Wednesday, July 6 • 8:00am - 5:30pm
Finding a Way Out: Imagining human-centered responses to homelessness and addiction (Day 2 Learning Expedition)

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Wednesday, July 6th 8:00AM – 5:30 PM 
This session is a continuation of the previous day's program. Please make sure to sign up for both to receive updates and background information. 

8:00AM – Noon

Participants will engage a series of experts on the key factors, illnesses and institutional practices that make problem solving so difficult.  Learn about:  

  • Addiction with Brad Finegood, Assistant Division Director, Behavioral Health and Recovery Division, Department of Community and Health Services, King County
  • Criminal Justice with Augustine Cita, Director of Career Bridge, a community collaboration led by the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle designed to help formerly incarcerated men and women of color integrate back into their communities with jobs, housing and dignity.
  • Shelter with Sola Plumacher, Strategic Advisor, City of Seattle Human Services Department
  • Mental Illness with Larry Clum, Counselor, Union Gospel Mission

12:00 – 1:00

In preparation for the afternoon of creative prototyping of bottom-up and inside-out solutions, Joel Farris will lead the group in a debrief and discussion session over the morning’s discussions that participants can activate in their own communities. Lunch will be served.

1:00 – 5:00

For the remainder of the afternoon, Joel Farris will facilitate a series of sessions involving rapid ideation and prototyping of challenges and solutions to answer the following questions:

  • What are the major barriers?
  • Based on what we learned about the ecosystem in the neighborhood, how do we address these issues?
  • What could we do in a year?  In 6 months?  In 6 weeks?  In one week?

The content recommendations from this learning expedition will be synthesized and published for the benefit of the Pioneer Square neighborhood, the City of Seattle, and the global Impact Hub network and our unlikely allies.

**By signing up for “Finding a Way Out”, participants are committing to a learning expedition that extends from Tuesday afternoon and all day Wednesday in various locations across Pioneer Square. Food will be provided.  Space is limited and you will be contacted to confirm your spot.**

The learning expediton is a joint production of Impact Hub Seattle, the Alliance for Pioneer Square, and the Mayor’s Office of Policy and Innovation.  The lead facilitators are:

  • Leslie Smith, Executive Director, Alliance for Pioneer Square
  • Lisa Dixon, Chief Operating Officer, Alliance for Pioneer Square
  • Joel Farris, Mayor’s Office of Policy and Innovation, City of Seattle
  • Steve Johnson, CEO, Impact Hub Seattle
  • Sarah Studer, Community Partnership Manager, Impact Hub Seattle


What are Learning Expeditions?
Learning expeditions are day long journeys into the city of Seattle that allow participants to explore a critical topics facing our cities through the lense of Seattle. These will include onsite visits, tours and P2P learning circles to create knowledge exchange with leading experts and global innovators addressing the role that entrepreneurial and citizen action can play in confronting complex issues facing our cities worldwide. 

Please note:
  • Registration here in SCHED is required 
  • UA ticket holders may only register for one expedition (given that they are a full day+ immersion). 

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Lisa Dixon

Chief Operations Officer, Alliance for Pioneer Square
Heading into her ninth year, Lisa currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Alliance for Pioneer Square. She she oversees the brand, message, and marketing of the neighborhood; our internal systems from communication to finance; and steps into issues that need to be... Read More →

Keynote Speakers & Presenters
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Augustine Cita

Career Bridge Program Manager, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
Augustine J. Cita is Program manager of Career Bridge which operates through the UrbanLeague of Metropolitan Seattle. He worked in the trades as a Master Journeyman installingMarble and Stone for over 16 years, through Local #1 (BAC) in Washington. Augustine waspromoted to a foremen... Read More →
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Larry Clum

Director of Community Mental Health Programs, Union Gospel Mission
I am passionate about reaching out to people in the Seattle area that are living with the effects of severe mental illness. I strongly believe that these folks should not be abandoned, but rather assertively cared for, and fully welcomed as meaningful, contributing members of our... Read More →
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Joel Fariss

City of Seattle, Mayor's Office of Policy & Innovation
Joel is a design and strategy leader who has spent his career working at the intersection of design, technology, and human experience. Before joining the Mayor’s Office of Policy & Innovation, he worked as a Design Strategist with global design firm NBBJ helping clients such as... Read More →

Brad Finegood

Assistant Division Director, DCHS/Behavioral Health and Recovery Division (BHRD)
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Steve Johnson

CEO, Impact Hub Seattle
Steve took over as CEO of Impact Hub Seattle in April 2016 and brings a background in organizational development, strategic planning, community engagement, and policy analysis gained from a career in public service at the international, national, and local levels of government... Read More →

Sola Plumacher

Strategic Advisor, City of Seattle Human Services Department
Ms. Plumacher is responsible for providing leadership over a continuum of services with the goal of ensuring our community is safe, stable and self-reliant. Through CSA efforts, families and individuals have access to a multitude of resources, programs, and/or services that include... Read More →
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Impact Hub Seattle

Impact Hub Seattle is a coworking space, events space, and launch pad for purpose-driven ventures that create more value than they capture. We are located in the historic Pioneer Square landmark, 220 & Change.  We believe in a better world through inspiring entrepreneurship, and through community, space and educational events, we accelerate entrepreneurs toward building the future we want to live in.  We provide a remarkable space for productive work, a driven community that resides at th... Read More →
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Leslie Smith

Executive Director, Alliance for Pioneer Square
As the chief executive, Leslie focuses her energy on overall strategy, advocacy for all things Pioneer Square. She’s always watching for the next opportunity. With an ability to juggle numerous high priority initiatives, Leslie regularly interacts with government officials, business... Read More →
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Alliance for Pioneer Square

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to the betterment of Pioneer Square through advocacy, programming, marketing, and community action.

Wednesday July 6, 2016 8:00am - 5:30pm PDT
Impact Hub Seattle - Globe Room