable social and environmental problems? Should it be an essential part of campaigning? Join a discussion around the forms and applications of collaboration and consider what a new understanding of collaboration could mean for a reinvented activism.
Ross McMillan is the President and CEO of Tides Canada. Ross was a principal architect of the Great Bear Rainforest project – one of the most significant conservation programs in North American history. Ross has extensive experience managing organizations and coalitions to achieve success in complex circumstances. www.tidescanada.org
Join mission-based entrepreneurs for a dynamic gathering to share goals, challenges and successes. Social Venture Institute (SVI) has created a confidential and supportive environment with inspiring mentors and a practical, problem solving five day business school. Take advantage of this opportunity to fine-tune your strategies and build long-lasting relationships with peers and mentors. Get direct feedback for your current challenges from a faculty of successful, socially responsible enterprise leaders. Hear inspiring “True Confessions”—personal stories from leading entrepreneurs and their struggles to reach success combining social mission with business. This program is for CEOs and leaders of established small companies and non-profit enterprises. Pre-approval is required prior to registration; apply at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enrollment is limited and priority will be given to second-stage entrepreneurs.
Joel Solomon is President of Renewal, Chairman of Renewal2 Investment Fund and Board Chair of Hollyhock. Pamela Chaloult is a renowned producer of social change conferences and former co-ED of the Social Venture Network (SVN). www.renewalpartners.com/svi-hollyhock
Spring is here in full force on the west coast and Vancouverites have a little extra jump in their step. The trees are brimming with new growth, flowers are bursting into bloom, and birds are chirping madly and constructing nests in the small wooded area near my home. It is a time for renewal and growth.