Agents of Social Change

It was my birthday on Friday. It was a great birthday. I had meals with friends, Maureen took me to Hyperthinking by Phillip Weiss at Grant MacEwan. The girls were at camp with Pathfinders so I had a romantic weekend with Tom. And I took the weekend off, barely touching the keyboard, checking my Twitter feed or working on my reflections for #oclmooc.

But the highlight of my birthday celebrations was a gathering of Edmonton change-makers that I was invited to on the Morning of my birthday. Agents of Social Change: A Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration brought together changes makers in non-profit, government, design and entrepreneur sectors to collaborate to foster positive social impact in Edmonton. The event was hosted by Chantal Norman from Thrive Facilitation and Kali Gordon from Weavin.

Chantal set the stage by playing Shift and then talked about key trends in the social innovation sector including social labs and Impact Investing. Here is a video of Chantal talking about her vision with some of the footage from the Agents of Social Change event.

Kali shared Local and global case studies on how Architecture and Design can create dynamic social impact and lasting social change within our communities. Tad Hargrave from The Local Good talked about some of the great things already taking place in Edmonton.

Then there were table discussions about what is possible in our community of change makers and what are some radical ways we can come together to tackle social issues. These were organized, with introductions, conversations and brainstorming with a small group at one table, moving on to a new table, new introductions and more conversations. I met some very interesting people doing great work and there were some good ideas shared and connections made. The event wrapped up at 10 am, but the conversations and networking continued for another half hour. And I know that the connections and collaborations will continue for the rest of the year.

It was a great way to spend my birthday!

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