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Jim Green Memorial Lecture 2017: Cooperative Social Innovation

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For the 5th annual Jim Green Memorial Lecture, Ashley Proctor explores the cultural impact and complexity of collaboration between residents, activists, artists and entrepreneurs as the coworking movement expands around the globe. As one of the original voices of the movement, Ashley is now leading the 312 Main project, working to build Canada's largest and most inclusive collaborative workspace built on cooperative values, in partnership with this vibrant and diverse community of engaged citizens and organizations.The lecture was preceded by a live performance from local musician Corbin Murdoch.ABOUT JIM GREENJim Green (May 25, 1943 – February 28, 2012) was an American-Canadian dual citizen who was a longshoreman, taxicab driver, community activist, non-profit housing developer, municipal politician, university instructor, and development consultant. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Green moved to Canada to avoid being drafted for the Vietnam War. Green completed a Masters in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina, and studied at the Sorbonne, the Millennium Film Institute in New York, and the University of Colorado. During the 1980's, he was Executive Director of the Downtown Eastside Residents Association. He served in numerous roles in the provincial government in community economic and social housing development. In 2002, he was elected to Vancouver City Council. He was one of the leading forces behind the Woodward's redevelopment, completed in 2010.BIOSAshley Proctor is a partner at Foundery in Toronto, ON. She is the founder of Creative Blueprint in Toronto and Seattle, and is also the Executive Producer of GCUC Canada (Global Coworking Unconference Canada).As one of the founding members of the Coworking Toronto and Coworking Ontario collectives, Ashley also created COHIP — the first Coworking Health Insurance Plan — for all independent workers in Canada.Ashley is the Executive Director of the 312 Main project in Vancouver. This project will be a social innovation centre in Vancouver's inner-city that will include local artists, entrepreneurs, community groups, non-profit organizations, residents, and small businesses — a diverse group of members and tenants who are committed to community economic development through collaborative social innovation.Corbin Murdoch is a songwriter and performer who tours and records with his flagship project, The Nautical Miles. The band has toured across Canada and Europe and have been presented by internationally renowned festivals including The Vancouver Folk Music Festival and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Corbin is also a curator and producer, currently working as the Managing Producer of Theatre Replacement and the Entertainment Programmer at The Vancouver Fringe Festival. Corbin completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at SFU in 2014. He was born and raised in Vancouver.
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