Policy Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Al Etmanski on Nurturing Innovation Across Boundaries

Event Description

“Just because you have a shiny new solution, the world will not beat a path to your door.”

Join us on March 31st, 2015, for the launch of g.e@UBC’s Policy Entrepreneurship Program. This event is open to anyone who has an innovative idea that they want to develop to its full potential.

Our keynote speaker, Al Etmanski, will share stories about individuals and groups who have successfully piloted their proven solutions from the margins to the mainstream, and by doing so have changed their industry, shifted culture and made the world a better place. Al, an accomplished policy activist and social entrepreneur, has spent 10 years exploring the world of social innovation.

In this talk, Al will explore six key patterns that can increase your chances of making an impact, changing your industry, and scaling your innovation. These patterns are adaptable to your own circumstances. He will also discuss three different types of innovators that are required to achieve long-term impact.

What do you need to make your change happen or your innovation stick?  Please join us for an engaging discussion that will provide both inspiring examples and practical steps to help guide you.

This event is part of the Policy Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. Click here to register to the complimentary hands-on workshop and to view other Policy Entrepreneurship Speaker Series events.

Keynote Speaker

Al Etmanski

Al Etmanski is a community organizer, social entrepreneur and author. His new book, Impact: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation, has just been released. He is a founding partner of BC Partners for Social Impact, Social Innovation Generation (SiG), and co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN). He is also an Ashoka fellow and a faculty member of John McKnight’s Asset-Based Community Development Institute.

He and his wife Vickie Cammack were recently awarded the Order of Canada for their work with people with disabilities and their families, as well as for their social innovation leadership. Al blogs at www.aletmanski.com.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Light refreshments will be provided.


Room 102, Michael Smith Laboratories (map)
2185 East Mall, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4


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