The webinar will introduce you to a new collection of cases from Canada and the USA, edited by Alison Mathie and John Gaventa of the Coady International Institute, profiling examples of citizen-led innovation for a new economy. These cases are drawn from urban and rural contexts and ethnically diverse settings —First Nations, Inuit, Latino, African American, predominantly white, and mixed economies — and illustrate new ways of working, tying economic justice to the creation of multiple forms of wealth.
One of the cases featured is Vivre Saint Michel en Santé (VSMS), one of Tamarack Institute's "Vibrant Communities." This case will be discussed by Brianne Peters, and Jean Panet-Raymond from VSMS. We will show how this case contributes to the themes emerging from the collection, such as the motivation for change, leadership, citizen organizing, partnership across sectors, navigating power and influencing systemic change.
About the Speakers
Senior Program Staff, Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development, Coady Institute
Brianne Peters facilitates the Coady Institute’s overseas and Canada-based educational offerings in Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development. She also manages the Coady Institute’s action research partnerships in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Ghana. She is tri-lingual and has co-authored a series of case studies of citizen-led development in French in Haiti and Canada. More recently, she has facilitated several ABCD courses and program design workshops in Spanish in Bolivia and Peru. As part of this work, she has produced publications, tool kits and evaluation reports, documenting and sharing on-going learning and feeding this learning into curriculum, workshops, and conferences. She is also an associate faculty of the ABCD Institute. Prior to coming to the Institute, Brianne worked for Oxfam Canada in Ethiopia and in the Human Rights and Participation Unit within Policy Branch at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). She holds a BA in Development Studies from St. Francis Xavier University, and an MA in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.
Associate Director, Research and Publications, Coady Institute
Alison has over 40 years’ experience in international development as practitioner, educator and writer. Recent work in asset-based approaches to community development, political and economic citizenship, and strategies for inclusion builds on earlier work in rural livelihoods, gender analysis and participatory evaluation. Alison lived and worked in Papua New Guinea for eight years and Nigeria for two years. Short-term overseas work as a researcher, consultant and facilitator has taken her to South Asia, South East Asia, the South Pacific, The MENA region, Brazil, and sub-Saharan Africa.
At the Coady Institute, she is primarily involved in coordinating research activities. She has been directly involved in action research and collaborative evaluation of asset-based community development in Ethiopia, as well as a new case study collection on citizen-led innovation for social and economic change in North America, co-edited with John Gaventa, to be published in 2015. This follows on from an earlier co-edited collection of case studies from around the world: From Clients to Citizens: Communities changing the course of their own development. She also teaches in the Development Studies program at St. Francis Xavier University and is an associate faculty member of the ABCD Institute.
Community Organizer for Citizen Participation, Vivre Saint-Michel en Santé
Jean Panet-Raymond taught community organization at the Ecole de service social de l’Université de Montréal until June 2005 when he was named Professor Emeritus. He holds degrees in law from the Universite de Montreal and in social work (community organizing) from Columbia University. He was a community organizer with welfare rights associations, tenants’ associations, consumer rights and unions. He was the president of the Canadian Council for Social Development. He is still involved with many local and national community organizations in Canada. He is active in a number of support networks for community organizations in Canada, Europe and the Middle East. He still does some teaching at Concordia and McGill universities and does training sessions in many community organizations.
He has co-authored Community Action (Black Rose Books, N.Y.), Community Organizing : Canadian Experiences (Oxford University Press) and published in 2014 a third edition of La pratique de l'action communautaire (Presse de l’Université du Québec). He has also written and published community action guides and training manuals for organizers and students.
Presently, he is mostly involved in a multicultural and poor neighbourhood of Montreal, Saint-Michel. He works as a community organizer, supporting citizen mobilization, with a neighbourhood roundtable called Vivre Saint-Michel en santé.