Generation NGO – book celebration and benefit for Bikes Without Borders

Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 16:45

At the Centre for Social Innovation, first floor.


Join contributors from Generation NGO in a celebration of the book and a benefit for Bikes Without Borders (BWB). Program at 4:00pm - hear stories from contributors of Generation NGO and learn about BWB. Refreshments provided.

"Generation NGO" is a book about a generation of young professionals who are actively engaged in global issues, who venture overseas to work in international development. What happens when they leave their comfortable homes to journey to refugee camps or war zones in the name of "development," and then return home? These are their stories.

Bikes Without Borders is a non-profit organization using bikes and bike-related solutions as a tool for development in marginalized communities. BWB serves marginalized communities in both the developing and developed worlds where bikes and bike-related solutions can have a significant, positive impact on community development by providing bicycles, bicycle-related solutions, repair/maintenance training and program support to residents of marginalized communities.

Proceeds from book sales (available at a special price) at this event benefit Bikes Without Borders.


"Travel with these ten thoughtful young Canadians to el otro lado - the other side - and like them you will come back with very different ideas about foreign aid, development, poverty, and Canada."
~ Ian Smillie, author of Freedom from Want and Blood on the Stone: Greed, Corruption and War in the Global Diamond Trade

"This is a must-read for anyone who is planning to travel or has returned from abroad for volunteering or international development."
~ Rebecca Tiessen, Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor, RMC, and Adjunct Professor, Global Development Studies, Queen's University

"Young Canadians set forth into the developing world to try to bring about positive change. But while their objectives are not always achieved - or even achievable - their tales show how they themselves are often more transformed in the process than the wide world they seek to help. "
~ Alexandre Trudeau, director of Refuge, A Film About Darfur

"In these astute and beautifully written personal essays, the authors critically engage with broad issues of development and social justice and interrogate their own role on the global stage. They leave us with much to ponder about the exhilaration, commitment, and ethical ambiguities that characterize the experience of Generation NGO."
~Jacqueline Solway, Professor, International Development Studies and Anthropology, Trent University, and former Director of the Trent in Ghana


Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Ave, room 120
43° 39' 3.1212" N, 79° 23' 49.4556" W

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