Conversations Following are the key community conversations that were held on Day 2 of the 2012 Leveraging Our Strengths Conference.

Social Enterprise

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Don Palmer from Causeway Work Centre presented examples of collaborative projects that support economic development. This provided participants with an opportunity to discuss existing social enterprise initiatives aimed at fostering economic development, with a view to building upon the successes and lessons they learn by coordinating their efforts around a collective impact model.

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Food Security

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Dr. Elizabeth Kristjanson and Moe Garahan made presentation on "Food for All," and "Just Food" respectively. Most of our daily food consumption decisions are based on convenience and habit. Despite this general practice among urbanites, food is at the centre of increasingly vital global environment, health, and social issues. Participants in this session explored collective impact by discussing its implications for supporting a sustainable food culture in urban environments.
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Place Based Community Development

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This conversation focused on the five conditions of collective success and consider how to meet these prerequisites to strengthen place-based community development initiatives. The example of the Community Development Framework (CDF) was shared through the lens of collective impact by the CDF partners: Gillian Keefe (Community Development Framework), Clara Freire (City of Ottawa), Emilie Hayes (SWCHC), and Brian Gilligan (OCH).
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Responding to Our Aging Population

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The increased lifespan and improved health of seniors today compels communities to more actively investigate the steps that can be taken to optimize their physical and cognitive health and productivity, to help them finance their retirement and health care, and to manage the overall economic implications of an aging population. During this session, the example of Age Friendly Ottawa was discussed through the lens of collective impact.
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Immigrant Integration

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In this session, experts, front line workers, policy-makers, and representatives from the private sector and immigrant associations shared their perspectives on current policies and programs aimed at facilitating the large scale integration of immigrants in local communities.
Hindia Mohamoud presented Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) model as an example of the five prerequisites for collective impact.
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Shared Space Facilities

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Numerous new shared space centres are purposefully expanding to create vibrant facilities working toward social change and innovation. Participants discussed opportunities by learning about the C3 Centre, a space with a big vision for the community. Teresa O'Neill facilitated the session. Will Coukell discussed shared space models, the opportunities and challenges they face, and how to leverage the combined strengths of the partners/tenant agencies in planning and implementing collective impact initiatives.
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Long-term Sustainability Planning

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Conversation in this session focused on a collaborative initiative called the 3i Summit, a community partner event that brings together business leaders, community change agents, and passionate citizens who want to take action on advancing environmental sustainability in Ottawa. Change agents, leaders, and connectors in their field are invited to step forward at the summit. By building on expertise from different sectors, and focusing on strategic partnerships post 3i Summit 2012, the summit plans to collaborate in developing ideas and putting them into action. Click here for notes.

Supporting Youth in Education & Employment

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In our knowledge-based global economy, students need a higher education to secure a better future. Yet a post-secondary education is out of reach for many young people.
Using the example of Youth Futures Ottawa, this community conversation examined the value of programs and opportunities to support youth in pursuing a higher education.
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