by Barbara Black
Naomi Klein, well-known author and a leading spokesperson for the anti-globalization
movement, will be a featured speaker at the ninth annual Institute in
Management and Community Development (IMCD) summer program, to take place
on the Loyola Campus June 11 to 15.
Klein is the author of No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies,
a highly successful attack on international corporations, including their
stranglehold on popular culture and international labour practices.
We just asked her, and there was an immediate response, probably
because she saw the nature of the event and who would be there,
said Lance Evoy, director of the Institute.
Trading strategies with peers
The summer program brings together community activists from all over North
America, and even beyond. For many of these people, it is a rare chance
to trade insights and strategies with their peers, and to find common
ground and inspiration in a vocation that is always, by definition, a
Evoy said that Klein, who went straight from the protest at the Summit
of the Americas in Quebec City in April to the May Day protests in Europe,
brings not only her high profile but her international experience to the
summer program. So does the other featured speaker, Laure Waridel, an
activist and author in the field of fair-trade commerce, who has done
research in Mexico, France, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
This year, the Institute had a resident resource person, Dave Beckwith,
from the Centre for Community Change, in Washington, D.C. Thanks to fundraising
efforts by the IMCD, Beckwith and his family travelled across Canada in
a van for three months, interviewing about 40 community organizers and
their supporters. Evoy says that about 20 of them are coming to the summer
program as a result. Beckwith then went to Australia and did the same
thing, travelling and interviewing.
Evoy dreams of publishing these vignettes in a book similar to those of
the Chicago populist Studs Terkel.
The summer program, as always, will be primarily a meeting place for about
800 activists and community workers who look forward to having their batteries
Evoy says that over the years, he has discovered what works at these gatherings:
a rich diversity of approaches, resource people from a wide variety of
places, and an emphasis on links, applications and appropriate pedagogy.
We want to provoke the participantsin a positive way,