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Noteworthy Events

In this talk, we will be joined by Ruth Catlow with whom we will explore the potentials and limits of new technologies such as blockchain and Web 3.0 for creating more equitable art ecosystems, the issues with the complex relationship of art with money and technology’s role in creating spaces for radical imagination and increased transparency in art.

Ruth Catlowis an artist, curator and researcher of emancipatory network cultures, practices and poetics that embrace more than human interests. She is artistic director of Furtherfield, a hub for critical explorations in art and technology, a community of radical friends who carry out fieldwork in human and machine imagination, founded with Marc Garrett in London, in 1996. She co-edited Artists Re:Thinking the Blockchain (2017). Ruth is director of DECAL Decentralised Arts Lab, a Furtherfield initiative which mobilises research and development by artists, using blockchain and web 3.0 technologies for fairer, more dynamic and connected cultural ecologies and economies.

Date: January 12, 2022, 1:00-3:00pm ET

Location: Online

To learn more: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ruth-catlow-decentralising-art-ecosystems-tickets-194394748927?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Cost: Free

Womxn? Women+? How do we use inclusive language when discussing what’s historically been known as “women’s issues”? Who are we including and why? Join Maybe Burke for an hour-long dive into inclusive language practices, the history and baggage that comes with some of the commonly heard alternatives, and a plan for best practices moving forward. If you want to be able to Identify when language is being used lazily or irresponsibly and be intentional and effective in your inclusion of trans and non-binary people in your feminism, activism, and advocacy – we’re here to help. 

Participants will be able to:

    • Recognize when feminist language is being harmful or exclusionary to transgender and non-binary folks 
    • Accurately identify the best language to use in various different scenarios
    •  

Date: January 14, 2022, 2:00-3:30pm ET

Location: Online

To learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gender-inclusion-in-feminist-language-11422-2-330pm-et11-1230pm-pt-tickets-198627509227?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Cost: Free

The COP26 pledge for $1.7 billion dollars to support Indigenous communities has made international headlines. The message from Indigenous leaders is that money is needed to protect forests and mitigate climate change not because of self-interest or personal greed. 

Climate funding is necessary to guarantee land rights and capacity building for Indigenous forest guardians. Only when Indigenous land rights and capacity building are guaranteed through transparent financial mechanisms can Indigenous communities become partners in an economy that serves climate mitigation.

In this talk, Indigenous leader Tuntiak Katak explains his proposed Shandia mechanism, a model for climate financing that seeks to overcome climate capitalism and existing carbon trade models. Shandia is a system for the financing of climate action based on indigenous economy, land rights and a holistic value system that prioritises the value of life.

Date:  January 18, 2022, 11:00am-12:30pm ET

Location: Online

To Learn More: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-climate-toward-an-indigenous-climate-economy-tickets-219998119297?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Cost: Free

The token-based economies of blockchain technology are inspiring artists to reclaim and manage the value they create, both as individuals and as networks of peers and fans. These developments could rewrite the rules of the traditional art world – bringing artists and supporters together as co-creators, tastemakers and funders. How much will the experiments underway enable more equitable economies of art? What are the challenges and opportunities of collaborative economies? 

We will celebrate the successes, such as the ability of a much broader pool of creators and fans to find new agency and build more diverse ecosystems through playing to the strengths of their interdependence. 

And ask questions. How much do the emerging models depend on the attention economies of platform capitalism and reinforce exclusivity for their success? Can token-based systems account for the messiness of human collaboration? What relationship, if any, might fan-based and institutional curation have in these emergent economies?

Date: January 19, 2022, 1:00-2:30pm ET

Location: Online

To learn more: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-interdependence-tokenomics-a-new-economy-of-art-tickets-222084770527?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Cost: £2 – £15

The concept and practice of Black mothering signal action and identity portraits that are unique to Black lived experiences. In this lecture, I will use idioms, personal stories, and references to music to engage with select mothering discourses and to show how Black mothering has been socially constructed along the lines of race, ability, gender, and class. Fueled by the work of racialized scholars including Patricia Hill Collins, bell hooks, Njoki Wane, Delores Mullings and Paul Adjei, this lecture addresses anti-racism parenting, Black mothering, family, and community dynamics.

This lecture reveals snippets of my ongoing research that aims to understand how select Black women negotiate mothering of the disabled child within education and health spaces in Ontario. This research interrogates the relationship between professionals and Black mothers and reveals their agential practices on behalf of their children. The lecture invites conversations regarding future research and recommends that there should be a focus on developing even greater solidarity among Black mothers of children who are differently abled.

Date: January 19, 2022, 7:00-8:30pm ET

Location: Online

Learn more: 

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mothering-professionals-black-mother-disengagement-advocacy-and-agency-tickets-221493712657?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Cost: Free

We are delighted to have Catina Barrett from the Women’s Leadership Network WLNjoin us for this workshop.

Intersectionality is the acknowledgement that everyone has their own unique experiences of discrimination and oppression and we must consider everything and anything that can marginalise people – gender, race, class, sexual orientation, physical ability, etc.

WLN started nearly 30 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation to support women to achieve and succeed in senior leadership roles in #FE colleges. In 2020 WLN transformed into an affinity group. We are a social justice organisation promoting intersectional gender equality for women of all backgrounds, heritage, and identities in FE, skills and lifelong learning. 

In this workshop you will explore intersectional accessibility, what this means for you, your organisation and future work also.

Date: January 21, 2022, 8:00-9:30am ET

Location: Online

To learn more: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wln-workshop-introduction-to-intersectional-accessibility-tickets-219987367137?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Cost: Free

What does the future of charitable giving look like? Through a series of panel discussions we will explore the struggles, politics and possibilities within the charitable sector. Drawing on the diverse voices of philanthropists and community leaders, Generous Futures aims to shed new light on equity and belonging in Canada.

How can we create a more inclusive and accessible Canada? What are some of the socially-made barriers that exclude and harm people with disabilities? How do traditional systems of philanthropy and funding models perpetuate inequalities for people with disabilities? How do decisions around funding centre or exclude the voices and experiences of those most affected? Join our panel who will explore these questions and the role philanthropy plays in advancing disability rights.

Date: January 31, 2022, 1:00-2:00pm ET

Location: Online

To learn more:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/generous-futures-advancing-disability-rights-tickets-175545490287?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Cost: Free

WEOC X: Exchange, Expand, Explore – 2022 National Conference for Women’s Entrepreneurial Support Organizations and Staff

Save the date for WEOC X: Exchange, Expand, Explore – 2022 National Conference for Women’s Entrepreneurial Support Organizations and Staff. Last year’s inaugural event was an overwhelming success and we look forward to welcoming you back for a special month-long event running February 1-24, 2022.

Leave your clients at the office and join peers from across the country for this month-long, free conference designed for those who work directly with women entrepreneurs in Canada. Take in live presentations from top experts, participate in critical conversations and panel discussions, and network with other business advisors, financial advisors, marketing experts and leaders from across the ecosystem.

Date: February 1-24, 2022

To learn more: 

https://wekh.ca/event-directory/

https://weoc.ca/weoc-x/

Theme this year: Decision Points for Growth

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We’ll be diving in conversations with Canada’s top #womenentrepreneurs to discuss how and why key decision points led to their business success. Stay tuned for more details later this month!

 

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 8 March. It offers an opportunity to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. 

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Join FEC’ers (members of the Feminist Enterprise Commons Community) for holiday cheer on Tuesday, December 21st from 5:00-6:30 EDT on ZOOM. 

The Feminist Enterprise Commons is an online commmunity of now over 150 members. We talk about feminism+ entrepreneurship and the future of the world. 

This is a member only event.  To sign up, visit https://feministenterprisecommons.mn.co/feed

Join FEC members in conversation with the incredble Judy Rebick on the topic: Can feminism dismantle capitalism?

FEC Members: FREE

General Admission: $25.00

Register for the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/x/wtf-critical-conversations-with-coach-judy-rebick-tickets-229105589987

 

Hosted by the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada. Guest speakers coming soon.

Date: January 12, 2022, 1:00pm ET 

Location: Online

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cross-border-perspectives-womens-entrepreneurship-diversity-in-the-us-tickets-208855922687?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Cost: Free

Are you interested in learning how to support equity in your community and work towards your diversity and inclusion goals?

Purchasing Power is a six part speaker series featuring several experts who are putting the principles of a social value marketplace into action, hosted by the British Columbia Social Procurement Initiative (BCSPI).

In this event, we look at how social procurement can support diversity and inclusion. Kristi Fairholm-Mader, series moderator and project manager for BCSPI, is joined by two leaders in this area: Nerissa Allen from the Black Business Association of BC and Dugan Selkirk from Community Futures BC.

Date: January 11, 2022, 3:00-4:00pm ET

Location: Online

Learen More: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/purchasing-power-how-can-social-procurement-support-diversity-inclusion-tickets-168661050743?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Cost: Free

A successful brand identity is one of the most valuable assets you have as a creative entrepreneur. If your business is memorable and your message is clear and consistent, clients will come. Learn how to design your own visual brand identity that gets you the opportunities you want to grow your business. Whether you have a million ideas plus decision fatigue, you’re horrible at design, or you’re still starting your business, we’ll teach you what you need to know to design a successful brand identity.

Key learning outcomes:

    • What elements will make the biggest impression. There’s a lot of advice focused on logos, but if you’re a new, small or mostly digital business without a whole design department, there are a few elements of your visual brand identity that will be more accessible to create and just as impactful.
    • What a brand strategy does and how to design one. This is the most crucial factor in making your brand identity successful — memorable, clear and consistent. We’ll share our simple system to create your powerful strategy.
    • How to implement your visual brand identity. Once you’ve established your brand identity, it will be used in some form on everything you put into the world. We’ll show you how to create a rulebook to follow anytime you design something for your business called a brand style guide.

Date: January 11, 2022, 1:00-3:00pm ET

Location: Online

To learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brand-identity-design-for-creative-entrepreneurs-tickets-224270377737?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Cost: Free

In this talk, we will be joined by Ruth Catlow with whom we will explore the potentials and limits of new technologies such as blockchain and Web 3.0 for creating more equitable art ecosystems, the issues with the complex relationship of art with money and technology’s role in creating spaces for radical imagination and increased transparency in art.

Ruth Catlowis an artist, curator and researcher of emancipatory network cultures, practices and poetics that embrace more than human interests. She is artistic director of Furtherfield, a hub for critical explorations in art and technology, a community of radical friends who carry out fieldwork in human and machine imagination, founded with Marc Garrett in London, in 1996. She co-edited Artists Re:Thinking the Blockchain (2017). Ruth is director of DECAL Decentralised Arts Lab, a Furtherfield initiative which mobilises research and development by artists, using blockchain and web 3.0 technologies for fairer, more dynamic and connected cultural ecologies and economies.

Date: January 12, 2022, 1:00-3:00pm ET

Location: Online

To learn more: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ruth-catlow-decentralising-art-ecosystems-tickets-194394748927?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Cost: Free

Womxn? Women+? How do we use inclusive language when discussing what’s historically been known as “women’s issues”? Who are we including and why? Join Maybe Burke for an hour-long dive into inclusive language practices, the history and baggage that comes with some of the commonly heard alternatives, and a plan for best practices moving forward. If you want to be able to Identify when language is being used lazily or irresponsibly and be intentional and effective in your inclusion of trans and non-binary people in your feminism, activism, and advocacy – we’re here to help. 

Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize when feminist language is being harmful or exclusionary to transgender and non-binary folks 
  • Accurately identify the best language to use in various different scenarios

Date: January 14, 2022, 2:00-3:30pm ET

Location: Online

To learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gender-inclusion-in-feminist-language-11422-2-330pm-et11-1230pm-pt-tickets-198627509227?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Cost: Free

The COP26 pledge for $1.7 billion dollars to support Indigenous communities has made international headlines. The message from Indigenous leaders is that money is needed to protect forests and mitigate climate change not because of self-interest or personal greed. 

Climate funding is necessary to guarantee land rights and capacity building for Indigenous forest guardians. Only when Indigenous land rights and capacity building are guaranteed through transparent financial mechanisms can Indigenous communities become partners in an economy that serves climate mitigation.

In this talk, Indigenous leader Tuntiak Katak explains his proposed Shandia mechanism, a model for climate financing that seeks to overcome climate capitalism and existing carbon trade models. Shandia is a system for the financing of climate action based on indigenous economy, land rights and a holistic value system that prioritises the value of life.

Date:  January 18, 2022, 11:00am-12:30pm ET

Location: Online

To Learn More: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-climate-toward-an-indigenous-climate-economy-tickets-219998119297?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Cost: Free

The token-based economies of blockchain technology are inspiring artists to reclaim and manage the value they create, both as individuals and as networks of peers and fans. These developments could rewrite the rules of the traditional art world – bringing artists and supporters together as co-creators, tastemakers and funders. How much will the experiments underway enable more equitable economies of art? What are the challenges and opportunities of collaborative economies? 

We will celebrate the successes, such as the ability of a much broader pool of creators and fans to find new agency and build more diverse ecosystems through playing to the strengths of their interdependence. 

And ask questions. How much do the emerging models depend on the attention economies of platform capitalism and reinforce exclusivity for their success? Can token-based systems account for the messiness of human collaboration? What relationship, if any, might fan-based and institutional curation have in these emergent economies?

Date: January 19, 2022, 1:00-2:30pm ET

Location: Online

To learn more: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-interdependence-tokenomics-a-new-economy-of-art-tickets-222084770527?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Cost: £2 – £15

The concept and practice of Black mothering signal action and identity portraits that are unique to Black lived experiences. In this lecture, I will use idioms, personal stories, and references to music to engage with select mothering discourses and to show how Black mothering has been socially constructed along the lines of race, ability, gender, and class. Fueled by the work of racialized scholars including Patricia Hill Collins, bell hooks, Njoki Wane, Delores Mullings and Paul Adjei, this lecture addresses anti-racism parenting, Black mothering, family, and community dynamics.

This lecture reveals snippets of my ongoing research that aims to understand how select Black women negotiate mothering of the disabled child within education and health spaces in Ontario. This research interrogates the relationship between professionals and Black mothers and reveals their agential practices on behalf of their children. The lecture invites conversations regarding future research and recommends that there should be a focus on developing even greater solidarity among Black mothers of children who are differently abled.

Date: January 19, 2022, 7:00-8:30pm ET

Location: Online

Learn more: 

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mothering-professionals-black-mother-disengagement-advocacy-and-agency-tickets-221493712657?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Cost: Free

We are delighted to have Catina Barrett from the Women’s Leadership Network WLNjoin us for this workshop.

Intersectionality is the acknowledgement that everyone has their own unique experiences of discrimination and oppression and we must consider everything and anything that can marginalise people – gender, race, class, sexual orientation, physical ability, etc.

WLN started nearly 30 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation to support women to achieve and succeed in senior leadership roles in #FE colleges. In 2020 WLN transformed into an affinity group. We are a social justice organisation promoting intersectional gender equality for women of all backgrounds, heritage, and identities in FE, skills and lifelong learning. 

In this workshop you will explore intersectional accessibility, what this means for you, your organisation and future work also.

Date: January 21, 2022, 8:00-9:30am ET

Location: Online

To learn more: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wln-workshop-introduction-to-intersectional-accessibility-tickets-219987367137?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Cost: Free

What does the future of charitable giving look like? Through a series of panel discussions we will explore the struggles, politics and possibilities within the charitable sector. Drawing on the diverse voices of philanthropists and community leaders, Generous Futures aims to shed new light on equity and belonging in Canada.

How can we create a more inclusive and accessible Canada? What are some of the socially-made barriers that exclude and harm people with disabilities? How do traditional systems of philanthropy and funding models perpetuate inequalities for people with disabilities? How do decisions around funding centre or exclude the voices and experiences of those most affected? Join our panel who will explore these questions and the role philanthropy plays in advancing disability rights.

Date: January 31, 2022, 1:00-2:00pm ET

Location: Online

To learn more:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/generous-futures-advancing-disability-rights-tickets-175545490287?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Cost: Free

Theme this year: Decision Points for Growth

Hold the date!

We’ll be diving in conversations with Canada’s top #womenentrepreneurs to discuss how and why key decision points led to their business success. Stay tuned for more details later this month!

 

WEOC X: Exchange, Expand, Explore – 2022 National Conference for Women’s Entrepreneurial Support Organizations and Staff

Save the date for WEOC X: Exchange, Expand, Explore – 2022 National Conference for Women’s Entrepreneurial Support Organizations and Staff. Last year’s inaugural event was an overwhelming success and we look forward to welcoming you back for a special month-long event running February 1-24, 2022.

Leave your clients at the office and join peers from across the country for this month-long, free conference designed for those who work directly with women entrepreneurs in Canada. Take in live presentations from top experts, participate in critical conversations and panel discussions, and network with other business advisors, financial advisors, marketing experts and leaders from across the ecosystem.

Date: February 1-24, 2022

To learn more: 

https://wekh.ca/event-directory/

https://weoc.ca/weoc-x/

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 8 March. It offers an opportunity to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. 

To receive SDG event notices, news and analysis in your inbox, subscribe.

date: 8 March 2022
location: worldwide
www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/womens-day

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