Louisa Taylor of Refugee 613 speaks about the ability to summon strength in the face of overwhelming odds.

Drawing on the experience of Ottawa’s refugee resettlement effort, Louisa Taylor explores where that urge to help springs from, what problems can be embedded within it, and how throwing the rope changes everything.

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This month, our creativity will be empowered by the humbling stories of survival, and how sometimes survival depends not only on our resilience, but our own ability to summon strength in the face of overwhelming odds. Sometimes it depends on other people opening a door, building a bridge, or throwing a rope.

Drawing on the experience of Ottawa’s refugee resettlement effort, Louisa Taylor will explore where that urge to help springs from, what problems can be embedded within it, and how throwing the rope changes everything.

Louisa is co-founder and director of Refugee 613, an innovative information and mobilization hub created by a network of community partners in Ottawa. Refugee 613 works to inform, connect and inspire the community to support the welcome and integration of refugees in the national capital. It provides information and training to the public, volunteers and private sponsors of refugees; fosters collaboration between service providers and develops pathways for public engagement in refugee support.

An award-winning newspaper writer and editor in her previous life, Louisa is also co-chair of Welcoming Ottawa Week, founder of @datafestOTT which uses collaborative learning to explore intersections between migration and digital technology, co-editor of The Migrationist and serves on the Advisory Committee on Social Innovation, which brings designers and practitioners together to develop new policy ideas in settlement and integration for Canada’s federal government.

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