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A people-first and feminist-led business, Lucky Ones – a media production company – strives to move away from traditional patriarchal and hyper-capitalist structures and instead lead with care and transparency.

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A woman, Cass Rudolph, with long brown hair wearing a blue stripped dress, standing in an indoor garden. White brick walls behind her.
Cass Rudolph, founder, Lucky Ones | Photo by Ashley Senja and Cass Rudolph

Leading with Care and Transparency

A people-first and feminist-led business, Lucky Ones – a media production company – strives to move away from traditional patriarchal and hyper-capitalist structures and instead lead with care and transparency.

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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.

 

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The Equal Futures Summit Delivers

On June 7th and 8th, over 200 gender equity NGOS, grassroots feminists, feminist organizations and women’s organization CEOs gathered-in person-at Carleton University in Ottawa. What was it like?

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How to End Clinician Burnout

“I was looking to create a space where we could feel safe to be authentic – feel safe to be supported, feel safe to, you know, focus on work-life balance, with the goal of protecting against clinician burnout. That was the big picture for us.”-Jillian Walsh

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What does entrepreneurship look like in a post growth, post capitalist world?

Join us at the first ever Post Growth Entrepreneurship Summit to explore these questions in community with folks interested in transforming entrepreneurship education and systems of support. 

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The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs through International Human Rights Day on 10 December. This 16 Days, we’re encouraging everyone to get involved: from amplifying the voices of survivors and activists to supporting women’s organizations and strengthening feminist movements, we can all act to empower survivors, reduce and prevent violence against women and girls, and protect women’s rights. Click pic for more info.
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Shulamit Ber Letov

MEET OUR NEW FEMINIST IN RESIDENCE IN THE FEC!

Shulamit is the Entrepreneurs’ Therapist and co-founder of the Business Therapy Centre. Using coaching, somatic and therapeutic tools, she works with women business owners who want to develop, implement and be accountable for their mental health plan so they can set the foundation for sustainable success and show up fully as their CEO-self in their businesses.

Ber Letov will be answering your founder’s mental health questions and hosting a workshop on creating your entrepreneur mental health plan on November 21st in the Feminist Enterprise Commons.  This is an un-surveilled, member-only space.  One month free and between $4.00-$17.99 CAD per month depending on social location.  You can sign up here. 

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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

Convening entrepreneurs, artists, researchers and thinkers to explore the concept of a post-growth economy, share existing knowledge and together, create new knowledge and spark a shared vision of what a better business, economy and society looks like.

Click to register and learn more. 

TIME & LOCATION

Nov 26, 12:00 p.m. EST

OCADU CO (Hybrid Event),

Online: Zoom

In Person: 130 Queens Quay E, Floor 4R, Toronto, ON M5A 0P6, Canada

DATE: Tue, Nov 29, 2022,

TIME: 5:00 PM EST

ONLINE

COST: FREE

REGISTER.

WHAT IF FAMILY WAS NOT THE ONLY PLACE you might hope to feel safe, loved, cared for and accepted? What if we could do better than the family? We need to talk about the family. For those who are lucky, families can be filled with love and care, but for many they are sites of pain: from abandonment and neglect, to abuse and violence. Nobody is more likely to harm you than your family. Even in so-called happy families, the unpaid, unacknowledged work that it takes to raise children and care for each other is endless and exhausting.

As part of the Mitchell Center’s Capitalism/Socialism/Democracy Series, M. EDITH SKLAROFF sits down with leading feminist critic DR. SOPHIE LEWIS to discuss the case for family abolition.

Drawing on her incisive and vital polemic, Abolish the Family: A Manifesto for Care and Liberation, Lewis will discuss the history of family abolitionist demands, beginning with nineteenth century utopian socialist and sex radical Charles Fourier, the Communist Manifesto and early-twentieth century Russian family abolitionist Alexandra Kollontai. Turning her attention to the 1960s, Lewis reminds us of the anti-family politics of radical feminists like Shulamith Firestone and the gay liberationists, a tradition she traces to the queer marxists bringing family abolition to the twenty-first century. The event will also address historic rightwing panic about Black families and the violent imposition of the family on indigenous communities, as well as contemporary political iterations of these kinds of violence.

 

 

DATE: Tue, 29 November 2022, 

TIME: 17:00 – 19:00 GMT

ONLINE

COST: FREE

REGISTER: 

An extraordinary revolution is happening in Iran right now! This momentous uprising against the powerful, oppressive, theocratic government of Iran demonstrates a pivotal, grassroots-led challenge to the established regime, its vision and its control over Iranian society. What do we know about it? What is the role of women in the process and what has happened so far? What hope does this bring for positive change towards egalitarianism with regards to gender, for minority groups, for democracy; even, maybe, for peace in the geopolitical balance of the world?

Hosted as a joint collaboration between Bournemouth University and University College Cork, Ireland, this Q&A webinar is composed of 6 prominent Iranian women speakers reflecting on and addressing questions about this remarkable and courageous women-led insurgence. The audience will be invited to pose their question on this momentous revolution to the panellists in advance via their Eventbrite registration .

Chair: Dr Mastoureh Fathi, University College Cork

Panellists:

Dr Sanaz Javadi-Farahzadi is a lawyer, lecturer, mentor and international adviser to United Nations agencies, European Union, governments, academia and the private sector on intellectual property, international trade and gender equality in Europe, Middle East, Africa and South East Asia.

Dr Atlas Torbati is a lecturer and researcher at Goldsmiths University of London. Atlas’ expertise lies in the area of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Ms Dorreh Khatibi-Hill, Creative Media Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University. Dorreh’s expertise focuses on the participation of Iranian women in social media in the engagement with activists transnationally for egalitarian participation.

Dr Zahra Tizro, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of East London. Zahra’s expertise lies in the area of psychosocial aspects of health; globalisation and violence, including human trafficking.

Dr Pardis Asadi Zeidabadi, Department of Sociology, City, University of London. Pardis’ expertise lies in the area of feminist and women’s activism in Iran.

The event will be opened on behalf of the Women’s Academic Network at Bournemouth University by Professor Dr. Sara Ashencaen Crabtree, Professor of Social and Cultural Diversity.

 

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DATE: Thu, 8 Dec 2022,

TIME: 19:00 GMT

COST: From £11.06

REGISTER. 

 

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Have we run out of time to change the world, or is there still hope? The Climate Book gathers the wisdom and experience of more than 100 experts – from geophysicists and meteorologists, to engineers, economists and indigenous leaders – to show how the ecological and sustainability crises are all connected, and to give us the tools and knowledge we need to find hope through action.

Thunberg became a prominent figure in the fight against greenwashing, denial and climate justice in 2018, when she inspired an international movement of school strikes against government inaction. She frequently addresses parliaments and world summits, and in 2019, a collection of her speeches, No One Is Too Small To Make a Difference, made her Waterstones author of the year.

At this livestreamed event, our chair Damian Carrington will be joined by ThunbergNaomi Klein and some of the contributors to The Climate Book, soon to be announced.

£1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Fridays For Future.

This event will be hosted on a third-party live streaming platform Zoom, please refer to their privacy policy and terms and conditions before purchasing a ticket to the event. After registering, please refer to your confirmation email for access to the event.

Closed captions will be available for this event.

7pm GMT | 8pm CET | 11am PST | 2pm EST

Or see this time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.

If you are unable to join at the time of streaming, this event will be available to watch on demand in the days following. A link to the recording will be sent to all ticket holders.

 

 

Date: Thu, December 15, 2022,

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST

ONLINE

Cost: Free

Learn more or register. 

An invitation

We are delighted to invite you to a specially curated deep dive into Feminist Systems Change for Grantmakers: What is it? Where did it come from? How might you start to apply it to your work and the work of your grantees?

What?

We at The Systems Sanctuary have been exploring bridging the worlds of feminist and systems practice and published a new framework this year which has gained much interest and support.

Partners?

This event is hosted with lots of encouragement and guidance from

What will happen in this session?

In this interactive Workshop we will share:

  • Our research findings on what it takes to support women and gender-diverse leaders who are engaged in systems change
  • Our Feminist systems change framework. Q&A
  • Case studies that bring the theory to life
  • Practice peer-learning session

You will leave with:

  • New knowledge and know-how on Feminist Systems Change and how applies to your world.
  • New ideas, inspiration and wheels turning on what it means to support women and gender diverse leaders, more effectively.
  • New connections with others who are interested and in your field of practice.

Who is this hosted by?

We are Rachel Sinha & Tatiana Fraser, Co-Founders of The Systems Sanctuary. We train and create learning spaces for people leading systems change initiatives, internationally.

We have both spent our careers starting up and growing ecosystems and networks for systemic change.

Tatiana Co-Founded and grew Girls Action Foundation, an NGO, using a network model which supported the leadership of women and young girls, scaled nationally and operated an annual budget of $1.5million.

Rachel Co-founded and co-led with two other women The Finance Innovation Lab in the UK, building business incubators, collaborative initiatives with UNEP funded by the World Bank, and much more.

Today we teach a Masterclass in Systems Practice and create in-house Peer-learning groups for people who want to learn collectively while they lead systemic change work. Clients have included WWF, Garfield Foundation and Ashoka amongst many others. Although we work with all genders, we have always done our work through an intersectional lens, mainly attracting women leaders who may, or may not, define themselves as feminists.

Why?

Standing between the two worlds of gender equity and systems change, which we know intimately, we see a disconnection.

Our focus now is on supporting the gender equity field of practice and our observation has been that while it has always been working to shift harmful systems, it rarely overlaps with the field of systems change, which has many frameworks and tools which are hugely powerful for reframing problems, and acting collectively for change.

We have been supporting several ecosystem projects in the gender equity space and these examples show how creating programs specially designed to build the systems capacity of actors in these ecosystems can create real impact. These programs designed for collective learning have shifted mindsets for example, supported leaders to carry on, created more powerful strategies and supported new collaboration.

We see a clear opportunity to bring the two practices together formally. This thinking led us to publish a new framework Feminist Systems Change Practice, which was very well received when it was launched it at the start of this year.

You can find out more about our work here

Our approach

Our work is grounded in an equity lens. We use a feminist frame which takes into account intersections of gender, race, class, ability and sexual identity. Practically this means centering the experience of people with lived experience, valuing different ways of knowing, creating the conditions to work across difference, prioritis/zing diverse experiences and inclusion, reflecting on power dynamics to understand challenges and opportunities and integrating learning for participants to advance understanding and action on equity.

Note

This is a grant maker only space. We plan to host sessions in the new year for a wider audience who are interested in #feministSystemsChange. We will send zoom details to people who meet that criteria and be in touch if we are unsure, nearer the time.

 

 

This will be the third annual community holiday gathering and winter solstice celebration!  Annie Matan, FEC member, Kohonet and a spiritual guide will lead us through an intention-setting process for about 30 minutes as part of the festivities!   As has also become a kind of tradition, feel free to come wearing a holiday or winter hat, soltice headdress or whatever works for you.  We will also be sending out the annual official FEC beverage /cocktail recipe so we can all share a drink (alcoholic, nonalcoholic) and toast each other during the event!  

The purpose of this gathering is to have everyone spend some time together in the community here before we all disperse for the holidays!  

This is a Feminist Enterprise Commons event.  To sign up for a membership, click here. 

 

MARK THE DATE TODAY!

DATE: Wed, January 18, 2023, 

TIME: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST

COST: Free

ONLINE:

REGISTER: 

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An invitation

We invite you to a specially curated session for women and gender diverse leaders who are building ecosystems for positive change.

What?

This is for people who are interested in the theory and practice of Feminist Systems Change and how it can apply to building thriving ecosystems that push for wider systems change.

We at The Systems Sanctuary have been exploring bridging the worlds of feminist and systems practice and published a new framework this year which has gained much interest and support.

What will happen in this session?

In this Interactive Workshop we will share:

  • Our research findings on what it takes to support women and gender diverse leaders who are leading systems change
  • Our Feminist systems change framework. Q&A
  • Case studies that bring the theory to life
  • Practice a peer-learning session
  • Sense-making with other women and gender diverse ecosystem leaders you haven’t met yet

You will leave with:

  • New knowledge and know-how on Feminist Systems Change and how applies to your world.
  • New ideas, inspiration and wheels turning on what it means to build this into your ecosystem project in a practical way.
  • New connections with other women and gender diverse ecosystem leaders
  • Start to see the collective challenges and opportunities you share in doing ecosystem building.

 

Who is this hosted by?

We are Rachel Sinha & Tatiana Fraser, Co-Founders of The Systems Sanctuary. We train and create learning spaces for people leading systems change initiatives, internationally.

We have both spent our careers starting up and growing ecosystems and networks for systemic change.

Tatiana Co-Founded and grew Girls Action Foundation, an NGO, using a network model which supported the leadership of women and young girls, scaled nationally and operated an annual budget of $1.5million.

Rachel Co-founded and co-led with two other women The Finance Innovation Lab in the UK, building business incubators, collaborative initiatives with UNEP funded by the World Bank, and much more.

Today we teach a Masterclass in Systems Practice and create in-house Peer-learning groups for people who want to learn collectively while they lead systemic change work. Clients have included WWF, Garfield Foundation and Ashoka amongst many others. Although we work with all genders, we have always done our work through an intersectional lens, mainly attracting women leaders who may, or may not, define themselves as feminists.

Why?

Standing between the two worlds of gender equity and systems change, which we know intimately, we see a disconnection.

Our focus now is on supporting the gender equity field of practice and our observation has been that while it has always been working to shift systems of oppression, it rarely overlaps with the field of systems change, which has many frameworks and tools which are hugely powerful for reframing problems, and acting collectively for change.

We have been supporting several ecosystem projects in the gender equity space and these examples show how creating programs specially designed to build the systems capacity of actors in a gender equity ecosystem can create real impact.

These programs designed for collective learning have shifted mindsets for example, supported leaders to carry on, created more powerful strategies and supported new collaboration.

We see a clear opportunity to bring the two practices together formally. This thinking led us to publish a new framework Feminist Systems Change Practice, which was very well received when it was launched it at the start of this year.

Our approach

**Our work is grounded in an equity lens. We use a feminist frame which takes into account intersections of gender, race, class, ability and sexual identity. Practically this means centering the experience of people with lived experience, valuing different ways of knowing, creating the conditions to work across difference, prioritis/zing diverse experiences and inclusion, reflecting on power dynamics to understand challenges and opportunities and integrating learning for participants to advance understanding and action on equity.

You can find out more about our work here.

Note

This is an eco-system leader only space. We are hosting a sessions on December 15 for Grant makers who are interested in #FeministSystemsChange.

We will send zoom details to people who meet that criteria and be in touch if we are unsure, nearer the time.

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A woman, Cass Rudolph, with long brown hair wearing a blue stripped dress, standing in an indoor garden. White brick walls behind her.

Leading with Care and Transparency

A people-first and feminist-led business, Lucky Ones – a media production company – strives to move away from traditional patriarchal and hyper-capitalist structures and instead lead with care and transparency.

Read More »

Don't miss...

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How to End Clinician Burnout

“I was looking to create a space where we could feel safe to be authentic – feel safe to be supported, feel safe to, you know, focus on work-life balance, with the goal of protecting against clinician burnout. That was the big picture for us.”-Jillian Walsh

Read More »
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The Equal Futures Summit Delivers

On June 7th and 8th, over 200 gender equity NGOS, grassroots feminists, feminist organizations and women’s organization CEOs gathered-in person-at Carleton University in Ottawa. What was it like?

Read More »

FREE DOWNLOADABLE 8-PAGE ZINE  Time to educate yourself on Canada’s abortion rights history, the current landscape of organizations working to maintain these rights, increase access and ideas about what YOU can do to ensure these rights are there for people who need them in the future. 

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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

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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

Hear expert tips from senior female leaders on the different strategies to build your personal board of directors.

Moderated by Angie Vaux, Founder & CEO, Women in Tech forum


When: October 25, 2022, 11:00am-12:00pm EDT
Where: Online
Cost: £5.98 – £14.06

To learn more and register, click here. 

 

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About the Post Growth Entrepreneurship Summit

Convening entrepreneurs, artists, researchers and thinkers to explore the concept of a post-growth economy, share existing knowledge and together, create new knowledge and spark a shared vision of what a better business, economy and society looks like.

Click to register and learn more. 

TIME & LOCATION

Nov 26, 12:00 p.m. EST

OCADU CO (Hybrid Event),

Online: Zoom

In Person: 130 Queens Quay E, Floor 4R, Toronto, ON M5A 0P6, Canada

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