Vancouver B.C. Social Ecology Intensive: June 1-5, 2019

Rethinking Social Transformation: Reclaiming the City & Building Popular Power

June 1- 5, 2019

University of British Columbia Farm, Vancouver B.C.

We’re excited to announce that our next Social Ecology Intensive will take place June 1st through 5th at the University of British Columbia Farm in Vancouver, B.C.! Join ISE faculty and local activist-educators for a weekend or full week of classes, workshops, and panel discussions that will provide a comprehensive overview of Social Ecology and explore a variety of contemporary political issues and local struggles (program below).

The registration fee for the full 5 days is $70-$300 sliding scale, or $40–85 for just the weekend. We don’t turn anyone away for lack of funds, so if you can afford it please consider giving more so we can allow others to participate on scholarship. We provide food as well as limited onsite camping and local home shares.  Our last Intensive was an inspiring week of transformative education with over 60 amazing international participants from across the United States, Canada, Europe, and New Zealand.  To enroll or ask questions, contact us at You can reserve a confirmed space by paying a $30 deposit here.  


Saturday June 1

9-10:30              Introductions and opening circle

10:45-12:30      What is Social Ecology? Dan Chodorkoff

12:30-2             Lunch

2-4                     Communalism: Building Neighborhood Power  

Panel Discussion: Building Popular Power in the Pacific Northwest – Mark Friesen, Vantage Point/Evoke BC; Scott Clark, Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society, Our Place, Vancouver; Phil and Franz/Olympia Assembly; Ami Sommariva Demand Utopia Portland

4:30-6:30           Radical Walking Tour of Vancouver — Dale McCarthy

6:30-8:00          Dinner

Sunday June 2

10-12                Understanding Capitalism – Peter Staudenmaier

12-1:30             Lunch

1:30-3:30          Challenging Capitalism – Peter Staudenmaier

4-6                     Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life – Matt Hern

6-7:30               Dinner

7:30-9               Utopia and Reconstructive Vision – Dan Chodorkoff

Monday June 3

9:00-11           Fascism and the Far Right – Peter Staudenmaier

11:15-12:45 Feminism and Social Ecology – Franz Carrol

12-1:30             Lunch

1:30-3:30          Food & Climate Justice – Clare Cullen

5:15-6:30          Dinner

6:30-9:30          Film screening: Universal Basic Income – Our Right to Live

Discussion with film participant Mayte Quinanilla and Livable Income Vancouver

Tuesday June 4

10-12                Panel: Insurgent campaigns and building movement power: an ecology of tactics

Derrick O’Keefe (COPE), Shawn Vulliez (COPE), Anastasia Gaisenok, Check Your Head,, Peter Prontzos, emeritus professor of Political Science, Langara College

12-1:00             Lunch

1:00-3:00          Comprehensive Community Planning and Governance from a Nation to Nation Perspective

Musqueam Nation

3-3:30              Break

3:30-6:00          Indigenous Sovereignty from an Urban Perspective  

Scott Clark, ED-Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society, President, North West Indigenous Council; Representative Congress of Aboriginal Peoples

6:15                  Closing Circle & Reflection

Environmental justice tour of Hunters Point, 2016 SF Intensive

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