Every community, despite its challenges and imperfections has proven ingenuity. Families of people with disabilities have proven this time and again, generating novel solutions and responses to create better lives for their relatives.
This workshop will explore new ways of thinking, new approaches to working together, new methods of financing and new social technologies. It will feature practical examples of local and international disruptive, bridging and receptive innovators as well as build on the successful track record of social innovation pioneers Vickie Cammack and Al Etmanski.
Vickie Cammack – Social Entrepreneur and Care Innovator
Vickie’s unique response to the isolation and loneliness that underpin some our most intractable health and social problems – a network model of care, has been adopted internationally. She is a social entrepreneur who has established many organizations dedicated to strengthening community and addressing social isolation including Tyze Personal Networks. This pioneering Canadian technology venture has been called the next frontier of caregiving for its work in creating online networks of care for people facing life challenges.
Vickie is also the founding director of the Family Support Institute of British Columbia and she co founded Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN). She created PLAN’s Personal Network program, a practical and strategic approach to address the isolation and loneliness experienced by people with disabilities. As the founding CEO of PLAN Institute for Caring Citizenship she mentored the spread of grass roots PLAN groups in 40 locations globally.
Vickie writes, consults and lectures on social networks, organizational transformation and scaling social innovation. She is an advisor to the Employer Panel for Caregivers. She is co author of ‘Safe and Secure – Six Steps to Creating a Personal Future Plan for People with Disabilities’ and Accelerating a Network Model of Care – Taking a Social Innovation to Scale.
Vickie is a member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal of Canada, the British Columbia Community Achievement Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field. Vickie has been named as one one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network.
In his role as Executive Director of British Columbians for Mentally Handicapped People (now Inclusion BC) Al led the closure of BC’s major institutions, segregated schools and sheltered workshops.
During his time at PLAN, Al helped create the Adult Guardianship Coalition which established a legal definition of capacity that legitimized the value of caring, trusting relationships. He also proposed and led the successful campaign to establish the world’s first savings plan for people with disabilities — the Registered Disability Savings Plan. There are now more than $2 billion in deposits.
For the last ten years Al has been exploring the emerging world of social innovation. He has been particularly interested in how other social movements achieve long term, lasting impact. This resulted in has latest book: Impact: Six Patterns to Spread your Social Innovation.
His current interest is in applying social innovations methods and concepts to the world of disability.