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Peoples' Blueprint Conference Breaking Out: Real Voices, Real Change

Peoples' Blueprint

Monday, April 4, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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The Peoples Blueprint Conferencewill bring together People’s Blueprint panel members and others with lived experience of the social assistance system, government policy makers, thought leaders and community agencies in respectful dialogue, discussion, and exchange of ideas.

Conference delegates will get the first opportunity to view nine short videos that are the result of the Peoples’ Blueprint research. The videos are divided into the following themes:


·        Hopes

·        Stigma

·        Employment, Education and Training

·        Food and Health

·        Social Participation

·        Housing

·        Caseworkers

·        Changes

·        What Works


Through a series of plenary discussions and roundtables, delegates will learn more about the innovative Peoples’ Blueprint process, the effect it has had on panel members, the everyday experience of people accessing the system and discuss key issues in social assistance reform as identified by people experiencing the system.

This one-day conference is a must for anyone working in poverty reduction, social assistance reform, community services and research.

The Peoples Blueprint: A New Approach

The Peoples Blueprint is a collaboration between Daily Bread Food Bank and Voices From the Street.

Together, we worked with 18 people receiving social assistance, equipping them with the tools they needed to be community researchers. The researchers went back to their communities, conducting over 100 video recorded interviews that demonstrate the hopes, challenges, and abilities of people “on the system” in an intensely personal way.

Working with people who are experiencing the social assistance system, giving them ownership over the research and the questions asked, and using their skills and contacts to reach people in the community has allowed us unfettered access to new voices. Not only are we improving the research base for more effective policy making, but improving the skills of the participants through the process.

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Peoples' Blueprint

The Peoples’ Blueprint is a joint project between Voices From the Street and Daily Bread Food Bank.

Voices From the Street is comprised of individuals who have had direct experience with homelessness, poverty, and/or mental health issues. The organization works to put a human face to homelessness and involves people with direct experience as leaders in a public education process.

Daily Bread Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable organization that is fighting to end hunger in our communities. Every year thousands of people across Toronto rely on food banks. Daily Bread serves these people through neighbourhood food banks and meal programs in over 170 member agencies. Daily Bread is committed to research and advocacy to address the causes of hunger and poverty.

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