ConnectUp! MN 2020

CONNECT.  ENGAGE.  INVEST.  REPEAT!

ConnectUP! MN is a two-day, culturally grounded gathering of curated underestimated entrepreneurs and investors that: learn and share with each other, engage in relationship-building, provide best and next practices from the field, as well as engage in active problem solving to build thriving, diverse, and sustainable enterprises and co-design an ecosystem that prioritizes equitable access to resources, capital and networks.

At ConnectUP! MN entrepreneurs, investors, and the entrepreneur community:

  • Learn, share and engage in relationship-building
  • Provide ‘Next’ practices from the field
  • Engage in active problem solving to build thriving, diverse, & sustainable enterprises
  • Co-design an ecosystem that prioritizes equitable access to resources, capital & networks

What makes ConnectUP! MN different?

  • Addresses gaps highlighted in the 2019 State of the Work Report
  • Rooted in culture
  • Focused on deep-relationship building
  • Action-driven sessions
  • Experiential learning to #LevelUP your work
  • Spotlights underestimated entrepreneurs
  • And more…

Sixteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability 2020

The Sixteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability will be held at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, Chile, 29-31 January 2020.

Founded in 2005, the On Sustainability Research Network is brought together by a common concern for sustainability in a holistic perspective, where environmental, cultural, economic, and social concerns intersect.

Submit your proposal to the 2020 conference here.

2020 Special Focus - Sustainability Lessons in the "Global South": Priorities, Opportunities, and Risks

Much of the sustainability literature focuses on the Global North and on issues salient to policy makers in developed countries, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and ozone depletion. By contrast, comparatively little is written on environmental issues in the Global South, which is rich in sustainability experiences and lessons learned in natural resource conservation, and where many of the challenges are being faced on a daily basis with limited financial and human capital resources. In Latin America, Africa, and much of Asia, communities struggle on a daily basis with environmental hazards as varied as land degradation, drought, salinization, and lack of access to fresh drinking water. ‘Land grabs’ drive deforestation and biodiversity loss, while across the Global South, conflicts between communities, firms, and the state for resource rights and access present risks to livelihoods and life, which in turn are highly uneven according to localities, socio-economic groups, ethnicity, and gender.

A variety of creative thinking and imaginative responses to such challenges can be found across the Global South. Communities are organizing to defend their neighborhoods, forests, and land from incursions by property developers, poachers, and business corporations. A plurality of different visions of environmental justice and social justice have flourished based on gender rights, indigenous peoples’ rights, and rights of nature. Within Latin America, the Andean notions of buen vivir (good living) has found expression in the constitutions of Ecuador and Bolivia.

The question of how the sustainability lessons garnered in the Global South can contribute to the transformative social changes necessary to promote sustainability on a global scale, and define short-, medium-, and longer-term priorities, will be considered at the Sixteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability in Santiago, Chile. We warmly welcome proposals for papers, workshops, interactive sessions, posters, and exhibits on this theme and on all dimensions of sustainability. The conference will appeal to scholars, social activists, business people, and policy makers.


Art of Convening Core Training

20% discount for members of Conveners.org. Use discount code 20% at checkout.

14 years ago we pioneered the virtual Art of Convening Training. Over 20+ years of convening, we've learned that meetings don't have to be a waste of time, whether virtual or in-person. Meetings don't have to be an energy or time-drain.

The Art of Convening (AoC) teaches the art and science of designing and leading meeting and conversations that are inspirational, productive and transformative. Each training focuses on your unique purpose with the goal of sharing it on behalf of others.

Unleash your team’s EQ with the power of convening: learn how the skills of inner game of being a convener can shift the culture of your team, department or organization to full-on commitment.
Each step of the way is a journey into personal and professional learning and application of the technology of relationships.

- All sessions are live and interactive, use the Zoom virtual platform, and are recorded for post-session viewing -


Reality Summit at the Esalen Institute

RE-IMAGINE REALITY: This intensive is focused on the nexus of transformation and innovation.

The emergent technology revolution and the mindfulness movement are powerful change agents that can be utilized to benefit the very evolution of our species.

In 2018, we will convene industry leaders in virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Robotics and associated emerging technologies at the birthplace of the human potential movement.


Convene Great Virtual Meetings

14 years ago we pioneered the virtual Art of Convening Training. Way back before Skype or Zoom. We have learned a thing or two.
We've learned that virtual meetings don't have to be a waste of time. In fact, they can be more valuable than face to face meetings. They are an inexpensive way to get people together: no travel costs and readily available technology.

Unleash your team’s EQ with the power of convening: learn how the skills of inner game of being a convener can shift the culture of your team, department or organization to full-on commitment. Each step of the way is a journey into personal and professional learning and application of the technology of relationships.
We'd love to work with you. Please join us!


COHERENCE COLLABORATIVE: Wisdom Quest for Leaders: A Retreat to Connect, Regenerate, and Create Impact

Now more than ever, business leaders and professionals are choosing to make financial, social and environmental accountability a priority at work and at home. Whether you are someone who is already an active part of this shift or looking for the inspiration and support to begin to take those first steps, Wisdom Quest for Leaders is about creating a foundation to help leaders implement change in their organization, industries, and/or communities.

Join like-minded business leaders and professionals at the beautiful Garrison Institute for two and a half days of group convening, peer-to-peer interactive activities, networking, discussions, gentle physical movement, relaxation, writing, contemplation, and time spent in nature during Hudson Valley's peak foliage color season. Conducted by leading experts, the goal of this journey is to share with you the tools to align your day-to-day performance and that of your organization with your socially conscious priorities.

As a business leader, you are in a unique position to effectuate significant change in your business and your community. Be inspired, create positive social impact, and inspire others!

Whether you are an entrepreneur, CEO, COO, impact investor, activist, public servant, director of a for-profit or nonprofit organization, or of an economic development agency, this retreat is for you.


BC ASSOCIATION OF ABORIGINAL FRIENDSHIP CENTRES: Gathering Our Voices

We are honoured to host Gathering Our Voices National Aboriginal Youth Conference on the territory of Westbank First Nations.

From March 21 - 24, 2017 GOV will bring together more than 1000 Indigenous youth delegates as well as chaperones, presenters and guests to Kelowna, BC. Young people from all across across Canada are invited to join us to explore, to learn and to engage with our culture among peers. This year’s conference is rooted in culture.

Youth, chaperones, presenters, exhibitors, Elders, volunteers and other guests will have the opportunity to make new connections, rekindle old bonds, engage their passions and discover a new drive. How can we improve the present? How can we create a brighter future for ourselves? Are we prepared to face the upcoming challenges?

Join us and learn from pillars of our community, hear their stories, their struggles, and their triumphs. Then, forge your own way by creating your own special blend of workshops, it is your choice what you learn, just as it is your future. Spend your evenings participating in our live Talent Showcase and dance party. Finally, reconnect to your roots during our cultural morning and closing ceremonies.

A Glimpse Of The Past
The BCAAFC has previously hosted fourteen Aboriginal Youth Conferences. Youth delegates and chaperones from all over the country travel at their own expense to attend these conferences. The purpose of these conferences is to unite youth throughout the country in learning, healing and sharing and to provide tangible tools, resources and knowledge that the youth can bring back to their communities.

The first two conferences hosted over 100 youth attendees, while the third saw attendance triple to over 460 youth delegates. The fourth and fifth conferences doubled attendance to over 800 youth. The 2008 Conference in Victoria had nearly 1000 people in attendance; the 2009 Conference in Kelowna had 1300 people attend; the 2010 Conference in Vancouver and the 2011 Conference in Prince Rupert, over 1500 people took part, in Nanaimo (2012) over 1600 people gathered together, in Penticton (2013) more than 2000 people participated, and Vancouver (2014) saw more than 2200 participants. In Prince George (2015) the conference reached capacity months before the event started. Last year in Victoria we reached 2000 registered delegates, even before early registration had closed. This overwhelming response serves to reinforce the need for a forum where Indigenous youth can come together to begin to make positive changes in their own lives and in their communities.