Connecting for Change brings together innovators from the business, social and philanthropic sectors to build connections and understanding about how to work together to create sustained social change, thus a more compassionate and peaceful world.
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I am a practically oriented, focused person who works on making change in my own sphere of influence. My experience with the dialogue broadened my view considerably and, while I was initially skeptical about ‘peace and love, harmony and compassion’ as the central theme, the dialogue opened my mind. I was impressed and inspired by the sincerity of both business and social sector leaders in their desire to work for deep and meaningful social and environmental change.”
— Mike Houck, Executive Director, Urban Greenspaces Institute, Portland, Oregon
During an animated discussion about the alignment of corporate mandates and social engagement, Mountain Equipment Coop CEO Peter Robinson and Pivot Legal Society Executive Director John Richardson recognized a distinctive way their businesses could intersect, to serve their shared value in making a difference for those in need.
The basic idea was roughly sketched out on a piece of paper that that John shared with Peter of a blanket. Not just any blanket, a blanket inscribed with plain-English statements of the laws and services relevant to people in housing crisis or living on the street, a blanket that would be distributed to the homeless. The blanket was Pivot's vision for a practical and educational tool in the campaign against homelessness-a core constituency of John's organization.