Thursdays (FEB 2, 9, 16, 23) at 11AM PT / 12PM MT / 1PM CT / 2PM ET
Special Discounts:

Always:   $75 off for ISSP members.

Time limited:   $50 off with Early Bird Discount before January 27, 2012.


Businesses have the potential to play an enormous role in a community's ability to be resilient. This workshop is designed as a survey to explore corporate/community socially responsible initiatives that make an impact.      
Come to share your thoughts with others on making the business case for stakeholder engagement. Leave with practical tools and a plan for how businesses and organizations can engage with their various stakeholders in solving community problems related to triple bottom line (TBL) sustainability.
Workshop instructor Susanne Croft is an ISSP member and certified Sustainability Professional, having completed her ISSP Sustainability Professional Certification in 2010. She is the Executive Director of Sustainable Resources INW (INW refers to the Inland Northwest), an educational non-profit corporation dedicated to increasing the community’s awareness and utilization of sustainable practices in Spokane, Washington and the Inland Northwest. Susanne has a Masters degree in Urban Planning and 20 years of experience with policy planning and public engagement. She worked for the City of Spokane for 12 years in long range planning, local economic development, development incentives, and finally as the Mayor's Sustainability Coordinator. 

Susanne will facilitate the workshop's three-prong approach -- local self-reliance, stakeholder engagement, and The New Economy --  that also addresses community planning, local investing, economic leakage, transparency and reporting. This fast paced on-line workshop will feature several guest presenters:

> Michael Shuman is an expert in community-based economic development and currently serves as Director of Research and Public Policy at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).  Shuman is author of Going LocalSmall Mart Revolution, and new in February 2012: Local Dollars, Local Sense.

> Stephanie Nieman, who heads up the Standards Development efforts and leads the Verification Team at B Lab/GIIRS. B Lab is a non-profit organization that certifies B Corporations. B Corps are businesses that adhere to comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards, meet higher legal accountability standards, and build business constituency for public policies that support sustainable business.
> Cynthia Figge, Cofounder and COO of CSRHUB, a website providing corporate social responsibility ratings and data on about 5,000 publicly traded companies worldwide. She is a forerunner and thought leader in the corporate sustainability movement.
> David Korten is the co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, president of the People-Centered Development Forum  (PCDForum), and a founding board member of the  Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). Korten is an accomplished author whose books include Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth, The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, and the international best seller When Corporations Rule the World.

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to use the provided tools and describe their insights to make a convincing pitch for stakeholder engagement to a current or potential employer/client. Credit from this course can be applied towards the ISSP Sustainability Professional Certificate, a program that blends sustainability concepts and practices with organizational change theory to provide participants with the leadership skills and knowledge to lead a sustainability program.

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