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. As co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) he proposed and led the campaign to establish the world's only disability savings plan - the RDSP. Al is an Ashoka fellow, and a faculty member of John McKnight’s Asset Based Community Development Institute (ABCD). He was recently awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.


Thinking and Acting Like a Movement

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Between them Vickie Cammack and Al Etmanski have successfully launched numerous social enterprises, organizations, initiatives, social purpose businesses and funds.

They have snatched hunches from their environment; mixed and matched them; staked them to the ground with scarce resources; proved they worked, and even managed to scale a few of them. Right now they are exploring the cultural dimensions of change.

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Taking Care

reframing social policy in Canada

Taking care is universal. Everyday, everywhere just about everyone is taking care – of each other and indeed all life. Vickie and Al see taking care as what unites us across ideologies, social change theories and the environmnetal-social divide.

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Third Inflexion Point

affecting change from statelessness

Vickie and Al have been exploring what comes after social invention and scaling with a group of social and environmental changemakers. Collectively they realize the changes they seek require more than scaling. They call this new territory, ‘The Third Inflexion Point.’ Stay tuned for their soon to be published discussion paper.


Al’s reputation as a speaker and convener comes from his ability to explore difficult topics with tremendous honesty, warmth, and humor. He is a thought-leader, researcher, and storyteller with the rare ability to both inspire audiences and leave them with actionable change strategies.

Al still accepts a limited number of speaking requests. However he is most interested in working with groups who want to apply the six patterns he describes in his book, Impact, to their work. For more details see read about Al’s project, Thinking Like a Movement