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Wed. 7/8 Springboard Social Innovation Forum: The New Family-Forward Agenda

When: Wednesday, July 8, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 Where:Urban Grind Coffeehouse in NE, 2214 NE Oregon Cost: $5.00 at the door. Light supper included.

Did you know that motherhood is the single biggest predictor of poverty in old age? What does this say about our community’s priorities and values? Join us for an evening of thought-provoking discussion about the economics of family-raising, the crisis of care, and what we can do to set a new course in Oregon. We will hear from experienced leaders who are working for family forward change on a number of fronts: employment, parent activism, women’s leadership, state policy, and more. We will work together to develop a new vision for a family forward Oregon. Please join us!

We’ll start with the following questions, then it’s your turn. *Why are families suffering such a high degree of economic insecurity? *Why and how are mothers penalized economically in our society? *What is the care gap? Why do we have a crisis of care – a growing need for care for children and the elderly, combined with fewer and fewer families that are able to provide that care? *What is the impact on our community when families are isolated, ill cared for, and/or economically insecure?

Panel and workshops will include leaders in government, workplace, and education. Lead by Sharon Bernstein and Andrea Paluso, founders of the new non-profit Family Forward.

More about the Forum: The Springboard Social Innovation Forum is a monthly event designed to support those interested in creating a better future. Our focus is to help practitioners or potential practitioners of social projects push beyond discussion and debate into action. Each Forum inspires and teaches with ideas, powerful role models, and stories. Speakers, content experts, panels, and workshops help you improve your strategies for planning and launching effective social ventures. The Forum creates a context to connect, learn, and take action around ideas that lead to tangible change—all in a venue designed for building community.