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Monday, April 2

7:55am EDT

Unstuck Monday Motivation
Back by request for one day only during #WeInnovatePgh!

We focus on tangible lessons and skills for individuals, small, and large companies alike - everyone welcome, you don't need to have a team, idea, or company to learn and network.

We'll be focusing on how to get the right people involved in your efforts no matter what you want to start.

The Cost to attend? $0.00 BUT we do ask that you help us attract the most diverse (industry and background) set of entrepreneurs and create the most inclusive environment - this means inviting and bringing people, not just attending and participating.

You can help us spread the word on Twitter (https://twitter.com/unstuckpgh) or on Instagram (http://instagram.com/unstuckpgh) or anywhere you can publish http://www.unstuckpgh.com using #UnstuckPgh

Monday April 2, 2018 7:55am - 9:00am EDT
The Shop

9:00am EDT

Listening to Difference, Made Practical
Register here!
Free and open to all!

In an ideal world our work embodies the maxim, “Nothing about us without us.” But in reality we are often unable to innovate with the people we innovate for, and we risk building our interventions on faulty assumptions. Join us for a dive into the PRACTICE of suspending our beliefs and listening to the experience of people different from ourselves. We will do short skilling exercises in listening, experience a structured listening method called “Collective Story Harvest,” and end our morning with a survey of practical ways to include many voices in the work of innovation.

You can learn more about the workshop or register here. We look forward to having you with us! 

The space is wheelchair accessible. For other accessibility questions contact Hannah du Plessis at hannah@fitassociates.com

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Hannah du Plessis

Principal, Fit Associates LLC
Hannah du Plessis is a principal of Fit Associates LLC, a firm focused on equipping teams and organizations to create better futures for themselves. Hannah’s belief in human potential, tempered by the raw reality of growing up in violent, segregated South Africa, fuels her desire... Read More →

Monday April 2, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT

5:00pm EDT

Inclusive Innovation Week Kick-off - Tackling the Worlds Wicked Problems: A Celebration of Social Innovation Champions
Limited Capacity seats available

Free and open to all ages!

Join us for the Inclusive Innovation Week Kickoff - Tackling the Worlds Wicked Problems: A Celebration of Social Innovation Champions in partnership with Robert Morris University and BNY Mellon.

Ignite your innovative prowess and discover your power to make lasting change. Join us for a two-part celebration to kickoff Inclusive Innovation Week featuring a social innovators roundtable, followed by breakout talks facilitated by each innovator.

Leave with key insights about how to re-imagine problems into possibilities. Learn from social innovation champions key principles in their process of creating and enacting for the greater good.

• Inclusive Innovation Week Opening Remarks
• CSforPgh Launch with Remake Learning
• Social Innovators Roundtable
• Breakout Talks

• Eliada Wosu Griffin-EL, PhD
Associate Professor & Director of the Massey Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Robert Morris University

Roundtable and Session Speakers:
• Marita Garrett - Mayor of Wilkinsburg
• Leah Lizarondo - Executive Director of 412 Food Rescue
• Zaheen Hussain, Director of Sustainability, New Sun Rising
• Nicole Kenny, Impact and Compliance Manager , Thread International
• Jonathan Reynolds, Outreach Project Manager, Carnegie Mellon University - School of Computer Science

CSforPgh details:
Remake Learning has been working for ten years to solve wicked problems.  One of those wicked problems are the lack of computer science in both in and out of school settings and the lack of a diversity in the pipeline for computer science and STEM in the region.

To solve this wicked problem, Remake Learning is bringing together various stakeholders in computer science to work on closing these opportunity gaps. We are calling this collaborative group of stakeholders, CSforPgh, a regional coalition that will be working to bring this essential literacy to every student in our region. This effort is sponsored by the BNY Mellon Foundation.

Our goal is to bring together those working on closing that opportunity gaps for our girls and students of color.

For accessibility questions contact Christine Marty (christine.marty@pittsburghpa.gov)

Monday April 2, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
BNY Mellon Innovation Center

5:30pm EDT

Rehearsing the Revolution: Theatre of the Oppressed as a Tool for Change
Limited Capacity seats available

Register here! 
Space for this workshop is limited, due to the participatory nature of the content. 
Free and open to all! 

In this introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed, participants will utilize theater as a language - using our bodies, voices and lived experiences as our primary tools - to explore themes and rehearse strategies to make positive changes in our daily lives. This theatrical form empowers people to be active participants in overcoming oppression by raising awareness around oppressive systems, providing opportunities to envision action, and rehearsing positive change. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created original collaborative forums used to combat oppression. This workshop is an interactive and inclusive space where all abilities and ages are welcome.

  • Facilitators: Hannah du Plessis, Liz Foster-Shaner, and Mary C. Parker
  • Light refreshments will be provided, courtesy of B52 Cafe
  • Please contact Liz Foster-Shaner (topittsburgh@gmail.com) with accessibility questions.
  • Recent update: Childcare will be provided at this event through Flexable!

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Liz Foster-Shaner

Teaching Artist, Gateway to the Arts/Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Liz Foster-Shaner has over fifteen years of experience with Freire, Boal, and TO, starting as an undergrad at UC Berkeley, double-majoring in Theatre and Political Science. TO was a paradigm shift for Liz, blending her majors into an impactful artistic and political practice, while... Read More →
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Mary C. Parker

Founder | Consultant | Coach, Just Collaboration LLC
Mary C. Parker is a certified professional life coach, international leadership trainer and dialogue facilitator, and has written curriculum on race, inclusion, and leadership for students, communities, and organizations in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Seattle, and Zimbabwe. In 2015 Mary... Read More →
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Hannah du Plessis

Principal, Fit Associates LLC
Hannah du Plessis is a principal of Fit Associates LLC, a firm focused on equipping teams and organizations to create better futures for themselves. Hannah’s belief in human potential, tempered by the raw reality of growing up in violent, segregated South Africa, fuels her desire... Read More →

Monday April 2, 2018 5:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Union Project 801 N Negley Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Tuesday, April 3

6:15pm EDT

Gentle Flowga at YOGAMOTIF
Limited Capacity seats available

Free and open to all ages!

Connect with community through the foundations and practice of yoga.
This is a beginners class targeted to individuals new to the practice.

*YOGAMOTIF is located on the second floor without an elevator. A livestream video will be shared during the class to make the class accessible to all. More details coming soon.

Please contact Alecia Dawn at alecia@yogamotif.com with specific questions.

Tuesday April 3, 2018 6:15pm - 7:45pm EDT
YOGAMOTIF 124 South Highland Street | Studio 210 | 15206

7:00pm EDT

Inclusive Decision Making for Business and Community
Free and open to all!


Ron Gaydos – Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives

Raqueeb Bey – Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Cooperative

Ryan Haggerty – Work Hard Pittsburgh Cooperative

For all the good they can do, many businesses and community organizations can also be less inclusive in their decision making. Increasingly, businesses and community organizations see being more inclusive as a way to create more value in what they do. It’s of course about doing the right thing but also about “firing on all cylinders” and having a diverse set of skills and perspectives in the house.

Let’s talk about how some businesses and community organizations around Pittsburgh are doing it. They’re looking to non-hierarchical models for some of their decisions about the directions they take, who comes in to the business, and how policy is set.

We’ll listen to some people from innovative organizations committed to strengthening their inclusion practices, have a couple guided exercises, and even play a short board game called “Co-opoly” to illustrate and practice more inclusive and collaborative decision making.
You should walk out with new acquaintances and colleagues and allies in our quest to make Pittsburgh’s business and community development scene more inclusive, efficient, and vibrant.

We'll provide some light refreshments to tide you over in case you didn't eat before coming out.

avatar for Ron Gaydos

Ron Gaydos

Manager, Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives
We're the hands-on resource for worker-owned and member-owned business in the Pittsburgh region!

Tuesday April 3, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Repair the World 6022 Broad Street Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Wednesday, April 4

5:00pm EDT

Pittsburgh 50 Years Later, Moving Forward - Remembering MLK
Free and open to all!

Pittsburgh 50 Years Later Explores the long-term effects of systemic economic disenfranchisement. Panelists will discuss the historic roots and review the economic landscape for people of color in 2018.

Presented by PNC.

Wednesday April 4, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
CCAC Auditorium 808 Ridge Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Thursday, April 5

8:30am EDT

Panel: Codesigning the Future of Pittsburgh Together
Register here! 
Free to attend and open to all ages.

As part of Pittsburgh's Inclusive Innovation Week, this panel will highlight organizations who are uniquely engaging community members in their design and implementation process. In the spirit of codesign, each panelist will invite a community member to speak on the panel with them.

Light breakfast will be provided.

Our panelists include:
  • Laura Poskin, the project manager for Age-Friendly PGH, which invites people to rethink how our neighborhoods can be more inclusive to people of all ages.
  • Dr. Kevin Snider, the Chancellor of Penn State New Kensington, which founded The Corner, an entrepreneurial hub in New Kensington that hopes to be the first of many hubs that can give Rust Belt cities the same access to resources and opportunities that bigger cities have. 
  • Dan Dickerman, the Program Coordinator at Homewood Children's Village, whose mission is to improve the lives of Homewood's children and simultaneously reweave the fabric of the community in which they live.

Our moderator:
  • Amanda Kennedy, the founder and principal of Lanternalia, a design research consultancy that focuses on designing the future of health, cities, and communities.


Thursday April 5, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Spaces Bakery Square

11:00am EDT

Facebook Live Stream from Point Park University's Center for Media Innovation
Interact with a Facebook Live Stream from Point Park University's Center for Media Innovation, featuring community leaders, elected officials, a live studio audience and several surprises. The student-driven event will bring together people from across the city to engage in a live, social media discussion about inclusion, covering the following social issues:

  • food insecurity
  • bullying
  • disability inclusion
  •  racial inequality
  •  mental illness
  •  financial insecurity. 

Tune in: www.facebook.com/PointParkCMI

Thursday April 5, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm EDT
Sunday, April 8

5:00pm EDT

Queer Maker Night
Free and open to individuals 13+.

Learn how to use a variety of materials to make your own pins, necklaces, and earrings! This workshop includes demonstrations of how to use polymer paper and clay to make durable, wearable statement pieces of your own creation.

Come connect with LGBTQ people and allies while learning some making techniques and expressing your inventiveness.

Sunday April 8, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT