Explore past conferences from Parkland Institute.
Global Village or Global Pillage? Rethinking Citizenship in a Corporate World
November 12-14, 1998
As national markets are deregulated and economic borders are erased, decisions as to how the earth's life-sustaining resources are preserved are passing to corporations and financial institutions concerned primarily with maximizing short-term profits. Amidst this bleak scenario, many citizen groups are reaching out to form alliances committed to addressing root causes of the growing crisis of globalization and an emergent social movements is coalescing around a common vision of a world of diverse cultures and just and sustainable communities living in balance with the natural world. Featuring keynote speaker David Korten, Parkland Institute's 2nd Annual Fall Conference analyzed these dynamics.Read more
Globalization, Corporatism & Democracy: Alberta and Canada
November 6-8, 1997
Public policy in Alberta and, more generally, in Canada, has experienced a sea-change in recent years. In particular a shrinkage in public sector functions has given way to an increased role, in both policy formation and implementation, for private sector organizations. The implications of these changes are still unclear. However, at least some authors, such as conference keynote John Ralston Saul suggest that a corporatist model of governance has emerged which is incompatible with a healthy democracy. Parkland Institute's first conference addressed these and other complementary ideas and concerns.Read more