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IMPACT-Ability Webinar Series

The ingenuity and creativity of people with disabilities and their families is a force that continues to change the world.

To celebrate the “impact-ability” of people in the disability movement, Plan Institute sponsored a seven part webinar series based on the book IMPACT: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation by Al Etmanski, co-presented with Tamarack Institute. Each session was based on a pattern from the book. Al and Vickie hosted the series and were joined by seven experienced and inspirational change-makers between October 2016 and February 2017.

Part 1 – The Importance of Becoming a Wise Traveller with the Honourable Carla Qualtrough

Part 2 – Creating a Container for Your Content with Lynda Kahn and Jack Pearpoint

Part 3 – Setting the Table for Allies, Adversaries, and Strangers with Ben Weinlick

Part 4 – Mobilize Your Economic Power with Elizabeth Mulholland

Part 5 – Who You Are is as Important as How with Ted Kuntz

Part 6 – Advocate with Empathy with Donna Thomson

Part 7 – Think and Act Like a Movement with Alexandra Samuel


Leaders in the citizen sector who want to extend impact, durability and scale of their work should check out Thinking Like a Movement retreat. With four days of intensive learning with other social change leaders, participants will explore the complexities of systemic change while reflecting on personal roles and responsibilities.


Social Innovation:

Transforming deeply rooted social problems by introducing new ideas, practices, policies, relationships and resources in the direction of greater resilience.


Social enterprise:

An organization, usually non-profit but sometimes for-profit, that seeks to earn revenue while achieving its social and economic justice objectives.


Social financing:

The leveraging of multiple sources of financing to achieve long term, accountable, social impact while generating an economic return.




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