SIRC webinar #5: Art that changes the world

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About the webinar

Judith Marcuse’s webinar will explore the burgeoning connections between art, innovation, and social change by highlighting some of the work being done in communities across Canada and internationally that employ art-making as a central strategy. Her work explores the question of how we can use a cultural lens and arts-infused practices to create more dynamic, healthy and creative cities.

Marcuse will explore what it means to integrate art perspectives and practices into change agendas in order to inform and enrich our approaches to social innovation. She will also highlight her recent work with organizations such as Cirque du Soleil’s NGO, One Drop, and in strategic planning for the City of Vancouver.

Arts-infused facilitation and other arts-based strategies can effectively address the complexity of the many challenges we face in the development of cross-sector collaboration (and in many other forms of change work). Marcuse will share insights about partnerships between arts and non-arts organizations, as well as the role that arts facilitation can take in the creation of inclusive policy and governance models.

And, because we are in the realm of vision and imagination, she will share a few simple methods to help enliven our own work habits and perspectives.

Date: Tuesday, Feburary 24, 2015

Time: 12:00-1:00pm EST

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About Judith Marcuse

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Judith Marcuse’s career spans more than 40 years of professional work as a dancer, choreographer, director, producer, teacher, writer, consultant and lecturer in Canada and abroad. She has created over 100 original works for live performance by dance, theatre and opera companies as well as for film and television and has produced seven large-scale, international arts festivals. Her repertory contemporary dance company toured extensively in Canada and abroad for 15 years, while also producing community residencies and youth programs. Among many initiatives her youth-focused, five-year, issue-based ICE, FIRE and EARTH projects involved thousands of youth in workshops, national touring, television production and community collaborations.

Founder and Co-Director of the International Centre of Art for Social Change, she is a Senior Fellow of Ashoka International. Among her many honours, she has received the Lee and Chalmers Canadian choreographic awards and an honorary doctorate from Simon Fraser University. She is an Adjunct Professor and Artist in Residence at SFU and is leading the ASC! Project, a five-year research initiative on art for social change in Canada.

Marcuse has pioneered the application of arts-infused dialogue and other creative approaches for cross-sector collaboration and consults for private and public sector organizations across Canada and abroad.

SIRC webinar #4: URBACT and innovative practice in European cities

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How is the city of Turin, Italy, encouraging its public employees to be more innovative? How are Swedish cities using public procurement to drive low carbon food production and healthier eating in schools? What are Rotterdam, Glasgow and Tampere doing to stimulate youth entrepreneurship?

This webinar, the fourth in the Social Innovation & Resilience in Cities (#SIRCities) series co-hosted by Cities for People and Social Innovation Generation, will open a window on innovative practice in Europe’s cities. The focus will be on the practical ways they are tackling some of our biggest economic, environmental and social challenges.

Drawing from the experience of URBACT, the EU’s Paris-based learning and exchange programme for cities, the webinar will also examine how cities learn from one another. This will include insights into the tools being used to build urban stakeholder capacity in Europe.

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2014

Time: 12:00-1:00pm EST

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About Eddy Adams

Eddy Adams is an Expert Adviser to URBACT, the European Union’s learning and exchange programme for cities, covering 30 countries. URBACT funds European cities to collaborate on tackling shared problems. Eddy is part of a team that supports participating cities to achieve good results, and he has a particular interest in Human Capital and Social Innovation. The role, also involves capturing and sharing the key lessons emerging from this work, which has involved more than 500 cities.

He is particularly active in the development of new ways to build the capacity of city stakeholders. This has included a key role in the URBACT Summer University as well as the development of a capacity building programme for urban practitioners across Europe.

Eddy is a Fellow of the RSA, a cities’ advisor to the Young Foundation and a Member of SIX, the global Social Innovation Exchange.

Follow Eddy Adams on Twitter at @Eddyca1.

VIDEO: SIRC Webinar #3 on Vertical Resilience & Community Renewal

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On Tuesday, December 9, Cities for People and Social Innovation Generation (SiG) co-hosted the second webinar in our joint series, Social Innovation & Resilience in Cities with Graeme Stewart and John Brodhead, who presented their work on the Tower Renewal  project in Toronto. 

Tower Renewal is a program to drive broad environmental, social, economic, and cultural change by improving Toronto’s concrete apartment towers and the neighbourhoods that surround them. Their vision is to work with residents to reinvigorate these important neighbourhoods, making them more liveable and energy efficient, while bringing new community amenities to the sites.

Watch the recording here:

SIRC webinar #3: Vertical Resilience & Community Renewal from J.W. McConnell Family Foundation on Vimeo.

VIDEO: SIRC Webinar #2 on 100in1Day and Active Citizenship

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On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Cities for People and Social Innovation Generation (SiG) co-hosted the second webinar in our joint series, Social Innovation & Resilience in Cities with Juan Carlos and Cédric Jamet, core organizers who launched the 100in1Day movement in Canada.

In this interactive webinar, our guests tell the story of the 100in1Day movement and invited participants to reflect on the question: "What do you want for your city?" At the heart of 100in1Day is active citizenship, which means going beyond voting and complaining to living consciously and embracing our own power as everyday urban citizens.

Join us in exploring the practice of active citizenship and finding your own personal connection to place and community. Dare to step out of your personal bubble and into the commons.

Watch the recording here:

SIRC webinar #2: 100in1Day and Active Citizenship from J.W. McConnell Family Foundation on Vimeo.

VIDEO: SIRC Webinar #1 with Chiara Camponeschi

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On Tuesday, September 30, Cities for People and Social Innovation Generation (SiG) launched a new online series, Social Innovation & Resilience in Cities with Chiara Camponeschi, author of of Enabling City.

Enhancing Creative Community Resilience

What is the connection between resilience and civic imagination? What role do local culture and creativity play in processes of social innovation? And how can participatory practices turn cities into co-creators of ‘enabling’ frameworks?

In this webinar, Chiara Camponeschi draws on insights shared in her latest book, Enabling City Volume 2, to explore movements of collective creation that provide society with the ideas, identities, and even ideals to collectively explore – and enhance – narratives of socially innovative resilience.

Watch the recording here:

SIRC Webinar 1 Community Resilience with Chiara Camponeschi from Cities for People on Vimeo.