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Inspiring social change in the wilds of BC at Hollyhock

Source: Hollyhock's Facebook page.

At the north end of the Salish Sea lies Cortes Island, remote and thickly forested, with only a thousand residents. This June, close to 100 professionals will congregate there to discuss creative ways to foster social change.

They will be there for the Social Change Institute, a gathering of people working for organizations that could be for profit or non-profit, public or private. The educational conference is held at Hollyhock, a learning centre nestled in the trees that hosts a range of workshops designed to inspire ideas and connect like-minded people.

This year’s Social Change Institute features an exciting panel of keynote speakers, including Steve Katz, publisher of the hard-hitting Mother Jones magazine. Also speaking are Nathan Cullen, house leader of the official opposition in Canada’s parliament; Eriel Deranger of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations, who deals with aboriginal land and rights issues; and David Roberts, staff writer for the environmentally-oriented Grist online magazine.

Alongside the keynote addresses, the conference also features workshops, presents case studies and provides networking and collaboration opportunities for professionals seeking to learn more about advancing sustainability, social justice and economic development.

The Social Change Institute takes place from June 5 to 9, and anyone interested in attending can take a look at the conference website for more information.

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