...are excerpts, summaries, and reports from dialogues hosted on and off the University of Guelph campus.
The final report, Creating a Vision for the School for Civil Society and Engagement, is available here.
January 2012-January 2013
Throughout the process of designing a school for civil society and engagement, we asked local, national, international community members to share their ideas with us and provide input on a new school. Community members were invited to provide input in several ways, including contacting the Catalyst Team through phone, email, or twitter, providing comments through the website, or by hosting or participating in Community Conversations. The opportunity to provide input on the school for civil society and engagement is now complete. Thank you for contributing!
Click here for community member responses to questions about what would make for a successful school for civil society, future critical events that may affect the success of the school, broad trends that must be considered in the design of the school, and more!
Results from several Community Conversations are available:
Convenors Meeting: a two-day meeting where some of the convenors of the working groups (not all convenors were able to attend) shared their experiences and learnings for the Catalyst Team and other conveners to hear, clarify, and reflect on.
The convening process is now complete. Final reports are available:
- Practitioner Provocateurs
- Review of Existing University and Other Programs
- International Development Faculty and Students
- Exploring Pedagogy
- Arts-based Learning Strategies
- Local Youth Engagement by 10 Carden
Visit the Working Groups to explore more of the convening work.
Campus Wide Dialogue on Civil Society: An all day session with almost 100 participants where participants were challenged to re-envision undergraduate education, to identify knowledge and skills needed by civil society organizations, and to move to meet both local and global challenges Speakers included President Alastair Summerlee, Paul Davidson, President of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and Dr. Budd Hall, Secretary to the Global Alliance on Community Based Research and holder of the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education. The report is available as is some video footage from the day.
- Paul Davidson’s Presentation: Part 1, 2, 3
- Q&A with Alastair Summerlee and Paul Davidson: Part 4, 5
- Budd Hall’s Presentation: Part 1, 2, 3, 4
“Envisioning a school for civil society” dialogue occurred in December 2011 with 25 campus stakeholders from across colleges to encourage critical and rich discussion about opportunities and obstacles in the University responding to ideas around civil society. The report is available here.
A number of groups have completed Community Conversations to provide input into a school for civil society, click here to see the results!