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Track 2 – Innovation

In this learning track, you can participate in a sessions on social innovation, human centered design, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Tech.

Check back soon for updates, we are adding new sessions regularly!

  • 9:00 am – “Human-Centered Design for Impact” (Erika Mahoney & Pamela Downey – J5/Social Impact Lab)
  • 10:45 am – “Navigating the Cybersecurity Landscape” (Charles Buchanan – Technology Helps)
  • 1:15 pm – “Introduction to AI for Non-Profits” (Audrey Whitlock – Braintoy AI)
  • 3:00 pm – “Social Entrepreneurship 101” (Matt Knox – Community Development Unit, Alberta Arts, Culture and Status of Women)

“Human-Centered Design for Impact”

Time: 9:00am – 10:30am

Presenter(s): Erika Mahoney & Pamela Downey, J5/Social Impact Lab

Description: Human-Centered Design is all about making solutions and services that work for people. As a practice and a process, it de-risks investments for organizations and exponentially grows community impact by ensuring that the people most connected to the problem are involved in every stage of building a solution.

In the age of acceleration, when organizations are being challenged to adapt to a rapidly changing local and global context, human-centered design offers a path towards navigating ambiguity and producing meaningful, tangible, and sustainable results. This session will provide an overview of the foundations of the methodology, examples of how it can drive impact, and recommendations for implementing change-making practices real-time to reduce complexity fatigue and push an organizational bias for action.

To learn more about J5, click on any of the links below.

“Navigating the Cybersecurity Landscape”

Time: 10:45am – 12:15pm

Presenter(s): Charles Buchanan, Technology Helps

Description: Cyberattacks can be devastating to a nonprofit. It can be expensive and time-consuming to remedy and lead to severe reputational consequences, arresting impact. Moreover, cybersecurity has now become the forefront of discussions among leaders, board members, and insurance entities. Having a robust plan to protect your organization leads to more trust from stakeholders and makes your organization more trusted, effective and impactful for all stakeholders.

Join Charles Buchanan, CEO of Technology Helps, to learn about the importance of cybersecurity to nonprofits and how you can better prepare your organization for any future cybersecurity challenges.

To learn more about Technology Helps, click on any of the links below.

“Introduction to AI for Non-Profits”

Time: 1:15pm -2:45pm

Presenter(s): Audrey Whitlock, Braintoy AI

Description: Curious about whether your nonprofit should leverage the potential of artificial intelligence? AI technologies have the capacity to streamline operations, optimize resource allocation, and provide invaluable insights to guide strategic decision-making for nonprofits. In this lecture, we will delve into the various applications of AI within the nonprofit sector, accompanied by real-world examples. AI empowers nonprofits to make the most of their already constrained resources. Throughout this session, you will gain insight into the AI landscape, emphasizing the importance of mindfulness and the development of best practices. This lecture is tailored for beginners seeking to explore the intersection of AI and nonprofit endeavors.

To learn more about Braintoy AI, click on any of the links below.

“Social Entrepreneurship 101”

Time: 3:00pm – 4:30 pm

Presenter(s): Matt Knox, Community Development Unit, Alberta Arts, Culture and Status of Women

Description: Are you eager to explore the transformative power of business as a force for good? Then this is the presentation for you! Delve into the world of social entrepreneurship and discover how non-profits can drive positive change while ensuring financial sustainability. Discover the diverse business models employed by social enterprises and gain insights into the challenges and opportunities they face.

In this introduction to Social Entrepreneurship, we’ll explore the shifting philanthropic landscape, define Social Enterprise, and explore the various popular business models that organizations can utilize to further their impact and social mission. An overview of several mechanisms of Social Finance that non-profits can utilize will be explored, and attendee’s will discover more about the various resources they can utilize to deepen their understanding of Social Entrepreneurship.  

To learn more about the Community Development Unit, click on any of the links below.