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Speaker: Sean Geobey
You are somewhere. As much as a university can feel like a bubble – your corner of it even more so – you are part of a bigger world. You are also in a place where the most cutting edge ideas in that world are being developed, though it often feels like those ideas rarely move outside Ring Road. However, that bigger world is a place that needs your ideas and needs different perspectives to help solve its most intractable problems.
In my talk we’ll be spending a bit of time looking at one set of tools we’ve been developing at the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) called the “Social Innovation Lab”. We are still experimenting with it internationally, nationally and locally, but overall the idea is to bring together researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds, stakeholders from different organizations and sectors, and the people who are impacted by complex social-ecological challenges to identify leverage points for system change and develop interventions.
These Social Innovation Labs are a way of bringing many different types of knowledge together around a “Wicked Problem” rather than abstract principles and there seem to be some real strengths in doing so.
Additionally, I’ll speak a bit to some of my experiences as a student who was quite active on campus and what I learned in the application of coursework to extracurricular activity. I believe there are some lessons I picked up that will be useful to you as you are just beginning your life here at the University of Waterloo. What you do today can have a great impact on the world and you already have incredible resources at your disposal to make that impact happen.
As for me, I am an Assistant Professor in Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED). I apply this work to labs, social finance and to alternative governance models such as co-operatives and participatory budgeting. Overall I seek to develop and provide the tools needed to align our social, ecological and economic systems in ways that will allow us to create and transition towards a more sustainable future.
In conducting my teaching and research I work with a number of research-intensive organizations inside and outside the academy including the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR), the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, the MaRS Solutions Lab and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He has also played key roles in establishing a number of community groups including the Laurier Students’ Public Interest Research Group and Sustainable Waterloo Region, as well as engaging in national advocacy efforts tied to youth unemployment, electoral reform and the establishment of a basic income.
From: RAC <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 7:48 AM
Subject: cordially invited to join a rally against GENOCIDE of Rohingya
Dear Friends and Supporters,
As you may be well aware the crisis for Rohingya in Rakhine/Arakan State of Burma is at its peak. Under the pretext of “Clearance Operations to drive out the militancy,” the crimes being committed against the Rohingya by the State is literally indescribable. As a result, thousands of houses are burned down; property, livestock, valuables are looted; hundreds of people are killed and hundreds women are systematically being raped and killed. While some managed to escape to Bangladesh, majority of whom are still alive, are living in absolute horror—not knowing when they will be snatched, raped and then slaughter before being disposed into mass-graves. Every family in KW area has lost their loved ones and affected very badly.
UNHCR recently, albeit belatedly, termed it as “ethnic cleansing.” Many researchers, academics, professional writers and seven Nobel Laureates around the world have called it as “Genocide.” However, no preventative measure has taken by any powerful country yet.
Although our Foreign Minister Mr. Dion recently expressed his deep concern for violence against Rohingya and urges full humanitarian access via his twitter account, any concrete steps to save lives is yet to be seen, from our government as well as from any other powerful government.
It is imperative that a swift action is needed in order to save some/most of remaining Rohingya. We feel that more public awareness is necessary to pressure the government to take concrete actions.
Therefore, Rohinyga Association of Canada is holding a peaceful demonstration at the following:
Place: Kitchener City Hall
Date/Time: Saturday, December 10, 2016, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
On behalf of Rohingya Association of Canada, I would like to request you to join us to show your support to our shaken-community members each of whom are impacted badly.
Your presence at our rally means a world of difference and a true solace for our affected community.
Although this is a short notice, we hope you’d join us.
We anticipate your presence at our rally.
Anwar Arkani <email@example.com>
On behalf of Rohingya Community in KW area
The Equity Office, in collaboration with campus partners, is hosting a guest panel on “Racism and Mental Health”.
You can find out more information about the panel and speakers on our website.
All students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome to attend. Guests will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue about this important issue and its impact on the lives of University community members.
RSVP to obtain your event ticket.
The Gender Equity Fair is a networking event for those interested in social justice. It is a platform for individuals and organizations to promote their ideas, values, and contributions on campus.
Come out to see 10-16 interactive booths from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Life Centre Great Hall, and join us for a special round table discussion from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room
- Tanya van Beisen, Executive Direct of Catalyst Canadaâ€™s Canadian operations
- Dr. Kristina Llewellyn, associate professor in the Social Development Studies Department at the University of Waterloo
- Evy Kassirer, undergraduate student studying Computer Science at the University of Waterloo
- Dr. Kirsten Muller, professor and associate chair in the Biology Department for undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Waterloo.
Dr. Heidi Grasswick, Middlebury College, visiting Humphrey Professorship in Feminist Philosophy is giving a talk on “Epistemic Autonomy and Trust in a Social World of Knowing”
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Witness students take action on global issues. Be part of the audience for the first-ever World’s Challenge Challenge UWaterloo!
Register here to attend the event!
Six student teams each picked one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and will present a 7-minute pitch on their solution to a global problem!
The winning team will win $1,000 per team member for an international travel experience. They will also move on to present their solution at the Global Finals at Western University in May 2017, for a chance to win their share of $45,000 to help implement their solution and change lives.
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Join the Department of Anthropology for the 2017 Silver Medal Award Guest Lecture. Our guest lecturer, Prof. Homa Hoodfar, will be speaking on academic freedom based on her experience in Evin Prison, where she was imprisoned while on a personal and research visit to Iran in 2016.
Homa Hoodfar is a Canadian-Iranian sociocultural anthropologist and professor emerita of anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal. Prof. Hoodfar is widely known for her work on gender and development in Islam, Western perceptions of the veil, and women’s participation in public life, the labor force, and electoral, legal, and social politics in Middle Eastern societies. She is the author of the award-winning ethnography, Between Marriage and the Market: Intimate Politics and Survival in Cairo from University of California Press (1998) and has edited and co-edited numerous books including Electoral Politics: Making Quotas Work For Women (2011) and Women’s Sport as Politics in Muslim Contexts (2015).
There is no cost to attend the lecture.
After a summer of yoga and knitting, W3‘s September session features a talk from Idrisa Pandit about women’s resistance and resilience in militarized Kashmir. Idrisa is an associate professor at Renison and is heavily involved in the local community in Kitchener-Waterloo.
Come at 4:00 for socializing and snacks, or closer to 5:00 for Idrisa’s talk.
About the talk
Kashmir is the world’s highest militarized zone and one of long standing international territorial disputes. The last twenty seven years of active resistance by the population of Kashmir has resulted in death, torture, enforced disappearances and other forms of oppression. With the heavy militarization, women have been targets and survivors of systemic violence.
Despite all political and social odds, the women of Kashmir exercise their agency as active participants in documenting, reporting and protesting the abuses committed against them as mothers of children of war, as half-widows, and as daughters of the land.
This talk will focus on some of the struggles of of Kashmiri Muslim women who have chosen to not be defeated even as the perpetrators of violence are sheltered and guaranteed absolute impunity by the Indian Government.
About the speaker
Idrisa Pandit is an associate professor and director of Studies in Islam at Renison University College. Her research interests include: inter-religious dialogue, Islam and Muslims in the West, women in Islam, Kashmir conflict, faith based approaches to ending domestic violence and cultural and spiritually sensitive counselling
In 2017, Pandit received the “Leading Women, Leading Girls” Community Building award from the Ontario Ministry for Status of Women, and the Volunteer Excellence Award from Muslim Social Services of Kitchener-Waterloo. In 2015, she was awarded the community service Woman of the Year Award at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest.
W3 (Waterloo Women’s Wednesdays) is a monthly gathering of woman-identified and non-binary grad students, post-docs, staff and faculty that (usually) meets on the last Wednesday of each month.
Economic growth can be extraordinarily rapid in developing countries. But it is often uneven, leaving whole segments of society behind. Such unevenness can serve to both inspire and frustrate, and so lead to social conflict even as overall economic conditions improve. These issues are crucially important in North America and Europe today.
Professor Debraj Ray, the 2017 Waterloo Arts Distinguished Lecturer in Economics, will discuss what we can learn about the uneven-growth/conflict nexus from developing countries, where such issues have never been far from the surface.
About the distinguished lecturer
Professor Ray is one of the leading development economists in the world. He has made significant contributions to the economics of coalition formation, altruism, malnutrition, and the role of inequality, polarization and conflict in development. His books include Development Economics (1998) and A Game-Theoretic Perspective on Coalition Formation (2008).
Debraj Ray is Julius Silver Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science, and Professor of Economics at New York University. He is Co-editor of the American Economic Review and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society and a Guggenheim Fellow
About the Waterloo Arts Distinguished Lecture in Economics
Each year the Department of Economics invites a distinguished scholar to present a lecture on the state of the art in a field of economic research, giving students from various disciplines a special opportunity to enhance their understanding of economics. The University community and members of the public are warmly invited to attend the lectures.
A reception will follow the lecture from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., in Environment 1(EV1) Courtyard.
Working Together to Prevents Suicide!
Monday, September 10, 2018
Victoria Park Pavilion, Kitchener
Free Community Butterfly Release
Information Fair and Presentations: 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Charity Barbeque: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Speakers: 5:30pm – 6:00pm
Butterfly Release: 6:00pm
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 — 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM EST
Join us for a workshop exploring healthy masculinity!
These workshops are free and open to open to all male identifying students, staff, and faculty. Lunch will be provided!
Through interactive exercises and discussions, the Men’s Circle will explore some of the ways in which men can become leaders in creating a safer campus for everyone. The content is geared toward unpacking harmful constructs of masculinity and increasing understanding of the impact of an individual’s behaviour on themselves and others. This workshop will also explore the relations of power involved in sexual violence and sketch men’s roles in fostering gender equity on campus.
Register for free at Event Details – Ticketfi
In May 2015, President Hamdullahpur accepted an invitation from the UN Women’s HeForShe campaign for the University of Waterloo to participate in their IMPACT 10x10x10 framework alongside governments, leading universities, and global businesses.
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
It is with great expectation that Rohingya Association of Canada writes to invite you to Kitchener City Hall for a second year Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day, which is on Sunday, August 25th from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm.
This event is to commemorate the mass killings, rapes and exodus of the Rohingya people, as well as the destruction of the Rohingya Nation and current state of survivors.
Given that most Rohingyas in Canada live in Kitchener and each has lost their loved ones in the tragedy and survivors are continuously suffering in the refugee camps in Bangladesh, we believe your gracious presence may console some of their grievances.
We look forward to hearing from you, and your presence there. Please share this among your network.