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Welcome to the CHE Library Chats: Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month, we gather in the CHE library for a range of stimulating conversations in a convivial atmosphere. Various guests have offered to share their ideas*.
Events are free – donations are welcome – and there will be tea and coffee.
If you’re interested in attending, please register at email@example.com , thanks!
Location: CHE Library, The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, G513UU
Background: Part of the Centre for Human Ecology’s contribution to Govan Folk University is to develop the CHE’s own library as a community resource. As a first step, the CHE library will open its doors for a series of events, where members of the local community in and around Govan are invited to meet new people, browse books, and reflect on issues of our times.
Wed 4th December 2013, 5pm: Armin Sturm – “Lakota – A Native American Language Between Language Loss and Reactivation”
Wed 18th December 2013, 5.30pm: Seasonal get-together. Drink tea, eat biscuits, reflect on the end of the year and the beginning of a new one.
Optional: Make cards or presents from recycled materials (bring your own materials)
Library closed on Wed 1st Januar 2014: Happy New Year!
Wed 15th January 2014, 5.30pm: Walton Pantland – “Alternative currencies – can we create our own money to build local economies that sustain us?”
Wed 5th February 2014, 5.30pm: Mike McCarron – “Citizens’ Basic Income – time for Scotland to take a lead”
*The framework for the library chats invites informal sharing to stimulate discussions; views expressed by guests are not necessarily endorsed by the CHE.
CHE graduate Dan Glass is participating in the Training for Transformation workshop in South Africa. In this personal guest post, he shares his experience and some of what’s been happening:
Dear CHE Family, thanks to all the support from you – the Training for Transformation (TfT) delegation in South Africa which we started in October 2012 is coming to completion and we are becoming more and more driven to support positive social change in our communities. The TfT programme, based on the principles of popular education, involves spending a year developing a new generation of leaders who are self-motivated and whose thinking and practice is grounded in communities’ realities. Through meeting incredible fearless community activists from across Africa and beyond, we are linking local and national initiatives to the global civic movement for international justice. We feel so lucky to have had the opportunity connect with such incredible minds and souls, whom are pioneers in the field of HIV justice, women’s work, anti-Apartheid organising, alternative economics and so much more. TfT has nourished the belly of movements for justice all over the world. Starting with Steve Biko, founder of the Black Consciousness Movement, who along with others helped start TfT to Abahlali – the South African Shack Dwellers Movement to Mamelani ‘listen up!’ in South Africa, the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST) and many more know the magic of TfT.
Here are the tools for transformation that we learnt – ‘the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house’
WHAT NEXT? THE DELEGATES PROJECTS
Verene Nicolas – firstname.lastname@example.org www.verenenicolas.org
Verene hopes she can continue to input on the Training for Transformation course in the future as she always finds the experience soul nourishing.
Amreeta Kaur – email@example.com
Thanks to TfT I am rich with knowledge and support around identifying community needs as well as theory around how to make positive social change possible. This has led me to start up a social enterprise called ‘Bridges out of Poverty and Getting Ahead’ within the Govan area of Glasgow.
Maria Latumahina – firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the coming year I am bringing in TfT methodology in a systematic manner to develop a strong alliance of community change agents and building community-government partnerships in Papua.
Dan Glass – email@example.com www.theglassishalffull.co.uk
CHE Graduates and Fellows Bob Wallace and Norah Barnes have set up a new website which details the eco-courses and holidays they are delivering at the Earth Connections Sustainability Centre on the Island of Eigg.
Of particular interest may be the course ‘Human Ecology in Practice’ 14 -17th September 2013
For more information on this and other courses please follow the link http://www.earthconnections.co.uk
or email Norah Barnes firstname.lastname@example.org
(Please note the CHE is not responsible for content on external websites, nor the courses offered)
Since leaving the University of Strathclyde in 2010, the Centre for Human Ecology has been based at the historic Pearce Institute in Govan, Glasgow. As well as providing a convivial meeting space, the Centre’s home here contains our beautiful table, made by students and Tom Forsyth back in the University of Edinburgh days- complete with central CHE logo in bog oak from near Faslane nuclear base which would probably carbon date at about 5,000 years old!
Also present are the CHE’s library of books on a wide variety of subjects, as well as related archival material including student theses, occasional papers and other research.
We are pleased to announce that the Centre has been awarded funding from Foundation Scotland and the Longstone Trust to improve and relaunch our library as a community resource. This will involve opening the library to the public one day a week and holding associated learning events.
We’ll update the website with news of what’s happening and how to get involved, so check back soon- or follow us on Twitter!