There are presently a lot of books being written and theories being discussed regarding Engagement. However, there is little being talked about regarding the forces that create disengagement. In my tongue and cheek presentation I will present a framework that focuses on the levers we pull everyday in our communities, workplaces and with each other that cause a sharp decrease in the levels of engagement we bring forth. By doing so I will show how our practices and habits continue to de-personal our experiences when in fact what is required is the exact opposite in order for us to fully bring ourselves to our relationships and work
This workshop will be focused on the successful building of a business, and its evolution. Exploring topics related to the exploration of niches, establishing of a business, planning, pivoting, growing, evolving, and more. This workshop, unlike the one below, will function more like an “engaged-lecture” with the speaker(s) presenting their perspectives and learnings to the audience, and engaging with them on any questions they have following the presentation. Full detailed topic to be determined by the speaker, with any assistance from the conference coordinators.
NOTE that this workshop runs concurrent to one on the topic of Good Citizenship Building, exploring civic-engagement and volunteerism opportunities in the community.
Panelists include Liz and Kate, the owners and operators of Hamilton’s Needlework: Fabric Shop and Creative Workspace. Arati Sharma (Director of Logistics of TEDxToronto, McMaster University alumni, and Hamilton Spectator Top 40 under 40 recipient) formerly a Communications and Strategy professional at Jet Cooper, and now Community Development with Shopify. And, Paul Bates, seasoned financial services entrepreneur, business development, management, and valuation expert, and former Dean of McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business.
This workshop will be structured like a Good Citizenship “speed-dating” session, with representatives from different non-profits, local social agencies, and prominent leaders in the community, situated around tables and discussing topics related to civic-engagement, volunteerism, and contributing to the Hamilton community. Delegates will have the opportunity to move from table to table, so there should be a lot of high-energy conversation on the topic of good citizenship in all it’s various forms.
NOTE that this workshop runs concurrent to one on the topic of Business Ideation, that being, coming up with interesting ideas to structure and build start-ups around.
This workshop revolves around unusual economies that have considerable value to our City including sustainability, heritage, culture, urban spaces, and the people who make this City great. We bring together social and environmental entrepreneurs; people who are building a more inclusive and more sustainable Hamilton. It is being coordinated by the newly founded Sustainability Professionals Network (SPN), and will include a wide variety of speakers, engaging the audience with six projects that are rethinking “people, planet and profit
Panelists include Adam Spence, McMaster alum and the current Associate Director, Venture and Capital Programs, at the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, as well as Joe Accardi of the Green Smoothie Bar/Platform 302, Graham Cubit of the Mustard Seed Co-op, Abram Bergen of THAAT Co-op, Sean Botham (green builder).
NOTE that this workshop runs concurrent to the Business Builder Workshop.
This workshop will be structured like an entrepreneurial/start-up/small-business building “speed-dating” session, with representatives from a wide swath of professional services (anything from financial reps, to intellectual property lawyers, zoning and bylaws reps, retail model reps, marketing reps, networkers and mentors) situated around tables and discussing topics related to their professional area of expertise. Delegates will have the opportunity to move from table to table, so there should be a lot of high-energy conversation.
NOTE that this workshop runs concurrent to the “Unusual Economies” workshop.
TedXToronto Speaker, and The New York Times Bestselling Author of the Book of Awesome @ The 21st floor of Hamilton’s Stelco Tower.