Discuss: New Conversations Series

If this is our community, where are our stories?

Fresh ideas, challenging topics and interactive dialogue.

The New Conversations Series is a monthly gathering for citizens, leaders, innovators, students, and story tellers. Each event begins with a community story about the topic, followed by an engaging panel discussion. Participants are then invited to join in a moderated discussion to share their ideas and ask questions of the panelists and community storyteller. Join our journey to discover, dream and design a prosperous community for all.

Visit our Eventbrite page for more information about each event and to register.

Upcoming Events:


Meet Up: Social Impact YYC

A Meetup for Calgarians interested in nonprofits, social enterprises, social innovation, impact investing, and social finance. The Institute is partnering with Givoco, Epic YYC / Pivotville and the Banff Centre to host this Meetup. We invite anyone interested to come join us!

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The Institute also sponsors or co-organizes other Meet-ups from time to time, such as Calgary Sustainability for Breakfast, a partnership with REAP Calgary and the Institute for Environmental Sustainability at MRU.

Recode: MRU as a Social Innovation Campus

Building on the emerging MRU Strategic Plan's focus on citizenship and community engagement, and on MRU's recent selection as a partner in the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation's RECODE program, we want to help catalyze a conversation with a small number of invited and interested students, faculty and other institutes. RECODE aims to challenge universities "to disrupt business as usual; to found and grow new social enterprises; to create partnerships across institutional and sectoral boundaries - in short, to ‘RECODE’ our culture’s operating systems in order to achieve a more just, sustainable, and beautiful world."

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Collaborate: Social Innovation Hub

In development, and building on the success of Slate, this initiative - currently in development - will provide a space where Calgary’s social innovators can co-locate with MRU student entrepreneurs. This is a shared space for student innovators, and community organizations with a social mission.

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Design: Design Fellowships

Watch for the launch of a new residency program for community change-makers at the Institute for Community Prosperity. Coming soon!


Hubs, Platforms, Incubators and Accelerators: Is together better? Exploring how social-purpose groups, start-up enterprises, makers and artists are co-locating and co-creating (May 22, 2015)

The Market for Good: Fair trade, cause marketing, ecotourism, ethical shopping… Is pro-social consumerism replacing charity? (March 20, 2015)

Civic Repression or Renaissance? Could the recent questioning of the role of charities in policy advocacy lead to a more emboldened and politically savvy community sector? (November 28, 2014)

Identity Crisis: Will we talk of a “nonprofit sector” in 10 years? (September 19, 2014)

Nonprofit Leadership: Bridging education, research and reality (May 23, 2014)

Too Little Too Late? HR issues in the Nonprofit Sector (March 21, 2014)

Telling a Good Story (January 17, 2014)

Social Enterprises: Past, present and future (November, 22, 2013) 

After the Flood: Nonprofits in times of crisis (September 20, 2013)


Other Events  

Storytelling for Social Good YYC: A Meet-up at MRU (April 25)

Indigenomics: A workshop, co-hosted by Thrive Calgary, MRU and SFU (April 24/25)