Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Nourish Your Roots (NYR) is a healthy farm-to-school fundraising program of Nourish NS designed to help sustain healthy food-related programming in schools while supporting the whole, healthy local food economy in Nova Scotia. This is achieved through connecting schools with local farms to sell boxes of fresh produce as a fundraiser for the schools’ healthy eating initiatives, like Breakfast Programs and Edible School Gardens.

Storyteller: Margo Riebe-Butt

Seeing the value that working collaboratively could have for their community, a dozen local service providers signed a Partnership Charter, creating ECHO Hub. Now, five years since it’s formation, with 18 partners and growing, this unconventional hub has a mandate that means that no matter what door residents ‘knock on’, it is the right door.

Storyteller: Bonnie St. Croix

Losing nearly 1500 people a year, Cape Breton Island is facing an immigration/population crisis. In 2013, Cape Breton University established the Cape Breton Rural-Urban Immigration Task Force  in partnership with New Dawn Enterprises, and the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration. The Task Force brought together representatives from across the island, including governments, schools, community organizations, development groups, and CBU international students to discuss challenges and opportunities of remaining on Cape Breton Island, investigate obstacles to population growth and develop actions that could be taken.

Storyteller: Erika Shea and Amanda MacDougall

MiM serves moms who have been marginalized due to a disability, lack of transportation, socio-economic status, age or domestic violence. Once a week, year round, moms and their children gather at the local community centre to learn about staying healthy and active while enjoying a safe, supportive environment. Participation is free, accessible, and welcoming.

Storyteller: Sandra White

In 2011, the Cape Breton Partnership answered a need for stronger leadership and direction to align more effectively and to be more efficient and focused in supporting business growth and innovation. With the help of all three levels of government, investors, First Nations, and community stakeholders, the Partnership answered the call and launched the Integrated Strategic Framework for Economic Prosperity. More commonly referred to as the the Prosperity Framework, the Partnership took on the challenge of aligning the region’s stategic direction in every major sector from fisheries to tourism, and environmental engineering and the vibrant culture sector.

Storyteller: Carla Arsenault

The CBRM Community Transportation Working Group is a story of diverse partners (including local government and community groups) working together to breathe new ideas and energy into the community transportation agenda.  Public transportation in CBRM is an essential but barebones community service.  Despite recurring concerns from various quarters (members of the public, post-secondary education, employers), financial and other challenges have limited progress in improving the system.  The challenge before the Working Group: Could a process of community and stakeholder engagement help reignite efforts to build a transit system that more fully meets the needs of local residents?

Storytellers: Eric Leviten-Reid and Aron Ashton

The Mobile Food Market is a partnership between Halifax Municipality, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Ecology Action Centre, and other partners, businesses, and funders aimed at improving access to healthy, affordable fruits and vegetables in communities. It’s a powerful case study of the vast and varied impacts that collaboration across sectors can achieve.

Storyteller: Ali Shaver

This story is about how friendship, trust and collaboration can be the tool for systems change for social good. Four Executive Directors in the women’s housing sector in Halifax came together as co-applicants on a grant to engage in research, knowledge sharing and systems advocacy for the advancement of all women experiencing housing instability. It is also a story about innovative and creative approaches to partnership, consultation and engagement to have collective impact on a systems level.

Storyteller: Charlene Gagnon

The Municipalities of Inverness/Victoria/Port Hawkesbury, Firsts Nations communities of Wagmatcook and We’komaq and Public Health are embarking on a journey to build a coalition of public, private and not-for profit sector leaders and community experts to explore; WHY the Early Years are the Number 1 priority in the One NS Coalitions report and WHAT are we going to do together to ensure we are providing welcoming and nurturing environments for all children from the beginning of life.

Storytellers: Christine Villneuf and Jim Mustard

Two organizations over 25 years old with two fresh executive directors (both over 25 years old) each facing different challenges doing similar work provincially in the same field. Discussions began how can we work creatively, differently than past leadership to strengthen both and become financial stable while maintaining identity and keeping to the mission and mandate of each?

Storyteller: Mickie Bowe and Diane MacDougall

In today’s world of rapid communication and short attention spans, it’s more important than ever to communicate why your work matters in a concise and compelling way. Determining the single most powerful way to communicate about your organization stems from clarity of purpose, why your organization exists and how it is contributing to making the world a better place. This session will give you the opportunity to work with and get feedback on your pitch using a fill-in-the-blank model.

Presenter: Leo Artalejo

Through a hands-on learning workshop, participate with others to explore the art and science of community engagement. Explore tools for better community engagement through the lenses of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) spectrum of engagement and the chaordic planning process. Attend this workshop to help your organization lead engagement for positive social change and leave with the tools, knowledge and relationships to start moving forward.

Presenter: Jaime Smith

We know 1st voice stories are essential to community work, but how do we help support people in telling their own stories when they may have been through really difficult times.  Also, how do we support those individual stories becoming part of a collective narrative that can act as a broader voice.  This workshop will help build skills to support people with lived experience from a variety of backgrounds to tell their stories in a compelling and healing way that will also build their voice collectively.

Presenter: Sobaz Benjamin

Philanthropy is a tool of community economic and social development. This workshop is for philanthropists who are looking for new ways to invest their resources into building stronger communities and for organizations looking for innovative ways to resource their initiatives.

Panelists: Angela Bishop, Rankin MacSween and Steve Skinner

Session Host: Arthur Bull, Rural Communities Foundation

If we want to address the social, economic and environmental crises that are part of our reality today, we are long past the time for just thinking or talking about collaboration. We no longer have time to wait for others to make the first move. It is time to practice leadership and invite each other together around what matters to us.  In Nova Scotia we are often faced with shrinking resources and a demand for high impact that is demanding cross-sectoral collaboration.

This workshop will explore a model for designing collaboration, and mapping the steps for your organization to prepare to lead meaningful collaboration. In the workshop we will explore these questions:

  1. How might my organization lead a cross-sectoral collaboration?
  2. What would it take for my organization to be ready to invite others into meaningful collaboration?
  3. If organizations are not structurally connected, what’s going to hold us together through complex challenges?

Presenter: Gregory Woolner

In our fast paced world, assumptions can sometimes be made that if we are called a “team” we will be a high performing group of people getting things done. And that when things go sideways, it is about the others rather than ourselves! Participants will have the opportunity to explore what differentiates groups of individuals (including ourselves) from teams and reflect on the characteristics of high performing teams including the role of trust and respect. Participants will leave the session with some theory, tools and first hand experience in moving with intention from individual to group to high performing team. and ideas for their own practical implementation.

Presenter: Bette Watson Borg

In conflict there is wisdom. Learn about simple steps and revolutionary ideas that will unleash the full potential of your team.

In today’s complex organizations, the skillful handling of interpersonal and team dynamics has become a vital quality among leaders. This workshop will introduce a vital framework and set of tools that build leaders’ capacities to succeed in turbulent times by working gracefully with differences in a group and turning destructive conflict into creative tension.

While many studies confirm the value of diversity to organizations, diversity often means the presence of contrasting points of view, which can lead to conflict. Conflicts are typically feared because we don’t understand how they function and we don’t know what to do with them. This toolkit helps us safely bring the tensions out in the open and work with them skillfully as a source of creativity and as a catalyst for learning and growth. When we engage differences more fully we receive the real gift that is offered to us by diversity.

The workshop will be a mix of short lectures and experiential learning. Participants will be introduced to a unique lens for looking at differences along with basic tools for working across differences or helping others resolve their conflicts.

Presenter: Sera Thompson

Many of us are working to build more diverse organizations that better reflect the residents of Nova Scotia. Laws, regulations and norms are reinforcing the need for those efforts. This panel discussion will focus on why and how do we support more diverse work and community spaces. Panelists will explore and share their own experiences related to diversity, access, inclusion and equity and help to define what it means to be an ally in a movement to intentionally build spaces where a diverse Nova Scotia can realise its greatest capacity and potential.

Panel Speakers: Paulette Senior, Steven Estey, and Bria Miller

Session Host: Pamela Johnson, Coady International Institute

In this session Terry Gibbs and Faith Fowler will talk about how we can create more resilient and sustainable communities at the grassroots level by building compassion into our institutional frameworks. While Gibbs will talk about how we can begin to confront the ‘structural violence’ and greed of our capitalist economy by building compassionate and sustainable social structures, Fowler will share stories from a tiny house project in Detroit that provides a practical example of this showing how one marginalized community has confronted poverty and the housing crisis head on.
Presenters: Terry Gibbs and Faith Fowler

Join CBC Radio host, Steve Sutherland, for an exciting evening of celebration, story sharing, and a few surprises.

Dinner and reception are included in the conference registration. A limited number of tickets are available for additional cost should you wish to bring a guest.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

To be successful, you have to engage others to be a part of your efforts. Social media is often your first chance to influence the unique story that people hold about your work. Join us to talk about how to use social to reach people outside of your “known” networks.

Presenter: Leo Artalejo

This session will unpack the principles behind the Collective Impact model, as well as current thinking around its implementation and how it compares to other approaches to cross-sector collaboration. Practical examples will be drawn from the Inspiring Communities experience in Dartmouth and Cape Breton.

Presenters: Annika Voltan and Eric Leviten-Reid

This panel will examine the new provincial social enterprise strategy as well as stories from the front line: what do both of these tell us about changes in the social enterprise sector in Nova Scotia?

Presenters: Erika Shea, Chloe Donatelli, and Adam Power

Tim Crooks, Executive Director of Phoenix, Phil Davison, Director, StFX University Extension Department, and Jaime Smith, Executive Lead of Extension’s Centre for Employment Innovation as they share stories and insights learned from their experiences of partnership building. Bridging community, government, private sector and university spheres, they will host a conversation to unpack trust as a key element of innovative change while reflecting on their current collaborative projects.
Presenters: Jaime SmithTim Crooks, and Phil Davison

The complexity of today’s social and population issues are challenging to the capacity and knowledge of any individual, single organization or government and demand the contribution of many diverse perspectives. Participants will have opportunity to directly share their experience and wisdom in a “peer conversation” around a “real-time” case study of collaboration. Participants will leave the session with some theory, tools and first hand experience related to the technique of peer conversations and ideas for their own practical application.

Presenter: Bette Watson Borg

In this 1.5 hr session we will consider what we bring to collaborations as individuals, and the skills we need to develop participatory models of community development. Learn more about your own leadership style and the ways in which you can support full participation in your organizations and communities as you work through change.

Presenter: Pamela Johnson

In this session, Mi’kmaw Elder Albert Marshall, will share the guiding principles of Two-Eyed Seeing. Etuaptmumk, the Mi’kmaw word for Two-Eyed Seeing refers to learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the strengths of Western knowledges and ways of knowing, and learning to use both these eyes together- for the benefit of all. Elder Marshall indicates that Etuaptmumk (Two-Eyed Seeing) is the gift of multiple perspective treasured by many Aboriginal peoples.  He and many others believe it is the requisite Guiding Principle for the new consciousness needed to enable integrative, transcultural, transdisciplinary, and collaborative work. In this session we will also discuss existing and potential applications of Two-Eyed Seeing in our communities.

Presenters: Elder Albert Marshall and Emily Root

Session Host: Nadine LeFort, Parks Canada

In this session Jodi McDavid will share her experience gained from working with hundreds of proposals to provide you with hands on, easily executed tips to prepare you for your next grant writing project. For those who get overwhelmed by grant proposals, she’ll suggest timelines for completing drafts, and ways to delegate the grant writing process. For those who feel like they need to take their applications to the next level, we’ll address how to avoid frequent errors and what you can do to make your proposal rise above others. Jodi’s goal is to demystify the grant writing process!

Darin brings 15 years in corporate proposal development, including many tips to attracting the right company as it relates to corporate sponsorship.  Darin has created and pitched over 300 proposals in the past 4 years, and with his past experience and current research on market trends, his approach to a successful proposal will allow new opportunities for you to consider for your next project! 

Presenters: Jodi McDavid and Darin Roche

Roll up your sleeves for this session!

A peer coaching, hands-on lab to work with projects and collaborations to move forward with goal-oriented action.