Inclusive Economy Circle

You are invited to following dates and times:
Sep 30, Oct 28 & Nov 25 2019 @ 1:00PM EST

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Summary from our August Circle:

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Inclusive Economy Circle - September 30th, from 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST.


Here are details about Inclusive Economy Circle:
Please select which monthly gathering(s) you plan to attend:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Inclusive Economy Circle

Purpose: The Inclusive Economy Circle is formed by people and organizations exploring how to shift our economic system towards a truly regenerative and equitable ecosystem that serves people and planet. By creating this community, we hope to mobilize the power of networks to breakthrough barriers we are facing in developing a more inclusive economy with our stakeholders.

Members: For those working to understand and reconcile with the past and confront injustices that are intentionally and systematically embedded in our economy. Acknowledging how we have been part of the problem, and how we can be a bigger part of the solution (Adapted from RSF Social Finance).

How we are supported:
Pillar Nonprofit Network: supporting social innovation through co-creation of networks and ecosystems that are responding to needs relevant to our communities.

Social Innovation Canada: pan-Canadian initiative to connect social innovation practitioners, build the capacity of our sector, and to elevate this work in Canada and beyond.


  • Attend monthly Zoom call
  • Contribute knowledge, experience and relationships
  • Discuss specific stakeholder cases and community challenges/learnings

Just-in time information sharing: We respect any confidentiality needed between parties, and any follow up can be done directly between Members outside of the call. This could result in further agreements being completed ie. Confidentiality, Non-disclosure agreements, etc.

Benefits to Members:

  • Opportunity to support the community economic development
  • Find valuable connections, get just in time information and nurture relevant relationships
  • Opportunity to network with organizations from various sectors, industries and regions
  • Professionally facilitated call to ensure good value for time
  • Reach program, business, revenue, and impact goals

When Monthly from 1pm to 2pm on the last Monday 3 times Eastern Time - Toronto

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Summary from our September Circle:

Shared Relationships

Ecosystem Updates

Michael Courey from London Poverty Research Centre shared about their local organizing approach to Inclusive Economies which is leading to a working group working with anchor institutions, community benefits, decent work, impact investing and cooperatives.

This led to questions and discussions as follows:

  • Do we organized around shifting structures? Advancing policy?
  • Do we form around projects? Around knowledge? Around networks?
  • Open space format to align on topics of interest
    1. Climate
    2. Coops
  • More questions than answers being held in our group
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Hi everyone, We had another great Inclusive Economy Circle on October 28th with 15 people from across South Western and Central region of Ontario. A big thank you to Lana Burchell, who was our conversation catalyst and shared SETSI and the recent Summit..

We also shared this recent article by Dr. Caroline Hossein as a spotlight on the racial inequalities across the social economy field. Let’s have more conversations about this one!

The IEC provides a space to connect practitioners and those interested in leaning into action to build an equitable economy where everyone participates and benefits.

We have one more session planned on November 25th and then we will discuss where the interest is to continue. You can register in advance here..

Our conversation catalyst will be Sally Field from the Fair Finance Fund and Tonya Surman who will introduce what she is learning about Participatory Cities.

Here are some of the resources that were shared on our call.

People’s Economy Lab
* Participatory Cities
Transformative Cities
Impact Conversations with Bill Young, Social Capital Partners
Made to Measure Report
Common Future
RSF Social Finance

On a personal note, as I now live in Kingston, ON I would benefit from conversations that bring together examples from neighbourhood action groups like the Parkdale People’s Economy Working Group, and examples from smaller towns. With a purpose to learn more about how we create the policies, build the markets and generate community engagement that allows real change to occur. Learning from what is working and lessons along the way.

Thanks to all who participated and to my co-facilitator André Vashist. I hope to meet you next month.

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Hi everyone, On November 25th we had our final Inclusive Economies Circle for 2019. Thank you to everyone who participated and shared their reflections. There is clearly a lot taking place across the South West and Central Regions of Ontario. Also, an opportunity to engage across communities to learn from one another and support efforts to affect real change.

In our last session we learned about Participatory Cities from Tonya Surman who shared what she finds inspiring about this model. We also heard all about the Fair Finance Fund from Sally Miller.

Thanks again and have a wonderful winter holiday season.

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