Creating a space for Community Dialogue

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 23:00

Creating a space for Community Dialogue
Toronto Community Development Institute (TCDI)

Join other activists, advocates, and organizers

    Weaving connections between: – community groups – city-wide organizations  – social justice networks  – progressive movements
    Sharing stories from our struggles
    Finding common ground on issues, goals, values
    Developing the groundwork for a solidarity strategy and creating the conditions for an active solidarity alliance

We are an inclusive and open group of people. TCDI members welcome creative and passionate people actively engaged in building collaborative action for social improvement at the neighbourhood, city-wide, regional, and national levels. Our goal is to create a centre for learning and sharing about organizing and developing community, while building networks of active solidarity.

TCDI began in 2007 among community development activists, popular educators, academics, and labour activists. We have reached out to advocates on issues such as (but not limited to) immigrants and refugees and Aboriginal Rights. We also build relationships with post-secondary programs of social/community/political work, as well as human service agencies, activists in communities, and progressive movements for social change.

We would like our work to continue to evolve. We do see that work as having two parallel paths – conferences that engage people across the city and issues and responsive educational series in local communities. We feel both are essential to learning and organizing.

Here are some things we have done:

    Organized and hosted two annual Spring Institutes in 2008 and 2009
    Supported 1st annual George Brown College Community Workers’ Summer Institute
    Co-sponsored Push Back! Move Forward! conference in October, 2013 with the Anti-
    Poverty Community Organizing and Learning (APCOL) project group

Here is what we would like to do in the coming year:

    Host People Unite activities for conference participants and others to discuss how to work collaboratively to address current social and political issues/concerns
    Assist local communities in creating customized and fun learning opportunities for community workers and resident activists (youth, adults, seniors)
    Define further TCDI structure to function better and engage new members.

At its core, our approach is one of learning and sharing knowledge. We also intend our work to help to build bridges, tear down walls, and increase the active support that people and groups in various movements give each other. We see this as strengthening communities and neighbourhoods by strengthening the progressive movements active today or tomorrow.

We invite you to join us or work with us on our projects. For more information about how you can be a part of TCDI, email [email protected] or call (416) 231-5499.

Need to know:
- Doors open at 5:50
- Free
- Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
- Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.

Beit Zatoun Toronto , ON
Ontario CA
robert massoud

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