The Toronto Summer Institute on Inclusion, Community and Diversity

July 12-17, 2014
Downtown Toronto, Canada
Ryerson University
Pitman Hall

Need renewal? Need new connections?

This is for people who choose to invest themselves in creating and being the change they want to see in the world. People working actively on the complex issues of inclusion and diversity in families, communities, workplaces and schools will be attending. This Institute is for thinkers and doers – for people who know there are no easy answers and who are seeking new ways of thinking and acting. This is a never-ending unique creative adventure in building a learning community together. The hosts see themselves as a jazz ensemble who have a definite theme and a flair for improvisation – armonizing with the participants.

Guarantees are hard to come by, but if you show up, be present, tell the truth and let go of preconceived luggage, you could leave with:
• a network of new colleagues and friends
• knowledge, skills and approaches to change
• a deepened understanding of the foundational values of inclusion
• an introduction to innovations in framing questions and facilitation in person-centered processes.
• an introduction to Asset-Based Community Development and community mapping
• an opportunity to explore creative arts and expression

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Talkshoe Conversation with John McKnight and Peter Block: Welcoming the Poor in from Exile

July 15, 2014
1-2 p.m. Eastern

Free conversation with John and Peter with their special guest Walter Brueggemann.
Walter is one of the most influential Old Testament scholars of the last several decades, known throughout the world for his method of combining literary and sociological modes when reading the Bible. He has written more than 58 books, hundreds of articles, and several commentaries on books of the Bible; contributed to the Living the Questions DVD series; and participated in Bill Moyers' PBS television series on Genesis.
John, Peter and Walter will talk for about a half hour about the ways we produce poverty and the idea of Jubilee, a path to economic justice. Some of the questions they will explore are:
  • Why has poverty been so intractable?
  • How does the consumer economy play into this?
  • Is the idea of a Jubilee year of forgiving debts possible?
  • What language can we use that includes the poor as one of us?
Then they’ll open the conversation up for questions and comments from anyone who wants to stay around.
It's easy to listen and participate. If you can’t listen live, the conversation will be archived for listening or downloading later.

To listen in and participate in this conversation, click here.
To listen to past conversations click here

Connecting 4 Communities

Investing in Gifts and Stories: Transforming Ourselves and Our Communities

July 22, 2014
9–10:30 a.m.  PST / 12–1:30 p.m. EST

You are invited to join a dynamic dialogue with community builders DeAmon Harges, Chere Swart and Judith Snow, ABCD faculty members who care deeply about the role of gifts and stories in transforming ourselves and our communities.There is no charge for this conference call, but registration is required.

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On the Ground Cleveland: Igniting the Power of Everyday People

September 15-18, 2014
Cleveland, Ohio

Join a remarkable array of funders, practitioners and grassroots leaders for Grassroots Grantmakers' annual On the Ground learning exchange, designed in partnership with Cleveland's highly regarded neighborhood Connections grassroots grantmaking and community building program.
  • Explore resident-led grantmaking with some of the most experienced resident grantmakers in North America
  • Connect with people who are approaching community building as social innovation
  • Take a behind the scene look at game-changing partnerships between key community institutions and neighborhood residents
  • Share your successes and challenges with others who are working in local communities to ignite the power of everyday people
  • Recharge your batteries and add new tools to your community change toolkit
  • Experience a unique adventure in building a learning community together

For more information click here

The Unconference
2014: Participant-Driven Gathering
A Unique and Transformative Gathering You Will Not Want to Miss – Discover new ways of thinking!

October 21-24, 2014 
Hunter Valley Hotel Academy

Kurri Kurri NSW, Australia

The Unconference Agitators will provide the space and experience to support the emergence of social innovation and transformation using the following practices as the frameworks of discovery:
  • Asset-Based Community Development
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Circle Work
  • Open Space Technology
  • Person-Centred Practices
  • Theory U
  • World Cafe
  • Social Enterprise
  • Alternative Narratives of Disability
To see a brochure click here.
To register click here.

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