This past summer, Impact Hub Ottawa piloted a new program aiming to ignite and incubate sustainable change through facilitated Peer Learning Circles. The idea being that by providing an open and safe space where people can connect around their deeper why, we can support more sustainable partnerships and allow for solutions to emerge.

Peer Learning Circles were launched in two topics areas: Food & Environment; and Wellbeing, Inclusion, and Equity. The groups met once a month over the course of the summer and together participants named their deeper why’s, as well as resistances that create barriers to achieving them.

What we’ve found over the course of the meetings is that although we began with two separate themes, when both groups dug down to their deeper why’s they’ve in fact both come to the same place. A desire for deeper connection is the driving force that motivates both groups – connection to our land and to our peers, but also a realization that it is through food that we can build this connection.

This fall we are excited to bring the two Peer Learning Circles together to now explore that if a desire for greater connection is what drives us, how do we integrate this into our day to day work and how do we let go of the resistance that stand in our way?

Join us for our upcoming circles as we explore these questions.

The Peer Learning Circle is open to new participants and will be hosted on the first Wednesday of the month moving forward. Hope to see you October 4th from 8:30-9:30am for our next session! 

Katie Miller