Festival Series

50+ Festival Series

Join us for year-round programming presented by Programs for 50+. The 50+ Festival Series includes a variety of topical workshops and lectures by guest speakers, as well as cultural presentations (e.g., film, theatre, music). These thought-provoking and entertaining events build on the momentum of our annual 50+ Festival.

Note: These events are not restricted to older adults.

50+ Festival Series Programming

Social challenges, social innovation: Can we end homelessness, poverty, and isolation in our lifetimes?

As our societies produce more and more technological innovation and “progress”, why are we still struggling with established social problems such as poverty, homelessness, and a host of other challenges? How can we become more socially innovative and, in the process, connect more people in a world where we are becoming increasingly disconnected from each another? Why do we encourage innovation in Silicon Valley but discourage it in the social side of our economy? Are there new models where we can employ and care for people while doing so in an economic and socially responsible way?

Alex Gill will challenge the way we traditionally think about social problems and their solutions, including understanding poverty today, accepting homelessness as a consequence of economic progress, and how we might eradicate social problems by looking at modern innovations in other fields.

Sunday, April 30, 2017
1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Ryerson University

Alex GillAbout the Speaker

As founder of Toronto-based Mendicant Group, Alex Gill and his team have worked in over a dozen countries on issues as diverse as youth homelessness, foster care reform, transit planning, and green economic development and innovation - to name but a few. Alex is currently Ryerson University’s Social Innovator in Residence and founder of the SocialVentures Zone, an incubator that is currently home to more than 20 social enterprises. Alex was one of 50 people invited to join Stanford University’s Global Nonprofit Leaders’ Program in 2013 and was named one of Canada’s “Social Justice All-Stars” by This Magazine in 2015.