Elevate & Amplify, a virtual conference centred on BIPOC voices within design and social change, is happening on June 3rd, 2021!
What should I pay?
These tickets are offered at a subsidized rate for individuals who have no or very limited expendable* income, are unemployed or underemployed, and frequently stress about meeting basic** needs.
*Expendable income might mean you are able to buy coffee or tea at a shop; buy new clothes, books, and similar items each month, etc.
**Basic needs include food, housing, clothing, and transportation.
These tickets are offered at a subsidized rate and intended for individuals and employees from smaller organizations who cannot afford to cover the full registration cost and/or do not have access to professional development funds.
These tickets are intended for individuals who have the means and the capacity to pay the full standard rate, including those who work for organizations that are covering their registration cost.
These tickets are intended for individuals who have the means to contribute more towards the price of a ticket, either through their own means or through their work’s professional development budget. This fee covers one Standard Rate ticket plus will contribute to the cost of a subsidized registration for another attendee, as well as support the work for the Department of Imaginary Affairs.
These tickets are intended for individuals and/or organizations that are interested in and able to support the attendance of others who are unable to cover their registration fee. This fee covers one Standard Rate ticket plus several subsidized registrations.
These tickets are reserved for individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Colour who require a free ticket in order to access Elevate & Amplify. If this ticket category is the best ticket type for you, please choose that ticket, no questions asked. If you are a person who identifies as BIPOC but is able to afford basic needs and has expendable income, please do not select this ticket option in order to keep this conference fully accessible.
Elevate & Amplify is a fantastic professional development activity for your organization. If you are interested in supporting and attending E&A as a team, please consider buying as many tickets as you need for your staff. Please contact email@example.com if you have specific questions about tickets.
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What is Elevate & Amplify?
Elevate & Amplify, a virtual conference centred on BIPOC voices within design and social change, is taking place on June 3rd, 2021.
Elevate & Amplify is bringing together those in design and social change who think differently and are hungry to be critical.
Elevate & Amplify is the first conference of its kind in Canada. At this moment in history, we are challenging norms and asking ourselves what we need to heal and move forward. We want vital conversations about designing alternatives, learning from failures, and grappling with tensions in the work. We crave a level of critical reflection that we feel is missing from conversations, so we are attempting to make that community for ourselves.
We hope you’ll join us!
Who is running Elevate & Amplify? And why now?
The Department of Imaginary Affairs (DIA) is hosting the first Elevate & Amplify conference. DIA is a national nonprofit organization focused on understanding the evolving definition of what it means to be Canadian from new and developing Canadians in order to imagine equitable futures. We believe that in order to do that, we need to learn from leaders who represent the futures we want to see. This conference is an example of how we see that happening.
And why now?
- To counter the narrative that it is difficult to find BIPOC professionals in design and social change work
- Every single speaker is BIPOC, so we will hear valuable perspectives and experiences that aren’t always given the spotlight in our society
- Challenge our understanding of who does design and social change work
- Appreciate and learn from diverse ways of doing to push against the dominant culture
Who can attend? Can someone who doesn’t identify as BIPOC attend?
While each and every one of E&A’s panel speakers is BIPOC, absolutely everyone is welcome to attend the event.
E&A is an incredible opportunity to hear valuable perspectives and experiences that aren’t always given the spotlight in our sector and society, so we encourage everyone to attend. We only ask that you choose the sliding scale ticket option that best reflects your level of personal privilege.
To learn more and register, buy tickets here.
How do I register for E&A?
Thank you for your interest in Elevate & Amplify! You can buy tickets here!
When do I need to register by to attend?
Tickets will be available until sold out. To help us have a sense of numbers and if we need to increase capacity, please register as soon as you can so that we can get a sense of numbers and you can secure your spot! We currently have capacity for 500 people and it is a big jump up in cost to increase to the next level, so we are relying on registrations to make that decision.
Will this be an accessible event?
To ensure that this event is as accessible as possible, please let us know any accessibility needs you might have as soon as you can so that we can make arrangements.
We previously said we would have ASL interpreters, due to resourcing, we have made a decision to do Live Transcription and Visual Descriptions of speakers before they speak, and we will normalize and invite speakers to offer content warnings before sharing heavy and/or potentially triggering topics.
Where do I request accommodations ahead of the event?
The entire Elevate & Amplify team takes accessibility seriously. If you need additional accommodations for the event, please contact us at email@example.com.
How much does it cost to attend?
Elevate & Amplify offers a sliding scale registration rate so that the conference can be accessible to as many people as possible. Our sliding scale tickets are designed to make this conference accessible as well as for each individual to reflect on their level of personal privilege when choosing the right ticket option.
We have reserved 75 free tickets for individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Colour (BIPOC). If this ticket category is the best ticket type for you, please choose that ticket, no questions asked.
To learn more — and to see our tiered ticketing options — for more information.
Do you offer any discounts for groups? How do I register as a group?
While Elevate & Amplify does not offer a group discount rate, we do offer sliding scale ticketing options with subsidized rates intended for smaller organizations or groups.
If you are interested in supporting and attending E&A as a fantastic professional development activity for your team, please consider buying tickets for as many staff as possible.
What is the agenda for E&A?
- 12:50pm – Doors Open
- 1:00pm – Start, Welcome, Intro, Land Acknowledgement
- 1:15pm – Panel #1: Navigating Systems that are not Designed for Us – a panel of “recipients” engaged in design processes who are charting their own paths and designing alternatives
- 2:25pm – Break
- 2:30pm – Panel #2: Beyond Broken Promises of Co-design – a panel of designers who have adapted their practices and approaches to engagement as they learn from failure
- 3:40pm – Break
- 3:45pm – Panel #3: Now what — how do we do Systems Change? – a panel of those leading systems change work who grapple with the tension of solving immediate/urgent
- 4:45pm – Close
- 5:00pm – After-Party
Will the sessions be recorded?
Yes, all sessions will be recorded and attendees will receive the recording within one month after the event.
What tech requirements do I need to participate in E&A?
E&A will be hosted using Zoom Webinar. To attend the virtual conference, you will need a good internet connection, your device or computer, and a valid registration. You will receive login details the day of the conference.
Can I share my virtual conference login information with members of my team?
The link you will receive is unique to each person who is registered for the conference. For every paid registration to attend virtually, only one device (computer, laptop, tablet, phone) will be allowed to enter the virtual conference.
Will I be able to network and meet other virtual attendees?
Absolutely! Every session will include live chat discussions between participants and panelists, and immediately after the conference, there will be an energizing two-hour after-party to mix and mingle with other attendees and panelists. This will be a fantastic opportunity to unwind, connect, and discuss the ideas and thoughts coming out of the conference. The after-party will also be held via Gather, a virtual networking platform. More information and the link will be provided during the conference.
Where can I get updates on E&A before, during, and after the event?
Can I make a donation to support the Department of Imaginary Affairs’ work to imagine equitable futures?
You absolutely can! To make a donation towards our work to imagine equitable futures, please click here. Thank you so much for your support!
Where are the proceeds from E&A going?
All proceeds from Elevate & Amplify will be used to support the Department of Imaginary Affairs’ (DIA) programming in 2021, including oral storytelling in two Toronto parks this summer and program development for the Public Imagination Fund. The Public Imagination Fund is a project to imagine what funding would look like if centred on community, trust and relationships designed by BIPOC Youth.