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What is Innoweave? with Ryan Conway (episode 2 bonus re-run)

Impact Conversations

Release Date: 05/09/2019

Supporting the Black Social Services Sector with Agapi Gessesse, ED CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals show art Supporting the Black Social Services Sector with Agapi Gessesse, ED CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals

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The Black Social Services Sector, as Agapi describes it, isn’t getting the attention it needs.  The CEE (Careers, Education, Empowerment) Centre for Young Black Professionals is taking that on.  Hear how they are supporting 3B organizations – that’s Black-focused, Black-led (including Board representation), and Black-serving organizations, including many that are not registered charities.    In addition to supporting the sector, CEE provides direct programming, targeting particular industriesand creating demand-led workforce development solutions, with high...

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Eating Disorders are Prevalent but Solvable, with Sonia Kumar, co-founder of Body Brave and the Body Peace Collaborative show art Eating Disorders are Prevalent but Solvable, with Sonia Kumar, co-founder of Body Brave and the Body Peace Collaborative

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As someone with lived experience, and as a person of mixed colour, Sonia brings a unique perspective to addressing eating disorders as a mental health issue, raising up the voices of people with lived experience and seeking more equitable access and support.      Sonia explains the issues and challenges facing people living with eating disorders , particularly through a pandemic that creates additional stress. She also shares some of the solutions developed by the national Body Peace Collaborative, including developing an award-winning e-platform for those experiencing...

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Rallying for a Human Connection Movement with Pete Bombaci, GenWell Project Founder show art Rallying for a Human Connection Movement with Pete Bombaci, GenWell Project Founder

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The GenWell Project is a Canadian organization dedicated to making the world a healthier and happier place by educating people about the importance of proactive face to face social connection and inspiring them to take action. We're going to hear a lot more about that from Founder, Pete Bombaci. After a successful career in the beverage industry, and then leading Movember Canada, Pete is now focusing on the rollout of this passion project.      You're going to hear about human connection and the importance of it, something we may be taking for granted. It seems it’s...

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Intentionally Designed for Meaningful Giving, with Kate Masson, Meaningful Work Foundation at Ian Martin Group show art Intentionally Designed for Meaningful Giving, with Kate Masson, Meaningful Work Foundation at Ian Martin Group

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As the co-owner and Community Manager for the Ian Martin Group, Kate Masson works to establish a community of belonging and shared accountability for staff through a self-managed operating system and a genuine spirit of care for those in the organization. You're going to get a sense of that in this conversation. We're focused here not on the staffing organization, the work of Ian Martin Group as a B Corp, but on their foundation. They have been intentional in creating a foundation. The structure reflects the impact they intend, which includes looking at the effect they don’t want to have....

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Making Data Accessible to Address Inequities, through the Toronto Child & Family Network’s Raising the Village initiative show art Making Data Accessible to Address Inequities, through the Toronto Child & Family Network’s Raising the Village initiative

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In this episode, Social Impact Advisors Partner Lynn Fergusson interviews representatives of the Toronto Child & Family Network.    Kelley Baldwin provides backbone support to the Toronto Child and Family Network, a network of about 100 organizations.  Tamara Augsten, who’s had a lead role in developing the Network’s Raising the Village initiative shares the value of this database. This initiative has pulled together data from various partners’ sources, such as EQAO standardized testing, Toronto District School Board, and the census, and made 120 indicators...

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Hope for the Homeless – with Proof, with Foundations for Social Change CEO Claire Elizabeth Williams show art Hope for the Homeless – with Proof, with Foundations for Social Change CEO Claire Elizabeth Williams

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As co-founder and CEO of Foundations for Social Change, Claire Elizabeth Williams is getting global acclaim for North America's first direct giving project with people experiencing homelessness.  Direct giving project, as in giving a lump sum of cash directly to people experiencing homelessness. We hear about their innovative project, the New Leaf Project, and its key success factors, including:  the ability to be innovative  forming partnerships  conducting the research - the proof of the impact they're making and how they're going about doing that, and doing it...

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Storytelling, impact investing and reshaping philanthropy, with Sadia Zaman, Inspirit Foundation CEO show art Storytelling, impact investing and reshaping philanthropy, with Sadia Zaman, Inspirit Foundation CEO

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Sadia and her small but mighty team at Inspirit Foundation are focused on shifting Canada to having more inclusive and equitable media and arts, impact investing, and philanthropy sectors.      With a background in journalism, it should be no surprise that Sadia shares the power of storytelling to make change, and Inspirit follows through, providing platforms for voices to be heard, including through the Narrative Change Lab, particularly raising Muslim and Indigenous voices.      We also hear about the bold objective set by the Foundation’s...

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Capturing your Secret Sauce in a powerful Theory of Change, with Melissa Sariffodeen, CEO of Canada Learning Code show art Capturing your Secret Sauce in a powerful Theory of Change, with Melissa Sariffodeen, CEO of Canada Learning Code

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It’s evident in this conversation that Melissa is a strong proponent of a non-profit having a Theory of Change – having a clear objective and a road map to get there. She shares with us Canada Learning Code’s significant but achievable goal, and their journey of developing and living into a Theory of Change to deliver on that goal.  It has continued to be their guide through a re-branding and the unprecedented times presented by COVID-19. You’ll hear how the Theory of Change has rigourously captured the organization’s secret sauce, to ensure that they stay focused on what has...

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Challenge 2025, with Jim Vanderveken of Mohawk College: Building community and opportunity through workforce development show art Challenge 2025, with Jim Vanderveken of Mohawk College: Building community and opportunity through workforce development

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Today we are very pleased to welcome Jim Vanderveken to the podcast.  As the Dean of the Centre for Community Partnership and Experiential Learning, Jim leads Mohawk College’s strategic commitment to postsecondary access, partnership development at the community level, and experiential learning.    In our conversation today, Jim and I talk about the work of City School and the Challenge 2025 initiative in Hamilton: how it started, some of the early achievements, challenges and hopes for the future.    Challenge 2025 is an ambitious initiative to bring...

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Philanthropy’s Transformational Change with Jean-Marc Mangin, CEO & President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) show art Philanthropy’s Transformational Change with Jean-Marc Mangin, CEO & President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC)

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In this episode, Social Impact Advisors Partner Lynn Fergusson interviews Jean-Marc Mangin, CEO & President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) about the state of the philanthropic sector, particularly in light of the challenges of COVID.  We hear how many nonprofits are in a dire situation as our society faces both the healthcare and economic effects of COVID.  The pandemic has highlighted the important work done by the charitable sector, the need for collaboration across sectors to address societal issues, and the transformational opportunity it...

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More Episodes

In this re-run of our second episode (originally published Nov 1, 2018), we speak with Ryan Conway, Program Director at Innoweave. Innoweave is a project of the McConnell Foundation. Together they discuss the meaning and importance of direct and indirect impact in complex systems. 

Ryan also explains Innoweave: how it empowers community sector leaders, and how Innoweave’s thinking has evolved. He also praises collaboration, explaining how coaches and consultants act as a mechanism to share issues and experiences across sectors and regions. We talk about a great example of impact strategy work at North York Community House in Toronto. 

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Find out more about our work at Social Impact Advisors: www.socialimpactadvisors.ca