Workshops

2017

Agile Strategy in Challenging Times

Lead by Mike Rowlands President & CEO Junxion Strategy

In the face of daunting and dynamic social challenges and an environmental crisis that’s already unfolding, leaders committed to making a difference cannot afford to waffle with outmoded approaches to strategy and planning. Drawing on two decades of strategy consulting expertise, Mike will break four enduring myths of strategy, sharing a new model of planning that’s agile in the face of changing contexts, scalable for organizations small and large, and implementable without any ongoing support from expensive consultants. Through a facilitation style that’s smart, engaging, and occasionally funny, Mike will help you ‘Shift Your Thinking’ about what you and your organization can achieve.

About Mike

Mike is an accomplished entrepreneur, consultant and advisor who works at the intersection of business, community and sustainability. He supports visionary entrepreneurs and leaders in organizations around the world, helping to craft distinctive strategies, disrupt markets, and accelerate success. Mike’s President & CEO at Junxion Strategy, an international social impact consultancy that inspires conscious leadership and nurtures trusted organizations. From offices in Vancouver and London, they serve NGOs, responsible corporations, social ventures and philanthropies on four continents with strategy & planning, branding & communications, and impact measurement & reporting services. Along with his work leading Junxion, including working directly with many of their clients, Mike serves on the Board of Directors of Hollyhock, a lifelong learning centre and retreat on Canada’s west coast, where he’s an Executive Producer of the annual Social Venture Institute. He’s also a Director of the Social Venture Network, a community of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs that work together to create transformational innovation, growth and impact. He’s an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at RADIUS Ventures, an impact venture accelerator and incubator at Simon Fraser University, and an Ambassador for B Corp.
Integrated for Success A Collaborative Fundraising Campaign Experience

Lead by Josh Bizjak Director of Development Broadbent Institute

A workshop designed to bring organizational departments and personnel together to produce integrated fundraising campaigns. Working along independently or as a team to build a campaign that reaches goals and targets outside of regular fundraising numbers exclusively. Bring the skills and tools of your department and the organization together to achieve growth results the entire organization can celebrate.

About Josh

As the founding Director of Development to the Broadbent Institute Josh offers years of business and political experience to the leadership team. He has managed fundraising programs for campaigns at every level of politics and seen his candidates elected and debt free. Josh prides himself on his outreach a wide array of stakeholders to assist in the advancement of a progressive agenda. Outside of politics Josh is well-regarded fundraising consultant in the NGO sector specializing in capacity building, systems integration, and revenue diversification.

Organizer Problem Solving

Lead by Ari & Jenn

Bring your questions and challenges to his workshop led by organizer/activist Arianna Wessler of Wellstone and Jennifer Sturm, digital director of the American Civil Liberties Union. Ari and Jenn will answer your questions and collectively work your challenges so that the lessons emerge for everyone in the room.

About Ari Wessler & Jenn Sturn

Ari is Principal of Movement Technology at Wellstone Action, where she leads on data and analytics trainings, including Data and Analytics Camp. She has over a decade of experience in community, labor and electoral organizing on and offline. Before coming to Wellstone, Arianna served as Deputy National Data Director for Bernie 2016, where she crafted the tech infrastructure behind the national distributed volunteer program, including the dialer engine which powered 75 million remote phone calls. An alumna of the 2008 Obama Campaign, the 2010 South Bay Labor Council and NationBuilder, her organizing philosophy is grounded in a firm belief that communities bound by empathy and driven by hope are unstoppable.

Jenn is the Director of Online Engagement at the ACLU where she heads up digital campaigning and communications strategies, mobilizing the ACLU’s 5.5M supporters to fight to get the U.S on a better track. Prior to working at the ACLU, Jenn led digital strategy and engagement at the Astraea Foundation, Center for American Progress’s Enough Project, and the Human Rights Campaign. Jenn’s improbable career has included stints as a UNIX sysadmin, cab driver, and baker. Her proudest educational achievement was completing Computer-Circus camp as a teen, where she learned to eat fire, walk a tightrope, juggle, and code video games in Pascal and C – all life experiences that come in handy as a digital strategist for social change.

Full Spectrum Civic Engagement

Lead by Steve Anderson

In this workshop, you’ll learn how leading digital rights organizations like OpenMedia and others have used the full spectrum form of civic engagement – including tactics, tools and principles – to grow and deepen communities leading to tangible campaign victories. Learnings will include case studies and best practices you can implement in your next digital campaign.

About Steve

Steve Anderson is the co-founder and lead strategist for New/Mode — a purpose driven social enterprise that provides sophisticated civic engagement and campaigning tools to those working on the world’s most important causes. Steve is considered a leader in strategies for civic engagement and crowdsourcing. Steve is also a well-known open Internet advocate. Previous to New/Mode, Steve founded and served as the Executive Director of the award winning digital rights organization OpenMedia. OpenMedia has led some of the largest online campaigns in the world. Steve continues to support OpenMedia in as a Senior Advisor.  Steve also likes to go into the forest and contemplate existence.

Data Organizing

Lead by Heather Mann

Using data wisely to grow your vision for change “How can you use data more effectively to advance your vision for change as an organizer? What are the nimble, low cost and low barrier tools available to you? Heather Mann will answer these questions and work with you on the individual data challenges you bring forward so that you better understand how data can serve your advocacy work.

About Heather

As a data strategy consultant, Heather helps purpose led organizations use data effectively in order to grow toward their vision. Heather comes from a social science background – her PhD research focused on what leads people to act dishonestly, and she was fortunate to be advised by behavioural economist and irrationality guru Dan Ariely. Since earning her PhD, Heather has worked as Program Director for Brighter Investment (a social enterprise focused on financing higher education), Research Director for Ayogo (a health technology company focused on engaging patients with care), and has consulted for several for-profit, non-profit, and social enterprise clients. Heather believes that, when employed in a thoughtful manner, data can be a vehicle to organizational integrity, effective innovation, and open dialogue. She is so excited to meet other SCI participants and learn about their visions for a brighter future.

Well Being for Social Change

Lead by Xymena Salado

What are the most common personal challenges social change leaders from all over the world are struggling with? During this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to reflect within a safe space of like minded peers, in your own personal journey. We will co-develop initiatives that support culture shift towards one that is healthier and more supportive of our own inner well being.

About Xymena

Xymena joined The Wellbeing Project as Knowledge and Ecosystem Manager in 2016. Her work in The Project has allowed her to integrate her two passions, inner wellbeing and social change. She is grateful to be part of the positive changes that project participants experience, from their personal lives to broader community work. She will share their work at SCI this year. Xymena is also a certified Yoga teacher for adults and children, and teaches in a private school and several yoga studios in Mexico City. She is Mexican and lives in Mexico City.

2016

Fundraising: The Art of Major Gifts

Lead by Broek Bosma, Chief Development Officer, St. Paul’s Foundation

How do you close a major gift, as low as $25,000 or as much as $5,000,000? What’s the process? What’s the conversation that needs to take place? How do you work with the different individuals, foundations, or corporations to approach and talk about major gifts? These are the questions we’ll address during our me together in what will be an interactive session designed to bring in your own fundraising challenges.

About Broek

Chief Development Officer at St. Paul’s Foundation and is leading the fundraising for the organization as it plans a $1.2 billion development in Vancouver. Broek began his professional career as a musician studying at UBC and then at the Hochschule fur Musik in Zurich. Broek worked professionally as a choral and orchestral conductor before completing an MBA at UNBC in his hometown of Prince George. As a non-profit administrator and fundraising Broek has worked in the arts, education and in healthcare. He worked in Toronto as a Senior Campaign Director for Sunnybrook Health Sciences and most recently as Associate Vice President of External Relations at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

The Science of Visual Communications

Lead by Scott Miller, Resource Media

The opportunity for telling good stories continues to evolve and expand all around us. Yet while there have been great advances over the years in testing and crafting messages, far less attention has been paid to the science of visual communications. Join this workshop to learn more about the impact pictures have on our brains and how we can make those pathways work in support of social change. This workshop will also cover the science and the strategy of collecting and selecting images to support your cause.

About Scott

Scott Miller is President of Resource Media, a nonprofit communications firm that works solely in support of social change. With its roots in environmental advocacy, Resource Media now works across a broader landscape; breaking down issue silos and trying to foster non-transactional relationships in order to build momentum for change. Prior to joining Resource Media, Scott was also a foundation senior program officer and a TV reporter covering the environment.

Scott Miller is President of Resource Media, a nonprofit communications firm that works solely in support of social change. With its roots in environmental advocacy, Resource Media now works across a broader landscape; breaking down issue silos and trying to foster non-transactional relationships in order to build momentum for change. Prior to joining Resource Media, Scott was also a foundation senior program officer and a TV reporter covering the environment.

Multi -generational Trauma & Self-Compassion Part I

Lead by Swarn Hardy, Registered Clinical Counsellor

Learn how our bodies and brains hold patterns of trauma from our ancestors. Explore a simple practice to help lift the burdens of the past.

About Swarn

My name is Swarn Hardy and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice on Vancouver Island, where I help people heal from trauma, abuse, neglect, and \”general colonialism disorder.\” My work focuses on reclaiming our right to be in our bodies and on the land, connected to one another, the Earth, and the more-than-human world. This will be my third SCI and I\u2019m looking forward to seeing old friends, making new friends, and getting all inspired and fired up! Fun fact: I live in a tiny house in the Cowichan Valley.

Swarn Hardy is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice on Vancouver Island, supporting people healing from trauma, abuse, neglect, and “general colonialism disorder.” Her work focuses on reclaiming our right to be in our bodies and on the land, connected to one another, the Earth, and the more-than-human world.

Strategic Planning for the Nimble Organization

Lead by Mike Rowlands, Junxion Strategy

In the face of complex and dynamic social and environmental challenges, traditional strategy approaches no longer work. Today, strategy and implementation are linked: effective plans are no longer artifacts relegated to dusty hard drives. They’re living documents that are grounded in values, empower leaders and foster ongoing growth and development. So how do you build an effective strategy? And how do you translate ideas to impact? In this session Mike will share insights into Junxion’s Turning Point™ approach, which blends Agile methodologies, Appreciative Inquiry, stakeholder engagement and systems thinking in an integrated model that’s easy to implement.

About Mike

Scott Miller is President of Resource Media, a nonprofit communications firm that works solely in support of social change. With its roots in environmental advocacy, Resource Media now works across a broader landscape; breaking down issue silos and trying to foster non-transactional relationships in order to build momentum for change. Prior to joining Resource Media, Scott was also a foundation senior program officer and a TV reporter covering the environment.

Mike is President & CEO at Junxion Strategy, an international consultancy that supports the development and growth of leading, socially responsible brands. Their clients range from major international companies such as adidas and Heathrow Airport, to groups like 1% for the Planet that are accelerating the movement toward socially responsible business, and countless entrepreneur-led social ventures and non-profts. Mike sits on the Board of Directors of Hollyhock and is Executive Producer of the annual Social Venture Institute. He is an Ambassador for Social Venture Network, a community of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs that work together to create transformational innovation, growth and impact. Mike is also Entrepreneur-in-Residence at RADIUS Ventures, an impact venture accelerator and incubator at the Beedie Graduate School of Business at Simon Fraser University. He sits on the Advisory Council to the Faculty of Management at Royal Roads University and is a B Corp Ambassador.

Advocacy & Organizing Part 1

Lead by Ajay Puri

When do the social change movements we operate in require the drive and energy of a revolution and when do they require a slower pace of evolution? Join change agent Ajay Puri in this two-part workshop series on advocacy and network building. This first workshop will focus on practical insight and take-aways for organizations.

About Ajay

Scott Miller is President of Resource Media, a nonprofit communications firm that works solely in support of social change. With its roots in environmental advocacy, Resource Media now works across a broader landscape; breaking down issue silos and trying to foster non-transactional relationships in order to build momentum for change. Prior to joining Resource Media, Scott was also a foundation senior program officer and a TV reporter covering the environment.

Ajay is a speaker, facilitator and social movement builder. He has 15 years experience in empowering communities and creating social change in the non-profit, academic, government and social innovation sectors. Most recently, he led the digital media and engagement team for the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council. He has also co-founded many movement based organizations including: Changemakers Vancouver, #EastVanLove, Bee Vancity, and RangiChangi Roots. He currently sits on the Leadership Council of the David Suzuki Foundation and the Advisory Board of the Web of Change and Social Change Institute at the Hollyhock Leadership Institute. He also teaches / mentors at SFU RADIUS Ventures and Groundswell Social Ventures.\n\nAjay holds his Masters of Health Administration from UBC and has published five peer-reviewed articles on health research. He has spoken to over 100 audiences nationally and internationally on topics ranging from leadership, digital media, social movements, healthcare transformation and innovation.

Ajay is a speaker, facilitator and social movement builder. He has 15 years experience in empowering communities and creating social change in the non-profit, academic, government and social innovation sectors. Most recently, he led the digital media and engagement team for the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council. He has also co-founded many movement based organizations including: Changemakers Vancouver, #EastVanLove, Bee Vancity, and RangiChangi Roots. He currently sits on the Leadership Council of the David Suzuki Foundation and the Advisory Board of the Web of Change and Social Change Institute at the Hollyhock Leadership Institute. He also teaches / mentors at SFU RADIUS Ventures and Groundswell Social Ventures. Ajay holds his Masters of Health Administration from UBC and has published five peer-reviewed articles on health research. He has spoken to over 100 audiences nationally and internationally on topics ranging from leadership, digital media, social movements, healthcare transformation and innovation.

Communication Roundtable

Lead by Josh Stuart, cStreet Campaigns

Bring your most pressing digital challenges and communications questions to Josh Stuart, founder of cStreet Campaigns. Josh will facilitate an open conversation drawing upon the examples you present and arm you with the questions you should be asking yourself about your digital organizing presence.

About Josh

Scott Miller is President of Resource Media, a nonprofit communications firm that works solely in support of social change. With its roots in environmental advocacy, Resource Media now works across a broader landscape; breaking down issue silos and trying to foster non-transactional relationships in order to build momentum for change. Prior to joining Resource Media, Scott was also a foundation senior program officer and a TV reporter covering the environment.

Josh Stuart, the President of cStreet Campaigns, a digital campaigns firm with clients around the world. I specialize in helping our clients use the organizing platform NationBuilder to help NGOs, labour unions, and political campaigns revamp and recharge their digital strategy. This year is a transitional year for my agency and I\u2019m excited to bring the challenges and successes of growing a creative social change agency to the Social Change Institute. Since co-founding cStreet in 2012 Josh has worked with 50+ organizations around the world including Rainforest Action Network, The United Nations Association of the United States, SEIU Healthcare, United Voice and Unifor.

Josh Stuart, President of cStreet Campaigns, a digital campaigns firm with clients around the world. We specialize in helping our clients use the organizing platform NationBuilder to help NGOs, labour unions, and political campaigns revamp and recharge their digital strategy. Since co-founding cStreet in 2012 Josh has worked with 50+ organizations around the world including Rainforest Action Network, The United Nations Association of the United States, SEIU Healthcare, United Voice and Unifor.

Making the Case for Affordable Childcare: Building a Movement

Facilitated by Theo Lamb, Cicada Community Consulting
Panelists Iglika Ivanova & Sharon Gregson

Join us for a robust discussion on the growing movement around BC’s childcare crisis and what you as social change agents can do to activate this issue across sectors in the coming year. Iglika Ivanova of the CCPA will share research and ideas on how to amplify the call for affordable childcare in the current political environment. Sharon Gregson, spokesperson for the $10aDay Child Care Plan, will share her insight and advice on the momentum required to build this movement.

About Iglika & Sharon

Iglika is a Senior Economist and Public Interest Researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in Vancouver. In this role, I get to do frequent media commentary on social and economic policy issues, and blog on PolicyNote.ca. I am particularly interested in the potential for public policy to shape a more just and sustainable economic future for all. I see my research work as a starting point to engage and empower more people to drive progressive social change in our province. I look forward to the transformative conversations we are going to have at SCI.

Sharon Gregson is passionate about the rights of women to access affordable childcare services, the rights of children to high quality early years experiences, and the rights of early childhood educators to be well-paid for the important work they do. She works with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates travelling the province presenting the $10aDay Child Care Plan as the solution to BC’s childcare crisis. She runs 14 childcare programs in East Vancouver, and is regularly asked to speak on childcare issues. Sharon was elected twice to the Vancouver School Board, she’s tattooed, rides a Harley Davidson, has her student pilot license, is a feminist, a sharpshooter, and the mother of four very cool people. She’s at SCI because as Frank Zappa said “If you want something different you have to do something differently”.

Sharon is passionate about the rights of women to access affordable childcare services, the rights of children to high quality early years experiences, and the rights of early childhood educators to be well-paid for the important work they do. She works with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates travelling the province presenting the $10aDay Child Care Plan as the solution to BC’s childcare crisis. She runs 14 childcare programs in East Vancouver, and is regularly asked to speak on childcare issues.

Race Realities & the Progressive Left

Facilitated by Jorge Salazar, Fresh Voices, Vancouver Foundation

Are “progressive institutions” including people from diverse cultural and lived backgrounds and actively engaging racialized and marginalized communities? This will be a conversation about some of the challenges people from diverse backgrounds face while trying to navigate systems of allies, supportive organizations and people with good intentions. You will hear stories from people who struggle to have their privileges and power checked, while at the same time are trying to transform the very systems that exclude members of our society.

About Jorge

Jorge has been supporting connections between young people from diverse communities in BC, Canada and the Americas for more than 15 years. He has worked with Immigrant Services Society of BC, The International Institute for Child Rights and Development – University of Victoria, The City of Vancouver, the Ecumenical Task Force for Justice in the Americas and PeerNet BC. Most of the projects he is involved with are about opening spaces for inclusive facilitation, and youth and community empowerment within an anti-oppression framework.

Neuroscience & Nap Part ll

Lead by Swarn Hardy, Registered Clinical Counsellor

Get a crash course in your own nervous system. Learn how to recognize states of dysregulation and optimal arousal, and be guided in a soothing, restorative rest.

About Swarn

Swarn Hardy is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice on Vancouver Island, supporting people healing from trauma, abuse, neglect, and “general colonialism disorder.” Her work focuses on reclaiming our right to be in our bodies and on the land, connected to one another, the Earth, and the more-than-human world.

#Winning in the New Era

As the Harper era drifts into history, Canada’s changing leadership landscape challenges social change leaders from across the country to adapt. What cultural shifts and tactical changes do change agents have to make? What does winning look like in the Trudeau era? What are the potential implications of the Presidential election in the United States and what will outcomes mean for common social change agendas in Canada and the United States, such as climate change? Join our panel of politically-minded leaders for a robust exploration of these questions.