...are excerpts, summaries, and reports from dialogues hosted on and off the University of Guelph campus.

March 2013

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:

January 2013
An open house was held on January 29th, 2013 to showcase the vision for the school for civil society and engagement. 62 members from the university and community attended the event, providing feedback on the progress and input for the proposal. Posters outlining the process and progress to date are available are available here. 

July 2012
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:

Visit the Working Groups to explore more of the convening work.

January 2012
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 123
  • Q&A with Alastair Summerlee and Paul Davidson: Part 45
  • Budd Hall’s Presentation: Part 1234

December 2011
“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!

Re-imagining the role of the university bottom arrow

Dialogue goals

  • Broaden and deepen our and thinking on the meaning of civil society
  • Explore the linkages between the universities and civil society sectors
  • Engage university and civil society constituents in a process of imagining how the University of Guelph can move in a direction of greater engagement

Building Blocks of Civil Society