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Tonya Surman is the keynote speaker at our 2013 Conference!

We, at HC Link, are very excited to have Tonya Surman, Co-Founder of The Centre for Social Innovation, as the Keynote speaker at our upcoming conference, Linking for Healthy Communities: Collaborating for Change!

image of Tonya SurmanTonya is passionate about collaboration. In a talk on the “Science of Collaboration” she declares she is “enraged by the inability of [those working towards social good] to collaborate” and “by our absolute desire for change but complete inability to get it together to make the change.”  As such, she has dedicated her life to coming up with new ways, new models and new strategies to get beyond our self-interests, to a place where we can identify converging interests which will leverage social innovation.


You might ask, what is social innovation? As defined by the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), a social innovation is a new idea that has been put into practice for the public good. The CSI is a perfect example of this.


The CSI is a co-working space, community centre and incubator for people who are changing the world. The centre creates converging spaces for collaboration; it is an ecosystem made up of different types of people (over 200 organizations) who are able to share ideas, build networks and collaborate with each other.


For more on Tonya Surman and the Centre for Social Innovation, please check out the following:

Centre for Social Innovation website
Tonya’s biography and videos of select talks she has done

For more information about our 2013 conference- Linking for Healthy Communities: Collaborating for Change, please check out our conference webpage. Registration for our conference is now open! Don’t delay because our reduced early-bird rate ends August 30th.  Click here to register.

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