Imagining an Alternative World

Capitalism is in crisis: this is clear to anyone paying attention to world events. But rather than rehashing the same old critique, the fifth annual “Human Security Forum” will examine alternatives to business-as-usual economics.

A project of the Centre for International Studies at CBU, this participatory forum brings together people from around the world to explore ideas for a more democratic, egalitarian and sustainable future.

This year’s forum features speakers from the US, Venezuela, Cuba, Argentina, and Canada, including:

  • David Tracey from the Vancouver Community Agricultural Network, which seeks to create more community gardens in order to increase urban organic food production.
  • And Eric Leviten-Reid, an independent community development consultant who for the past ten years has been a member of the national staff team of Vibrant Communities, a pan-Canadian initiative exploring comprehensive, collaborative and community-driven approaches to poverty reduction. Eric is currently pursuing strategies for sustainable community development (economic, social and environmental) in Cape Breton.

The conference runs all day Saturday, at the new Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment at CBU; and kicks off on Friday with a keynote speech and one-act play, Howard Zinn’s “Marx in Soho,” which imagines Marx returning to earth to defend his ideas.

Registration is free. Full details, including agenda, speaker bios, and late registration (still about 8 spots left) online at: cbu-cis.ca/events/human-security-forum-2011-after-capitalism/