2018 Session Description

The Power of Power
Learning to facilitate from positions of privilege or power

For adults (teens welcome) • 90 minutes
Category: Pre-Mindcamp
Wednesday 9:30am • The George, Room A
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)

StarPower is a real time, face-to-face, non-computer based simulation game of an organization or system in which leaders are given unlimited powers to make and change the rules of the simulation.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • To change behaviour, it may be necessary to change the system in which that behavior occurs
  • How to create rules with a sense of legitimacy that are followed by participants
  • Power is like fire, it can be used to help make the world a better place to live or it can be terribly destructive
Robert Wakulat
Toronto, ON

Robert was born and raised in Toronto where he developed an appreciation for the unique challenges facing small businesses by packaging nails and selling fertilizer in his father’s High Park-area Home Hardware.

After graduating from Queen’s University he was struck with a spell of wanderlust. His adventures included working with a start-up online accounting company in Germany, acting as an English Instructor in Japan and volunteering as a human rights intern with Journalists for Human Rights in Ghana. He returned home and earned a law degree from the University of Toronto in 2008.

He is thrilled to practice law in the city of his roots and enjoys assisting entrepreneurs, community groups and individuals in becoming active participants in the province’s emerging social enterprise sector.

When not drafting documents, he can be found sipping cortados at the CSI Coffee Pub or tossing a disc in one of Toronto’s many parks.

Robert is a returning presenter. Click to see what they’ve presented in the past.


Denise Pinto
Toronto, ON

Denise is a writer, urbanist, and creative strategist. Formerly the Executive Director of a global charity based in Toronto, Canada, she takes a systems view when designing cross-sector partnerships to advocate for inclusive, citizen-led initiatives.

Denise has delivered keynote lectures in Vienna, Hong Kong, and Chicago on the importance of connected communities. She is the recipient of a Medal of Excellence from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and in 2016, she was named a Vital Person by the Toronto Foundation. She sits on several non-profit boards and is working on her first novel.

Denise is a returning presenter. Click to see what they’ve presented in the past.

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