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Economics of Social Change Workshop Series - 2019-2020

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Roundhouse, main floor of Allard Hall

11110 104 Avenue Northwest

Edmonton, AB T5K 1M9

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Curious about how to apply an economic lens to social issues? Wondering what community economic development actually looks like?

Join the 5-part Economics of Social Change workshop series to explore connections between the local economy, community development, and social change. Each workshop is facilitated by local practitioners, introduces hands-on tools, and features guest speakers who are working on the ground with community economic development and economic justice issues.

Sign up for the whole series (recommended), or individual workshops!



1. Transitioning to a New Economy - Oct 30, 2019, 1 to 4 p.m.

Communities around the world are looking for economic strategies to address growing social and environmental issues. This workshop will explore a new economy that prioritizes local empowerment, the voices of equity-seeking communities, and greater economic justice.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn about the historical context and evolution of our current economy and community economic development.

  • Reflect on your personal beliefs about the role and nature of economic systems and policies.

  • Consider ways you can support greater economic democracy through your own work.

Facilitated by: Jorge Sousa, University of Alberta



2. Systems Thinking and Practice for a New Economy - Nov 27, 2019, 1 to 4 p.m.

Building inclusive economies often requires systems change to enable more community-based economic development. This workshop will explore the importance of systems thinking in a new economy, and the roles of policy, programming, and power in systems change.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn about ways you can create systems change through individual actions, collaborative networks, and advocacy.

  • Reflect on potential leverage points for economic systems change.

  • Practice using mapping tools to see and better understand systems that impact you and your work.

Facilitated by: Brooks Hanewich, MatchWork



3. Reconciliation and an Inclusive Economy - Jan 29, 2020, 1 to 4 p.m.

Faced with growing income inequality and stubbornly high levels of poverty in communities across Canada, reconciliation offers an essential lens for a new economy. This workshop will consider how Indigenous worldviews intersect with community-based economic development, and the potential for shared understandings to create jobs and build communities.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn about historical ties and tensions that have affected Indigenous communities’ engagement in the Canadian economy.

  • Reflect on what ethical, active participation in economic reconciliation looks like for all Canadians.

  • Consider actions you can take to make a difference in economic reconciliation.

Facilitated by: Jacquelyn and Hunter Cardinal, Naheyawin



4. Financing Social Change - Feb 26, 2020, 1 to 4 p.m.

In the new economy, social change efforts require financial foresight and creative financing solutions. This workshop will explore the social finance landscape, including an overview of financing options, different business models, and how power dynamics and our personal views of money can impact social change work.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn about the spectrum of financing options for social change initiatives, including who the funders are and what they want.

  • Reflect on the trade-offs and power dynamics associated with different financing options.

  • Consider how to finance social change initiatives in your local community.

Facilitated by: Jordan Reiniger, Boyle Street Community Services



5. Using Business for Social Good - Mar 25, 2020, 1 to 4 p.m.

There is a growing responsibility for businesses to go beyond simply financial returns and place greater emphasis on having positive social impact. This workshop will explore the spectrum of business models and practices can be used for social good - from social enterprise and cooperative structures, to triple bottom lines and corporate social responsibility.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn about different types and forms of organizations that are integrating economic performance with positive social impact.

  • Reflect on social and economic values in the new economy.

  • Experiment with putting sustainable business practices into action.

Facilitated by: Leo Wong, MacEwan University Social Innovation Institute



Accessibility

The workshop series is held in Roundhouse, on the main floor of Allard Hall (11110 104 Avenue), MacEwan University. There are no required stairs, and the space is wheelchair accessible. There is a gender-neutral washroom on site.

Please contact economicsofsocialchangeyeg@gmail.com to discuss financial or any other barriers to taking part in the workshop series.

About us

The Economics of Social Change Workshop Series is organized by a grassroots group that includes folks from Boyle Street Community Services, EndPovertyEdmonton, Jasper Place Wellness Centre, MacEwan University’s Social Innovation Institute, MatchWork, Naheyawin, the Social Enterprise Fund, and the University of Alberta.

This series is inspired by the work of Mount Royal University’s Institute for Community Prosperity and Thrive Calgary, who generously shared their materials and learnings with the Edmonton organizing team.

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11110 104 Avenue Northwest

Edmonton, AB T5K 1M9

Canada

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