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Sustain’Alive

Dreaming, plotting, planning alternative futures

March 11th – 15th

Sustain’alive is a week of free events and gatherings in Montreal which seeks to carve a space to ignite and develop theoretical and practical skills for grassroots organizing.

What does it mean to move forward with new information?
How does the way we converse with one another impact the world we live in?
How can we influence what’s possible through the way we dream, plot, plan, and reflect?
How the heck does a megaphone work?

Whether you’re an experienced activist, you’ve felt the call towards action recently, or you’ve wandered from activism and need a gentle pull back in, Sustain’Alive provides the space and resources to connect, create, and co-conspire for a more humane future. As residents of this planet, we are faced every day with new evidence that we’re heading towards uncharted territory. Changes are needed in the way we talk about and value resources in order to avert disaster. Sustain’Alive takes this as an opportunity to fall back into the inherent interdependence we have with other humans, non-human animals, other living things, and the very planet we live on.

This is an opportunity to ready our communities to fight back, resist extinction, and form the bonds we need to get us through the end of this, to whatever comes next.

Let’s get future ready.

Without further ado, here’s the event schedule:
Check back often, as new events might be added!

Mar 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Concordia Art Hives, EV 5.777
Come join us to learn more about living labs, and how to integrate the concept into your own projects! Living Labs are experiential learning initiatives. They are touchstones for a methodology which uses research and …
Mar 11 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm SCPA Basement
Many activists agree that the prison industrial complex works against efforts to rehabilitate perpetrators, and undermines attempts at humane communities. When we step outside of the punitive paradigm, what resources are left to deal with …
Mar 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Concordia Art Hives, EV 5.777
This event is a cross-disciplinary touchstone opportunity for people of all areas of research and study. Sustainability can mean a multitude of things—strategies for preserving and better utilizing natural resources to work with our environment. …
Mar 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm SCPA Basement
Together we can build more resilient social movements. In order to be sustainable, we need to find alternatives to call-out culture. We need to cultivate work ethics that don’t lead to physical or emotional burnout. …
Mar 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Z-Annex Meeting room, 3rd floor
Do you feel muffled? Are microphones causing you pain? Are your events meek and your mobilization unnoticed? Does remembering the difference between an XLR an 1/4 inch jack haunt your dreams? Come to Sound Tech …
Mar 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Z-Annex Meeting room, 3rd floor
Interested in learning how you can incorporate storytelling into your campaign strategy? This workshop, which was developed from the writings of union organizer Marshall Ganz, and Organize BC’s guide titled “Organizing: People, Power, Change”, will …
Mar 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Meditation room, Concordia Multi-faith & Spirituality Centre
Come join us for a circle to share fears, anxieties, grief and other related feelings regarding climate change and socio-environmental harm. Climate change is inseparable from colonialism, white supremacy, capitalism, and other forms of oppression, …
Mar 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm SCPA Basement
What does it mean to build sustainable and holistic communities? How can we care for our whole selves—physical, mental, but also emotional and spiritual—as we organize for social justice? How can we integrate care in …
Mar 15 @ 12:00 pm
The science is clear. Everything we need for policy change is present, do not let it be ignored. On March 15th Concordia students will be joining other students across Montreal and the globe to demand …
Mar 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come meet, learn and talk about all the different sustainable goings-on at Concordia! The Sustainability Mixer 6.0 is an opportunity to get to know and become involved with established and emerging sustainability initiatives taking place …