IMPACT: Thinking and Acting Like a Movement

 A Tamarack Webinar

Date: Tuesday, December 1st

Time: 11:55am-1:00 pm Eastern Time

Speakers: Al Etmanski and Marian Tompson

Thinking and acting like a movement is not about starting a movement, although your actions may be the spark that ignites one. Instead, it’s about supporting the movement(s) you are already part of. That means paying attention to the key players and initiatives in your immediate field and beyond, and becoming more deliberate about aligning your efforts. When you think and act like a movement, you strengthen the specific work you are doing and expand general receptivity for the bold vision behind it.

In Al Etmanski's latest book: IMPACT: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation, he highlights the story of  Marian Tompson, who, in the late 1950s, began challenging doctors, hospitals and baby food giants about their role in fostering negative attitudes about breastfeeding. Marian, along with six other young mothers, ended up launching a movement that introduced the "womanly art of breastfeeding" into the global lexicon. She co-fbook-cover-mockup2ounded and served as the President of La Leche League for twenty-four years, which is now the world's foremost authority on breastfeeding.

Join Al for an intimate conversation with Marian as they explore how thinking and acting like a movement can lead to unexpected and spectacular results.

Please note that this session is 1 part of a 6 Part Learning Journey Webinar Series for Social Innovators & Community Change Agents with Al Etmanski. Space is limited in all the sessions, and you must register for each session you wish to attend. Here are quick links to the other active registration pages:

Pattern 3 - Setting the Table for Allies, Adversaries and Strangers - Nov 17th
Pattern 5 - Advocating with Empahty - Dec 15th

Click here to buy the book.



About Al EtmanskiAl Etmanski

Al Etmanski is a community organizer, social entrepreneur and author. He is a founding partner of Social Innovation Generation (SiG) and BC Partners for Social Impact. Previously he co-founded Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) with his wife Vickie Cammack and Jack Collins. Al is an Ashoka fellow, and a faculty member of John McKnight’s Asset Based Community Development Institute (ABCD).

Al has received numerous awards for his work with people with disabilities, including the Order of Canada (2014), Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013), and Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal (2005). He lives with his wife Vickie Cammack – who also received the Order of Canada – just outside of Vancouver and delight in the creative pursuits of their five children.

In his highly praised new book, Impact: Six Patterns To Spread Your Social Innovation, Etmanski provides an inspirational and practical roadmap for others wishing to transform our society. He is a thought-leader, researcher, and storyteller with the rare ability to both inspire audiences and leave them with actionable change strategies.

About Marian Tompson

Marian Tompson is one of the seven Founders of La Leche League International. She has worked to promote breastfeeding for 50 years and served as president of La Leche League for the first 24 years. Marian continues to speak at LLL Conferences around the world. She also currently serves on the International Advisory Council for WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action).
Marian spends every spare minute gathering information, raising critical questions and stimulating needed research about breastfeeding in the context of HIV/AIDS and is the founder, President and CEO of AnotherLook, a not-for-profit corporation.
In 1999, she received the Ethical Humanist Award from the New York Society for Ethical Culture and the Today’s Chicago Woman – 100 Women Making a Difference Award.

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