Avnish Mehta and Court Ellingson Creative Economy – What Does it Take to Create Shared Prosperity What do we mean by shared prosperity? We view the world from a perspective of abundance. We all have the capacity to share which implies that sometimes we are giving, sometimes we are receiving and sometimes we are negotiating an exchange. Understanding where we are in the relationship and what we are sharing requires us to be true to ourselves and to our community. We welcome people to have an open and honest conversation about sharing on an individual and community level… which ultimately shapes our view of shared prosperity. What are you willing to share? About Avnish Mehta Avnish is born and raised in Calgary and loves this city. He is an entrepreneur through and through. He currently owns and operates a presentation and public speaking consulting firm based in Calgary with clients all over the world called Stand and Command. He is Beer Baron with the Village Brewery, an advisor to Goodpin, and a part of the executive team at an Edmonton-based tech start-up called Accent Free. More than anything else, Avnish loves to be able to contribute back to his community. He is currently a volunteer Board member with the Calgary Public Library, Vice President of the Alberta Library Trustee Association, a member of the Fundraising Committee with Calgary Folk Music Society, and a member of the Community Relations Council at Bow Valley College. Avnish believes is it all about getting better. No matter where we start, we want to move towards, better and better. About Court Ellingson Court joined Calgary Economic Development in 2014 as a Project Manager and Economic Strategist. He works with government, non-profit and the private sector on the implementation of Building on our Energy: The 10 Year Economic Strategy for Calgary. From 2008 to 2014 Court worked in community economic development as a Senior Consultant with Millier Dickinson Blais (now MDB Insight) after working in Indonesia for six years as a Country Program Manager with CUSO International. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Commerce, Court is currently working on his Masters in Economic Development. Through his role implementing Building on our Energy, Court is a member of the Stewardship Group with imagineCALGARY, participated in the Thrive Community Economic Development Network and sits on the implementation committee for Enough for All, Calgary’s poverty reduction strategy.