JUNE 1, 2021 – 12:00pm – 5:00pm ET
WINNING HEARTS & MINDS TO ACCELERATE TRANSFORMATION (Breaking the Public Opinion Bubble)
Research now shows that the majority of Canadians support climate action and place a high value on nature and protected spaces, but there remains a disconnect between people’s attitudes and support, and their willingness to take concrete action that requires behaviour change and collectivism. If we are to motivate action at the political level – and make sure that bold policies become entrenched as the norm regardless of shifts of the political pendulum – we need to fuel a sea of change in public opinion. How can we shift our resources and influence as funders to do so?
12:00pm – 12:15pm – Land Acknowledgement and Welcome
12:15pm – 1:05pm – Plenary Fireside Chat – Inspired Ideas
Who is currently underrepresented in the environmental movement? Why is that the case? What happens to the possibility of a bold and ambitious transformation if those people aren’t engaged? These questions and more will be central to a fireside chat that will surely provide food for thought for small group discussions immediately following.
Moderator Matt Price, For Our Kids
In conversation with:
- Aaron Myran, Executive Director, Future Majority
- Manvi Bhalla, Co-Founder and President, Shaking Up the Establishment
- Michael Bernstein, Executive Director, Clean Prosperity
- Hassan Yussuff, President, Canadian Labour Congress.
1:05pm – 1:30pm – Small Group Discussions
What surprised you ? What inspired you? Catch up with your colleagues, meet new people and reflect on what you just heard during a short, small group discussion.
1:30pm – 2:00pm – BREAK – Music in the Lobby
2:00pm – 3:15pm ET – Plenary Rapid Fire Q&A – Tangible Solutions
How can the environmental sector communicate effectively with audiences it has previously ignored? What new tactics does the sector need to adopt and support with resources? What tactics need to be discarded from the old playbook? Explore tactics proposed by a diverse panel of experts and come prepared to probe or even throw in your own!
Moderator: Bernard Rudny, Strategy & Communications Consultant
Seeking solutions from:
- Jon McPhedran Waitzer, Member/Organizer, Resource Movement
- Natalie Odd, Executive Director, Alberta Environmental Network
- Jessie Sitnick, Vice President, Corporate and Public Affairs, Argyle
- Malkeet Sandhu, Community Organizer, David Suzuki Foundation
- Karen Ross, Director, Farmers for Climate Solutions
3:15pm – 3:45pm – BREAK – Music in the Lobby
3:45pm – 5:00pm – Interactive Sense-Making Discussions
Our final session each day will provide us with the space to explore the big questions that has emerged leading up to and throughout our conference. Working in groups, we’ll step out of our comfort zones and collectively brainstorm, capturing discussion using Collaboard, a tool to facilitate online collaboration. You’ll have the opportunity to move from discussion to discussion, and contribute your thoughts, as you see fit. Questions arising one day will help to inform sense-making the next! Stay tuned for more details, coming soon!