We started Future of Good Twitter chats to dive deeper into hot topics that have been resonating with our community. It’s hosted Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. ET. This week, we spoke with Tara Templin about migration, elections, inclusion, and ideas. She also expanded on some of the points made in her recent Future of Good piece. Here are some highlights from the conversation.
WHO GETS A SAY?
While refugees are best positioned to speak about their needs and necessary innovations to assist them, they are also the least engaged in developing solutions or accessing funds and resources. How can we overcome these barriers?
- Hire refugees.
- Ensure that civil society organizations, governments, and businesses are employing refugees in leadership positions.
- Engage refugees in decisions on design and resourcing.
The debate around refugees in Canada is easily framed by misconceptions and is slated to possibly occupy much of the debate leading up to the Canadian election. How best to navigate this polarity?
- Citizens! Combat misinformation in your networks both online and offline.
- Share your positive experiences of refugee and immigration settlement
- Follow the work of coalitions and actors working to respond, including: The Canadian Anti-Hate Network, The Canadian Council for Refugees, the Public Policy Forum, Migrant Rights, and The Democracy Project.
NOT JUST IN CRISIS MODE
Innovation in this space can seem like a nice-to-have, particularly when Canadians, domestically, are often in a response mode to crises. How can we assure the longevity of an innovation program?
Did you know?
- Canadians have the most favourable opinion of immigrants among the world’s top migrant destination countries, viewing newcomers as a strength, rather than a burden.
- One of the best examples of innovation is the Canadian private sponsorship program that began more than 40 years ago and, in the process of resettling 330,000 refugees, has contributed to the multicultural and welcoming Canadian identity.
- Embedding innovation programs in communities ensures that they both build and strengthen community and, ideally, tap into the motivation, inspiration, and compassion of community members.
For our upcoming #FutureOfGood Twitter Chat, Leor Rotchild, Executive Director of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, will join us to discuss Canadian business values. Register online and mark your calendar for April 11.