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.
The life of the city is marked by the emergence of a large number of citizen-led initiatives, new organisational structures and socially-commited start-ups. All involved are convinced of the value of these collaborations. This conversation considers why we engage in these attempts at fostering positive local change. In so doing, how can we effectively combine leadership, collaboration and humanity?
Juniper Glass thinks often about collaboration and community. At the local level, she was part of a parents group that successfully lobbied for and is helping to animate a new public alternative school in Rosemont. At the national level, Juniper recently studied how grantmaking foundations collaborate with each other. She also produced Community Foundations of Canada's 2016 Vital Signs report on the importance of belonging. Juniper has been involved in collective action for two decades and is the principal of Lumiere Consulting. She holds a Master in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership.
Anne-Marie Grandtner is thriving on collaboration. She has been working in the education field for more than 25 years fostering quality learning both in informal and formal settings (museums and universities). She has been holding communication, management and concertation positions as well as doing research and creation. Combining martial, collaborative and change practices to contribute to the development of concentration, connexion and co-creation skills, she dreams about new ways to empower individuals, organisations and ecosystems.
Genevieve Brown is currently a student studying sociology at Concordia University. Previously she has worked as an English as a Second Language instructor in Montreal’s public and private sector. As well she is also a photographer who focuses on capturing and exposing the truthful and frank moments of our lives. Her interests include accessibility to education, and helping individuals make meaningful change within their community.
Accessibility info: Temps Libre is on the ground floor. The space can be accessed through the slopped basement entrance adjacent to the entrance on de Gaspé Street. An elevator can then be used to access the level on which the conversation takes place. In proximity to the space, there are wheelchair accessible washrooms equipped with grab bars.