Hopeful Economics: Leadership & Innovation Summit is an opportunity for us to share ideas on how we can build new economic models that sustain both people and places. There is another way forward. On a local level, people everywhere are already acting and building these solutions, and this event will help to do some big picture thinking together.
With the partnership of the City of Vancouver, this idea grew into a two-day summit, for not just alumni, but for municipal staff and leaders of communities both urban and rural, for non-profit organizations, for social entrepreneurs, for credit unions and other funders, for private sector partners looking to enhance their CSR and community impact goals, for community activists and changemakers of all kinds. When we all bring our diverse experience and skills to the table, we can achieve great things together.
Hopeful Economics takes place April 21 and 22 with full days of workshops, speakers and panel discussions. There will also be a social innovation challenge where social entrepreneurs will pitch their social impact ideas, with opportunities to win funding, mentoring and other prizes.
On April 20, at a separately ticketed event, Leman Kewan Hasano from Syria and John Restakis will give a presentation about the revolutionary co-operative models emerging in war-torn Rojava Syria, sharing how a new economy is emerging thanks to communities responding to challenges together.
For more information on this event and to see the full program schedule, click here.