Fix the 6ix: 8 minute solutions Toronto-style
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
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The Heart of the City Speaker Series at St. Andrew's Church
Fix the 6ix: 8-minute solutions Toronto-Style.
Toronto has a rich history of achieving social change that lasts--that moves the dial and transforms society.
This isn't easy to do.
Despite increased money, policy and talent we still face a number of stubborn, deeply rooted challenges. The result is not only widespread frustration with the status quo, but confusion about how to create long-term solutions that make our city a better place.
Celebrated campaigner and Order of Canada recipient Al Etmanski has worked to achieve long-lasting social change for more than four decades. His latest book, Impact: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation demonstrates how lasting impact utilizes deepset patterns of change, only accessible when we look past quick wins and surface-level victories.
St. Andrew's has invited Al and five Toronto grass-roots activists to share stories of "pattern recognition" that are making the world a better place. Our host, Kelsey Spitz from SiG at MaRS, will lead us in a conversation with Caitlin Boros from Raising the Roof, Sharmini Fernando from Pathways to Education - Regent Park, Bill Young from Social Capital Partners, Rachel Gray from The Stop, and Julia Langer from Toronto Atmospheric Fund as they share their stories of successful social innovation that has occurred right here in Toronto.
Musical entertainment will be provided by Charmie Deller and Renee Ashanta Henry before the event starting at 6:30pm and during the event, and spoken word poet Richard Lett will perform a selection of his poetry during the event.
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm. Reception to follow.
Tickets: $20.00 each
When & Where
The Heart of The City - Speakers Series at St.Andrew's
The Heart of the City Speakers’ Series is a programme of St. Andrew’s Church in downtown Toronto that is meant to stimulate discussion about issues relating to our community, ethics, morality and spirituality. We wish to engage our surrounding community in these discussions, both residential and business. In 2014, we were pleased to have such speakers as Terry Fallis, Ron Deibert, Sally Armstrong, and Joe Roberts, and we organised a televised mayoralty debate hosted at St. Andrew’s Church in September 2014. Speakers in 2015 included Kate Lines, a criminal profiler, Lawrence Hill speaking on the Book of Negroes television series, and David Mulroney presenting on Canada’s relationship with China. We also hosted a symposium called “Fix the 6ix”, which brought together 5 grassroots organisations based in Toronto to spread the word about the work they do in addition to music and poetry presentations. In 2016, we had former Toronto mayor John Sewell, Alexandra Feswick, chef de cuisine at the Drake Hotel, and former mayor David Miller speaking on climate change. For the fall of 2016, we were pleased to welcome Andrew Miller from the Toronto Blue Jays who spoke on big data and the application of data and analytics in baseball operations, Jennifer Robson, a noted Canadian author who discussed her journey to becoming a bestselling author, and Don Coxe, a noted investment strategist who talked about the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA and the impact on Canada. We have a speaker or panel of speakers for each event, including a question and answer session, followed by a reception held in our Great Hall at the church. The events are held on weekday evenings starting at 7pm. We have events planned for April, May and June of 2017, and are working on the autumn series for 2017.