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The Story (thus far) of rent.solar and footprintproject.org: The Rationale for Hybrid Social Impact Organizations
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 16:00 pm - 16:45 pm
Location: Coconino, Tucson Convention Center

Footprint General Benefit Corporation (dba rent.solar) was established to support the mission of a non-profit enterprise called Footprintproject (www.footprintproject.org) which strives to make disaster relief operations more sustainable, starting with converting them to solar power. To make this capital intensive…

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Learning How to Demonstrate Influence through Evaluation and Outcome Measurement
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 16:00 pm - 16:45 pm
Location: Apache/Cochise, Tucson Convention Center

Join us for a 10 minute overview of how the MAP AZ Dashboard can be utilized by nonprofits followed by a presentation focused on designing approaches to measuring how your program influences outcomes for those you serve. A focus on…

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MakeCode in the Classroom
Date: Oct 16, 19
Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

Microsoft MakeCode is a free, open source platform for creating engaging computer science learning experiences that support a progression path into real-world programming. Learn how you can integrate physical computing using a variety of hardware platforms with programming options ranging…

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How to Use Conflict to Make Your Collaborations More Effective
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Apache/Cochise, Tucson Convention Center

The Tucson community is known for effective collaboration in all realms – business, community-based, neighborhoods, and nonprofits. Are they conflict free? No. However, the most effective collaborations know how to work successfully with conflict to meet their goals. Join us…

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How to Make Meetings Matter: Two Ways of Talking
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 15:00 pm - 15:45 pm
Location: Apache/Cochise, Tucson Convention Center

The average professional spends close to half of their time in meetings. What we talk about and how we talk about those things says much about who we think we are and who we wish to be. One way of…

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Enlightened Self Interest – An Insider’s Look at What Really Drives Corporate Sustainability Leadership & How to Achieve Scale That Matters
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 17:00 pm - 19:00 pm
Location: Grand Lobby, Tucson Convention Center

Join us for a Sustainable Happy Hour and hear from Jim Hanna, Datacenter Community Development Director for Microsoft, as he explores what really drives corporate sustainability leadership and how to achieve scale that matters. Jim will walk us through his…

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Get your game on with MakeCode Arcade
Date: Oct 16, 19
Time: 13:30 pm - 14:15 pm
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

You’ve got your students creating interactive real-world projects using MakeCode, now add some classic gaming fun with MakeCode Arcade on an increasing number of handheld game boards. Your students can share games they’ve created with their friends and classmates.

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Food Waste Innovations
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 15:00 pm - 15:45 pm
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that over 1/3 of food produced in the world goes to waste. Food waste produces methane gas, a more potent contributor to climate change than carbon. Get inspired and informed about the latest…

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Technology and Food
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 16:00 pm - 16:45 pm
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

As our climate changes, technology will play an even more critical role in the adaptation process for the food system. Learn from this panel about some of the cutting edge technologies emerging in the agricultural sector to address issues ranging…

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Creating a Livable City: Climate Change and the City of Tucson
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Location: Coconino, Tucson Convention Center

Join us to explore what it means to create a livable city in the era of climate change! This panel, moderated by Gina Murphy-Darling, Founder and CEO of Mrs. Green’s World, will feature City of Tucson staff from Environmental and…

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Developing Worker-Owned Cooperatives to Build a Regenerative Society
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Coconino, Tucson Convention Center

For a society to achieve long-term prosperity, it has to operate based on a deep respect to all members and to all living beings. The mission of the Tucson Cooperative Network is to promote and support the creation of cooperatives,…

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A Fireside Chat: Fostering a Diverse and Inclusive Collaborative Culture
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Location: Apache/Cochise, Tucson Convention Center

While ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ is often used as a singular term, they are two separate pieces to the process, two sides of the same coin. As organizations and groups strive to incorporate diversity and inclusion into their work, it is…

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Breaking Down Scientific Silos: Using One Health to Address the World’s Wicked Problems
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Location: Graham, Tucson Convention Center

One Health is not a single field in health or environmental sciences, but rather an acknowledgement of the interconnectedness between humans, animals, and their environment. With this understanding, scientists from across a wide variety of expertise step away from their…

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Digital Health Innovations
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Graham, Tucson Convention Center

Digital health, the intersection of technology and healthcare systems, is aimed at making healthcare more effective, efficient, and personalized. This panel features local startups working in this space and a discussion of the the role of digital health in increasing…

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How Visual Thinking Strategies Improves Healthcare Delivery
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 15:00 pm - 15:45 pm
Location: Graham, Tucson Convention Center

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a way to use art to improve observation, communication, and comfort with ambiguity. In the last decade, it has increasingly been used to train doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists around the world. I will first…

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Innovation and Acceptance: Addressing the Social, Societal, and Economic Impact of the Autism Tsunami
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 16:00 pm - 16:45 pm
Location: Graham, Tucson Convention Center

Autism diagnosis rates have skyrocketed over the last two decades. The economic, social, and emotional costs of this trend are felt in every community and in workplaces across the country. We’ll explore the depths of the challenges, highlight innovators and…

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Food as Culture
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

Food is an essential part of the identity and culture of Southern Arizona. This panel will explore the intersection of food and culture in the region, in the context of Tucson’s recent designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy.

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Food Justice
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

While the food system often replicates structural and economic injustices across underserved communities, this panel will highlight an emerging project in Tucson between the Center for Regional Food Studies and the Dunbar Project to create a community-based health and wellness…

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Abundant Harvest Cooperative: What is it and how can you get involved?
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

Tucsonans have a long history of growing food in their backyards and community gardens. They eat it and share the bounty with their neighbors, but when it comes to selling their extra products there aren’t many options for your average…

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A Collective Impact Case Study: Southern Arizona Food Value Chain
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 08:30 am - 09:45 am
Location: Copper Ballroom, Tucson Convention Center

In 2015, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona began convening a network of partners including farms, school districts, healthcare institutions, food distributors, and advocates to develop a regional food value chain that gets fresh, local produce to people in…

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The Impact of Social Movements
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Greenlee, Tucson Convention Center

Everyday, grassroots organizations organize, educate and empower themselves and their communities to force neighborhood change and sway municipalities to do the things they have failed to previously act on. This panel will look at the impact of social movements, grassroots…

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Keynote Luncheon: Walking the Line of Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship with BANGS Shoes Founder and CEO
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 12:00 pm - 13:45 pm
Location: Copper Ballroom, Tucson Convention Center

Hannah Davis is the dynamic and nationally-recognized founder and CEO of BANGS Shoes– a modern shoes company that gives 20% of net profits towards helping entrepreneurs start businesses around the world. During this luncheon you will learn about how social-entrepreneurship…

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Health Sciences Workforce Development
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Location: Graham, Tucson Convention Center

Hear directly from Dr. Dan Derksen and Dr. Heather Carter about the legislative work coming out of the Arizona Center for Rural Health to build the work force data repository as well as address the primary care physician shortage. What…

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Turning the Classroom Into a Social Justice Innovation Lab: What i4J Students are Building, How They Are Taking Action, and Why You Should Join Us
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 16:00 pm - 16:45 pm
Location: Greenlee, Tucson Convention Center

The Innovation for Justice (i4J) Program exposes students to the justice gap, engages students in thinking critically about the power of technology and innovation to close that gap, and empowers students to be disruptive problem-solvers. Students work across disciplines and…

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Meeting the Need for Higher Education & Professional Development in Indian Country
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Location: Greenlee, Tucson Convention Center

The panelists will present a case study on how the Indigenous Governance Program (and a proposed School of Indigenous Governance and Development that is still in the planning phase) at the University of Arizona was created to address a growing…

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Lessons From Green Local Businesses
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 15:00 pm - 15:45 pm
Location: Coconino, Tucson Convention Center

At Local First Arizona, we’re passionate about sustainability, whether it be economic or environmental sustainability. Environmental sustainability goes hand in hand with economic sustainability in ensuring that our communities can look forward to prosperous futures for all of their citizens….

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Artificial Intelligence (AI): Tap or slam on the brakes?
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Location: Greenlee, Tucson Convention Center

As a nascent technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has surged across a variety of industries. Powerful companies, including Google, Microsoft and Amazon, as well as a plethora of small startups are undertaking major initiatives utilizing AI. AI has diversified into many…

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Why Brand Isn't a Dirty Word and a Strong One Can Help Advance Your Mission
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Location: Apache/Cochise, Tucson Convention Center

You’ve done your strategic planning. You know how to talk to funders. But something’s nagging at you: The excitement you feel about your organization doesn’t come through in your marketing and communications. Your staff doesn’t know how to describe what…

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Sonora Rising : A Story of Water, Bread, and Life in the Tucson Desert
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Location: Coconino, Tucson Convention Center

Water and wheat — foundations of life for millennia. In the American Southwest’s arid Sonoran Desert, water flows across Arizona from more than 300 miles away to quench the thirsts of over four million people and sustain the food, economy,…

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