Get ready to meet this moment.
Now is the time for bold & progressive digital leadership. Join the sharpest minds in non-profit, labour, politics, advocacy, and more.
Tiered Tuition: $145 / $195 / $295 CAD
Full and partial scholarships are available.
Learn with the best
Activate Summit is highly interactive and experiential.
Connect with digital leaders from some of today’s highest-impact campaigns. Get insights, intel, and inspiration from their boldest wins and greatest challenges.
Director of Strategy, Skyrocket
Director of Communications, We Are UltraViolet
2020 Campaign Manager, Jacinda Ardern’s New Zealand Labour Party
First Nations Technology Council
Feminist Campaign School and City Councilor
Norman Harry and Ken Hanuse
Skill Building Workshops
Interactive and engaging skill-building workshops feature leading digital practitioners who have mastered best practices from brand strategy and marketing, to digital organizing, advertising and analytics.
Networking & Mentoring
Connect with like-minded leaders through peer coaching circles and breakout groups. Get one-on-one coaching sessions so you can gain tailored expertise.
Re-inspire your work, build winning campaigns, and drive real change.
“Incredibly valuable to my own growth – will give value to my work in many ways for years to come.”
“This was a remarkable experience. I feel rejuvenated both physically and intellectually. My whole time here has been mind blowing.”
Activate Summit is designed to bring inspiration, connection, and skill-building into 2.5 days of highly interactive learning. Expect group learning together, as well as many breakouts in pairs and small groups to elevate your learning and deepen connection.
We know that dedicating 2.5 days to an online conference can seem daunting, and we are designing an agenda to give you flexibility. We encourage you to attend as much as you can and will be recording sessions to support balancing your schedule. *Please note that in order to protect confidentiality, breakouts and Peer Circles will not be recorded.
Times are presented in Pacific Time.
Join visionary and brand strategist Mo Dhaliwal as we ground in our current situation, with our eyes toward how we will re-emerge.
The Art and Science of Text-Based Engagement
Farz Sokhansanj, Prompt.io
Organizing to Mobilize: Fighting Back against Conservative Forces in a post-COVID Context
Natasha Madison and Andrew Burns, Point Blank Creative
Join Point Blank’s Andrew Burns and Natasha Madison as they explore strategies and tactics to fight against regressive forces, with a focus on re-engaging supporters after this period of sustained and rolling crises. We’ll explore strategies that are working, developing a fightback plan, adapting to change in the uncertain future and how to bring supporters back on board after an intense 18 months of COVID and crisis, where many supporters were focused on other issues.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at of one of the most successful progressive campaigns of 2020 with Hayden Munro, campaign manager for Jacinda Ardern's New Zealand Labour 2020 election campaign. Hayden willl trace the story of Labour's path from a historic low in 2014, to their massive victory in 2020 -- and nerd out on what made it all possible: from tight, disciplined messaging, to hiring professional field organizers and investing massively in digital, to a 'relentlessly positive' campaign. Dig into the tactics, tools, and approaches to learn what it takes to win.
Following Hayden, you’ll hear from an expert panel moderated by New Westminster City Councillor and co-founder of The Feminist Campaign School Nadine Nakagawa, featuring Madhuri Venkateswar (Avalanche Insights), Zain Velji (Northweather), and Andrew Burns (Point Blank Creative). Consider your own campaign goals, and work through how you could adapt these learnings for your context.
Our tools are only as good as the stories behind them. Bridget Todd has trained human rights activists in Australia, led digital strategy for organizations like Planned Parenthood, the Women's March, and MSNBC, and run a training program for political operatives the Washington Post called “the Hogwarts of the Democratic Party.” In this session, she’ll dive into her own story, and get you thinking about building movement power through narrative.
An expert discussion featuring Amara Possian (350.org), Tonye Aganaba (Defund604), Dylan Cohen (United Way of the Lower Mainland, formerly Fostering Change and Organize BC), and Aaron Brunmeier (New/Mode).
Power Mapping for Digital Campaigning
Nikki Koutsochilis and Abbey Piazza, New/Mode
Is there a topic that's missing from the Activate Summit agenda that you need to talk through with this crew? We encourage participants to build your own session!
Three Metrics to Grow your Membership and Boost your Organizing
Jack Milroy, Defiance Digital
Finding Breakthrough Messaging - Avalanche Insights
Two visionary thinkers will open our final day together with invitations and challenges: How do we go forward together? What now?
LaToia Jones (Hustle) knows what it takes to build programs and coalitions that win. She’ll share her perspective on where we are, and what we can carry with us on the path forward.
Denise Williams (First Nations Technology Council) works at the intersection of Indigenous sovereignty and technological advancement. This interactive session asks you to show up: What does it mean to build reciprocity into digital work? How are you showing up and taking action for Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination?
Share a challenge you’re facing and get feedback from your peer group.
Welcome & Intention-Setting10:00 am - 11:00 am
Storytelling Session: What’s Possible Now, Featuring Mo DhaliwalIncludes breakout discussion and application for your own audience.11:00 am - 12:00 pm
WorkshopsThe Art and Science of Text-Based Engagement
Organizing to Mobilize: Fighting Back against Conservative Forces in a post-COVID Context1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
How We Win: Hayden Munro (Capital NZ)Get a behind-the-scenes look at of one of the most successful progressive campaigns of 2020 and how to apply it to your own work.3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Movement-Building: Bridget Todd (We Are Ultraviolet)Building movement power through narrative9:00 am - 10:45 am
WorkshopsPreventing Digital Burnout
Power Mapping for Digital Campaigning11:00 am - 12:30 pm
"Choose Your Own Adventure" ConversationsRecognizing Digital Burnout
Targeting with Intention12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Workshops1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
WorkshopsThree Metrics to Grow your Membership and Boost your Organizing
Finding Breakthrough Messaging1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Failing Forward: Share Your Favourite F-ups and Lessons Learned, Hosted by Point Blank Creative3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Storytelling Session: The Path ForwardTwo visionary thinkers will open our final day together with invitations and challenges: How do we go forward together? What now?9:00 am - 10:30 am
Peer Coaching CirclesShare a challenge you’re facing and get feedback from your peer group.10:30 am - 11:30 am
Closing Together11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Times are presented in Pacific Time.
Agenda is subject to change.
Meet your people
Join the sharpest minds in digital from across the continent
Activate is for progressive digital practitioners. You might be a digital director at an advocacy organization, a content writer at a political party, an organizer at a labour union, or a senior leader who tries to bring all these pieces together. You might work with clients to deliver great digital campaigns, or build new technology. We know that important, exciting, and innovative digital work is happening on the margins and encourage people from a variety of backgrounds to register.
Your Producer Team
Khari Wendell McClelland
Host & Facilitator
Social Innovation Manager, Hollyhock
Activate Summit Advisory Circle
We are grateful to our Partners and Sponsors who provide critical support to ensure Activate Summit’s success and to increase accessibility by supporting the scholarship fund. If you are interested in partnering with Activate Summit, please connect with us.