We are often divided by our differences and separated by our fears. Imagine three days of relationship strengthening meeting old friends, making new ones, and focusing on our common interests, shared values, commitment to people and community, and our need to protect the planet. Nova Scotia is a place where the land, sea and sky meet in a sensory cornucopia. Smell, see and feel the differences of place. This is our place and we want to share it with you. Join us for a time and carry us away in your hearts as you leave.
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A two-year process of convergence to build an Inclusive World Agenda from networked local nodes!
As shared in the World Social Forum of Salvador de Bahia (read March 2018 article), as Intercontinental RIPESS, RIPESS Europa, XES (Catalan Solidarity Economy Network) and REAS (Spanish SE Network), we are happy to announce our commitment to a Thematic World Social Forum of Convergence of Transformative Economies, from local to international levels, by 2020 :
The objective is to start a process of convergence between all initiatives, practices, movements and ways of understanding the economy that share the common goal of transforming the existing economic system, beyond Social and Solidarity Economy.
Why is understanding power dynamics so important for systems change?
Join the upcoming webinar discussion Examining Power Dynamics in Systems Change on September 16 with FSG and New Profit as we take a deeper dive into one of the most critical systems change components – Power Dynamics, and the unique role that they play in systems change efforts. During this discussion, we will have an opportunity to hear from three social change leaders who will share how power impacts their work and how they navigate power structures to achieve their goals.
Can't make the actual virtual coffee time? Registering also means you'll be notified when the recording is uploaded to the Collective Impact Forum resource library.
- Adam Foss, Executive Director, Prosecutor Impact
- Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President and CEO, Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN)
- Tulaine Montgomery, Managing Partner, New Profit
- Simran Sidhu, Director, The HIVE at Springpoint
This online event is hosted in partnership with the Collective Impact Forum, FSG, and New Profit
1:30PM to 2:30PM Eastern Time
Manufacturing remains a vital part of the American economy and is an important industry of opportunity, as it can provide jobs with decent pay and benefits to people with less than a college degree. Yet, despite growing support for manufacturing and industrial districts, relatively little is known about promising strategies to connect nearby low-income residents to the jobs these investments create. In a new white paper, LISC Research and Evaluation examines emerging strategies that connect industrial district revitalization to local workforce efforts and how investments in industrial districts can fuel programs designed to train low-income residents and ensure they access local jobs.
This webinar will present research findings and a discussion with practitioners, employers and advocacy organizations about lessons they’ve learned while devising and implementing strategies to connect investments in industrial districts with workforce development programs.
Towards Co-operative CommonWealth is a master class in movement building for a new model of political economy that is sustainable, democratic, and socially just. Offered by the Synergia Institute and Athabasca University, it sets out the practical models and pathways for meaningful systems change at multiple levels. The goal: to better secure our basic needs for land, food, livelihood, social care, energy, finance and more in these increasingly difficult times.
The course is suitable for newcomers to social change work as well as veteran activists, practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers. Individuals on their own and people working for social change through organizations, networks, and movements can leverage the course material and the expertise of the Synergia team to advance their own projects and activist work locally.
The course is offered in two sections: Section 1 is 4 modules over 4 weeks starting March 25th, followed by a 4 week intellectual pause to catch your breath from April 22 till May 20th, and Section 2 starts another 4 Modules from May 20th to June 22.
Following the course, feedback from the Synergia team will be available for three weeks to promote application of course ideas & models to your own projects or work.
*The course is free at the certificate level. The cost of degree accreditation is $269 CAD.
- Outline and explain the problematic, and transformative vision.
- Discuss emerging food system alternatives and strategies for transitioning to just, sustainable food systems.
- Recognize the role of public policy and bottom-up innovation in renewable community energy.
- Become familiar with the interplay of assumptions, interests, power, and technology feeding the growing precariousness of livelihoods and the implications for human wellbeing, and to explore emerging sector-, policy-, and place-based alternatives.
- Outline the philosophy, rationale, and organizational forms of user-controlled models of health and social care.
- Discuss enclosure, and the alternatives of commons and land trusts.
- Describe community development finance and co-operative capital raising and their potential to secure democratic and socially directed investment for the common good.
- Synthesize key ideas and practices that define systemic transition.
Target Audience: We imagine that if you were attracted to this course, you will be someone who shares our general world view and vision, and wants to broaden and deepen it and join us and others to develop it. That is its principal purpose, but a secondary purpose is to link people and projects that share these views in practical ways. You are likely to be people who are already engaged in social change work in three crucial movements – co-operation, commons, and sustainability. Most are already actively working to make this world view a reality. You may be active in the environmental movement, human or animal rights, social equality and development, the solidarity economy, co-operative finance and alternative currencies; the Transition Movement, permaculture, local food, eco-villages, the digital commons, peer-to-peer and open educational resources, community energy or many others.
For more information about Synergia Institute visit: synergiainstitute.org
Course is offered by Athabasca University in collaboration with Synergia.