2017 Session Description

Check Your Privilege
Facilitating with an awareness of who’s in the room

For adults • 90 minutes
Category: Insight
Wednesday 8:00pm • Court 6
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)

Creativity is what happens when you connect the disconnected. That applies to people as well as ideas. Creative teams are better when diverse perspectives pull and push on possible solutions.

Social, emotional, and cultural barriers can lock useful perspectives out of the conversation. We know that people who easily drive the conversation often benefit from unnamed privileges — education and language — as well as more obvious ones like race and gender.

Successful facilitation requires creating brave, open, possibility-centric spaces that encourage and embrace new voices. How do you do that? And what privileges might you walk into a room with — consciously or not?

This workshop will provide you with the insights and tools to go beyond tokenism, to develop trust, and to welcome all your participants as collaborators in co-creating the future we collectively desire.

The Skinny: 3 things you will get from this session

  • A better sense of the privileges you carry with you in your work and life
  • A process for inviting diverse voices into a creative process
  • Strategies to acknowledge your privilege in the service of making a safer, more productively creative space

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Denise Pinto
Toronto, ON

Denise is a writer, urbanist, and creative strategist. Formerly the Executive Director of a global charity based in Toronto, Canada, she takes a systems view when designing cross-sector partnerships to advocate for inclusive, citizen-led initiatives.

Denise has delivered keynote lectures in Vienna, Hong Kong, and Chicago on the importance of connected communities. She is the recipient of a Medal of Excellence from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and in 2016, she was named a Vital Person by the Toronto Foundation. She sits on several non-profit boards and is working on her first novel.

This is Denise’s first year presenting at Mindcamp.

Robert Wakulat
Toronto, ON

Robert was born and raised in Toronto where he developed an appreciation for the unique challenges facing small businesses by packaging nails and selling fertilizer in his father’s High Park-area Home Hardware.

After graduating from Queen’s University he was struck with a spell of wanderlust. His adventures included working with a start-up online accounting company in Germany, acting as an English Instructor in Japan and volunteering as a human rights intern with Journalists for Human Rights in Ghana. He returned home and earned a law degree from the University of Toronto in 2008.

He is thrilled to practice law in the city of his roots and enjoys assisting entrepreneurs, community groups and individuals in becoming active participants in the province’s emerging social enterprise sector.

When not drafting documents, he can be found sipping cortados at the CSI Coffee Pub or tossing a disc in one of Toronto’s many parks.

Robert is a returning presenter. Click here to see their sessions from previous years.


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