What we're about

This meet up is for all wishing to learn about community development tips, tools, practices, strategies, theory. It is a platform for events and seminars linked to the Collaborative Specialization in Community Development (http://www.cdcp.ca), the Community Worker Program at George Brown College (http://www.georgebrown.ca/C101-introduction/), the Toronto Community Development Institute (http://www.torontocdi.ca/), and the UofT Centre for Community Partnerships (https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/ccp), as well as related events from the Catalyst Centre (http://www.catalystcentre.ca/), Tools for Change (http://www.toolsforchange.net/), and other groups, as we become aware of them, insofar as they are about learning about community development theory and/or practice. [To be clear: we don't post every rally, protest, and activist event in town, but focus instead on those whose emphasis is skills development, training, and learning about strategies, tactics, approaches, and perspectives on community organizing and community development].

The Collaborative Specialization in Community Development (http://www.cdcp.ca) brings together faculty and graduate students from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (where the program is housed and supported, administratively), OISE (Counselling Psychology, and Adult Education and Community Development), Geography and Planning, Social Work, and Nursing. Students from other programs and departments can apply to be included, on a 'special' case by case basis. Students enrol in the CDCS as a field of specialization added to their home degrees, and requirements for completion of the CS are described at www.cdcp.ca. These include attending at least 6 events posted on this meetup site. As noted on our website (http://www.cdcp.ca/), community development is a core competency for public health (as identified by the Public Health Agency of Canada and others), and in Social Work, Adult Education, and the other fields that comprise the CDCS. The capacity to work effectively with civil society organizations, NGOs, citizen groups, and community members, in a context that increasingly also brings in private sector and government actors, is at the core of effective practice in each of these fields. Students and faculty from the Community Worker Program at George Brown College are also encouraged to join us, as are all CD workers across this great city of ours.

This meetup group features events from both university and community, seeking to bridge the two.

Know of an event that is consistent with our mandate that is not yet listed here? Please let us know, so we can include it!

Upcoming events (4)

Global Forum: Action Confidence for Profound Societal Change

2020 to 2030 might well be the most critical decade in recent history. At the threshold of this new decade, we are called to ever more bold intention and action. Massive change needs to be both seeded, activated and accelerated, and at the same time, we are learning so much from incredible transformation initiatives underway across the globe. It's time now to grow our collective momentum. The Forum brings together thought leadership, plus on-the-ground experience gained through application of the principles and practices of vertical literacy – the capacity to understand and influence systems from all three intelligences, head, heart and hand – and co-creative learning across the world in the broadest range of contexts. Strengthening our connection with each other and with our deeper sources of generativity, we may step away from blind, panicked reactivity towards responsive action, encouraged by the efforts and successes of so many others across the globe. We invite you to join us for the Presencing Institute’s Global Forum, 10 & 11 July 2020 – to build Action Confidence individually and collectively, to activate further seeds of possibility for Regeneration and Renewal, and set our Agenda for 2030. Information on the times you can find here: https://www.presencing.org/global-forum-2020 Cost: US$15-200 Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/global-forum-from-ego-to-eco-2030-registration-100312517440

Black Liberation and Indigenous sovereignty: 1960s to 2020

Speakers: - Nigel Barriffe, president of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations - Merv King, Algonquin activist, member of the United Steelworkers - Norman Otis Richmond, former member of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers The fights for Black liberation and Indigenous sovereignty are not new. There is a direct link to what is happening today to the struggles that have occurred in the past. Join us for a discussion with activists who have been involved for many decades, who will share their experiences, along with others who are deep in the fights of today. This is an important dialogue which hopefully will build the confidence of all who are struggling against oppression and exploitation. http://www.socialist.ca/node/4129

Rising up During COVID-19: Solidarity, Anti-Black Racism and Health

Join the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies for a Zoom Town Hall “Rising up During COVID-19: Solidarity, Anti-Black Racism and Health” on Wednesday, July 15, for a discussion that will contribute to an ongoing collective conversation on the convergence of multiple crises, including COVID-19, race and health impacts, police brutality and the most recent global uprisings. The Town Hall will begin at 6:00 p.m. eastern. This is an important moment of transformation, please register to join this crucial collective conversation before spaces fill-up! The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies is proud to introduce a renowned group of speakers and moderator: Olivia Chow | Professor at Ryerson University, founder of Institute for Change Leaders at RU and former MP/city councillor Cheryl Prescod | Executive Director, Black Creek Community Health Centre Paul Taylor | Executive Director, FoodShare Toronto Kathy Lewis | Curriculum Leader for Equity, Student Engagement and Achievement and TDSB Educator Dr. Onye Nnorom | Family Doctor and Public Health & Preventive Medicine Specialist Moderator: Ezi Odozor| Student Support Specialist and Writer Media Sponsor: Advocate Papers - https://advocatepapers.ca/ Follow CIARS for more information: https://twitter.com/OISECIARS https://www.instagram.com/ciars_uoft/ https://www.facebook.com/OISECIARS/ https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/ciars/ REGISTER here: https://oise-utoronto.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_r1oGM5beS-WpYVkJMRwovw

Retooling Our World for the Future (online summit)

Online event

A summit for community leaders and activists, environmentalists, labour and social justice advocates all working towards the common goal of public ownership and re-purposing our world and jobs for socially beneficial manufacturing. Speakers: - Rebecca Keetch – Organizer with Green Jobs Oshawa – The campaign for public ownership of the Oshawa GM assembly complex to produce socially necessary goods – battery electric vehicles for government fleets, PPE production and research for security of supply. - Michael Hurley – President, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE on the crisis facing front line health workers, the shortage of PPE, and the need for domestic production. Panel: - Emma Jackson, Climate Justice Edmonton - Empower individuals and communities to take action on climate change, support Indigenous resistance, and challenge harmful corporate and political practices. - Adam Kaszynski, President IUE-CWA Local 201 – Campaign to utilize idle capacity at GE plants for the common good during the pandemic. - Simon Black, Labour Against the Arms Trade - Working to end Canada's participation in the international arms trade; for arms conversion and a just transition. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_R60S20LwQ4y0IiaZKALMew

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