Looking Forward to the 13th Annual SVI Hollyhock

I'm about to do my 13th annual Social Venture Institute (SVI) at Hollyhock. Renewal added one in Toronto in April this year and that makes it a little harder to know if this is the 13th or 14th, but who's counting? They have all been extraordinary.

Joel Solomon Working to Make the World Healthier

Renewal's CEO Joel Solomon was recently profiled in his hometown paper The Chattanoogan. 

Joel reflects on his start with Northgate Mall in Chattanooga, Tennessee here.

Singing the Praises of Hollyhock

Check out this groovy song written by Thomas John Miller on the beach at Hollyhock.

Hollyhock's 22nd Summer Gathering

Rick Ingrasci and Torkin Wakefield knew each other because they served along with their respective spouses, Peggy Taylor and Charles Steinberg, as chairs of the Humanistic Psychology Association. Rex Weyler and Shivon Robinsong met in the founding times of Greenpeace.

Exciting Lunchtime Lecture Series Announced

Want to make a difference but don’t know how? Explore the tactics, creativity, pitfalls, and challenges of what it takes to create change in the world.  A potent mix of storytelling and skill sharing, this series brings together leaders who used creative thinking and courage to change the world.  Speakers come from the worlds of activism, business, the arts and many others.  With this series you’ll learn new ways to make change in your community and beyond, by hearing their personal struggles and what they did to overcome the odds.

Building Power Without Domination

December 10, 2008
UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC

Judy Rebick, Sam Gindin Chair for Social Justice & Democracy at Ryerson University, has first-hand experience in making change happen. She was instrumental in the National Action Committee on the Status of Women in the 1990s, and has a strong background in journalism.

Bridging the Gap with Peter Robinson

November 26, 2008
UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC

As the former CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-op, Canada’s most popular outdoor gear retailer, and now as CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation, Peter Robinson has often played the role of uniting environmental perspectives with business, government and the public interests.

Changing Corporate America - How Hitting the Wallet Can Make Big Business Behave with Tzeporah Berman

October 28, 2008
UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC

When local conservation group Forest Ethics found out that Limited Brands, owner of Victoria Secret, were using paper made from old growth forests to print their 365 million catalogues, they saw red. This led to an effective and revolutionary anti-brand campaign that included full page ads of chainsaw-wielding Victoria Secret models, causing the $10 billion dollar company to rethink its practices. 

Give me Shelter - Bringing Homeless Voices Out Front with David Eby

September 17, 2008
UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC

Pivot Legal Society provides legal advice and series to people who are facing poverty and other struggles. Along with other close allies in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Pivot has been at the front of the struggle to protect low-income housing in the neighbourhood, and used innovative outreach tools to spread the word about the value of the community in one of the most misunderstood places in Vancouver.

Hollyhock in the News

Hollyhock was profiled in a recent article in The Cascade Times.  Find out why author Brent Bakeman says Hollyhock is "a hard place to leave, and one that is not soon forgotten." Read More

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