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Prof. Ann Dale and CCSD partners launch e-dialogue series

October 21, 2014
A new e-dialogue series explores revitalization of the social sector.

School of Environment & Sustainability Prof. Ann Dale and the Canadian Council on Social Development President and CEO, Peggy Taillon, are pleased to announce the launch of a new series of online discussions to explore key questions surrounding Canada’s social sector.

Revitalizing the Social Sector e-dialogues are part of Changing the Conversation, a new, open-source forum for practitioners, non-government organizations, researchers, the private sector and communities to engage in civic dialogue around critical social issues,” says Dale.

"The revitalization of the social sector has never been more important than now, as the solutions for many of the challenges now facing us, such as climate action and biodiversity loss, require unprecedented social innovation and collaboration," she says. "Funding cutbacks have seriously eroded the ability of non-governmental organizations to act. We need to explore new ways of working together. What are the new funding models and what role can social media play in revitalizing the leadership of this sector?"

“Prof. Dale has led the way in creating a cutting edge, online, collaborative space that can host multidisciplinary expert panels together with a diverse audience – pan-Canadian and international,” says Taillon. “We are honoured partners in this opportunity to rethink the challenges surrounding the social sector, and contribute to a lasting record to help us move forward in our most important work: nation building.”

Non-profits are vital community partners that provide a wide range of essential services and programs touching virtually all aspects of our society: social justice, safety, human rights, environment, health, sports, faith, arts and cul­ture. Taken together, non-profits and charities generate upwards of $176 billion in income, employ two million people and account for more than eight per cent of Canada’s GDP. 

The Revitalizing the Social Sector e-dialogue series will be made up of four online discussions during the fall and spring of 2014-15 to examine:

  1. The State of the Art: Where have we come from and where are we headed as a sector?
  2. Leadership: Where do our leaders come from today
  3. Social Innovation: What do we need for scaling out and up?
  4. Non-Profits in the 21st Century: What do we need for revitalization?

The first event takes place October 29, 2014 and everyone is welcome to register and sign in as part of the audience. Details are available at http://www.changingtheconversation.ca/social-sector .