Saturday Workshop #1: Ethics and Contemporary Capitalism

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Where does that gut feeling of wrongness our current economic system often arouses in us come from? Guest facilitator Chris Nichols dives into the intricacies of neo-liberal capitalism, using conceptual tools to unpack the story of capitalism and its many invisible contradictions, before showing what is at stake today in understanding these contradictions and their 'on-the-ground' flash points today.

He will then move to the imagining of alternatives, working through useful concepts and practical ways of 'living otherwise' within our current system, using compelling contemporary examples as inspiration.

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DATE: Saturday, October 17th
TIME: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (with a break for lunch)
WHERE: Groundswell Cafe & Clubhouse, 566 Powell St. at Princess
WHAT: Ethics and Contemporary Capitalism: critique and the realization of alternatives
REGISTRATION: $35.00 for community members, $20.00 for Groundswell alumni  
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If you cannot afford the registration fee but really want to attend, please email communications"at"groundswellcommunity.ca

Chris Nichols

Morning - Attacking the current economic logic conceptually and historically We begin this workshop diving into the intricacies of neo-liberal capitalism, using conceptual tools to unpack the story of capitalism and its many invisible contradictions, before showing what is at stake today in understanding these contradictions and their 'on-the-ground' flash points that are happening all around us.

Afternoon - Practical ways of "living otherwise" within our current system Although the problems of contemporary neo-liberal capitalism are very real and far reaching, they are not immutable; a different world is not only possible, but evident everywhere. We look at the many ways people are practicing other ways of living, working through useful concepts and practical ways that our ethics can find real traction in alternative economies and communities within our current system.

PRESENTED BY: Facilitated by Chris Nichols

Chris is a writer and carpenter living in Vancouver, BC, on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples. He is the co-founder of Wood Shop Workers Co-op, alumnus of Groundswell's Social Entrepreneur program, and has written and spoken extensively on social and economic critique being an opening toward the imagination and realization of practical alternatives. 

   Hosted by Groundswell's Community Coordinator, Emily Huynh

Emily is an experienced facilitator grounded in anti-oppressive practice who has worked in community education and engagement settings across the Lower Mainland. As Groundswell’s Community Coordinator, she shares her skills in community consultation and focuses on bridging the diverse perspectives of Groundswell’s participants, local community, and broader network of movers and shakers.  She is currently completing her MA in Community Psychology.

If you cannot afford the ticket price and you really want to attend, please email us at communications"at"groundswellcommunity.ca