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The Social Commons: Transformational Thinking on Social Solidarity for the 21st Century — Public Lecture & Panel Discussion

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This is a free event open to the public on the topic of the social commons. Seating for the event is limited and registration is required.

Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. The program (a lecture followed by a panel discussion) will run from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Francine Mestrum - International researcher, social development activist, and coordinator of Global Social Justice Network, working out of Brussels and Mexico City.

Dr. Mestrum is a key thinker and leading proponent of the social commons, whose writing Marvyn was studying and discussing with some of his colleagues in his last years. Dr. Mestrum is a Belgian academic dividing her research and writing between Europe and Mexico. Her research focuses on the social dimension of globalization, poverty, inequality, social protection, public services and gender. She is the author of several books on development, poverty, inequality and social commons.

“The economy has to care for people, in the same way as environmental policies have to care for nature and as social policies have to care for people and for all of us. Care can become the central concept, care for people, for societies and for nature. Social commons, then, care for the sustainability of life.”

Panel Discussants:


Dr. Kofi Hope, Senior Policy Advisory, Wellesely Institute and former Executive Director of the Centre for Young Black Professionals

Ms. Alejandra Bravo, Director of Leadership and Training, Broadbent Institute and former Director of Community Engagement, Maytree Foundation

Dave Meslin, Community activist, author Teardown. Rebuilding democracy from the ground up


For more information, visit: socialcommons.spno.ca/public-lecture
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