BSC is Back and Better Than Ever!

Building Sustainable Communities Conference - Fresh Outlook Foundation

FOF is thrilled to share details as they emerge about the 7th Building SustainABLE Communities Conference in Kelowna, BC from November 21-24, 2017. Check-out the growing list of sessions, speakers, and sponsors. Whether you’re from government, business, or the nonprofit or academic sectors, there are many opportunities to be informed, inspired, and mobilized at BSC!

Let's Get Social and Stay Connected!

FOF is all about creating community conversations for sustainable change, and we think social media is a great way to get that dialogue started! For up-to-the-minute information, and for more ways to stay in touch, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (we promise we won’t #hashtag incessantly, or post pictures of our food 😉 ). Stay tuned, as every week (on Facebook) we’ll give away a free half-day pass to our upcoming Building SustainABLE Communities Conference!

Fresh Dialogues Celebrated Canada's 150th With Robust Talk About Our Future

More than 100 people joined FOF, Alexandre Trudeau, and local historians on March 15th, 2017, to celebrate Canadian history with robust conversations about ‘An Alternative View of the Past for a New View of the Future.’  Trudeau kicked off with an insightful and articulate story of Canada, starting 50 million years before confederation in 1867. He ended his presentation with a call for Canada’s men and women to boldly build a future, where social and environmental justice pave the way for widespread prosperity.

Local historians Dr. Duane Thomson, Sharron Simpson, Wayne Wilson, and Ken Mather, then shared what they’ve learned from local history, and how those lessons can best be applied to help build sustainable communities. A Q&A facilitated by FOF founder and CEO Joanne de Vries followed.

Fresh Dialogues Was an Eye Opener!

More than 70 people from Kelowna to Vernon attended our first Fresh Dialogues event. WAKING THE FROG: Solutions to Our Climate Change Paralysis, attracted people from all sector and age groups, creating meaningful and productive event dialogue. A big thanks to our guest speaker, Tom Rand, panelists, sponsors, and our partner Lake Country’s Creekside Theatre.

BoC Was an Excellent Opportunity to Explore Innovative Paths to Success in Business

Fresh Outlook Foundation Breakfast of Champions

The Breakfast of Champions (BoC) drew more than 60 speakers, facilitators, panelists, sponsors and delegates from throughout the Okanagan. They represented the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and included a strong manufacturing contingent. Results showed that respondents particularly liked the networking opportunities, the variety of interesting and relevant topics, and the calibre and diversity of speakers, sponsors, and attendees. More importantly:

  • 55% of respondents said their commitment to personal innovation has increased because of their BoC experience
  • 78% said their commitment to organizational innovation has increased
  • 65% said their commitment to industry innovation has increased.

One respondent said the breakfast “was a great opportunity to meet others and listen to local success stories.

Insights for Innovation Are Key to Sustainability Success

FOF founder and CEO Joanne de Vries recently completed an online training program through IDEO U, called Insights for Innovation. The course encouraged her to see challenges differently and, therefore, consider out-of-the-box solutions. She’s keen to apply what she learned about human-centered insights and how they fuel innovation through observation, learning from extremes, interviewing, and immersive empathy.

As her course project, Joanne explored seniors’ primary health-care needs in her hometown of Lake Country, BC. As a member of the Lake Country Primary Health Care Steering Committee, she will share her three key insights and the rationale for each this fall. Overall learning will contribute to the design of future FOF public engagement events, including the Breakfast of Champions and the Fresh Dialogues.

Canada's First Community Innovation Lab is a Huge Success!

More than 400 people attended the CommUnity Innovation Lab, hosted in Kamloops by Thompson Rivers University, most of whom reported a very positive experience. As commented by speaker Milton Friesen of the Cardus think tank, “There were many good conversations and it was encouraging to see a strong and diverse contingent of people interested in community innovation. I’m sure you’ll see plenty of fruit, and look forward to seeing where it will all lead.”

In keeping with the theme of holistic outcomes, Shannon McArthur observed that, “You created a fertile plot, planted good seeds and should receive an abundant harvest!” To that end, there is a very active group, led by the BC Sustainable Energy Association’s Rob Purdy, that has already met a few times to move Kamloops toward being more 8-80 cities friendly, as envisioned during Gil Penalosa’s workshop at CIL.