Friday Morning

June 16 at 9:00am

True Charity in Solidarity

Charity can be seen as a dirty word.  Let’s reclaim it from its marred history.  True charity values individuality and acknowledges through actions that we are part of one human family.  Diverse, we have the potential to stand strong together in our concern for the common good.  Chalice inspires this solidarity in its work abroad and through its engagement of Canadians at home.Working with over 100 partners in 15 countries, Chalice’s model is strengthened by diversity and each element adapts to the local context.  The result has been powerful testimonies of change in personal lives, families, and communities as a whole – abroad and at home.Workshop attendees will learn about this unique model, and will participate in a mock Chalice Circle Group, the starting point for sustainable community change!

The Future of Canadian Civil Organizations: Development Cooperation, Partnerships and Learning

This workshop/panel will discuss how Canadian Civil Society Organizations are, or could be evolving in response to new trends and understandings. How will organizations transition from aid to development cooperation, from donor to partner and from expert to co-learning? Three interrelated presentations will explore how these shifts are changing the way we work

Making Measures to Count What Matters Most

This workshop will give participants the tools to distil common values and use them to directly measure their work. Be that at the community, organizational, or partnership level. Given the political changes of recent times and the sharp divide separating citizens of nations, not to mention global disparities, it is more important than ever to find points of connection. Our collective projects and organizations are based on the values we hold as shared, yet those values are too often left in the abstract, preventing us from developing a common understanding. By turning abstract values into actionable terms, we can improve the work that we do and measure what matters most. We can create values-based indicators. Drawing on 20+ years’ experience in measuring social and environmental capital, the GPI team will give you tools to develop values-based indicators relevant to your own communities and work.

Friday Afternoon

June 16 at 1:30pm

Public Participation, Health, SDGs, and the New Urban Agenda

When HABITAT lll was held last October in Quito, Ecuador, Sheila Cole offered an official presentation on the subject of Public Engagement for Healthy, Resilient and Sustainable Cities. The New Urban Agenda, a framework that outlines ways cities should be planned and managed to ensure sustainable urban development, was adopted at Habitat III. It includes 17 SDGs in which health and public engagement figure prominently. With these SDGs in mind, Cole will give highlights from the Conference including: the need for data to measure outcomes; China as a sustainable energy leader; climate change related to health and extreme weather events. She will also discuss health challenges and public participation in urban decision-making which were key aspects of her presentation at Habitat lll. Cole will report on the special panel presentation she attended with Indigenous Peoples in which they explored integrating their social justice concerns into the New Urban Agenda.

Event Design for Long-Term Change 

What does it look like to move from a group of people interested in a subject to a sustainable community of action? Using a combination of complexity and emotion theory, this workshop explores how to design events that provoke individuals and groups to undertake community-oriented work and evoke the emotions needed to do so. The workshop will focus on oft-forgotten metrics of event success and deliver practical tools that can be used to address gaps within current engagement models. The event will culminate with a hands-on activity where small groups will serve as peer support and development for those wanting to develop a workshop on site. The workshop will share expertise from my Masters’ thesis and practitioner experience, hone necessary skills to support emotionally-engaged development, and bring forth a much-needed approach to social justice and change.

Ecological Justice? I sure Pope so!

The Church’s response to climate change is certainly a global effort.  From each individual parish community’s ecological efforts all over the world, to Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si which calls on all humanity to take up the cause of ecological justice, to the efforts Catholic aid and development organizations linked through the Caritas Internationalis network – the Catholic Church has jumped with both feet into the ecological justice effort, on a global scale.

 This workshop will give participants a greater understanding of how and why the Catholic Church is engaging with this issue, and how they are doing so on a global scale in the spirit of solidarity amongst Catholics, and with other differing- and non-faith groups.  Participants will also gain a greater understanding of how to engage with the Catholic community in their own efforts for ecological and social justice.