Local Successes and Big Picture Shifts: How will we know when change has happened?
Our University of the Streets Café public conversations are much like any you’d have with friends or family around a dinner table, except with more people, more points of view, and slightly more structure. Conversations are hosted by a volunteer moderator who is there to welcome everyone and keep things on track. To get things started, there’s a guest, or sometimes two, who get the ball rolling by sharing their ideas, experiences and questions. After that, it's all up to the participants.
Sustained commitments progressively lead to new ways of being in the world yet few of us will see our individual actions yield to large-scale shifts. In relation to this, how do we (can we) name impact in our work? How do questions of scale (and scalability) matter when we attempt to promote social transformation? This conversation will consider our relationship to change and we reconcile our individual commitments to positive impact, to a broader frame of reference. Is it enough to lead a life well-led? Can we talk of qualifiable impact measurement?
This conversation is held as part of Reconsiderations, the Humanities and Public Life Conference at Dawson College.
Tatiana Fraser is a writer, speaker, activist and social innovator with 20 years of experience leading change to advance women and girls empowerment. She is co-founder and co- director of MetaLab, a platform designed to support systems change strategy and deep collaboration. Co-author of Girl Positive (Random House 2016), co-founder and past Executive Director of Girls Action Foundation, Fraser is recognized as a Global Ashoka Fellow.
Eric Abitbol is a Senior Consultant with Universalia, leading its Environment, Security and Conflict Transformation (EnSeCT) practice. With a PhD in Peace Studies, he has worked at the intersection of resource governance, sustainability, food security, peacebuilding and evaluation over more than 20 years. A passionate methodologist and British Chevening Scholar, he has notable thematic expertise in water resources governance, food security, livelihoods, protected areas, climate change, energy and civil society.
Moderator: Originally hailing from Edmonton, Susan Edey has been working in community engagement at Concordia University for the past 5 years. Her current role involves hosting participatory events, coordinating cross-institutional projects and building diverse relationships, all with the goal of supporting a wide assortment of community-university partnerships. She is excited to moderate this public conversation and to engage in a collective reflection about change, impact and how to recognize when they’ve happened.
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