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LiisBeth reports on and celebrates the work happening at the intersection of feminism + entrepreneurship + innovation. Our freedom dream envisions a care-centered, fair, inclusive, post 20th century capitalist economy. Our stories centre the enterprises, ideas, research and lived experiences lighting the way.

 

Through the theme “Collaboration, Collective Action and Community”, the summit will provide an in-person forum for the gender equality movement to come together, build connections, strengthen capacity, share expertise, and establish the collective actions that will pave the path forward for advancing gender equality in Canada. The network is now over 400 enterprises/organizations strong!  Sign up today. 

Another great opportunity to talk about gender equity–and hear about solutions. Learn more here. 

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04.22

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RADICAL IS BEAUTIFUL

Studies have been done about the hardships that Black female entrepreneurs face. The proposed solutions are literally steeped in capitalism & white supremacy.–Althea Branton

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IWD FOR US

International Women’s Day (#IWD2022) is over 100 years old. It creates connection. Amplifies important initiatives. So why “flip the script”?

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The Apprenticeship of a Priestess

Matan once asked a rabbi: “Why are we talking about God as Lord and King and Master?” His answer surprised her: “It’s not written for you,” he said. “You’re a woman.” The rest is herstory.

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RADICAL IS BEAUTIFUL

Studies have been done about the hardships that Black female entrepreneurs face. The proposed solutions are literally steeped in capitalism & white supremacy.–Althea Branton

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Check out this activist training workshop by the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada. Click on the image above.

Hot off the press!  LiisBeth’s Pro-Abortion Rights Zine!  Full of helpful links, resources and action ideas for feminist entrepreneurs. Click to download or check out our flipbook

Registration for our first-ever gender equality summit, Equal Futures 2022: A Gender Equality Summit, is now open!
Is social policy development in this country feminist and inclusive? Click here to register.
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Less than 10% of all indie media outlets in Canada are majority women led and/or owned. 

Let’s change that. 

Support our provocative, nourishing, indie story telling and advocacy work with a one time donation, by becoming an ally sponsor or by joining the FEC. 

Noteworthy Events

  • The United Nation’s IPCC reports that grow ever more urgent, along with worsening droughts, floods, and extreme weather events around the world, together may make it seems as if there’s no hope for tackling climate change. According to surveys from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, more than half of all Americans now say they are either “alarmed” or “concerned” about global warming. From 2014 to 2019, the number of Americans saying they are “alarmed” nearly tripled.
  • Lisa Howard, co-leader of the Sacramento-Roseville chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, will talk about innovations that provide reason for optimism, explore the reasons why leading scientists such as Jane Goodall and Katharine Hayhoe believe there’s still hope, and discuss ways to turn personal apathy and despair into hope. Come prepared to be inspired!

When: May 4, 2022, 9:30-10:30pm ET

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Register here. 

 

Virtual Event: Sign-up here to participate for free in the online broadcast that will occur simultaneously, or to watch a recording that will be available through midnight, Sunday, June 4th

The Muwekma Ohlone Preservation Foundation, in partnership with Peninsula Open Space Trust, is honored to host Indigenous Leader, Author and Scientist Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer for a talk centered around the themes of her best-selling book “Braiding Sweetgrass.” A Citizen of the Potawatomi Nation, Dr. Kimmerer writes about the intersections of traditional ecological knowledge and science, and how native traditions and scientific disciplines provide different languages through which we can interpret the world. Integrating the two can provide us with a roadmap for how people can come into relationship and care for the land where they live, honoring the past and planning for a sustainable future.

The event will be opened and closed by Charlene Nijmeh, Chairwoman of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. Charlene will share about a new effort by the Muwekma to form the Muwekma Ohlone Preservation Foundation, a nonprofit whose goals include connecting with and caring for their ancestral lands in the South Bay. A blessing and land acknowledgement will also be delivered by tribal members.

When: May 15, 2022, 10:00pm

Where: Online

To Register.

Cost: Free

ARTiculate is: A monthly talk by artists discussing their own practice or how their work intersects with greater themes in the arts or other connected practices. Tune in to this lecture series for both learning and making opportunities. See details of each lecture for more information.

Feminist Body Art

    • This talk explores how feminist artists have used their own bodies as a tool for making art. By foregrounding the female form in the specificity of its racial, sexual, and classed embodiment, feminist artists have harnessed a powerful tool for opposing sexist representations of female and non-binary subjects as well as for opposing art historical exclusions.

When: May 19, 2022, 7:00-9:00pm ET

Where: Online

To Register.

Cost: $16.93 CAD

Registration for our first-ever gender equality summit, Equal Futures 2022: A Gender Equality Summit, is now open! Taking place from June 7 to 8, 2022, the summit will be held at the beautiful Richcraft Halloverlooking the Rideau River, at Carleton University in Ottawa.

ABOUT

Through the theme “Collaboration, Collective Action and Community”, the summit will provide an in-person forum for the gender equality movement to come together, build connections, strengthen capacity, share expertise, and establish the collective actions that will pave the path forward for advancing gender equality in Canada. 

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More information, including programming details and keynote announcements will be communicated through the Equal Futures: A Gender Equality Summit mailing list and Equal Futures Network social media channels. 

YOUTH BURSARY PROGRAM

Applications for the Equal Futures 2022: Youth Bursary Program are now open! We are encouraging applications from youth between the ages of 18 and 30* who are:  

  • Passionate about advancing gender equality and social justice in communities across Canada; OR 
  • Work for a small grassroots/community/volunteer-led organization with a small operating budget

The bursaries will provide financial assistance to youth including: 

  • Summit registration; 
  • Domestic travel to and from Ottawa, Ontario; 
  • Accommodation while in Ottawa, and;
  • A small stipend for the duration of the Summit. 

LOCATION

Carleton University (9376 University Dr, Ottawa, ON)
Conference will take place in Richcraft Hall.
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Women and gender-expansive people have rich histories of resilience in the face of oppression and exclusion.

We’ve seen these communities — particularly women of colour, queer, trans, and non-binary people, disabled women, and Indigenous women — have to pull from wells of resilience throughout the pandemic.

What if they didn’t have to? How might policymakers and social purpose organizations build economic systems that work for women and gender-expansive people?

The Future of Good Women’s Economic Resilience summit, sponsored by Scotiabank, will convene changemakers and speakers working to advance gender equity and economic empowerment from across Canada and around the world. We’ll dive into feminist philanthropy, feminist movements, feminist public policy, entrepreneurship, care, leadership, and a whole lot more.

Hosted by Future of Good’s editorial fellow on women’s economic resilience, Sherlyn Assam, we’ll ask tough questions about whether the social purpose sector offers decent work for its 80 per cent women workforce. We’ll ask, too, about whether social policy development in this country is feminist and inclusive; how teams and organizations are driving gender equity; how funders might reckon with the trauma many women experience with money; and more. 

We’ll also spotlight solutions led by women and non-binary people — from feminist activists on the frontlines of movements globally to women’s traditions of community care to the entrepreneurs, investors, and philanthropists building a better future for their communities every day.

When: June 8-9, 2022

Time: 11:00 AM each morning

Where: ONLINE

Register/Learn more here. 

Are you passionate about a social justice cause and activism but don’t know how to interact with politicians? Then this workshop is for you! As activists, part of our job is lobbying politicians to support our cause, but to some this may be a daunting process. Canada has three levels of government, and you may be unsure which level to reach out to.

The workshop will present a brief overview of each government’s jurisdiction to give you a better understanding of who to contact depending on your cause.  You will also receive tips on how to interact with politicians at the municipal, provincial, and federal government in the Canadian context.

Speakers:

Paige Mason is a fourth-year political science major at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba. She has been a board member of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada since September 2020. She became interested in feminism and social justice advocacy as a teenager, which led her to pursue a degree in politics and become an activist for reproductive justice.

Paige has been involved with numerous feminist and human rights groups, such as representing her community in 2021 Daughters of the Vote, and volunteering with the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties, Justice4BlackLivesWinnipeg, the Manitoba NDP, and recently Access MB, a grassroots organization advocating for no-cost contraception. She has experience interacting with elected officials at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels and has worked as an executive assistant to a Winnipeg city councillor. Through her years as a political science student, Paige has gained extensive knowledge of the Canadian political system and has taken a specific interest in the intertwining of politics and abortion rights.

Date: June 18th (Saturday)

Location: Online

Cost: $10 

Register here. 

 

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DIVA OF DIVERSE ISSUES

Breaking patriarchal bonds, defying age-old norms, fighting social injustice… this activist, feminist and humanist takes centre stage yet again to raise awareness about violence against women.

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RADICAL IS BEAUTIFUL

Studies have been done about the hardships that Black female entrepreneurs face. The proposed solutions are literally steeped in capitalism & white supremacy.–Althea Branton

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Highlight Reels For All Six Episodes from Season One/Two Now Available on Youtube. 

Episode #1: Farzana Doctor/Seven

Episode #2: Catherine Bush/Blaze Island

Episode #3: Nora Loretto/Take Back the Fight

Episode #4:  Leanne Betsamosake Simpson

Episode #5:  Shaena Lambert/Petra

Episode #6: Jael Richardson/Gutter Child

Episode #7: Rivera Sun/Winds of Change

Episode #8: Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo/The Queer Evangelist

Join Lana Pesch again 2022 for another series of intimate conversations with feminist authors at The Feminist Enterprise Commons. 

We are a non ad-based, open access, nonprofit indie media enterprise that funds its editorial work via reader and allied sponsor donations. 

In 2021, we published over 50 original feature stories about social justice centered  founders and their venture crafting work. We also published policy critiques, news and views from the intersectional feminist movement’s front lines, plus informative essays and “how to” articles.

Less than 10% of all indie media outlets in Canada are majority women led and/or owned. 

Let’s change that. 

Support our provocative, nourishing, indie story telling and advocacy work with a one time donation, by becoming an ally sponsor or by joining the FEC. 

Noteworthy Events

Join us for a two-day programme with presentations, keynotes and discussions seeking to speculate on the possibility of life after growth.

The programme features contributions by Rebecca Beinart, Kathrin Böhm, Angela YT Chan, Cooking Sections, TJ Demos, Fernando García-Dory, Ama Josephine B. Johnstone, Giorgos Kallis, Landworker’s Alliance, Thandi Loewenson, Bahar Noorizadeh, Tonny Nowshin, Asad Raza, Frances Whitehead, Wild.ng, Pınar Yoldas, among others.

Date: Saturday, March 19th, 2:00PM-5:30PM (online) and Sunday, March 20th, 11:00AM-6:00PM at Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2GB, United Kingdom

Location: Online & in person

Cost: Free

Register here.

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Join us for a workshop where you’ll be

Applying the Feminist Business Model Canvas

Hello Feminist Entrepreneurs and Business People!

I’ve made some exciting improvements to how we can teach feminist business modeling using the Feminist Business Model Canvas. I’d love to share them with our community in a new, free Workshop: Applying the Feminist Business Model Canvas.

 

Background:

Over the past year, I’ve led two series of workshops where I taught entrepreneurship teachers, business coaches, and business mentors how to use the FBMC with entrepreneurs in their small business accelerator programs. This experience pushed me to create some new materials to introduce the FBMC using real business examples, as well as to design a 90 minute class where all the participants’ effort is focused on applying the FBMC to their own business idea.

I’d love to share these new materials and a redesigned workshop experience with anyone who’s encountered the FBMC before, whether you are a mentor/coach or a business creator.

What We’ll Do:

We’ll spend 90 minutes together working through the first two steps of the Feminist Business Modeling Process. First, you’ll outline a basic, bare-bones business model, just to see where you stand. Then, you’ll use the 12 elements of the FBMC and one set of FBMC questions to uncover the foundation of your Feminist Business Model.

You’ll leave with a complete, top-level picture of how all the pieces of your feminist, values-driven business idea fit together. This picture will help you identify what ’s already aligned, what needs to be developed, and where there might be great opportunities for innovation and impact.

This workshop will focus on applying rather than learning about the Canvas. We’ll skip over questions like “What is a revenue model?” and “What’s “feminist” about the FBMC?” We’ll focus instead on “What choices have I already made that shape the outline of my business model?” and “What beliefs and assumptions can I surface to establish a firmer, more comprehensive foundation for my business?”

Format:

We’ll kick off, as we always do, with a brief conversation about who we are, where we are coming from, and what we aim to learn. I’ll offer a very short (5 minute) overview of the FBMC and feminist business modeling, and then we’ll jump onto co-working on our models. We’ll do two rounds of work on our business models, and then re-group to discuss what we discovered.

This workshop is for:

  • Entrepreneurs and Activists who’ve purchased the FBMC and/or taken an FBMC workshop through LiisBeth, FeministsAtWork, FifthWave, SheEO, CWE, the DSA of BC, CultureMakers, WOSEN, DIRI, SSBM, or directly with Petra Kassun-Mutch and/or me (CV Harquail).
  • Entrepreneurs and Activists who want to spend 90 minutes working with their business idea to unfold it through a process that explicitly recognizes their gifts, their values, and their social change commitments.
  • Entrepreneurs and Activists who haven’t yet had the chance to learn about the FBMC but can’t wait to try some Feminist Business Modeling.
  • Teachers, mentors, and business coaches who’ve learned about the FBMC and wonder what it feels like to use the tool themselves.

The workshop will focus on “business” broadly defined, including for-profit businesses that sell things, non-profit businesses that earn some of their own revenue, and enterprises that provide services, products, or both. We will not address anything related to fundraising, or funders’ /donors’ values and motivations.

Cost: “Free” with a “Mutual Value Exchange”.

Anyone who’s taken a workshop about the FBMC is invited to join this workshop at no out-of-pocket cost. No dollars will be exchanged. Instead, by participating, you commit to a “mutual value exchange” — meaning you’ll share with me your feedback about how the workshop and tool worked for you. Specifically, you’re committing to

  • Complete a short survey at the end of the workshop.
  • Share a copy of your two canvases: your business model Outline and your Feminist Business Foundation. You’ll redact any identifying details, as needed to protect your privacy.

With this mutual value exchange, you’ll be contributing to our community’s knowledge pool while you develop your own business idea.

And:

All participants will receive a revised set of FMBC materials to update whatever they already have.

The presentation and discussion parts of this workshop will be recorded on Zoom. You’ll have the chance to redact your contributions, if you feel the need for your participation to remain anonymous.

Friday, April 8

1-2:30 Eastern, 10-11:30 Pacific

Cost: FREE

Register here.

Zoom: https://bit.ly/ApplyingFBMC_Workshop

The Simon Fraser University Department of History invites you to attend the third lecture in our 2021-2022 Annual Public Lecture Series, Highlighting Black Histories.

The story of the Banker Ladies is hidden and erased from history, but it is a story worth knowing. To meet their livelihood and social needs, these Black diaspora women participate in informal cooperatives and lead solidarity economies through a form of mutual aid called Rotating Savings and Credit Associations (ROSCAs). Rooted in equity, mutual aid and self-help, the Banker Ladies decide on the rules and processes of how to make regular contributions to a ROSCA that is then given in whole or in part to each member in turn to help others. Valuing these informal coop institutions and acknowledging the expertise of the Banker Ladies will help build an inclusive economy and bridge the gap of inequity in Canada.

Date: Thursday, April 14th

Time: 6:30PM-8:00PM PDT

Location: Online OR at SFU Vancouver Campus – Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Room 1400, Vancouver BC, V6B 5K3  

Cost: Free

Register here.

About Equal Futures 2022: A Gender Equality Summit Collaboration, Collective Action and Community Are you interested in advancing gender equality in your community? Are you looking to connect with gender equality champions, innovators and influencers?

Equal Futures 2022 is a unique opportunity to re-energize Canada’s gender equality movement by expanding the capacity of champions working to advance gender equality in communities across the country.

The Summit will be an inspiring platform to strengthen our collective actions in creating real, lasting change to advance gender equality and ensure equal futures for all from coast-to-coast-to-coast!

Summit objectives:

1. Bring the members of the gender equality movement in Canada together to deepen partnerships and build community connections;

2. Create authentic spaces for attendees that allows them to share knowledge, strengthen capacity and collaborate. 3. Provide a platform for the gender equality community to come together and push for collective action in the key areas that impact them.

Registration for our first-ever gender equality summit, Equal Futures 2022: A Gender Equality Summit, is now open! Taking place from June 7 to 8, 2022, the summit will be held at the beautiful Richcraft Halloverlooking the Rideau River, at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Date: June 7, 8  2022

Location: Ottawa (In Real Life)

Where: Carleton University (9376 University Dr, Ottawa, ON)
Conference will take place in Richcraft Hall.
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For more information and to register, visit:

Equal Futures 2022: A Gender Equality Summit

 

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