October 2015 newsletter


We’re flying high at the Engage office, after a very successful Share Thanksgiving campaign (279 newcomers sitting down with Nova Scotia families this weekend), a remarkable Deep Democracy demonstration, and more exciting events on the horizon.

We wish you and your friends and families a warm Thanksgiving weekend, as we enjoy the bounty of our beautiful province.

It's all about impact!

Book Unlaunch new_book_cover.png

October 28, 7:00-9:00 pm
At the Company House, Halifax

What are we learning about making real change?

Join Al Etmanski (author, IMPACT), Mary Jane Lamond (Gaelic language and culture), Mark Coffin (Springtide), Rankin MacSween (New Dawn), Will Martin (The Forestry Lab), and other social entrepreneurs and artists for a lively evening of conversation and celebration. We will hear stories from diverse fields, learn about what’s working and what’s not, and surface common patterns and themes that illuminate the way to achieving the impact we want.


What is an book “unlaunch”? Find out here.

Join the Impact Workshop

October 29, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Halifax Central Library
Tickets $35

Al Etmanski is a long-time advocate and change-maker on behalf of parents of children with disabilities. He is also part of a Canadian network of thought leaders and practitioners who are advancing the field of social innovation.  

In this workshop, we will explore Al’s “six patterns” that spread social innovation from the margins to the mainstream and apply these patterns to our own projects.

Register here. Limited capacity.

“Wise travellers know their boundaries. We can only go so far on our own. Social innovations will remain marginalized and isolated unless both the people and the systems surrounding them are engaged.”—Al Etmanski

Download a free intro to Al’s book here

Lowering the Waterline

Notes from a Deep Democracy Workshop, October 8, Halifax dd_pic.png

Okay, how many among us avoid conflict at all costs? If you nodded or flinched, you’re not alone. In our families and our communities, conflict is often pushed away as unwanted, even dangerous, because it can tear apart relationships and threaten our well-being. It can hurt! But when well managed, conflict can also be an opportunity for growth. And besides, if we keep covering it over, it ends up costing us more, because we get stuck in endless loops, bickering over the small issues because we don’t dare face the big ones. The only way through is to head into the storm and embrace conflict. This was Myrna Lewis’s opening message at the recent Deep Democracy workshop in Halifax. Some of us were skeptical. Read the blog.

Stepping Up 2 in Bridgetown

steppingup2.pngOn October 14, 2015, the Community Sectors Council is inviting people to participate in "Stepping Up 2" in Bridgetown at the Volunteer Fire Department (31 Bay Road, Bridgetown) from 9am-2pm.

Stepping Up 2 will take a fresh look at where we are now and what is possible, dive into issues that matter to you and your community, check back in and plan the next step, and encourage you to take the next step that is right for you.

Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you participated in the Stepping Up conference in June or not. There is no charge for this event - nutrition breaks will be provided by the Community Sectors Council and participants are encouraged to "brown bag" their lunch.



Have a happy thanksgiving!


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