The Waterlution Toronto Hub
When you start thinking,
you begin to change something...
Welcome to our Learning Lab - Season 2
Theme: INNOVATIVE LEADERSHIP AROUND WATER & ENERGY IN ONTARIO
A Learning Laboratory is a place for experimenting. Here we can sit at the edge of our discomfort and still have enough support to comfortably play with ideas, projects and even toys and to stretch our personal capacity in learning and leading change. If we fail - it’s ok! We try again. The Learning Lab will building our professional development through skills of collaborative learning, creative dialogue and problem solving. We will co-create together, pick the best ideas and find ways to move them forward.
A Walk on H2O & Joules: Exploring the Connection in Toronto's Landscape
Partnering with Lost Rivers
Saturday, April 20. 2 PM - 4 PM
Location: Starting at southwest corner of Yonge St & Richmond St
Provocateur: Helen Mills, founder of Lost River Walks
Purpose: it's about time we get some fresh air! In partnership with Lost Rivers, we will go for a walk like no other, to physically explore the secret life of water in the city and its intersection with energy. We will revisit sites and images of the past exhibiting the dramatic changes that transformed Ontario into Canada's industrial "powerhouse".
- Season 2 -
Bioenergy: Blessing or Curse?
An evening of exploratory dialogue
Canada Water Week
Tuesday, Mar 19. 6 PM to 9 PM (ET)
iQ Office Suites, 140 Yonge St
Provocateur: Jon Dwyer, CEO Flax Energy
Purpose: To delve deeper into exploring forms of alternative and 'green' energy. A shift from understanding the function of Biofuels to looking at the amount of embedded (virtual) water used in their production. How do they impact water (and food) security and where? Where does Canada stand on the use of this form of alternative energy? What other possibilities are available or are yet to be imagined?
Exploring Complexity & Innovative Leadership Around Water & Energy in Ontario
2 DAY LEARNING JOURNEY - FRIDAY, JAN. 25 & SATURDAY, JAN. 26
Day 1 : Friday, Jan 25. 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (ET)
Waterlution presents - Water Theatre
Location: No One Writes to the Colonel Pub, 460 College St, Toronto
Water Theatre's Evening of Storytelling is part of Waterlution's mandate to open up creative spaces for sharing Water Stories. Part sharing, part entertainment, part experience. Bring a friend and join us!
Day 2: Saturday, Jan. 26. 10 AM to 3 PM (ET)
Deep Dialogue and Systems-Thinking Gathering
Getting Creative: Understanding Complexity, Rethinking the System
Location: Ralph Thornton Centre- Auditorium, 765 Queen St E, Toronto
Provocateurs: Zarah Ebrahim- Principal at ArchiTEXT
Karen Kun- Founder & Executive Director of Waterlution
Brittany Luby- Anishinaabe from Treat#3 Dustrict, Phd Candidate in History Department at York University
Marilyn Hamilton - Founder of Integral City Meshworks Inc., Creator of City 2.0 Conference
Adam Giambrone - Former, Vice-Chair Public Works & Infrastructure Committee & Toronto City Councillor
Through a World Cafe and a Pro-Action Cafe, we will bring knowledge from policy, design and systems thinking to trigger new ways of understanding and solving the inherent complex relationship between water and energy. An opportunity to dive into deeper dialogue in a multi-stakeholder setting.
A Special Holiday Skating & Mingling Event
A Waterlution Holiday Hub in Partnership with Blue Drinks
Thursday, Dec 6 (6 PM to 8 PM) (ET)
Nathan Phillips Ice Skating Rink and Duke of Richmond Pub
Purpose: Bringing the Toronto water community together! Join us for ice skating and Waterlution will provide hot chocolate. Then we will be heading to Duke of Richmond pub for dinks and mingling.
Powering the Change: New Models to doing Business
A creative strategic foresight gathering
Tuesday, Nov 6. 6 PM to 9 PM (ET)
Network Orange Cafe, Yonge and Dundas
Provocateurs: Mark Powell - Water Power Group, Jennifer Taves - Partners in Project Green
Purpose: A focus on co-creating a vision for our ideal common water & energy future through a scenario-building exercise. This will be done in collaboration with industry representatives, who will join our young professionals, experts, and interested public. The dialogue will be centred around corporate approaches to responsibility. What changes do we want to see by 2022?
Leading Our Future: Exploring Gaps in Water & Energy
Tuesday, Sept 18. 6 PM to 9 PM (ET)
CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst St. - ING Direct Presentation Room
Provocateur: Peter Love, formerly Ontario’s first Chief Energy Conservation Officer
Play for learning specialists: 21Toys
Artist: Rythmic by Nature
Purpose: To reconnect with the community, explore the bigger picture in the Water & Energy sector and to investigate the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead- a process of laying the foundations for the Learning Lab Series of Hub events this year.
- Season 1 -
Summer Picnic Potluck
Tuesday, July 31. 6 PM to 9 PM (ET).
HTO Park, 339 Queen’s Quay W (Queen’s Quay W and Rees St)
Active Hope: Talk by Joanna Macy
Thursday June 21. 6 PM to 9 PM (ET)
OISE, University of Toronto
Organized by The Inner Garden
* Tickets are $15 in advance through the Waterlution Toronto Hub.
$25 at the door
Artful Waters: Igniting Creativity for Change
Monday June 4. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (ET)
YMCA of Greater Toronto Greenroof - 20 Grosvenor St.. Toronto, ON
Performances by: Ryan Janzen, Hydraulophone; Georgia Simms, Dancer, Evalyn Parry, Award-winning Poet and a host of creators and inspirators!
What's in a Word? Shaping a New Culture of Water Discourse
Monday, May 14. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (ET)
Network Orange. Toronto, ON
Provocateur: Mary Jane Braide, MJ Braide Corporate Development
Resource Guests: Karen Lefave, author of Nemescene; Paul Baines, Great Lakes Story Mapping
CSR for the Bluer Good: Are We Moving Fast Enough Towards a Sustainable Society?
Monday, April 30. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (ET)
Patagonia, Toronto, ON
Provocateurs: Lynn Paterson, RBC and Andrea Reekes, Patagonia
Visual Facilitator: Patricia Kambitch
Drinking Your Dinner: Virtual Water in Food Systems
Monday, April 16. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (ET)
Beit Zatoun, Toronto, ON
Provocateurs: Ran Hersh, Fresh City Farms; Hayley Lapalme, My Sustainable Canada; Dr. Brad Bass
Musician: Ashkon, More Than Breathing
Where to Next? Sizing Tourism's Water Footprint
Monday, Mar 19 2012. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (ET)
Beit Zatoun. Toronto, ON
Provocateur: Rachel Dodds, Sustaining Tourism
Special Guests: Rob Berry, City of Toronto; Kelly Galasky, Planeterra; Lindsay Telfer, Canada Water Week; Brett Rogers, Filmmaker
Water & Our World: Climate Change, Can We Change?
Monday, Feb 6 2012. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (ET)
Beit Zatoun. Toronto, ON
Provocaturs: Dr Atif Kubursi, Economics Prof at McMaster; Andrew Dansie, UNU-INWEH; Jason & Blaine Van Bruggen (New Media Activists)
Flowing from the Source: Managing Personal Resources
Monday, Jan 16 2012. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (ET)
Loft 404. Toronto, ON
Provocateurs: Zahra Ebrahim, ArchiText; Eric Rosenberg, A Life Well Spent
Watering our Imagination: Exploring Opportunities for Social Innovation
Monday, Nov 28 2011. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (ET)
Network Orange. Toronto, ON
Provocateurs: Josh Clark, C&M Aquatics
Theatre Fcilitator: Naomi Tessler, Branch Out
Water and the City: Mobilizing Leaders
Thursday, Nov 3 2011. 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (ET)
The Richmond. Toronto, ON
Provocateur: Michael D'Andrea, Totonto Water
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