On June 16, 2015, by working with a diverse group of partners, including the Halifax Partnership, Cape Breton Partnership, and the Community Sector Council, Engage led the convening of a first of its kind province-wide conversation about the future of the province. It linked 12 communities from Yarmouth to Sydney in a live-streamed experience that challenged Nova Scotians to “Step Up” and take action on what holds us back.
The Stepping Up Conference engaged over 1600 Nova Scotians who were ready to create positive change and received extensive media coverage, with over 22 newspaper articles, and the #StepUpNS hashtag created a twitterstorm that surpassed any other in the country that day.
The event resulted in over 200 activities that participants committed to take action on which were shared in a collaborative wiki document. We are pleased that many of these projects continue on today. One such project is AIRO - Annapolis Investments in Rural Opportunity, who support local businesses by providing advice, connections to helpful resources, and micro funding in the forms of grants, loans, or investments.