3i Summit 2012: Innovate, Interact, and Initiate

This was the official website for the 2012 3i Summit held in Ottawa Canada.
Content is from the site's 2012 archived pages.
Sustainable Eastern Ontario which presented the 3i Summit is a network organization that fosters partnerships and collaborations on sustainability activities throughout Eastern Ontario. You can visit them at: http://sustainableeasternontario.ca/

If you are someone who wants to innovateinteract, and initiate the kind of change that will advance environmental sustainability in Ottawa, then the 3i Summit 2012 is for you. 


The 3i Summit is a unique process that taps into the dynamism and creativity of community leaders, great minds and change agents from multiple sectors to catalyze relationships and collaborate on tangible initiatives for positive community change.    The summit is grassroots-driven, co-created and facilitated with partner organizations to address shared areas of community concern where collaborative action can make a difference and serve as a springboard for tangible community action toward desired outcomes.

3i is a continuous, interactive 5-stage process that builds momentum through a series of activities: co- creation through partners and Idea Salons, identifying initiatives building up to the Summit, collaborating for action at the Summit and post-Summit follow through on initiatives.   Here is an outline of how this worked for the 2012 3i Summit on Sustainability in Ottawa.


A Brief Outline of the Process

1) Co-Creation: Defining the framework

  • Community leaders were brought together for a World Café discussion to identify what could be possible for community change through partnership collaboration. The group was asked to identify an issue/sector and citizens/groups were invited to step forward with a desire for change and a willingness to be a partner.
  • A leader stepped forward from the environment sector and over a dozen local environmental NGO’s were were involved in two workshops to decide if there was an opportunity to collaborate for change and what some of the outcomes might look like.
  • Partner organizations were asked to commit to Partnership Criteria.
  • Core Funding and in kind donations were obtained to ensure core staff and expertise.
  • 3i meetings were held with partners to define what the summit would accomplish and the best way to proceed.  A core group defined Purpose, Principles, Process to underpin Program Development.
  • Sub teams defined salons, program planning, communications and event logistics.
 

2) Consultation: Community input

  • Lists of organizations and emails that could be interested in taking part across a wide range of sectors (environment, health, business, government, community orgs, arts/recreation, etc) was developed by the partners to be invited to participate.
  • To seek input from the community to generate engagement, volunteer teams with facilitation expertise developed and conducted 4 Idea salons in different parts of the city.
  • An Online Idea Salon using a crowdsourcing tool, Ideavibes, was on the website to collect ideas from the community and the salons toward developing initiatives to be bring to the Summit.
 

3) Building Initiatives: Developing Initiatives

  • Through the Salons and direct outreach to groups in the community, there was a call for inititiaves to be submitted to the Program Committee.
  • The focus on the 3i Summit is Taking Action so priority was on initiatives that were likely to have outcomes in the 3 areas: Infrastucture, Forums and Community Development Projects.
 

4) The 3i Summit: Two Days of Inspiration, Fun, Networking and Initiative Development

  • An event organization team, promotion, registration, animation, volunteers, ideal venue.
 

5) Action Roll-Out and Next Steps:

  • Post summit – Conducted a survey & held a reconnecting session to see the state of initiatives & steps to move ahead.
  • Published and distributed booklet on the 30 summit initiatives: Moving Forward, Taking Action.
  • Created a working group to continue the collaboration, communication and opportunities to connect.


The 2012 3i Summit aims to boost Ottawa’s progress towards an environmentally sustainable future. We envision outcomes in three categories. To give a more concrete sense of what could emerge from the Summit, these categories are briefly described below.

1. Supporting Infrastructure
Systems, organizations and tools to better mobilize and deploy local financial resources, under-used talents and skills and innovative approaches to engagement.

Here are a few examples to illustrate the category:
• Taproot Foundation (http://www.taprootfoundation.org/) — A US organization that taps into pro-bono professional talent to deliver practical advice and solutions for specific challenges faced by not-for-profit organizations. Perhaps something like this could be tailored to sustainability organizations and initiatives in Ottawa.
• Ottawa Sustainability Fund (http://www.osfund.ca/) — The Fund solicits donors and supports projects to make the City of Ottawa more sustainable. It could play a substantially larger role in mobilizing and deploying financial resources.
• Climate Spark Social Venture Challenge (http://www.climatespark.ca/) – A Toronto initiative to bring expertise and resources to selected proposals for GHG reduction.

2. Environmental Sustainability Forums
Events and activities to continue to strengthen cross-sectoral relationships in Ottawa.

An idea that illustrates this category is “Accelerator” Dinners: quarterly dinners where 20 to 30 local business and organizational leaders from a rotating pool provide advice on and help mobilize resources for one or more presented projects.

3. Targeted Community-Impact Projects
Tangible initiatives that deliver and demonstrate the on-the-ground change that is possible.

There are hundreds of existing, developing and potential projects in Ottawa, coming from virtually all sectors and addressing different dimensions of sustainability (green energy, local food, ecological restoration, etc.). A small number of promising, high impact initiatives that engage the interest and commitment of participants will be developed or substantially boosted through collaborations fostered at the Summit.


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Follow Up Meeting to the June 7 2012 3i Summit

Special thanks to everyone that attended and participated at the 2012 3i Summit on Sustainability: Collaborating for Action.  The energy in the room May 4 & 5 was electric.  The positive spirit to take Ottawa’s environmental sustainability to the next level, palpable. And, the spirit of caring and cooperation very, very present.

We all brought our unique and precious skills, and perspectives and visions to the table: fusing them together in an event that just simply worked, as wonderful as we expected.

The 2012 3i Summit program included:

  • Inspiration from catalyst leaders: Moe Garahan, Executive Director of Ottawa’s Just Food,Stuart Hickox, Founder and President of One Change and Tom Heintzman, Co-founder of Bullfrog Power.
  • Working sessions to develop sustainability initiatives including: a stronger resource fund for environment initiatives; and tapping into pools of leaders and mentors that can support new community greening projects, and eco-business ventures.
  • Cross-sector networking, and a cultural celebration of the community’s accomplishments, the Sustainability Soirée with David Chernushenko as honorary guest.

About 3i Summit:

Through partnerships and collaboration, the 2012 3i Summit on Sustainability: Collaborating for Action will seek to achieve 3 Outcomes:

  1. Innovate to build a Stronger Sustainability Infrastructure for Ottawa by enhancing the resource base, talent pool, action tools, sustainability strategies, local leadership and outreach/social marketing capacity across the community.
  2. Interact through new or expandedEnvironmental Sustainability Forums to strengthen cross-sectoral ties and relationships .
  3. Initiate a set of Targeted Community-Impact Projects that substantively enhance Ottawa’s capacity to bring about a more vibrant, resilient and ecologically positive future.
  4. 4 idea Salons have already taken place and discussions continue through an Online Salon platform using Ideavibes crowdsourcing, through to the end of March.  Building on the momentum and ideas from the Salons, the 3i Summit gathering of approximately 200 participants will take place on May 4 & 5, 2012 at Dow’s Lake Pavilion to be inspired and take action toward on our desired outcomes. 

 

About 2012 3i Summit

The 2012 3i Summit on Sustainability is a unique process, this kind of event has never happened before! This is the first time where multiple sectors are coming together to collaborate and take action to create a more environmentally sustainable Ottawa. Leaders and change agents in their field are invited to step forward and champion initiatives.

If this sounds like the event for you than please GET INVOLVED, and REGISTER NOW!! Only 4 more days to register!

The 2012 3i Summit program will be both outcome-oriented and stimulating.

  • Inspiration from catalyst leaders: Moe Garahan, Executive Director of Ottawa’s Just Food, Stephen Guilbeault, Founder of Québec’s Equiterre and Tom Heintzman, Co-founder of Bullfrog Power.
  • Working sessions to develop sustainability initiatives including: a stronger resource fund for environment initiatives; and tapping into pools of leaders and mentors that can support new community greening projects, and eco-business ventures.
  • Cross-sector networking, and a cultural celebration of the community’s accomplishments, the Sustainability Soirée with David Chernushenko as honorary guest.

    About 3i Summit:

    Through partnerships and collaboration, the 2012 3i Summit on Sustainability: Collaborating for Action will seek to achieve 3 Outcomes:

    1. Innovate to build a Stronger Sustainability Infrastructure for Ottawa by enhancing the resource base, talent pool, action tools, sustainability strategies, local leadership and outreach/social marketing capacity across the community.
    2. Interact through new or expanded Environmental Sustainability Forums to strengthen cross-sectoral ties and relationships .
    3. Initiate a set of Targeted Community-Impact Projects that substantively enhance Ottawa’s capacity to bring about a more vibrant, resilient and ecologically positive future.

    4 idea Salons have already taken place and discussions continue through an Online Salon platform using Ideavibes crowdsourcing, through to the end of March. Building on the momentum and ideas from the Salons, the 3i Summit gathering of approximately 200 participants will take place on May 4 & 5, 2012 at Dow’s Lake Pavilion to be inspired and take action toward on our desired outcomes.

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PROGRAM

From break out sessions to lunch table to discussions and from spoken words poetry to meditation session, the 3i Summit on Sustainability: Collaborating on Action was buzzing with energy and inspiration.

Friday, May 4th

8:00 A.M       Registration and Networking

- A Musical Kickoff to 3i

9:00 AM   3i Kick Off Words of Welcome & Introductions

- Words of Welcome

- Victoria Steele, 3i Sumit Co-Convenor

- Chris Henderson, 3i Co-Convenor

In Algonquin Tradition: Honouring Our Elders and Territory

- Kishk Anaquot (Kim Scott), Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg

Introducing The 3i Summit Program

- Laura Leet, Project Coordinator

9: 25 AM   3i Summit Ice Breaker

- Hilary  Samuel, Catalyst Mind

9: 50 AM   Unlocking Our Creativity & Innovation: An Interactive Exercise

- Manjit Basi, Community Animator & Entrepreneur

10: 00 AM   Environmental Sustainability Interactive ‘Catalysts Leaders’ Panel

- Moe Garahan, Director, Just Food Ottawa

- Stuart Hickox, Found and President, One Change

- Tom Heintzman, Co-Founder, Bullfrog Power Toronto

10: 45 AM   Break & connecting

11: 15 AM    A Snapshot of 3i Infrastructure, Forum & Community Impact Projects

- Rebecca Aird, City of Ottawa & Chris Henderson, 3i Summit Co-Convenor

11: 30 AM   Making it Real: 1 Minute Comments from 3i Participants

- Jennifer Shepherd, Living Tapestries

12: 00 PM   Introduction of Focus Table Discussion Groups

- Faria Zaman, 3i Communications Coordinator

12: 15 PM   Luncheon & Focus Table Discussion Groups

These One Hour Discussion Groups represent excellent opportunities to connect with potential supporters and collaborators for a range of innovative and creative environmental sustainability projects and initiatives that have a significant positive impact potential.

An opportunity to “rotate” tables and mix up participants will be done part way through the luncheon.

- Mobility Ottawa-Outaouais: Systems & Entreprises (MOOSE Inc.),  Joseph Potvin

- The Car Free Challenge: Tools for Change, Ted Dhillon & Carbonsolve Team

- Brainstorming on Inter- Generational Environmental Action, Christopher Kelly- One Change

- Electric Car Sharing: Turn on the Switch, Adam Frey ( Kick the Tires on a Vrtucar Electric Car)

- Sustainable Enterprise Alliance Ottawa Gatineau (SEAog), Prasanna Siva & Guy Souliere

- Ottawa Community Currency Network, Tim Inkpen

- Canada’s Gone Organic, Brian Porter

-  Making Events in Ottawa Green, Simon Landry

- Clean Energy for Ottawa: OREC & Other Options, Roger Peters & Janice Ashworth

- Sense of Place Initiative, Jim Birtch & Leanne Bing, Ottawa Biosphere Eco- City (OBEC)

- Executive Sustainability Boot Camp, Sarah Dehler & Valerie Collins

1: 15 PM   Building Blocks of Ottawa’s Sustainability Infrastructure: Breakouts

Mini Focus Presentations of Sustainability Infrastructure Initiatives: Followed by Action-Oriented Breakout Discussion Groups

Breakout A   Resources for the Future: Building on the Ottawa Sustainability Fund, Paul Koch & Mary Hegan

Breakout B   Eco-Talent Network: Leveraging Expertise to Support Sustainability, Bill Shields & John Karau

Breakout C   An Ecology Ottawa Community Environmental Network, Graham Saul

Breakout D   Making the Match: Connecting People with Project- Volunteer Ottawa, Will Coukell

Breakout E   Green Enterprise, Cleantech & Economic Development: Taking Innovation to the Next Level, Kristina Inrig

Breakout F   Action Ottawa-One Change Tools and Systems for Environmental Sustainability, Stuart Hickox

2: 45 PM   Break: Laughter Yoga with Sophie Terrace

3: 00 PM   Rolling Up Our Sleeves: Catalyzing Community Impact Projects/Ventures

Remarks from Councillor Maria McRae

Chair, Environment Committee, City of Ottawa

TED Talk style presentations of a set of Community Impact Projects and Ventures making the business case for action- followed by group meetings on each project with proponents, partners and participants

Breakout A   Ottawa Centre Eco-District Greening the Core-Advancing the Economy, James McNeil, Cushman Wakefield

Breakout B   Community Based Social Marketing, Stuart Hickox, One Change

Breakout C   Youth Environmental Education: The Hilson School Outdoor Classroom, Colette Brooks

Breakout D   Utilizing Corporate Social Responsibility Conference as an Action Platform for Ottawa, Eli Fathi

Breakout E   Trees for Life: A Ottawa Re-Tree Effort & Distributed Orchards, Jason Garlough, Katrina Siks & Trevor Hache

 Breakout F   Parks for People: Building on the Dundonald Part Initiative, Simone Thibault & Suzanne Harding

3: 45 PM   Re-Cap, Re-View, Re-Late

- A Summary of the Day’s Actions & Open Space for Feedback, Input and Other initiative Ideas

  Summary of Themes & Highlights from 3i Active Listeners:

- Adam Brown, University of Ottawa: 3i Themes

- Jennifer Shepherd, Living Tapestries: 3i Imagery

- Michael Van Aanhout: Stratos: 3i Highlights

5: 30 PM-7: 30 pm    Sustainability Soirée

An Artistic and Cultural Celebration towards a more sustainable, prosperous, vibrant and ecologically holistic Ottawa

Feature Performers and Artists:

- The Otesha Project

- Alise Marlane

- Chris Pilsworth

- Brendon Wint

- The Junkyard Symphony

Saturday May 5th

8: 30 AM   Sunrise Meditation, Andrea Prazmowski

9: 00 AM   Realizing a Vision: Group Discussions Feedback & Project Actions

9: 30 AM   Community Impact Project Groups

Continuing group meetings on each initiative with proponents, partners and participants:  This set of discussions is focused on targeted actions

Breakout A   Capital Velo-Fest Bike Festival Celebrating Active Transportation, Dick Louch

Breakout B   Action Discussion Trees for Life: An Ecology Ottawa Re-Tree Effort & Distributed Orchards

Breakout C   Action Discussion Ottawa Centre Eco- District, Eco- District Team

Breakout D   Intensify Use of Schools and Sustainable Community Garderning, Tom Marcantonia and Mahmuda Khan

10: 30 AM   Break: Chris White, A Sustainability Sing-Along

11:00 AM   Ottawa’s Sustainability Forums: Opportunities for Collaboration

Short Presentations on Ways to ‘Continue the Momentum’ through engagement and participation in sustainability forums+ Ottawa’s Sustainability Schedule

Breakout A   Ottawa Strategies Circle: Tapping Into Know-How & Expertise, Chris Henderson

Breakout B   Capital Ideas: Catalyzing Action on Urban Sustainability, Martin Cannings

Breakout C   A Enviro Coming Together: Ecology Ottawa Fall Dinner, Janice Ashworth

Breakout D   Connecting into the Algonquin CCSR Conference: Taking the Pulse of Our Action, Hilary Samuel

11: 30 AM   Sustainability Signposts: Moving Forward-Talking Actions

- Summary of Actions and Commitments from Project Leads

- Open Stage: Commitments I/We Make

- Reaching Out: Who Do We Need to Engage on Moving Forward

12: 30 PM   Closing 3i Luncheon

- Expressions of Appreciation

- Highlighting the Next Opportunities for Re-Connecting

- Wrap Up

 

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