Toronto Summer Institute


Toronto Summer Institute

Join the Inclusion Conversation ... We will gather a remarkable array of possibility thinkers who will think together, explore, dream, work to figure out how to create the future we want - not the future we are handed.

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July 12-17, 2014

FOR: Need Renewal? Need new connections?

This is for people who choose to invest themselves in creating and being the change they want to see in the world. People working actively on the complex issues of inclusion and diversity in families, communities, workplaces and schools will be attending. This Institute is for Thinkers and Doers - for people who know there are no easy answers and who are seeking new ways of thinking and acting. This is a never ending unique creative adventure in building a learning community together. The hosts see themselves as a jazz ensemble who have a definite theme and a flair for improvisation - harmonizing with the participants.

WHERE: Pitman Hall - Ryerson University - downtown Toronto

Ryerson University is in the heart of downtown Toronto, one of the most multicultural cities in the world - rich in diversity, social activism, and culture. We know you will enjoy the Institute, and all that Toronto offers: great food, great theatre, jazz, the Toronto Islands (great roller-blading and walking), an incredible array of affordable restaurants, the Blue Jays, the Raptors, the people. Eat your way through the city. Enjoy!


Guarantees are hard to come by, but if you show up, be present, tell the truth and let go of preconceived luggage, you could leave with:

• a network of new colleagues and friends

• knowledge, skills and approaches to change

• a deepened understanding of the foundational values of inclusion

• an introduction to innovations in framing questions & facilitation in person centred processes.

• an introduction to Asset Based Community Development and community mapping

• an opportunity to explore creative arts and expression

OUR AIM:  is that we all celebrate our learning together and leave:

• renewed • refreshed • re-energized • to continue our work


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Lessons Learned from the Toronto Institute 2010 1 Reply

Where do I begin ? I can't emphasize this enough...I needed to be there. It was timely for me personally and professionally. Being married for 23 years, raising 5 children, nursing for 26 years, 7…Continue

Started by Rhonda Hamilton. Last reply by Beth Gallagher Jul 18, 2010.

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Comment by Kirk Hinkleman on February 3, 2012 at 11:56pm
San Diego will be well represented :) Come on Rochester!!! Make it happen :)
Comment by Margy Meath on February 3, 2012 at 7:32pm

see what happens..... jack mentions just a few places and the rest of us say - "hey, what about me"!?  :-) Not sure yet about Rochester, but here's hoping!

Comment by Cathy Hollands on February 3, 2012 at 7:21pm

Hello what about Toronto - where would we be without Toronto!!!

Comment by Anne Mitchell on February 3, 2012 at 7:15pm

And SUPER INDIANAPOLIS!!!  (We're showing our hospitality hosting the Super Bowl this weekend!)  

Comment by Peter Leidy on February 3, 2012 at 7:09pm


Comment by Beth Gallagher on February 3, 2012 at 7:02pm

Not to mention San Diego! : )

Comment by Jack Pearpoint on February 3, 2012 at 6:57pm

People are coming - from Spain, the Netherlands, England - and more.. so join the throng...  get your booking in now!

Comment by Cynthia Kernan on July 13, 2011 at 5:00pm

 Hello all,


During our TSI Module Gentle Heart Fearless Mind with Alan Sloan,  Kathy Adcock shared this quote, "  There is nothing as Strong as Gentleness, and nothing as Gentle as Strength." anonymous source


Thank you Kathy!

Comment by Alan Sloan on July 19, 2010 at 7:31am
Hi everyone,

Jack and John kindly researched where we might see and hear a talk on social innovation by Adam Kahane at the University of Waterloo. Adam is the author of Power and Love, the book I used as a reference during the TSI program last week. Here is the link: Once you start playing the video, wait about 30 seconds and then move the cursor ahead to 15 minutes, 40 seconds. Those first 15 minutes are other folks praising themselves and the University. Enjoy.

Alan Sloan
Comment by Eunji Kim on July 18, 2010 at 9:30am
Wow...! Hum... WOW!!!
My TSI experience became quite different than how I had anticipated it to be. What I thought I knew about the people with disabilities and inclusion was not even a little tiny tip of a huge iceberg. I was challenged, humbled and grateful...GRATEFUL...!

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