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2021 Power Shift Convergence

Power Shift ConvergenceWe’re bringing together thousands of young people (virtually) to build critical skills to halt climate catastrophe.

Power Shift connects individual activists to form a network of trained organizers. Since 2007, national and regional Power Shift convergences have motivated and inspired young climate leaders to dedicate themselves to fighting for justice for the long haul. Together, we can shape an equitable and just future, along with the paths we take to get there.

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Decolonial Epistemologies Dialogue Circle

Word cloud with spanish text: "Epistemologias Decoloniales." Image of globe with Don Quixote and windmill on top. Text: "Universidad del buen vivir. Campańa por un curriculum global de la economía social solidaria."Presentations and dialogues with Aline Mendonca from the Popular University of Social Movements (PUSM), Turco Abdala from the Asociación Familias con Identidad Huertera (AFIH), Emily Kawano from the Solidarity Economy US Network and Xavi Palos from Xarxa Economia Solidària (XES) – World Social Forum Transformative Economies (WSFTE). Organized by the International Collective University Buen Vivir -Education Network and Solidarity Social Economy: Claudia Alvarez, Alejandro Tombesi and collaboration of Celeste Osess.

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Procurement for Social Value Suppliers

Text: "Procurement training for social value suppliers. Become bid ready, grow your impact, learn and connect with others. A 4 week virtual training with interactive activities, customized coaching and the final result - your own bid book!"Buy Social Canada is excited to be offering a series of workshops this year as part of the SUPER Project.
 
The Procurement for Social Value Suppliers four-part workshop begins on May 6, 2021 and Buy Social Canada is accepting applications now.
 
This workshop is for you if:

  • You are a social value supplier. You could be a social enterprise, a diverse-owned business or you could incorporate social value creation in your business activities.
  • You sell goods or services which can be bought by businesses, governments or institutions. These purchasers are thinking about your social value creation when they consider what to buy.
  • You are ready to learn about procurement and grow into opportunities that can mean big contracts, and therefore big social value creation!

The workshop structure:

  • 2 hour sessions via zoom, once per week for 4 weeks
  • 1-2 hours of homework each week
  • Small group cohorts for optimized learning experience
  • Customized coaching for success on your social procurement learning journey
  • Finish the course with a bid library and the skills to find and win contracts

$60 per participant. The workshops are funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program.  

 
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Confident Cooperative Facilitation

Icon of worker on computer with text: "Attend the free webinar: confident cooperative leadership (you don't need all the answers to be a great leader). Online. Tues, April 13th, 3:30-4:30 pm EDT. Featuring lessons from the cooperative leadership certification program. Learn more and reserve your spot. www.RoundSkySolutions.com/clcp1"For a strong and resourceful spring, attend to your facilitation and leadership!

Have you or your team been faced with: burnout, disconnect, lack of accountability, and frustrating meetings? Has this been all the harder with remote work and pandemic stress?

Join to take the energy of spring to turn these challenging realities into resourced and human-centered collaboration by facilitating with more:

  • Greater connection
  • Attunement to ourselves
  • Alignment and accountability in our team
  • Effective progress together
  • Joyful, productive, relevant, and good meetings!
  • Meaningful cooperation

In this session, you’ll get tools, reframes, and guiding practices for confident cooperative facilitation (remote and in-person). We all know leadership isn’t about being in charge anymore or having all the answers. AND We know that sometimes our facilitators have all the best intentions to be collaborative, but that’s easier said than done!

You’ll learn some key processes for human-centered and cooperative group practices that apply equally well in remote and in-person settings. You’ll leave with greater resources for yourself and your team to face the challenges we’ve all been experiencing and use those difficulties as catalysts for more meaningful and effective work.

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Indigenous Economics: Reclaiming the Sacred

IIndigenous Climate Action Logondigenous and Ecological Economics are rooted in the similar values - relationships and interconnections with ecosystems. As society grapples with a growing climate crisis and faltering economies Indigneous peoples across the globe are proposing a return to the sacred, a return to relationships with each other and the lands. At this gathering we will dive into discussions, workshops, panels and presentations led by Indigenous leaders, practitioners and scholars to redefine ecological economics from an Indigenous perspective. By empowering our communities to reclaim our economic systems built on millenia of knowledge and practice we can help craft the needs and direction of what new Indigenous-led climate policies and economic paradigms call look like. The gathering will involve:

  • Indigenous and participant-led discussions in breakout sessions,
  • Indigenous ceremony and workshops,
  • “problem labs” to articulate Indigenous views on “ecological economics”,
  • Indigenous keynote speakers and experts, and
  • safe spaces for Indigenous peoples to discuss, strategize and reclaim our relationships with each other and our lands and territories. 

Why an Indigenous gathering on “Ecological Economics”?

Ecological Economics is the study of relationships and interactions between economies and the ecosystems that support them. It brings together research in economics, ecology and other social and natural sciences that aim to understand how environmental sustainability and economic abundance can emerge together. Ecological economics is a relatively new discipline, and increasingly, researchers in this field are turning towards Indigenous Peoples’ traditional knowledge.

In 2019, Indigenous Climate Action’s Executive Director, Eriel Deranger, was invited by CANSEE to offer reflections as a keynote at their “Engaging Economies of Change'' Conference. The conference was filled with hopeful discussion, workshops and presentations on ecological economics but lacked strong participation and leadership from Indigenous peoples. Deranger found this troubling as many of the presenters were taking from Indigenous knowledge systems and repackaging what Indigenous Peoples have been doing for thousands of years as a new discipline. Deranger challenged CANSEE to take a new approach and re-centre Indigenous voice, leadership and peoples in ecological economic and the discourse leading the way. CANSEE rose to the challenge to partner with ICA. The result is this event - engaging Indigenous scholars and leaders, more broadly, in an Indigenous-led space to discuss the concept of ecological economics from the perspectives of Indigenous Peoples. 

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