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Holistic Activist Communities – Part I

June 23, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Zoom Webinar
Holistic Activist Communities - Part I @ Zoom Webinar

Overall goal: To think together through the aspiration of holistic activist communities
What does it take to keep our activist communities from burning out? What practices are needed to sustain our movements in healthy and transformative ways? Come join us for vibrant discussion about how as individuals and as movements we’re mending fractures and building interdependencies. This two session workshop will dive into theory and practice around building strong and healthy movement ecosystems, and creating cultures of emergence and nurturance in pursuit of decolonial ends.

We’ll be using Zoom for this event.

This workshop is split in 2 stand-alone sessions (you don’t have to attend both, although that’d be best) :

Session one (this one):

Let’s take this moment of the covid-19 crisis as an opportunity to gather online and think together about what is working and what is not working in the movements we are part of and about how we can build stronger, more resilient, more powerfully transformative social movements, Jen Gobby will share what she has been learning through her research and activism about strengthening movements and she will facilitate a conversation to draw out the insight and reflections from participants about what it’s going to take to transform systems in these times of multiple, converging crises.

Session two (link here):

Building off of session one, we’ll dive into some conceptual frameworks that embody the ecological principles we strive for in building resilient, sustainable, and transformative movements. Wanting to ground us in the pursuit of decolonization, Brett Cox will share what he’s learned through his research and activism about nurturance culture, solidarity economy organizing, and emergent strategy as explored by Adrienne Maree Brown, facilitating a conversation on how we can see these frameworks in our movements, and critically, as a settler, how these frameworks relate to and help push for decolonial ends that puts land back in the same conversation as climate justice.


Facilitators Bio:

Jen Gobby recently completed her PhD at McGill as part of the Economics for the Anthropocene partnership and is now a postdoctoral researcher at Concordia. She organizes with Climate Justice Montreal and has spent the last 5 years doing research with the climate justice, anti-pipeline and Indigenous land defense movements to think together about how we can build more powerful movements towards decolonizing and decarbonizing Canada. She is the founder of the MudGirls Natural Building Collective, did a term in office on the local government, lived-off-the- grid for a decade and did a stint traveling with a sustainability-themed circus troupe! Her book More Powerful Together: Conversations with Climate Activists and Indigenous Land Defenders is coming out in May 2020 published by Fernwood Press.

Brett Cox is a settler originally from so called ‘Brantford, Ontario’, passionate about reconciliaction, climate justice, and finding ways to foster cultural disillusioning amongst the status quo. After finishing a masters’ in globalization at McMaster in the summer of 2018, Brett made his way to so called ‘Montreal’ to pursue a graduate diploma in community economic development at Concordia. Completing his graduate diploma in August 2019, he now works as the internal coordinator for Sustainable Concordia, helping to manifest a sustainable culture at Concordia and beyond, in all the beautiful and intersectional ways sustainability is embodied.



This event is happening as a part of Sustain’Alive, an event series centred on activism, society, and the planet.


Montreal, traditional name Tiohtià:ke is located on unceded Indigenous territory. It has historically been a meeting place for many nations, with the Kanien’kehá:ka as the stewards. We encourage you to reflect on your current and historical relationship to this land.


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