Leadership in Polarized Times

As we deepen our work in Alberta and explore how to extend the EFL’s lessons and learnings nationally, the first Energy Futures Lab (EFL) Summit will mark the official launch of EFL 2.0. The central question that animates the work of the EFL, its Fellows, and community is:

HOW CAN WE LEVERAGE OUR LEADERSHIP POSITION IN

TODAY’S ENERGY SYSTEM TO CREATE THE ENERGY SYSTEM

THAT THE FUTURE REQUIRES OF US?

The EFL Summit will explore the leadership role that the EFL can play in helping accelerate progress in the context of the urgent need for action and the growing polarization on energy issues in Alberta and Canada. Summit participants will have the opportunity to experience diverse perspectives, explore the EFL’s five key narratives as a way to bridge polarized views and engage with the EFL community in taking courageous leadership in polarized times.

Date and Location

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 8:00am to 4:30pm (with EFL 2.0 Launch Reception to follow)

U of C Red & White Club*
North end McMahon Stadium
1833 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary, Alberta

Agenda

8:00 – 8:30
Opening and Welcome
8:30 – 9:00
Opening Speaker: Rising to the Challenge

In the light of global energy trends, the opening speaker will set the broader context of the challenge, the urgency to action, and how Alberta and Canada can respond to the ongoing transition of our global energy system to a low-carbon economy.

9:00 – 10:15
Polarization Sucks – A Moving Conversation

This interactive and dynamic exercise will reveal the diversity of viewpoints among participants and will help surface bridging perspectives. Prepare to be engaged!

10:15 – 10:45
Break and Networking
10:45 – 11:45
Finding Common Ground: The EFL’s response in the face of polarization

Explore key EFL narratives and exemplar initiatives and work together to identify potential solutions that could bridge views on energy.

11:45 – 12:45
Lunch
12:45 – 1:15
An energy-themed theatre piece
1:15 – 3:00
The EFL Leadership Cafe

Based on the World Cafe model, an interactive and facilitated process for knowledge sharing and identifying deeper insights, this session will ask us to explore our leadership roles in polarized times.

3:00 – 3:15
Poster Gallery Walk – EFL Plan

Explore the breadth and depth of EFL initiatives via a poster session, including ways to take action through participation in the Lab. This session will continue into the break.

3:15 – 3:45
Break and Networking
3:45 – 4:15
Keynote Speaker: The Innovator’s Dilemma by Mark Cabaj

An insightful and light-hearted presentation on the successes and challenges of innovation in a complex and dynamic environment like our energy situation.

4:15 – 4:30
Summit Conclusion and Next Steps
4:30 – 7:00
Reception: Celebrating EFL 1.0 and launching EFL 2.0

*McMahon Stadium is located on Crowchild Trail with an abundance of parking available for $4/day. It is also within a 10 minute walk west of the Banff Trail C-Train station.

If you would like to receive an invitation to the EFL Summit, please contact Kthompson@naturalstep.ca.

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