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Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political

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The Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy in collaboration with the School of Community and Public Affairs and Penguin Group (Canada) invites all to the launching of

Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political
By Judy Rebick
CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy
Ryerson University

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Time: 5pm – 7 pm

Venue: Samuel Bronfman Building, Concordia University
1590 Dr. Penfield (Corner Cote-des-neiges) (map)

In her new book, Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political, veteran activist Judy Rebick explains how globalization and mass communication technology are revolutionizing our understanding of power and producing profound new ideas about social and political life. Whether it's the election of President Obama, the rise of democracy in Bolivia, or the success of Wikipedia, it's the process that's key: bringing communities of people together to produce something new; building a movement from the bottom up; sharing experience, knowledge and wisdom; emphasizing co-operation and consensus over confrontation and political partisanship.

Meaningful response to the environmental crisis and social injustice requires substantial, sustainable change at every level, which can only come through building power from the grass roots, from the people most impacted. In Transforming Power we discover the ideas, the people and the practices that can provide the paths to the change we need.