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The World Society Foundation

WORLD SOCIETY, PLANETARY NATURES: CRISIS AND SUSTAINABILITY IN THE CAPITALOCENE AND BEYOND

CALL FOR PAPERS

World Society, Planetary Natures: Crisis and Sustainability in the Capitalocene and Beyond

Binghamton University, July 10-11, 2015

An international conference sponsored by the World Society Foundation

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

  • Christian Parenti
  • Harriet Friedmann
  • Larry Lohmann
  • Doug Henwood
  • Tony Weis
  • Sasha Lilley
  • Jason W. Moore

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS EXTENDED TO MARCH 15, 2015

TO SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT, PLEASE REGISTER HERE: http://goo.gl/forms/fLL348cSPG

Since 2008, a broad consensus has emerged among scholars of global change: ours is an era of “converging crises.” Popularly expressed in the language of “triple crisis” – climate, energy, and finance – there is considerable uncertainty as to how these crisis-tendencies fit together, and if they are nearly so independent as the language of convergence suggests. If many scholars view the unfolding turbulence of the 21st century as an era of multiple crises, others have turned towards a different way of seeing crisis. This emerging alternative seeks to unify dimensions of human and extra-human natures in the world history of the present – as in the distinctive approaches of the Anthropocene and world-ecology perspectives. Through this different way of seeing, a crucial question has taken shape: Are we living the Age of Humans (the Anthropocene) or the Age of Capital (Capitalocene)?

World Society, Planetary Natures seeks to bring together scholars of global social change and global environmental change in the pursuit of new syntheses of “political economy” and “political ecology,” broadly conceived. The conference therefore privileges a double engagement: 1) with the core concerns of world-historical and global studies; and 2) with a broader multi-disciplinary community focused on global environmental change, past and present.

The conference pursues three major goals. First, we encourage a serious intellectual cross-fertilization between scholars engaged in the study of global social change and those engaged in the study of global environmental change. Second, the conference will facilitate a sustained exploration of the relations unifying the differentiated moments of 21st century crisis. These include not only the “triple crisis” argument, but comprise a wide range of crisis tendencies – such as food, inequality, employment, and social reproduction – as well as to the emergent possibilities of “commoning.” Third, the conference welcomes creative elaborations of globalization – in its manifold historical and contemporary expressions – as “ways of organizing nature.” In contrast to seeing neoliberalism as acting upon global natures, this alternative encourages a view of globalization as developing through the web of life. Such an alternative rethinks aspects of recent (and longue durée) world history as new human-environment configurations in which humans make environments, and environments enter into the constitution of power, re/production, and inequality. This entails the socio-ecological reconstruction of taken for granted “social” phenomena, such as the Washington Consensus, financialization, the European Union, or the rise of the BRICS. To investigate, analyze, and narrate historical change as if nature matters – as producer no less than product of capital and power – implies a much more decisive shift than commonly recognized: in our theoretical frames, methodological choices, and narrative strategies.

TO SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT, PLEASE REGISTER HERE: http://goo.gl/forms/fLL348cSPG

We welcome papers, panels, and proposals related – but not restricted to – the following topics:

  • The Financialization of Nature: Commodities, Carbon markets, Conservation, etc.
  • One, Two, Many “Sovereignties”: Food, Land, Energy, and Beyond
  • Planetary Urbanization
  • Cheap Labor, Unpaid Work, and the Crisis of Human Natures
  • Green Catastrophism and the Theory of Global Crisis
  • Narratives of Nature, Crisis, and Capitalism
  • Modernity and Climate Change
  • Scientific Revolutions and Capitalist Natures
  • Class Dynamics of Agro-Ecological Change, North and South
  • Crises: Social, Ecological, or World-Ecological?
  • Ecology and Imperialism
  • The ‘Long’ Green Revolution: Renewal or Demise?
  • Culture as Ecology
  • Green Keynesianism and the Myth of Sustainability
  • Industrialization and the Production of Nature
  • Anthropocene or Capitalocene?
  • New (and Old) Practices of Commoning
  • World-Literature and World-Ecology
  • Value, Nature, and Ontological Politics
  • Environmental Histories of Capital, Empire, and Commodities
  • Commodity Frontiers, Past and Present
  • The Environment-Making State
  • Markets, Trade, Investment: Does Nature Matter?
  • Nature as Accumulation Strategy
  • Crises of Social Reproduction
  • Neoliberalism’s Crises… or Not?
  • Surplus Humanities
  • Climate and Capitalism: Two Crises or One?
  • Nature and Hegemony
  • Ecological Exhaustion and War

We welcome proposals for individual papers as well as paper sessions and panel discussions. TO SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT, PLEASE REGISTER HERE: http://goo.gl/forms/fLL348cSPG

Inquiries may be sent to: planetarynatures@gmail.com.

Venue: The conference will be held 10-11 July, 2015 at Binghamton University (USA). As a family friendly conference we are able to extend conference pricing for food and lodging to participant families, and we are arranging childcare for those who may need it.

Travel grants: The World Society Foundation sponsors a small number of travel grants for postgraduate students, young researchers, and for participants from Africa, Asia, Latin-America and Eastern Europe (ISA country categories B and C). Travel grants will be allocated on the basis of a competitive assessment of full papers (of about 8.000 words) submitted. Deadline for submission of papers for travel grants is March 15, 2015. Applicants receiving travel grants will be notified before 15 April, 2015.

Publication: Outstanding conference papers will be published in a conference volume.

Conference Sponsorship: The main sponsor of the conference is the World Society Foundation (Zurich, Switzerland). In addition the conference is co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology, University of Neuchâtel, the Department of Sociology, Binghamton University, the World-Ecology Research Network. For more information on the World Society Foundation and its activities, please check out the web site: http://www.worldsociety.ch/.

Organizing Committee: Christian Suter, Université de Neuchâtel; Diana C. Gildea; Jason W. Moore, Binghamton University

KRISIS

KRISIS

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AHE Conference

AHE Conference

ASSOCIATION OF HETERODOX ECONOMICS – 17th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

CALL FOR PAPERS

When: July 2-4th 2015
Where: Southampton Solent University, UK

Conference Theme: Growth, Cycles and Sustainability

The conference theme concerns growth. How to create it, sustain it and can we avoid the ups and downs of it. Is it good anyway given our environmental challenges, and if growth actually happens will it be even or increase inequality further. Finally, when will it end again in crisis?

Please send us abstracts, whether related to the conference theme or any other heterodox topic area, by 31st January 2015.

Refereed and non-refereed options will be available for your paper (details to follow).

Please send all communications to: nick.potts@solent.ac.uk and simon.mouatt@solent.ac.uk
Further detail on conference fees, accommodation options to follow in due course.

Association for Heterodox Economics: http://hetecon.net/

Southampton Solent University

Southampton Solent University

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Education is Not for Sale

Education is Not for Sale

EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

CALL FOR PAPERS

Education, Environmental Health, and Social Justice

Guest Editors: David Hursh & Camille Anne Martina

 

This special issue of Policy Futures in Education (www.wwwords.co.uk/PFIE) will focus on the relationship between environmental health, social justice, and education.

The relationship between the built and natural environment and human health is often misunderstood and under-appreciated. Improving our health requires that we examine how our everyday activities such as product and energy use (biomass and fossil fuels), agricultural and industrial practices, and transportation methods increase our exposure to toxic substances and contribute to climate and other environmental changes. In addition, environmental health is an issue of social justice. Sadly, individuals who live in poverty or are from a racial, ethnic or religious minority are more likely to live in unhealthy environments and carry a greater body burden of toxic exposures (Agyeman, 2013; Agyeman, Bullard & Evans, 2003).

Responding to environmental health issues and inequalities requires more than individual solutions, it requires community and governmental responses. Therefore, we need to explore what reforms and policies could be implemented to mediate and resolve these health inequalities.

Lastly, this requires informing all citizens through popular media and formal and informal education about the relationship between the environment and human health. What questions need to be posed and how do we respond to them?

We invite submissions from a wide range of fields, including but not limited to public and environmental health, anthropology, sociology, environmental sustainability, education, political science, health policy, and philosophy, connecting environmental health, social justice, and education.

 

DAVID HURSH (PhD) is a professor of education at the Warner Graduate School of Education at the University of Rochester, USA
CAMILLE ANNE MARTINA (PhD) is a research assistant professor in the Departments of Public Health Science and Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical School, USA

 

Submissions are due March 1, 2014,
and should be sent to the Guest Editors:
dhursh@warner.rochester.edu and camille_martina@urmc.rochester.edu

 

References

Agyeman, J. (2013) Introducing Just Sustainabilities: policy, planning, and practice. London: Zed Books.
Agyeman, J., Bullard, R. & Evans, B. (Eds) (2003) Just Sustainabilities: development in an unequal world. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

 

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World Crisis

CRITICAL GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE – CALL FOR PAPERS

FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS – CRITICAL GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE: FROM CRITIQUE TO TRANSFORMATION? CRITICAL GOVERNANCE STUDIES IN AND BEYOND THE CRISIS

CONFERENCE ORGANISER: DR PENELOPE TUCK, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

The second Critical Governance Conference will be held at the University of Warwick, Monday 10th – Wednesday 12th December 2012. Individual abstract submissions of up to 500 words are welcome from now until 30th November. Please detail your name, institution, paper title, panel (if any) and proposal, and email it to critical.governanceconf@wbs.ac.uk

Proposals for panels and streams are also welcome. Panel proposals should explain the rationale and the abstract for each contributing paper. Stream proposals should explain the overarching rationale, key themes, how many panels there might be and how they will be organized. We have had three proposals for streams so far, but welcome further suggestions and volunteers to coordinate them. If you wish to participate in one of these streams, please mark this clearly on your abstract:

* Governance futures in and beyond capitalism

* In and against the state’ once more? Towards critical governance practices

* The governance of science and sustainability

Conference registration is open at http://go.warwick.ac.uk/orthodoxies

The price is £250 for three days. Bed and Breakfast will be available at a rate of either £50 or £77 per night (depending on your venue preference) and dinners can be booked for £27 per night.

If you have any queries, please email Dr Penny Tuck at critical.governanceconf@wbs.ac.uk

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/final-cfp-critical-governance-conference-warwick-10-12-december

 

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Eric Hobsbawm

HISTORY, MEMORY AND GREEN IMAGINARIES – A SYMPOSIUM

History, Memory and Green Imaginaries

A symposium presented by the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories, University of Brighton
Friday 30th November 2012
9.30am – 5.00pm
M2, Grand Parade, University of Brighton

This symposium invites reflection on the ways in which history and memory inform and shape contemporary green imaginaries. It brings together cultural theorists, historians, cultural geographers, educators and policy actors.

Keynote: ‘The problem of the past’
Alastair Bonnett, Professor of Social Geography, Newcastle University

Roundtable: ‘Austerity and Sustainability’
The Home Front and ‘austerity Britain’ are significant points of reference in current debates about sustainability. What kinds of possibilities and limitations follow from the use of historical resources in public debate about environmental issues?

Tim Cooper, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Exeter, ‘The limits of history in green imaginaries’.
Victoria Johnson, Head of Climate Change and Energy, New Economics Foundation, ‘“Ration me up” and other nef projects’
James Piers Taylor, British Film Institute Documentation Editor and permaculture educator, ‘Re-member, re-vision and re-claim: using archival film to facilitate local conversations about community resilience’.

Panel: ‘Ecological history’
How can historical research inform environmental thinking? Three historians discuss this question in relation to their research and practice.

Vinita Damodaran, Senior Lecturer in South Asian History, University of Sussex, ‘“Primitive places and wild tribes”: colonial and indigenous understandings of nature in Eastern India in the nineteenth century’.
Erin Gill, environmental journalist and historian, ‘“Lost” environmental histories: the stories we’ve forgotten’.
Karin Jaschke, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, University of Brighton, ‘Historiography as process: towards an Ecological History of Architecture’.

Closing remarks: ‘Culture is natural: biosemiotics, recycling, and the evolutionary structurations of biological and cultural change’
Wendy Wheeler, Professor Emeritus of English Literature and Cultural Inquiry, London Metropolitan University.

Registration:
This event is open to all. Please register in advance by following the link below. The registration fee is £35, or £25 for students/unaffiliated delegates, including lunch and refreshments. The deadline for registration is 23rd November 2012.

Enquiries: Cheryl Roberts / cr16@brighton.ac.uk
More information and abstracts:
http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/research/centre-for-research-in-memory-narrative-and-histories/events/archive/symposium-history,-memory-and-green-imaginaries
Register:
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Harvesting

IMPERIAL ECOLOGIES

Issue 69 of ‘New Formations: A Journal of Culture/Theory/Politics’

Imperial Ecologies

Guest Editor: Ashley Dawson
New Formations 69 offers a timely and urgent set of contributions towards the development of ‘political ecology’. Despite a history of sporadic engagements, cultural theory and cultural studies has rarely dealt thoroughly with ecological issues, tending to retreat into its habitual scepticism regarding anything that might smell of naturalism. The fact that ecological questions frame all of the urgent political debates of our epoch, as well as animating some of the most dynamic areas of critical thought, surely means that this situation cannot continue. This collection begins to address the issues.

CONTENTS

Jeremy Gilbert
Editorial
http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/newformations/archive/nf69editorial.pdf

Ashley Dawson
Introduction: New Enclosures
http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/newformations/articles/69_Dawson.pdf

George Caffentzis
The Future Of ‘The Commons’: Neoliberalism’s ‘Plan B’ Or The Original Disaccumulation Of Capital?
http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/newformations/articles/69_Caffentzis.pdf

Crystal Bartolovich
A Natural History Of ‘Food Riots’

Rob Nixon
Unimagined Communities: Developmental Refugees, Megadams And Monumental Modernity

Peter Hitchcock
Oil In An American Imaginary

Morten Tønnessen
The Global Species

Sian Sullivan
‘Ecosystem Service Commodities’ – A New Imperial Ecology? Implications For Animist Immanent Ecologies, With Deleuze And Guattari

Leerom Medovoi
A Contribution To The Critique Of Political Ecology: Sustainability As Disavowal

Brett Neilsen and Ben Dibbley
Climate Crisis And The Actuarial Imaginary: ‘The War On Global Warming’

Free online access is available to individual and institutional subscribers: ask your library to subscribe or subscribe individually by standing order at the special price of £30: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/standingordernf.html

For more information on this issue, to subscribe, or to buy a single issue go to: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/newformations/current.html

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Capitalism

CAPITALIST CRISIS, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE

 tripleC (cognition, communication, co-operation): Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society

Vol. 8. No. 2: Special Issue on Capitalist Crisis, Communication & Culture
Edited by Christian Fuchs, Matthias Schafranek, David Hakken, Marcus Breen
http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/issue/current

Suggested citation: Fuchs, Christian, Matthias Schafranek, David Hakken and Marcus Breen. Eds. 2010. Special issue on “Capitalist crisis, communication & culture“. tripleC (cognition, communication, co-operation): Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society 8 (2): 193-309.

“Capitalism […] is approaching an apocalyptic zero-point” (Slavoj Žižek).

What is the role of communication in the general situation of capitalist crisis?
The global economic downturn is an indicator of a new worldwide capitalist crisis. The main focus of most public debates as well as of economic and policy analyses is the role of finance capital and the housing market in creating the crisis, less attention is given to the role of communication technologies, the media, and culture in the world economic crisis. The task of this special issue of tripleC is to present analyses of the role of ICTs, the media, and culture in the current crisis of capitalism. The seven papers focus on the causes, development, and effects of the crisis. Each paper relates one or more of these dimensions to ICTs, the media, or culture.

Capitalist Crisis, Communication, & Culture – Introduction to the Special Issue of tripleC
Christian Fuchs, Matthias Schafranek, David Hakken and Marcus
Breen (Special Issue Editors)
pp 193-204
http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/228/189

Computing and the Current Crisis:
The Significant Role of New Information Technologies in Our Socio-Economic Meltdown
David Hakken
pp 205-220
http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/161/193

The Virtual Debt Factory: Towards an Analysis of Debt and Abstraction in the American Credit Crisis
Vincent R. Manzerolle
pp 221-236
http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/149/192

Calculating the Unknown. Rationalities of Operational Risk in Financial Institutions
Matthias Werner and Hajo Greif
pp 237-250
http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/184/194

Crisis, What Crisis? The Media: Business and Journalism in Times of Crisis
Rosario de Mateo, Laura Bergés, Anna Garnatxe*
pp 251-274
http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/212/195

Anglo-American Credit Scoring and Consumer Debt in the Subprime Mortgage Crisis of 2007 as Models for Other Countries?
Thomas Ruddy
pp 275-284
http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/176/198

Crise, Genre et TIC : Recette pour une Dés-Union Pronon- cée. L’Exemple de l’Afrique du Sud (in French)
Joelle Palmieri
pp 285-309
http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/141/197

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Priv.-Doz. Dr. Christian Fuchs
Unified Theory of Information Research Group
christian.fuchs@uti.at
Personal Website: http://fuchs.uti.at
NetPolitics Blog: http://fuchs.uti.at/blog
Research Group: http://www.uti.at
Editor of
tripleC – Cognition, Communication, Co-Operation | Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society
http://www.triple-c.at
Fuchs, Christian. 2008. Internet and Society: Social Theory in the Information Age. New York: Routledge.
http://fuchs.uti.at/?page_id=40

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Capitalism

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Work, work, work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 18th APRIL 2010


EVENTS

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK (CSEW) SEMINAR SERIES – ON UNDERSTANDING HUMAN UNDERSTANDING

with Ken Pankhurst

Wednesday, April 21
12 – 2 pm
Room 12-274
OISE, 252 Bloor St. West

The paper will review the nature of human understanding, and consider the significance of uncertainty and ignorance as prolegomena for a discussion of the scientific method and, in particular, methods of investigating human abilities and the state of research in the social sciences.

Dr. K.V. Pankhurst is Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Studies in Education and Work. He recently retired from a career combining appointments in universities, government departments, and international institutions, and was for many years a senior official of the OECD.

About CSEW: http://www.csew.ca

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ASSISTING LOCAL LEADERS WITH IMMIGRANT EMPLOYMENT STRATEGIES (ALLIES) LEARNING EXCHANGE: PUTTING IDEAS INTO ACTION

May 6-7
Halifax, Nova Scotia

More than 150 participants from over 10 city regions across Canada will meet in Halifax to learn about and discuss issues and strategies on how to promote the employment of skilled immigrants. Building on last year’s success in Vancouver, this year’s ALLIES Learning Exchange will bring together local stakeholders, including businesses, civic leaders, universities and colleges, community agencies, and all levels of government from participating communities such as Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Read more: http://www.maytree.com/integration/allies

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G20 SUMMIT IN TORONTO IN JUNE – JOIN THE PEOPLE’S SUMMIT

Governments are planning for the Summit of the G20 leaders in Toronto. However, more interesting for many will be a People’s Summit on June 18/19/20 which will feature workshops, seminars and teach-ins about
globalization, decent work, social justice and the environment.

On June 26th the labour movement will host a major rally for good jobs and global justice. For more information, go to http://peoplessummit2010.ca/section/2 or contact Mehdi at the Canadian Labour Congress at (416) 441-2731.

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CONVERSATION CAFE – NO MONEY. NO STATUS. NO POWER. MUST BE WOMEN’S WORK!

May 10
6:00-8:00 PM

Seneca College at Yorkgate Mall
1 York Gate Blvd
North York, Ontario
Room 218-219

Historically women have received less pay for the work that they do and any work that is considered nurturing work is left to women.

Is that why we see so much community organizing being done by women? What roles are women taking and being given in community building?

– Light meal will be provided
– Child care available by reservation only

Please RSVP by phone to: (416) 231-5499 or by email to: torontocdi@gmail.com

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CO-OPERATION AND SUSTAINABILITY: THE WAY FORWARD

June 14 – 16
The Westin Bayshore
Vancouver, BC

The Canadian Co-operative Association and British Columbia Co-operative Association invite you to beautiful Vancouver for one of the foremost learning and networking events for the Canadian co-operative sector.  Join leaders from co-operatives and credit unions across the country and around the world in exploring, learning and strategizing on co-operating for environmental, organizational and social sustainability.

Read more: http://www.coopscanada.coop/en/orphan/Congress2010

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NEWS & VIEWS

THE TEMPORARY ARMY THAT BATTLES FOR THE ECONOMY

by Duncan Cameron, rabble.ca

Economists often take the economy for an elevator. Are we going up or going down? With the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) arrow recently pointing up, instead of down, you might think the economy is improving. But output (which is what GDP measures) does not matter to people lives as much as employment and its evil twin unemployment.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2010/04/temporary-army

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BREAKING DOWN THE WELFARE WALL IN NEW BRUNSWICK

by The Caledon Institute

New Brunswick recently announced a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy that includes radical reform of its social assistance system. It aims to break down the welfare wall that traps thousands of residents… Far from an exit from poverty, welfare has become a social and economic ghetto that creates incentives for
dependence and disincentives for independence.

Read more: http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/868ENG.pdf

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ONTARIO ENGINEER / BANKER DEBUNKS P3S (PRIVATE-PUBLIC PARTNERSHIPS)

by Barry Critchley, Financial Post

John Scheel, who trained as a chemical engineer and ended up as a merchant banker, has developed a new passion in retirement: dispelling the supposed advantages of private public partnerships, the P3 sector.
In a nutshell, he believes they are more expensive than they should be, both from an operational and financing point of view and that they generate excess returns to the consortium that builds and manages them. And they are not transparent.

Read more: http://bit.ly/bdiuYP

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INCOME GAP BETWEEN ABORIGINALS IN CANADA AND OTHER GROUPS: ANALYSIS

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has just published an informative analysis on the income gaps between aboriginals in Canada and other groups in the country. At least, there is some positive news for
those aboriginals who have graduated from university, but the overall conclusion is that there is still a dramatic difference between most aboriginal groups and others in Canada.

The report is available at the CCPA’s Growing Gap section of its website at: http://www.policyalternatives.ca

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BRIARPATCH LAUNCHES DEEPER ROOTS CAMPAIGN

Over the past year, Briarpatch has continued to break new ground in our provocative explorations of food politics, crime and punishment, education, global feminism and more.

And we’ve got lots more up our sleeves, with issues in the works on migration & borders, the politics of health and the soul of activism — to name just a few.

But while the content of the magazine has never been stronger, Briarpatch has not been immune to the consequences of the economic crisis. Facing rising costs and falling revenues, we’ve struggled recently with serious funding stability problems — a crisis/opportunity that has led us to rethink our entire funding model and propose something bold and dynamic in its place: the Deeper Roots campaign.

Read more: http://bit.ly/d6R16X

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JOURNAL ARTICLES

The nature of giving time to your child’s school
Laura K. Gee
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 13 April 2010
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010362116v1

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Building a climate for innovation through transformational leadership and organizational culture
James C. Sarros, Brian K. Cooper and Joseph C. Santora
Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies 2008; 15; 145
http://jlo.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/15/2/145

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Making civil society work: Models of democracy and their impact on civic engagement
Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffen and Markus Freitag
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 6 April 2010, 10.1177/0899764010362114
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010362114v1

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Can an opportunity to learn at work reduce stress?: A revisitation of the job demand-control model
Chiara Panari, Dina Guglielmi, Silvia Simbula, Marco Depolo
Journal of Workplace Learning, Volume 22, Issue 3, Pages: 166-179
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/viewContentItem.do?contentType=Article&contentId=1852672

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David Dubinsky, the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union and the limits of social democratic trade unionism
Victor G. Devinatz
Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal Volume 22, Number 1 / March, 2010, Page 67 – 78
http://springerlink.com/content/m64744243w323q0v/?p=602e69d356ec441c91726304d75a6b53&pi=6

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OUR MANDATE:

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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