A Critique of Multiculturalism

On Monday, September 11, a panel of community members gathered at London Public Library to discuss the dark side of the lived experience of multiculturalism. This podcast episode features Raghad El Niwairi, Marie Fiedler, Leroy Hibbert, Jasmine Jasani, Tanaz Javan, and Heenal Rajani in conversation with James Shelley.

Canada is a nation that has multiculturalism baked into its legislative framework, and we are actively encourage, especially at a national level, to celebrate multiculturalism as a key feature of ‘Canadian identity’… But do we collectively ask the right questions? What are the negative impacts or side effects of multiculturalism?

Who defines the parameters for what counts as a cultural identity? And who is then forced to fit inside the box?

Funding and grant development: the chicken or the egg?

You are invited to informal ‘pub night’ to brainstorm and discuss a basic and common ‘chicken or egg’ problem in funding:

The story often goes like this…

1. An issue is identified that appears to justify further inquiry
2. A source of potential funding is identified that appears to align with the research proposal
3. Where does the time and energy come from to write a grant if key individuals or potential partners are a) already swamped with important existing work, or b) unable to invest/risk unpaid hours in grant development without compensation?

To put the conundrum another way: are there any creative approaches we can employ to navigate, circumvent, or collaborate around the significant ‘opportunity cost’ of applying for funding? The perennial dilemma here is that grant development consumes and expends precious institutional resources without guaranteeing any return on the investment.

This is an informal conversation, to which academics, grant writers, funders, researchers, consultants, and program evaluators of all sorts are invited. We don’t assume we are going to ‘solve’ this question, but we think there is benefit in gathering as a group to swap perspectives.

Wed, 1 November 2017
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
Chaucer’s Pub (122 Carling Street)

RSVP at funding-and-grant-development.eventbrite.ca

Stretch your systems thinking muscles

The Pillar Nonprofit Network is hosting a Systems Thinking Exchange, with five sessions scheduled in 2017-2018: “A community of practice, and a place for the community to pool our understanding of systems thinking in a peer-learning environment. We will provide the speaker and general topic and you are asked to come to the table with a willingness to share, learn and be more curious.”

Sep 28, 2017 – Systems Fundamentals (Michael Ayres)
Nov 30, 2017 – Systems Doing (Heenal Rajani, with Michael Clarke)
Feb 15, 2018 – Relationship Systems Intelligence (Janet Frood)
Apr 26, 2018 – Systems Thinking in Practice (Andre Vashist)
Jun 28, 2018 – Seeing the System’s Potential (Chris Moss)

(Please register for the dates that you are able to participate.)

Community conversation about the side effects of multiculturalism (September 11, 2017)

CRHESI co-coordinator James Shelley is hosting community panel discussion entitled, A Critique of Multiculturalism on Monday, September 11, 2017 at Central Library. “Join us for a panel discussion and community conversation exploring the negative (or perhaps unintended?) consequences of multiculturalism as a political agenda.” For more information, see the discussions notes and panelist bios.