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#210, 10408-124 Street Northwest

Edmonton, AB T5N 1R5

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Consensus rarely yields breakthrough change. Embracing, rather than resolving, tension is at the core of our systems change practice. What keeps us up late at night?

Figuring out how to help organizations hold the space for two distinct ways of operating, resisting the urge to make one way look more like the other. To address root causes and develop next generation support models, we must get comfortable with values & logics that are distinct from the best practices of today -- without sparking shame, blame and defensiveness. In this session, we’ll share the “dual operating system” framework that’s helped us recalibrate our partnerships, and channel tension towards transformation.

Curious about how productive versus destructive tension shows up? Want examples for how to avoid lowest common denominator compromises and find practices to help you navigate collaborative terrain in new ways? Join us for a frank exploration of what it really means to build partnerships that can tolerate high uncertainty & ambiguity.

Join the City of Edmonton's RECOVER Team and SDX as we welcome Sarah Schulman and Natalie Napier from InWithForward - a social design organization that aims to make human services more human.

Sarah Schulman is a Founder of InWithForward, and its Social Impact Lead. As a sociologist, Sarah is fascinated by what makes individuals, families, and policymakers tick. She’s worked with federal, regional, and local governments in 6 countries to shift how policies are made and measured. She holds a Doctorate in Social Policy from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a Masters of Education from Stanford University. In 2015, Sarah became a Metcalf Foundation Innovation Fellow. This is Sarah’s fourth start-up organization. Fun facts: Sarah was once a sting agent. And she’s a mediocre tap dancer.

Natalie Napier is InWithForward's Research & Storytelling Lead. She holds a BA in International Development, and an MA in (Canadian) History. Before joining IWF, she worked in community economic development for over ten years, where she has helped found social enterprises and cooperatives. Natalie finds the human kind of problems the most irresistible (but will quickly walk away from a computer on the blink.) Fun fact: In grade two, Natalie dragged her brother down to last place on a televised, sibling-based game show called Kidstreet. She still loves (to lose) at Trivial Pursuit.

  • Doors Open: 8:30 a.m.
  • Program Begins: 9:00 a.m.
  • Lunch and coffee breaks are included.

Learning Objectives:

Intro Learning Outcomes

  • Gain productive language for partnership dynamics, values, and ambitions.
  • Identify core tensions and strategies for living with rather than resolving tension.
  • Have a clear sense of roles vital to partnerships

Applied Session Outcomes

  • Unpack case studies of productive versus unproductive partnerships, and ways to reconceptualize the role of organizations in breakthrough change.
  • Use prompts to reflect on current partnership practices.
  • Explore practices for naming and embracing tensions.
  • Swap strategies for ways to honour the emotional undercurrents of change (fear, worry, surprise, hopefulness) without shame.

Audience:

  • Practitioners and leaders interested in research and design.

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Nope! Please check-in using the sign-in sheet by the door.


I can't make it. Is my ticket transferable?

Yes. You are welcome to give your ticket to someone else should you become unable to attend. Please ask them to check-in at the door upon arrival.


What's up with the registration fee?

SDX charges a small registration fee to help cover the costs associated with hosting. Registration fees can vary depending on the costs associated with a particular event - catering, travel, guest presenters, etc. We believe that we offer high quality, unique, and affordable learning and networking opportunities in the systemic design and systems change space.


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To ensure accessibility, we have set aside a small number of tickets at a reduced rate for this event. We ask that these be used by those who cannot otherwise afford to attend. If cost is a barrier to you attending this workshop please be in touch with us so we can work something out!


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#210, 10408-124 Street Northwest

Edmonton, AB T5N 1R5

Canada

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