Join us to hear how local businesses facing COVID-19 have adapted, creatively tackled challenges, and pursued solutions for environmental social and economic sustainability. We will use a dynamic online platform (gather.town*), to convene, hear a few stories, then use our online avatars to mix and mingle at themed virtual table discussions to connect with other businesses in a way not possible since the pandemic began.
SFU Food Systems Lab recently worked with eight independently-run local businesses and two non-profit organizations on case studies to support a green recovery from COVID-19. They learned how they found creative solutions to support staff, safety, customer engagement, finance, and sustainability practices. A few businesses will share their stories, and then we will have a peer-to-peer online exchange to encourage collaboration, networking, and sharing of ideas between local businesses and supporting organizations/associations.
Please register online by January 19. Enrollment is limited. This event is free. An honouraria are available on request for small local business participants.
January 26, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am
9:00 - 9:15 Intro
9:15 - 9:30 Case Study Highlights
9:30 - 10:15 Table Discussions
10:30 - 11:00 Informal Networking
This project is funded by the Simon Fraser University Community Engagement Initiative and Community Engaged Research Initiative. Program partners are: the National Zero Waste Council, The Soap Dispensary and LOCO BC.
*gather.town requires Chrome or Firefox and no extra software; just enter your name and join. It works best on a laptop or desktop computer. The Cultch Theatre initiated its use following fall theatre performances and we are following suit!