Our work necessitates the creation of spaces, both online and offline, for groups of people that may not otherwise have the opportunity to engage with each other. These convenings facilitate organizational and community learning, bridge-building across differences, and leadership opportunities for young change leaders.

Fully Committed Breakfast

Inspirit Office, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, Ontario, 2016

The Inspirit Foundation’s Fully Committed Breakfast convened a wide range of stakeholders from across Canada to participate in a dialogue about the value of impact investing. We also launched Fully Committed, our 100% impact investing roadmap produced in partnership with Purpose Capital. During the breakfast we facilitated small-group conversations focused on strategies for debunking impact investing myths, creating partnerships, and sharing best practices for moving toward a 100% impact portfolio.

Our Whole Society

UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2015

What does it mean to build a society where everyone belongs —regardless of what they believe? The delegates we sponsored to attend the Our Whole Society conference grappled with this question. Together with peers from across the country, they explored how everyone can peacefully practice their beliefs alongside one another.

Inspirit ChangeUp 2015 Conference

Toronto, Ontario, 2015

The ChangeUp 2015 Conference was our first national convening of young change leaders. We brought together over 80 delegates from across Canada who spent three days fostering supportive relationships, learning about challenges across differences, and developing strategies for achieving greater social impact. The program included 20 participatory presentations led by leaders such as Hayden King, Barbara Hall, Kamal Al-Solaylee, Desmond Cole, Lee Maracle, and Marie Wilson. The topics explored included: reconciliation; bridging divides; storytelling; systemic issues; social innovation; and pluralism in practice. Throughout the weekend, young change leaders expressed appreciation for the opportunity to connect with such a diverse group of fellow leaders.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Walk for Reconciliation

Ottawa, Ontario, 2015

The Walk for Reconciliation, an initiative of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, was designed to publicly honour survivors of the Residential School system. We showed our support by sponsoring transportation for dozens of young change leaders from diverse backgrounds to participate in this monumental event. The act of gathering and sharing stories was a powerful experience.

Story Money Impact

Hollyhock, Cortes Island, British Columbia, 2015

Initiated by Tracey Friesen, Story Money Impact is an initiative that seeks to increase connections between those passionate about change in media and arts. Its goal is to bring together storytellers, investors, and activists to establish sustainable support structures. The Inspirit Foundation provided young change leaders with scholarships to participate in this five-day gathering on Cortes Island, British Columbia.

Our Canada: Building on Citizenship, Building for Citizenship

Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ontario, November 2014

Hosted by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Our Canada: Building on Citizenship, Building for Citizenship engaged a group of thought leaders and decision-makers in a discussion about the intersection of faith and civic participation. We sponsored a group of young change leaders and curated a panel called Youth and Citizenship.

Hot Docs Talk: Docs Change People. People Change the World

Toronto, Ontario, 2014

Presented in partnership with the international documentary film festival Hot Docs, the Inspirit Foundation hosted Docs Change People. People Change the World, featuring Johanna Blakley PhD, a senior leader with the Norman Lear Centre. Attendees were riveted by her findings based on media analytics culled from the acclaimed documentary Food, Inc.

Hot Docs: Impact Media Luncheon

Toronto, Ontario, 2014

Hosted by the Inspirit Foundation, the Impact Media Luncheon brought together young filmmakers and sector leaders to speak about opportunities to collaboratively amplify documentaries that promote inclusion.

Working for Change: An Inspirit Foundation Learning Event

Montréal, Québec, 2013

Working for Change: An Inspirit Foundation Learning Event brought together young change leaders who explored themes like sharing beliefs and traditions, making spaces that explicitly welcome such sharing, the importance and challenges of terms like “interfaith” and “secularism,” and rewriting traditional interfaith narratives.


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