Join Henry Mintzberg, Philip Kotler, Mitch Joel and Dan Pontefract to learn how to accelerate social change!

The will of people is there; an appreciation of what is happening, and how to deal with it, is not. We are inundated with conflicting explanations and contradictory solutions. The world we live in needs a form of radical renewal unprecedented in the human experience. In this unique one-day event Henry Mintzberg presents an integrative framework to suggest a comprehensive way forward. You will learn from key thinkers and practitioners on accelerating social change, exploring what works and figuring out what you can do in your organization or through your social sector organization.

We are bringing together leaders from public, private and plural (non profit) sectors to help one another figure out the adaptive moves which will benefit our organizations, our sectors, and hopefully our society as a whole. This conference will provide you with new perspectives, practical ideas, and a great opportunity to network with others working on social change.

This Rebalancing Society event will run parallel to the CoachingOurselves Reflections Conference. Participants will be able to attend either event with their registration.

The day will unfold as follows:

8:30 – 10:00 AM -> Iconic management thinkers Henry Mintzberg and Philip Kotler will share their insights as to what’s happening in the world today and what we might do about it. Henry Mintzberg is Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill and a renowned thinker on organizations and management.  His latest book “Rebalancing Society” calls for unprecented radical societal renewal and suggests a dynamic way forward.

Philip Kotler has long been THE global thinker in the field of marketing. His latest work on Confronting Capitalism focuses on economic justice and the shortcomings of capitalism. Kotler envisions returning to a healthier, more sustainable capitalism where private and public link forces for positive change. 

10:15 – 11:50 AM -> Panelist Discussion. Our panelists come from diverse perspectives but are united in their devotion to social change. In typical CoachingOurselves style, you will have an opportunity to work in small groups to craft questions for the panel to further explore, while they simultaneously craft questions for participants to reflect upon in the afternoon sessions!

Our panelists include, among others, Jean-Martin Aussant, Executive Director of the Chantier de l’économie sociale, and Owen Charters, Chair of Imagine Canada, an organization which seeks to ensure that charities play a key role in building and enriching the nation. Our moderator, Pascal Lépine, has  grown one of the most successful web design and communication agencies for the plural sector in Quebec and beyond. 

12:30 – 13:30 -> Digital branding and marketing specialist Mitch Joel will share his insights on using social and digital media to accelerate social change. How can we craft powerful message? How can we leverage our own social media channels to promote broader social change? Mitch Joel is a highly sought-after speaker who is also considered a community builder. 

13:30 – 15:00 -> Now comes the fun part! In small groups we will use a powerful Friendly Consulting process created by CoachingOurselves partner Professor Jonathan Gosling. Are you looking for support and insights that will help you achieve your goals individually and possibly collectively? Look no further! 

15:30 – 17:00 -> Dan Pontefract, author of The Purpose Effect and Chief Transformation office at Telus, closes our day. Dan will introduce us to his work of how to inspire others to find their purpose and harness that collective energy to make broader change happen. This will be in a group workshop format.

All attendees will rececive a free copy of Dan Pontefract’s book:
The Purpose Effect: Building Meaning in Yourself, Your Role and Your Organization


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Come and be part of this incredible interactive experience, hosted by Henry Mintzberg, Pascal Lépine and Phil LeNir.

At this event, premiering in Montreal, Henry Mintzberg invites you to a sustained commitment to initiatives and social movements to counteract more traditional, and often destructive, practices.

IT’S NOT our established institutions that will lead the movement!

IT’S US, individually and cooperatively, for the future of our children and the planet.

We have two pricing options for this one-day event, the not-for-profit and the regular price at $350 and $475. The conference is taking place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Montreal on Friday, September 8th. Register below:

Rebalancing Society

Enough of the imbalance that is destroying our democracies, our planet, and ourselves. Enough of the pendulum politics of left and right, as well as the paralysis in the political center. Enough of the visible claw of lobbying in place of the invisible hand of competing. Enough of the economic globalization that undermines sovereign states and local communities. Have we not had enough exploiting of the world’s resources, including ourselves as “human resources”?