Community Cafe Series

Have you ever thought about the current challenges we face with pandemics, land degradation, societal issues, and climate change?

If so, join us for a series of discussions about how we can rethink our relationship with the natural world so that, together, we may create a more positive future.

The cafe’s will be hosted virtually by members of the Beyond Sustainability: Radical Transformation Through System Thinking project, funded under the New Frontiers in Research Fund – Exploration grant. Guest speakers and hosts will also join in the discussions and will be announced closer to each event date.


How to join the community cafes:

The Community Café events will take place live online via Microsoft Teams.

Pre-registration is required on Eventbrite and the link is available in the corresponding event listing below. Please contact Heather VanVolkenburg at hvanvolkenburg@brocku.ca with any questions.

Upcoming Events

“This new project seeks to bring together both experts and members of the public in meaningful ways so that both may together rethink a more sustainable social-ecological system. We have much to learn from one another and it is the goal of the Beyond Sustainability team to facilitate an exchange of ideas that will support a worldview that benefits all of earth’s inhabitants.”

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Date: Monday, November 1, 2021
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm (EDT)
Host: Liette Vasseur
Guests: Charles Conteh and Michael Hallé

“What is sustainability and sustainable development? How can the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) help us to achieve a future that is both just and environmentally healthy? In this session, we will explore the interconnected nature of the different goals and the importance of considering them as integral components of a bigger picture.”

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Date: Monday, November 15, 2021
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm (EDT)
Host: Liette Vasseur
Guests: Paulina Fedko & Luisa Diele-Viegas

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“What do you recall your first memory of nature to be? Was it the leaves of a tree dancing in the wind, or the first drops of rain on your face as a child? How can remembering help us to better understand our place within the complexity of the natural world? Nature can be one of the best medicines against many illnesses. We explore its importance in our lives as well as how much we forget about it.”


Date: Monday, December 6, 2021
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm (EDT)
Host: Catherine Longboat
Guests: Isaac Murdock and Liette Vasseur

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About Beyond Sustainability: Radical Transformation Through System Thinking

Under the New Frontiers in Research Fund – Exploration grant, the Beyond Sustainability: Radical Transformation Through System Thinking project brings opportunities to engage and exchange ideas with the public about the need for such transformative thinking and action. Experts in environmental science, philosophy, economics, Indigenous culture, performing arts, literature and political science will work with our community partners both local and global to nurture this new way of thinking idea.

The objective of the project is to further develop the concept of rethinking humans and their relations with nature with the aim of embracing a worldview that genuinely reflects our relationship with nature to bring a more sustainable social-ecological system.