AN ARMY OF PROBLEM SOLVERS
SHAUN LONEY IN PORT ALBERNI, NOVEMBER 30, 2017
WHO IS SHAUN LONEY?
Shaun Loney has co-founded and mentored 11 social enterprises including BUILD Inc (2011 Scotia Bank EcoLiving Green Business for the year and 2013 Manitoba Apprenticeship Employer of the Year). He is an Ashoka Fellow (first in Canadian Prairies) and Ernst and Young’ Entrepreneur of the Year (2014). Shaun was Director of Energy Policy for the Government of Manitoba (2002 – 2008) and a political advisor to Gary Doer’s NDP (1997 – 2002). Check him out at: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdFEvoTBOQs
WHAT IS HIS MESSAGE?
Shaun inspires innovative solutions to help solve many of the stubborn social challenges we are familiar with in our region. His book describes effective social enterprises that “combine business smarts, common sense, ingenuity, community rootedness, and basic human caring” in a way that is beneficial for the health and social fabric of communities.
As a leader of the “solutions economy” Shaun thinks from outside the box and promotes the idea that poverty has no causes; it is simply the absence of prosperity.
We need to think not in terms of helping poor people cope, but in terms of creating an environment in which they can realize their productive capacity. We need to make reconciliation extend in very practical ways to as many people as possible. And we need to redefine prosperity to something broader, deeper, and more inclusive than simply economic growth. (p. 147, An Army of Problem Solvers)
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Individuals and groups interested in health, First Nations, education, social justice, and economic development issues.
• Public address: Thursday, November 30th, 7pm, at Echo Centre
• Seminar: Friday morning, December 1st, 9am, at Tseshaht Administration Building for interested parties to explore the integration of Shaun’s vision and principles with social and economic development activities in this region.
The following organizations are supporting this project:
City of Port Alberni Economic Development, Alberni-Clayoquot Health Network, Alberni Valley United Church, Alberni Valley Transition Town Society, AV Social Planning Council, Alberni Retired Teachers Association, Tseshaht First Nation, Hupacasath First Nation, and the Loney Event Planning Group: Shirley Whyte, David Parks, Sue Comeau, John and Diane Mayba, Keith and Bernadette Wyton, Rosemary & Dave Ronalds, Penny Cote, and Josie Osborne.
We look forward to seeing you on November 30th. If you can offer additional support we are looking for help in:
• The distribution of event information and Shaun’s book, “An Army of Problem Solvers”
• In-kind and financial support to help with event costs.