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IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL EVENTS

The Legacy Project is a Toronto-based research and education group. Two decades of research and development have gone into laying the foundation for the 7-Generation initiative. This deep systems work, using intergenerational and place-based dynamics, is the practice of interconnecting people, projects, and places to each other for shared purpose, fostering collaborations for systemic impact, facilitating collective learning, and embodying processes and structures that build community resilience.

UPCOMING


The 7-Generation work in the Greater Tkaronto Bioregion (GTB) has been selected as part of the first cohort of the global Bioregional Activators. This is about empowering generations in a big-picture story of change for the wellbeing of lives, communities, and the planet.



To help launch 7-Generation GTB, Joe Brewer and his partner Penny Heiple from the Bioregional Activators Network are coming to Toronto. This is an international collaborative effort, drawing on decades of scientific research, to bring together a planetary network of bioregions. The GTB can both lead and learn from regions around the world for cultural regeneration (generations in community) and ecological regeneration (community in bioregion).
Joe Brewer
Joe Brewer is a transdisciplinary scholar with a background in both earth sciences and cognitive sciences. He's an inspiring speaker and leading-edge systems complexity thinker. He's currently doing on-the-ground regeneration work in a 500,000 ha bioregion around Barichara, Colombia, and helping to create a global bioregional network. He is founder of the Design Institute for Regenerating Earth and author of The Design Pathway for Regenerating Earth.

Joe and Penny will be in the Toronto area January 30 to February 4, 2023 as they travel to various parts of the vital Great Lakes Basin – Toronto is surrounded by approximately 20% of the world's surface fresh water. As they share their expertise and insights, they're also helping activate a locally-led exploratory process around the valuable interconnections across silos/groups/activities in the GTB.

You can register for more than one event; some content may be similar across events and some events are targeted for specific audiences. Some sessions will include a short introductory presentation by Susan V. Bosak, a researcher, educator, and lead strategist for the 7-Generation GTB work.

See the complete collection of Joe Brewer in-person and virtual Toronto events on Eventbrite. You can also scan the descriptions below (which include the intended audience for each event as well as the 7-Generation GTB follow-on events after Joe's visit) and click through to register:

Monday, January 30, 1:30-3:30 pm
Cornell Community Centre, Markham

The Re-Generation: Young People & Older Adults
Co-Creating a Better Future

For: Grade 7-10 Students and Older Adults in the community
As part of our Talk With Ethan discussion series (in the Legacy Project's Be An Elder stream), this dynamic intergenerational event will start with a lively presentation by Joe Brewer. One of the things he'll talk about is the Bioregional Learning Center concept, where we can learn about our place – both our geographic place and our place in the ecology of life. How can we rethink "school" and "learning," and how would you design an intergenerational, lifelong bioregional school for the Greater Tkaronto Bioregion (GTB)? There will be an opportunity for intergenerational discussion. In the face of local and global challenges, generations learning and working together can become a "super organism" with the power for meaningful impact. Click here for more info and registration.

Tuesday, January 31, 1:30-3:30 pm
Pickering College, Newmarket

Re-Generation: Young People & Older Adults
Co-Creating a Better Future

Limited access, Pickering College students and older adults
As part of our Talk With Ethan discussion series (in the Legacy Project's Be An Elder stream), this dynamic intergenerational event will start with a lively presentation by Joe Brewer. One of the things he'll talk about is the Bioregional Learning Center concept, where we can learn about our place – both our geographic place and our place in the ecology of life. How can we rethink "school" and "learning," and how would you design an intergenerational, lifelong bioregional school for the Greater Tkaronto Bioregion (GTB)? There will be an opportunity for intergenerational discussion. In the face of local and global challenges, generations learning and working together can become a "super organism" with the power for meaningful impact. Click here for more info and registration.

Wednesday, February 1, same session offered twice
10:00 am-12:00 noon OR 1:30-3:30 pm, virtual Zoom session

A 7-Generation Bioregional Approach to
Planning for People and Planet in a Polycrisis

For: Municipal and Regional Staff – sustainability, community/social services and programs, culture, parks/forestry, youth and seniors, social development, food security, planning and policy
The same virtual session will be repeated twice to meet demand across the GTA municipalities and regions. Social and ecological regeneration go hand-in-hand. The blunt fact is that we're in a polycrisis – converging climate, environmental, economic, political, technological, social, health crises. To navigate the polycrisis, we need a complex dance between mitigation, adaptation, and seeds. This thought-provoking session will change the way you view planning and programs, creating new opportunities to multiply meaning and impact. This is a deep systems approach. The 7-Generation GTB initiative bridges silos – from health and education to climate and economy. The GTA has an opportunity to both lead and learn from regions around the world in the new international network. If you register and are unable to attend, you will have special access to a recording. Click here for more info and registration.

Thursday, February 2, 9:30-11:30 am, virtual Zoom session
A Bioregional Approach to Regenerating
Our Land and Water

For: Staff managing the stewardship of large landscapes like Rouge National Urban Park and other local parks and forests, conservation areas, the Greenbelt
This session will shift the way you think about landscapes, their interrelationships, and their role in planetary systems. How can we take a bigger systemic approach to stewardship that can multiply meaningful impact across land areas from the very small to the very large? How can we more deeply engage the public in regenerative practices? If you register and are unable to attend, you will have special access to a recording. Click here for more info and registration.

Thursday, February 2, 6:30-8:30 pm
OCAD University, Downtown Toronto

Regenerating Our Future for People and Planet
with Joe Brewer

For: General Public, and people interested in regenerative practices, sustainability, food security
Social and ecological regeneration go hand-in-hand. We need a new way to understand current local and global challenges, looking at generations in community in bioregion. You'll also learn how we can bring generations together to design a pathway for the future, including ways you can make a difference in your community. Click here for more info and registration.
There will also be a ReFi Meetup before the Thursday event at OCAD U, 5:00-6:00 pm.

Friday, February 3, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, virtual Zoom session
7-Generation Healing: Lived Experience in Place
For: Staff working in social programs, services, and supports, healthcare (social prescribing), as well as those interested in new social organizing/governance models
The story of the world is interwoven with our own life stories and relationships. As we work toward ecological and social regeneration, how can we nurture intergenerational healing and bridge silos? How can we systemically interconnect social programs/supports to be more than just a bandage, and provide a framework for co-creation and care? A key tool in forging this pathway is social prescribing; we're working with Dr. Kate Mulligan of the Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing. You'll be introduced to concepts from intergenerational research, SenseMaker, Warm Data, and Prosocial. This session will also touch on Indigenous models of One Health that see families, communities, and land as the combined critical parts of our healthy experience as human beings. If you register and are unable to attend, you will have special access to a recording. Click here for more info and registration.

Friday, February 3, 6:30-8:30 pm
Cornell Community Centre, Markham

Regenerating Our Future for People and Planet
with Joe Brewer

For: General Public, and people interested in regenerative practices, sustainability, food security
Social and ecological regeneration go hand-in-hand. We need a new way to understand current local and global challenges, looking at generations in community in bioregion. You'll also learn how we can bring generations together to design a pathway for the future, including ways you can make a difference in your community. Click here for more info and registration.

Saturday, February 4, 2:00-4:00 pm
Caledon East Community Complex

Weaving Together the Bioregion for Regeneration:
Land, Water, Food

For: People interested in sustainability and regenerative practices (e.g. farmers and other growers, permaculture, agroforestry), and General Public
We need a new way to understand current local and global challenges, looking at generations in community in bioregion. How can we create more impact weaving together regenerative practices across the GTB, protecting and enhancing the valuable natural assets we have in this bioregion? This is about sustainability and integrated land stewardship, from the ground up. Click here for more info and registration.

Thursday, February 9, 4:00-6:00 pm, virtual livestream
Regenerating Bioregions: Co-Designing Our Future Together
For: General public, university researchers
After visiting Toronto, Joe Brewer is visiting other areas around the Great Lakes Basin. 7-Generation GTB is working closely with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH on the bioregional work. Dr. Peter Whitehouse, a Professor at Case and Founder of The Intergenerational School in Cleveland, is an Advisor on 7-Generation GTB. They're doing a livestream session with Joe that will include other voices, including David Orr, the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics Emeritus at Oberlin College. Sign up to sit in on this important discussion as we interconnect learning and action in bioregions across the Great Lakes Basin. Click here for more info and registration.


7-Generation GTB: Deeper Dive
For: All
Week of February 13 (date TBA), virtual session

Joe Brewer's events will probably leave you with many thoughts and a lot of questions. This informal session is open to everyone who is interested in finding out more and exploring next steps. We'll talk about how cultural and ecological regeneration go hand-in-hand, about bringing together a landscape partnership across the GTB, intergenerational legacy projects, and organizing models. We can also talk about experimenting with ways to provide interconnection, support, and pathways for parallel learning and action both within our bioregion and with other bioregions. The GTB has an opportunity to both lead and learn from regions around the world in the new international network. If you're interested in being included on the invitation list, e-mail us.

Prosocial Principles
For: All
February/March (date TBA), virtual session

Collaboration and new forms of commons governance are essential in the current complexity, and yet it's a challenge in today's fragmented, time-pressured world. We'll explore Prosocial Principles, and new ways of organizing and governing to create common good. Prosocial Principles draw on the Nobel Prize-winning work of Elinor Ostrom. Prosocial World offers more resources. If you're interested in being included on the invitation list, e-mail us.

Talk With Ethan
For: Students and older adults
A 4-session virtual series in February, dates TBA

As part of the Legacy Project's Be An Elder stream, the Talk With Ethan 4-session virtual discussion series will bring together students and elders from around the world in a thought-provoking and interactive format. If you're interested in being included on the invitation list, e-mail us.

Elderhood to Ancestorhood with Dr. Peter Whitehouse
For: Adults of all ages
February/March (date TBA), virtual session

What if we're all elders-in-training and our ultimate goal is to be a good ancestor? As part of the Legacy Project's Be An Elder stream, this session features Dr. Peter Whitehouse, Founder of The Intergenerational School in Cleveland, OH. The Cleveland area is also organizing bioregionally, and this is an opportunity for bioregions to learn from each other. If you're interested in being included on the invitation list, e-mail us.

Embodying Our Place
For: All
February/March (date TBA), virtual session

How can we better understand and feel into our place, this Greater Tkaronto Bioregion? Seeing and speaking for our local land, rivers, and lakes brings a powerful new perspective to activities. It helps us see beyond our own life story into the story of lifetimes across generations, in a complex ecological, cultural, and historical context. If you're interested in being included on the invitation list, e-mail us.

7-Generation Week
For: All generations and organizations
Monday, March 27 to Friday, March 31, virtual/in-person

A week-long 7-Generation Learning Journey that includes virtual sessions on a variety of topics with international speakers, and local field site visits. It will be the lead-up to the 7-Generation Summit. If you're interested in being included on the invitation list, e-mail us.

7-Generation Summit
For: All generations and organizations in the GTB
Tuesday, April 4, Markham (venue to be announced)

This intergenerational, big-picture event will feature speakers and interactive breakouts. It will be the celebratory culmination of several weeks of activities, and a bridge to the next phase in the 7-Generation GTB ongoing process. If you're interested in being included on the invitation list, e-mail us.


Note that in-person events will take place in a well-ventilated space and all those in attendance will be asked to wear a mask to protect everyone participating.

There is no cost to attend any of these events. If you're able, we welcome a donation to support Joe Brewer's work in Barichara, Colombia.

Questions? E-mail the Legacy Project, or contact Brian Puppa, Executive Director at the Legacy Project, at (905) 852-3777. We'll also put you on the e-mail list for updated information as soon as it's available.