Mobilizing for a Better Alberta: Strong Communities, Public Solutions

31 Mar, 2011, 6:00PM - 02 Apr, 2011, 4:00PM
Chateau Louis Conference Centre, 11727 Kingsway NW, Edmonton
Organized by: 
Public Interest Alberta

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Thanks to all the participants, volunteers, speakers, staff and sponsors for making the conference a great success!

Original details on PIA's 5th Annual Advocacy Conference, held March 31 - April 2, 2011 in Edmonton:

Alberta’s families and communities continue to be threatened by a government that is determined to pursue a path of pushing privatization and underfunding public services that are fundamental to our social and economic well-being.

This conference provided the opportunity to work with other individuals and organizations in developing public solutions that will strengthen our communities and provide us with the tools to mobilize us into action to build a better Alberta for all.

We were honoured to have as our keynote speaker Dr. Dennis Shirley, Professor, Lynch School of Education, Boston College as well as first-rate plenary speakers on key topics including Rob Hopkins (via live video feed), Co-Founder, Transition Town Movement, Dr. Ritika Goel, Co-Founder, Students for Medicare, Dr. Trevor Harrison, Professor of Sociology, University of Lethbridge and Walter Davis, Executive Director, National Organizers Alliance.

Check out the full details in the Conference Program Guide - PDF
Speaker Bios and Conference Agenda
Keynote Address in Calgary - Wed, March 30
Keynote Presentation & Reception

Dennis ShirleyDennis Shirley is an internationally renowned speaker, author of numerous books and professor at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. His research on organizing has involved establishing multi-issue, multi-class, and multi-racial coalitions around social justice issues. His latest book, The Fourth Way, illustrates how the old ways for effecting social and educational change are no longer suited to the fast, flexible, and vulnerable new world of the 21st century.

Shirley's keynote address: "The Inspiring Future of Public Interest Organizing"
In many jurisdictions around the globe the economic recession of recent years has led to curtailed public services as a result of cut-backs. In other contexts, however, activists and leaders have responded imaginatively with strategies to promote transparency, to conserve the environment, to uplift democracy and to promote the public good. In this provocative presentation Dennis Shirley will draw upon his many years as an activist and scholar working with civic groups around the world to describe new openings in civic engagement. He will outline ways in which ordinary people are using new technologies to advance their struggles for social justice with special relevance for the future of the public interest in Alberta.


Shirley also gave a Keynote Address in Calgary, on Wednesday, March 30

Conference Poster in PDF

This conference was made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors:

  • Alberta Teachers’ Association
  • Alberta Union of Provincial Employees
  • Health Sciences Association of Alberta
  • United Nurses of Alberta
  • Friends of Medicare
  • Alberta Federation of Labour
  • Vue Weekly
  • APIRG - Alberta Public Interest Research Group
  • Parkland Institute
  • CKUA
  • CJSR


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