You and a guest are invited to this special event as we celebrate the innovative spirit of Calgary's nonprofit sector. Be the first to hear this year's winning stories of three organizations that have taken risks to work in new ways, and are improving life for others in the process. We hope you can join us at this free gathering!
Innovating for Shared Prosperity on April 27 (5-9pm at Hotel Blackfoot) will inspire and connect those who are passionate about building thriving communities, creating good jobs and doing business differently. City of Calgary city manager, Jeff Fielding, will share the ways in which Calgary is supporting innovations for shared prosperity and the creation of a resilient local economy. Jeff's keynote will be followed by six short presentations by local changemakers, facilitated networking and World Café discussion groups. Your ticket includes a buffet dinner.
Capital for Cause: Back to Basics on April 24 (8am-4pm at Eighth Avenue Place) will connect social entrepreneurs with impact investors who are interested in generating a triple bottom line return. Jason Switzer from Alberta Clean Technology Industry Association (ACTIA) will provide a keynote presentation, followed by panel discussions and working groups on food security and affordable housing. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Growing Food, Jobs & Hope on April 23 (2:30-5pm at Fort Calgary) will feature social entrepreneur, urban farmer and author, Michael Ableman. Your ticket includes a copy of his fourth and latest book: Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs and Hope on the Urban Frontier. After Michael's keynote, get inspired and connected to three Calgary organizations that are working at the intersection of urban food production and poverty. Representatives from Boks Farms, Grow Calgary, and The Alex Community Food Centre will share openly the challenges of creating meaningful work for those left out of the mainstream economy, using local food production as an instrument of change.
Down To Earth Week 2017 is proudly presented by REAP Business Association and SAGE Investment Advisors. Starting the day after Earth Day, join us for interactive learning and networking events around Calgary to celebrate social innovation and local business. Get connected to Calgary's changemakers!
Join special guests like Mayor Naheed Nenshi, investor and co-founder of the Cleantech Group Nicholas Parker, and former Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers Andrew Ference in learning about and being inspired by the people and work of the Energy Futures Lab.
This inspiring afternoon will feature Energy Futures Lab Fellows – innovators and influencers from oil and gas, clean tech, social entrepreneurs, not-for-profit organizations, First Nations, and more – who will present on initiatives and ideas they are developing at the Energy Futures Lab. Additional guest speakers and cultural performances will spark provocative insight and conversation!
Don’t miss this opportunity! Learn about the exciting initiatives of the Energy Futures Lab, while engaging with leaders and innovators in Alberta’s energy space. Stay tuned for more details and get your tickets today!
Throughout the semester, students have immersed themselves in Calgary’s downtown while attending classes in one of Aspen Properties vacant office spaces. Over the semester, students have explored, researched, tested, and prototyped new uses for vacant office space in the city’s downtown core. The final phase of Vivacity’s Civic Innovation course will take place on April 12, 2017 when students showcase their work to the community, our partners, our funders and our stakeholders.
Join the Social Innovators Network of Calgary to kick off their first event of 2017! It will be a fun night of casual mixing and mingling. Come to learn about local social innovation initiatives and network with social innovators and influencers who are making waves in our great city!
We will be featuring delicious food, refreshing beverages (includign wine & beer), interactive exhibits and music from local socially-minded businesses. Featured businesses include: Ethnicity Catering, Village Brewery, Mobile Escape, Green Event Services, FrogSkinU, Nomad Eco Products, Lowen's Natural Skin Care, Enable.
When: Thursday, April 6, 6:45 - 8 PM
6:45 - 7: Mixing, Mingling, Settling In
7 - 7:30: Welcome, Brief Remarks, Warm Up Activity
7:30 - close: Networking, Mixing and Mingling
Where: University of Calgary, Education Tower, Room 450 (EDT 450)
Getting there: http://ucmapspro.ucalgary.ca/RoomFinder/ - can be accessed by the University Station C-train and parking on campus (paid)
RSVP: Please RSVP as space is limited, register only if you are able to attend.
The Nistawoyou Friendship Centre is celebrating International Women's Day by highlighting the successes of female Indigenous entrepreneurs in the region. Autism will also be demystified while local artisans display their work.
Alberta Resilient Communities is a 3-year research project funded by Alberta Innovates Health Solutions and focused on understanding and strengthening child and youth resilience and youth citizen engagement in disaster preparedness, risk reduction, and resilience in Alberta. Youth from Calgary, High River, and the Foothill regions have designed innovative projects that address disaster and climate change-related problems relevant to their communities. They have been focused on building passionate ‘pitches’ related to their projects, in hopes of refining their stories, their challenges, and their proposed solutions.
Take advantage of this unique opportunity and find out what funding partners are available in your area!
Oki! Danit'ada! Tansi! Amba'wastitch! Ani! Bonjour! Tawnshi! Hello!
An exciting opportunity that brings together the diverse Indigenous community in Calgary is coming in the New Year! This event will consider the future of a collective voice for community change and discuss how we can shape it together.
On December 15th at Massawa Café & Bistro, we are going to use poetry, music, theatre and other forms of story-telling in order to have a conversation about housing, and barriers to housing for racialized people in Edmonton. This event is emerging from the Edmonton Shift Lab, in collaboration with myself and a few other members of something called the Core Lab Team. Come to the event to find out more. :)
If you have perspectives to share, or you just want to partake of some great artistry, please join us.
The Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo in Collaboration with Keyano College invites you to celebrate the World Human Rights Day during the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Conference! Starting at 10am Saturday, December 10th at the Keyano College Doug Schmit Lecture Theatre, this conference will bring community leaders, speakers, and service providers together to promote human rights and encourage reflection and dialogue. Doors open at 9:30am.
Innoweave is pleased to partner with United Way Calgary and Area to offer an Innoweave Impact Accelerator Working Session
What is the Innoweave Impact Accelerator?
Since its launch in 2012, Innoweave has leveraged social innovation tools to help hundreds of organizations advance their mission and generate greater impact. We have used that experience to develop the Innoweave Impact Accelerator, a mini-workshop that helps organizations to clarify the impact they are working to achieve. A clear impact focus, helps organizations more easily identify which social innovation approaches (such as developing a social enterprise) they can leverage to achieve and accelerate their impact.
What does the Innoweave Impact Accelerator involve?
The Impact Accelerator will:
Provide leadership teams an opportunity to step away from the day-to-day activities and think critically about the impact they are trying to achieve through their work.
Guide organizations through activities that will help them translate their aspirational mission into specific achievable impact goals. The session also introduces Theory of Change - a clear and actionable hypothesis of how an organization will achieve its intended impact.
Provide participants with the opportunity to engage with and learn from other organizations that have successfully implemented social innovation tools to achieve their impact
Understand supports available through the Innoweave process, and highlight opportunities to access coaching funding through Innoweave
When: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, from 9:00am - 12:00pm.
Where: United Way Calgary and Area, 600 - 105 12 Ave SE, Calgary, AB, Canada T2G 1A1
Deadline: Please register your team by Friday, October 14th, 2016.
Register: Organizations are encouraged to bring a team of 2-3 people to the workshop (e.g. members of their leadership team, board members and in some cases key stakeholders/advisors).
What happens after attending an Innoweave Impact Accelerator session?
Organizations who want to build off their work in the Impact Accelerator and further clarify their impact may apply directly for the next wave of the Impact & Strategic Clarity module - apply here. Organizations that attend the Impact Accelerator will also have the opportunity to register and apply for upcoming introductory webinars and full-day workshops focused on specific Innoweave modules that are designed to accelerate impact. A list of all upcoming webinars and workshops is available here. Organizations that attend a full-day workshop for a specific module are eligible to apply for Innoweave Implementation Funding in January and July of each year.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (MDT) - Add to Calendar
United Way Calgary & Area - 600 - 105 12 Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 1A1 -
October's Policy Lab Topic: Volunteer Recruitment Policy
Volunteers are an integral part of the NPO human infrastructure.
They sit on our boards, run special projects, maintain our programs, deliver goods and services, build our websites, and can even paint our walls. Every organization utilises volunteers differently. Every organization screens, trains, and empowers volunteers differently too.
During this Policy Lab you will explore the following questions as they relate to your organization:
• What is the role of volunteers in our organization?
• What recruitment practices will empower us to have the best volunteers to meet our needs?
• How do we recruit volunteers in a way that is pleasant and engaging but minimises organizational risk?
What are Policy Labs?
These are working labs designed to support policy committees in moving forward in creating, reviewing, and designing their policy manuals. One of our guiding goals is to help you and your organisation create a policy manual that will not only support your organisation going forward but will align with sector standards (such as Imagine Canada) and funder requirement.
The intent is to have a number of policy committees present while we explore policy topics related to your organisation.
What to expect during a policy lab: Policy labs are intended to support you in your thinking and exploration as you work to create and renew your policies. We take a systems approach to policy creation. In these labs, we spend time exploring and determining the desired impacts that you would want your policies to have and then work to create the policies to shape the desired outcomes. We start by exploring the committees past experiences in the policy area. Your committee will the construct a frame that expresses the desired impact of the policy and then work to create the policy or policies that you need. Throughout this process, you will be supported by facilitators and topic specialists.
The topic areas will be set by balancing attendee requests and sector needs.
The Policy Labs will run monthly as long as we have a minimum of 6 attendees, preferably of two or more policy committees.
Feel free to make these labs your regular policy committee meeting as we work to support you in your work.
We will typically announce the upcoming topic at least 3 weeks before the next lab to allow us to address the issues and concerns of our attendees. If you have a specific topic area that you would like us to explore, please contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780.801.1054.
The facilitators for this lab are:
David Feldman, MA, PMP, Q.Med - Governance and Leadership Specialist
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
I have a strong passion for working with complex teams. I am interested in how groups think together, build resiliency in their systems, and lead from a collective approach. I have been doing governance and succession planning since my days as an Executive Director of a local charity and have continued that work with NPOs, project teams, and family businesses. I have a background in project leadership, governance, and mediation and am a trained Appreciative Inquiry facilitator.
Thursday, 13 October 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (MDT) - Add to Calendar
ECVO/AASCF Training Room - Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre 8330 82nd Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T6C 4E3 -
Cultural dances like you have never seen before! Come out and enjoy the multicultural fun!
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 13:00 to 21:00
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00 to 20:00
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 10:00 to 17:00
- Adults - $8.00
- Youth & Seniors - $5.00
- Weekend Pass - $13.00
- Daily Family Pass - $20.00(includes 2 adults and 2 children)
- Children 6 and under - Free
Changethink Workshop Series
Are you a gamechanger, innovator or leader? Are you looking for new tools and techniques to promote collaboration, innovation, and creativity in your team or organization? The Changethink workshops were designed with you in mind. All of us have experienced meetings and workshops that are boring, unproductive and not engaging. It is often the process or lack there of that makes them this way. The Changethink Workshops Series is designed to equip you with tools you can easily pull out to do the agenda planning for you. Tools that move you and your team to the results you are looking for. This workshop series (put together by professional facilitators) is about experimenting with these tools and bringing them back to your organization. They might be canvases, techniques, or exercises but they are all easy to pull out and use with your team to take the boredom out of your meeting and get you further faster.
Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (MDT) - Add to Calendar
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The Empty Bowls Festival presented by John Wilson's Hedco Group is a family-friendly celebration of local talent in visual and performing arts and fine crafts that will draw the community together and bring awareness to local hunger issues and raise funds for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank. Guests will purchase a hand-crafted bowl made by the Fort McMurray Potter’s Guild for $20 (Kids 12 and under for $10), and with that bowl will be able to make their way around the festival sampling creations from several different stations hosted by local eateries. In partnership with Arts Council Wood Buffalo, local artisans will be present showcasing and selling their arts and fine crafts, a portion of sales will be donated back to the WBFB, as well as displays and demonstrations of live arts and fine crafts. Live music performed by local talent, and a silent auction, which will feature hand-made bowls, painted by local Celebrities, crafted by local artists for silent auction.
Celebrity Bowls: In order to raise additional funds, 20 celebrity bowls have been created. The celebrities will design their bowls and the funds raised through the silent auction will be given to the Food Bank.
Tickets available at malanka.eventbrite.com
Imagination is a powerful tool. Partner it with design and engineering and you’ve got a combination that can transform – and solve — the most complex of social issues. This year during Beakerhead, meet six founders, engineers and designers tackling social issues through ingenious entrepreneurial endeavors.
Kudo’s from Oprah to ABC’s Shark Tank, Forbes Magazine and B-Corp; growing from 100 units a month to 10,000; hitting revenue of $5 Million; responding to over 270 disasters and humanitarian crises in over 95 countries – these social entrepreneurs have seen it all.
$25 per individual session
$50 full day of Sept 16th activities (includes lunch)
Lunch Bag Learning Series focused on Righting Relations in Edmonton
Often various organizers, leaders and participants critique spaces of political and social change not being reflective of diverse people. The question is not why we do not have certain number of diverse groups rather the root issue is a power relation of who has power and who does not? Who represents whom? Whose voices are heard and whose are silenced or excluded? The notion of diversity needs to be viewed through a different paradigm by challenging to move beyond achieving diversity to creating leadership spaces to bring the marginalized into the center.
Date: Wednesday, September 14 2016
Venue: Willow Room, Boyle Street Community Plaza
Admission is Free
*Lunch will NOT be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own packed lunch.
Our Righting Relations Host:
Rabia Naseer has completed her Masters Degree in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Alberta. She is currently working with the Government of Alberta Human Services Ministry as an Analyst with Child and Family Services. She is Muslim woman wearing hijab who is actively engaged in her community. Currently she is the programs director with the Greater Windermere Community league as well as the membership director and active member of the Paragon Toastmasters Club. Recently she was one of the mentees in the City of Edmonton Opening the Potential Mentee program with Councillor Oshry. The program seeks to encourage young women of diverse backgrounds to enter municipal politics. She has been involved with the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights on numerous projects and was awarded the Human Rights Award and Anti Racism Award for her work. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and two young children aged 2 and 3.5, traveling, painting and taking on new challenges.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (MDT) - Add to Calendar
9538 103A Avenue Northwest - Edmonton, AB T5H 0J3 -
Everyone's welcome. You and your family are all invited to a fun afternoon of live music and family activities with your friends and neighbours.
Featured Musical Acts
1:15 - 1:40 p.m.
1:50 - 2:15 p.m.
2:45 - 4:00 p.m.
- Reveal of new art installation on Bob Lamb Bandstand
- Professional photographers for family portraits
- Face painting
- Beef, chicken and vegetarian burgers
- Juice & pop
- Cotton candy
- Bouncy slide
- Beach volleyball
- Bocce ball
Everyone is welcome to come out for the United Way Community Pancake Breakfast taking place at Shell Place. There will be a 'This is Home' portrait at 10 a.m.
Hear about author Blair Jean's experiences as a trapper, guide, logger and more in northern Alberta. His stories of Fort McMurray are injected with humor. Stop by the Fort McMurray Public Library for the book launch of Clearwater Memoires. There will be a door prize draw and refreshments for everyone.
Sign up for Fort McMurray's Hues for Humanity race! For more information go to https://2mev.com/#!/events/hues-for-humanity-fort-mcmurray.