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Push Back! Move Forward!

Learning, Organising, and Building Community

Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, 2013

cover of newsletter #7For the past four years, APCOL researchers from universities and local neighbourhoods have been talking to hundreds of people across Toronto about housing, education, employment and food security. We have been asking why it is that some people get involved in neighbourhood groups working for change, and others don’t? What do people learn through their involvement? Why do some people stay involved, sometimes for years, while others drop out?

On October 18 and 19, over one hundred and sixty people came together at Metro Hall in Toronto to share their insights into neighbourhood organising and learning, at the Push Back, Move Forward! Learning, Organising and Building Community conference. The focus of the conference was on how collective action can right the balance as disparities of income and power continue to widen across Toronto. It was sponsored by APCOL and the Toronto Community Development Institute (TCDI). Assisted by Toronto Social Planning, TCDI provides support to groups and projects that promote equity and social justice through community development activities.
 
The two-day session was a rare opportunity for community activists and educators to talk to panellists, speakers and facilitators about their experiences and best practices, to learn about innovative community projects, and to reflect on their own experiences.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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