Leadership Starts Here
Resilience and Innovation in Turbulent Times
June 18, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
Are you experimenting with new ways of tackling complex challenges in your business, community, or government department?
Do you recognize that the same old thinking will only lead to the same old results?
Are you a systems thinker who brings together unlikely partners to generate more sustainable and resilient solutions?
If so, this event is for you. Through keynotes, story-telling, and interactive dialogue you will gain valuable new insights, skills, and connections. You will…
• see your own initiative within the context of a growing social innovation movement
• experience the power of authentic engagement and the conditions needed to make it happen.
• recognize patterns of change and classic barriers to taking innovation to scale.
• acquire language and frameworks that will help you legitimize innovation and rally support.
• practice the leadership qualities of a successful change-maker: listening, sense-making, story-telling, and the integration of new ideas.
• forge new connections with change-makers from Nova Scotia and around the world.
Speakers include Peter Block, author of The Abundant Community; Tim Brodhead, Canadian spokesperson for social innovation and former CEO of the McConnell Family Foundation; Danny Graham, champion for restorative justice and progressive leadership; and Frances Westley, leading social innovation scholar.
8:30 am. Registration
9:00 am. Welcome & opening keynote. Danny Graham
9:20 am. The resilient community. Peter Block
10:50 am. Break
11:10 am. Pathways for taking social innovation to scale. Frances Westley
12:00 pm. Lunch
12:45 pm. Stories from the field
2:25 pm. Break
2:45 pm. Sense-making: themes and patterns
3:20 pm. Reflections by Tim Brodhead
3:50 pm. Closing
4:00 pm. Depart
$195, includes lunch.
Peter Block is an author, consultant, and citizen of Cincinnati, Ohio. His work is dedicated to empowerment, stewardship, chosen accountability, the restoration of community, and creating systems that restore our humanity. His most recent book is The Abundant Community, coauthored with John McKnight. Other ground-breaking books include Community: The Structure of Belonging, Flawless Consulting, The Answer to How Is Yes: Acting on What Matters, Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest, and The Empowered Manager.
Peter is a partner in Designed Learning, a training company that builds the skills outlined in his books. He serves on the boards of Elementz, a hip hop center for urban youth, Cincinnati Public Radio, and LivePerson, a provider of online engagement solutions. Peter has received national awards for outstanding contributions in the field of training and development, including the American Society for Training and Development Award for Distinguished Contributions; the Association for Quality and Participation President’s Award; and Training Magazine HRD Hall of Fame.
Tim Brodhead is an influential Canadian spokesperson on topics such as social justice, social innovation, resilience, and the role of the community sector in accelerating positive change. He is past President and Chief Executive Officer of The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation, a private foundation based in Montreal. He has also served as Executive Director of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), a national organization representing over 120 non-profit Canadian international development agencies. Mr. Brodhead spent five years in Africa with the Canadian organization CUSO and co-founded Inter Pares, an Ottawa-based NGO dedicated to promoting international social justice. He is past Chair of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, the national association of Canadian independent foundations. In 2001 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada and in June 2002 received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Carleton University in Ottawa.
A lawyer by profession, Danny Graham has had over 20 years of experience in business, law, public policy, and politics. He represents Nova Scotia in talks on aboriginal treaty issues and land claims with the Mi’kmaq and the federal government, and has been a public policy consultant and CSR consultant at the law firm McInnes Cooper. He spearheaded a leading-edge Nova Scotia initiative on Restorative Justice and later worked with the United Nations to advance Restorative Justice internationally. He continues to be a leader in this area, speaking to audiences around the world. A former Leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party and MLA for Halifax Citadel, Danny was also Chair of Envision Halifax, a progressive grassroots leadership initiative founded by the ALIA Institute and the United Way of Halifax Region. He is an advocate and volunteer for organizations supporting people with disabilities.
Frances Westley is a renowned scholar and consultant in the areas of social innovation, strategies for sustainable development, strategic change, visionary leadership, and inter-organizational collaboration. She is coauthor of Getting to Maybe: How the World Is Changed. As the JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo, she is one of the principle leads in the Canada-wide initiative Social Innovation Generation (SiG). Previously she has served as director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Management, director of the McGill-Dupont Initiative on Social Innovation. and director of the McGill-McConnell Masters program for National Voluntary Sector leaders – an innovative executive masters customized for the leaders of voluntary organizations across Canada. She is the recipient of several awards including the Ulysses S. Seal award for innovation in conservation and the Corporate Knights Award.