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64 minutes | Jul 14, 2017
Risk and The Economy - Spur Toronto
From risky lending practices, to packaged financial instruments like mortgage-backed securities no-one really understood, the post-mortem on the financial crisis revealed the degree to which human irrationality, bias and cognitive errors drove the financial decisions of those at the top. Rotman School of Business Professor Dilip Soman sits down with journalist Sheelah Kolhatkar and researcher Dr. John Coates to explore the confluence of economics, psychology and neuroscience that influence human decision-making in a sector whose actions dictate the well-being of the world.
60 minutes | Feb 6, 2017
Political Tribalism - Spur Toronto
There was a time when political affiliation was passed down through generations, when families stood by political parties through thick and thin. Today, young people are turning their backs on partisanship labels that would have them waving Liberal, Conservative or NDP flags. Youth regularly refuse to devote themselves to a single camp (only 1% of Canadians are members of political parties) and make their decision on election day, perhaps casting a strategic or single-issue vote, if they vote at all. How are political parties responding to this new reality and working to garner the long-term support of Canadians? Is keeping options open good for democracy? Does partisanship increase with age? Can parties still win the allegiance of this youthful cohort, which will eventually make up the majority of voters? Spur brings together award winning journalists Susan Delacourt and Martin Patriquin, along with pollster Eric Grenier and moderator Jane Hilderman to hash out the details.
53 minutes | Jan 16, 2017
LRC Presents: Sally Armstrong on The Rising Economic Potential of Women
Sally Armstrong says, “The economy is the ticket that women can ride,” and that, “We can no longer afford to oppress half our population”. She details an international realization of the vast economic and financial benefits that come with bringing women to the table. According to Armstrong, this financial recognition is being coupled by a gradual change in mindset. Today, change is being led by individuals with immense personal will, whether it is Pakistan’s Malala or Kenya’s Milly. Where is this change happening and who is leading it? How are they different from women’s movements from the past? Who continues to stand in the way of progress? Armstrong gives us her take. Sally Armstrong is a journalist and human rights activist. She is a three-time Amnesty International award winner, and was a member of the International Women’s Commission at the U.N. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of seven honorary doctorate degrees. Armstrong has covered stories in zones of conflict across the globe; from Bosnia and Somalia to Rwanda and Afghanistan. In doing so, she has been awarded the Gold Award from the National Magazine Awards Foundation. Her most recent book is Ascent of Women: A New Age Is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter. The Maclean's article Ms Armstrong refers to in her talk can be found here: http://www.macleans.ca/news/world/the-new-faces-of-afghan-women/
59 minutes | Dec 12, 2016
The Process of Progress - Spur Halifax
In order to create the progressive, inclusive communities we want to live in, we first need to define how change happens and create a process for progress. In this age of fast-spreading, far reaching information, it’s easy to feel like a participant in the push towards progress just by sharing news, but what kinds of action really activate positive change? This session explores the value of advocating from the outside vs.working from within legislative systems, and the roles journalism, government and institutions play in moving the dial forward. How do we as a society come together to collaborate across our differences of need and point of view to create the trust necessary to move toward a better shared future?
59 minutes | Nov 28, 2016
Poets & Politicians - Spur Calgary
Shakespeare wrote that misery acquaints a man with strange bed-fellows, and news commentators say endlessly that politics does the same. At Spur, we think that strange bed-fellows often make for the most illuminating conversations. We’ve challenged a Poet (Brandon Wint) and Politician (The Honourable Kathleen Ganley, Minister for Justice and Solicitor General ) to sit down in conversation about “The Process of Progress.” What is the value of advocating from the outside vs.working from within legislative systems, and the roles journalism, government and institutions play in moving the dial forward.
69 minutes | Aug 8, 2016
Hive Mind or Internet Mob? - Spur Winnipeg
This conversation featuring Brianna Wu, Dr Emily Flynn-Jones and moderated by Danielle King opened or fourth annual Spur Festival in Winnipeg in May of 2016. Today, the web can bring people together, building online communities and mobilizing social movements, or create targets in a click, releasing a pack of online hounds. Spur welcomes a panel of pioneering women who have taken the power of game design and the potential of online communities to develop projects that challenge convention and provide fresh voices to the industry. This discussion also includes a performance by Spur Poet-in-Residence Chimwemwe Undi
54 minutes | Jul 5, 2016
Books That Spur: Ben Rawlence on "City Of Thorns" - Spur Toronto
In his book "City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp," Rawlence interweaves individual stories to show what life is like in the camp and to sketch the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped there. Lucid, vivid and illuminating, City of Thorns is an urgent human story with deep international repercussions, brought to life through the people who call Dadaab home. Rawlence discusses his work with Toronto Star Foreign Affairs reporter and award-winning journalist Marina Jimenez at the 2016 Toronto Spur Festival.
54 minutes | Mar 23, 2016
LRC Presents: Gordon C. Chang on China's Turbulent Third Era
The history of the People’s Republic, according to the dominant narrative, falls into two broad sections, the tumultuous decades dominated by Mao Zedong, the founder of “New China”, and the time of “reform and opening up” started by successor Deng Xiaoping. And as China rose, the West engaged the country to bring it into the international community. Now, however, the Chinese state has passed political and economic inflection points. As a result, the third era of the People’s Republic has already begun. Gordon Chang explains how in this third era, dominated by strongman Xi Jinping, other nations are struggling to develop new approaches to deal with a China moving in deeply troubling directions.
59 minutes | Mar 21, 2016
Alone Together In The Universe - Spur Calgary
Everywhere from the 27-kilometre-long Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator to Canada’s own Perimeter Institute, researchers continue to push the boundaries of physics. Asking the “big questions” on everything from the origins of the universe to the nature of time and space. As they develop ever-more complex experiments and theories to understand the fundamental nature of reality, we still want to know, is there life beyond Earth? Join science fiction author, Robert J. Sawyer, Dr Phil Langill, Director of the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory at the University of Calgary and moderator Kirstin Morrell as they compare the realities of physics research with our everyday desire to believe in other worldly phenomena.
59 minutes | Feb 23, 2016
LRC Presents: The Silent Promise Of Arab Youth with Bessma Momani
In her most recent book "Arab Dawn: Arab Youth and the Demographic Dividend They Will Bring", Momani challenges the negative assumptions surrounding the region, and focuses on the positive changes among Arab youth. According to Momani, this generation is more cosmopolitan, educated, entrepreneurial, creative, and tolerant than their parents. The Arab Spring was an initial cry for help against dysfunctional politics. Future change will require individual effort on the part of youth and new policies targeted towards them. Momani describes the hidden potential of the Middle East’s youth.
62 minutes | Feb 4, 2016
Building Community Wealth - Spur Winnipeg
The best way to get something done is to lead by example and in 1974 that is exactly what the small town of Dauphin, Manitoba did. In order to eliminate poverty the city guaranteed a basic minimum income for all its residents and for five years Dauphin was poverty free. But just like that with a change in provincial and federal governments, the “Mincome” project was cancelled in 1979. Now, almost 40 years later, countries from the US to Switzerland are wondering if Dauphin was on to something. Hugh Segal, political strategist and former Conservative senator, joins Evelyn Forget, economist and professor in the department of community health sciences at the University of Manitoba and Ed Schreyer for a conversation about the politics and possibilities of overcoming poverty with a policy that guarantees a minimum income for all.
61 minutes | Jan 27, 2016
Alone Together In The Digital Age - Spur Toronto
Recent years have seen study after study claim that for all the connectedness digital and social media provide we have never lived lonelier. The seemingly banal decision to tweet, text or send an email instead of meeting in person or even calling is about more than broadening our ideas of community; it’s altering the fabric of our social lives. Today, what does it mean to be a part of the community on your street, at work, and at home? Opening the Spur Toronto 2015 festival, long standing LRC editor and moderator Bronwyn Drainie sits down with Heather Menzies author of Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good, Susan Pinker author of The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healtheir and Happier and Michelle Hamilton-Page, Manager of Engagement and Marketing at Ushahidi to examine how we live, work and play together in a world where we have never felt lonelier.
53 minutes | Dec 11, 2015
The Guelph Lecture, Part 2: Jaron Lanier - Spur Guelph
The Guelph Lecture—On Being Canadian continues to promote public dialogue on, and greater understanding of, ideas and issues of concern. The event brings together a cast of some of the most innovative, imaginative and inspiring thinkers and performers, who engage audience members with an array of ideas not just for Canadians, but for all. Now in its 11th year, the Guelph Lecture presents Jaron Lanier as the Keynote Speaker. An accomplished technological innovator, philosopher and writer, Lanier will speak about humanity’s complex, often conflictual, relationship with digital technology and virtual reality, particularly the internet. 2015 marks the first year that the Guelph Lecture has been part of the Spur Festival.
33 minutes | Dec 10, 2015
The Guelph Lecture, Part 1: Lee Maracle - Spur Guelph
The Guelph Lecture—On Being Canadian continues to promote public dialogue on, and greater understanding of, ideas and issues of concern. The event brings together a cast of some of the most innovative, imaginative and inspiring thinkers and performers, who engage audience members with an array of ideas not just for Canadians, but for all. Now in its 11th year, the Guelph Lecture presented Jaron Lanier as the Keynote Speaker. Part 1 of this podcast features Lee Maracle, The Guelph Lecture's literary guest, who reads new work created during her Eastern Comma residency in Cambridge, ON, while living at North House, a high-tech house of the future.
55 minutes | Dec 8, 2015
LRC Presents: Michael Den Tandt on Measuring Canada's Middle Class
The middle class. A large number of Canadians either consider themselves to be a part of it, or aspire to be a member of the club. According to an EKOS poll conducted two years ago, 47% of Canadians said they considered themselves to be part of the middle class. It seems to be in our politicians’ best interest to have Canadians believe they fit under this rather large, vaguely described, supposedly struggling middle class umbrella. We’ve been hearing this term more and more as politicians gear up for the federal election, composing their platforms. Trudeau’s recent policy release features the idea of the middle class prominently; the theme being “fairness for the middle class and people who are working hard to join it.” U.S. President Barack Obama has spoken frequently about “middle class economics.” But is this a real problem, or mere political verbiage? How does one define the middle class, and where did the term come from? What is the state of social mobility in this country today? Michael Den Tandt explains.
57 minutes | Dec 4, 2015
Antony Anderson on The Suez Crisis and the Making of Lester B. Pearson - Spur Ottawa
The Diplomat: Lester Pearson and the Suez Crisis details the painstaking work of then diplomat and future 14th prime minister of Canada Lester Bowles Pearson during the Suez Crisis. As a result, Pearson saved the world from a bloody conflict, cemented Canada’s reputation as “a moderate, mediatory, middle power” and won himself the Nobel Peace Prize. Author Antony Anderson sits down with Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa Roland Paris to discuss his new book, including the crisis that defined a man’s life.
61 minutes | Sep 2, 2015
Canada's New Social Contract: The Moral Imperative - Spur Toronto
Spur launches a year-long, national series exploring The Moral Economy – that is, the intersection between public permission to operate and important sectors of the Canadian economy, in the first instance the extractive resource sector. Join Canadian Research Chair in Cultural Studies and professor at the University of Alberta, Imre Szeman and Chris MacDonald and as they explore the dynamics of our shifting moral expectations. Are Canadians persuaded by moral arguments, statistics, or do we follow our own gut instincts? Globe and Mail public policy columnist Konrad Yakabuski moderates.
98 minutes | Jul 28, 2015
Divided No More - Spur Winnipeg
It’s all too easy to think of Canada as a beautiful quilt of diversity, but pull back the cover and you’ll find race relations burning up the seams. From the numerous murdered and missing Aboriginal women in Canada, to Maclean’s branding Winnipeg Canada’s most racist city, to the northward spread of protests and civic outrage that exploded after 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, there is no shortage of issues at play. On May 9th, American activist and public intellectual Dr. Cornel West, along with Shahina Siddiqui, founder and executive director of Islamic Social Services Association and Clayton Thomas Muller of the Mathais Colomb Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba, long-time facilitator and activist for indigenous self-determination and environmental justice, discussed today’s racialized communities with nuance, truth and insight. Host of CBC’s Unreserved Rosanna Deerchild moderates a candid and thought-provoking conversation.
61 minutes | Jul 14, 2015
The Wealthy Community - Spur Calgary
Having a roof over one’s head is a major determinant of health and success and yet homelessness and lack of affordable housing are all too often seen as chronic problems that are unfixable. How much would we have to invest now to see a substantial rise in safe, stable and secure housing and would it be worth in the long run? This conversation from the final day of Spur 2015 in Calgary features James Hughes, president of the Graham Boeckh Foundation, and former director of the Old Brewery Mission for the homeless joins Philip Mangano, CEO of the American Roundtable to Abolish Homelessness and former executive director of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, and Kevin McNichol, vice president of strategy at the Calgary Homeless Foundation for a conversation on the role housing plays in creating wealthy communities. Steve Gaetz, director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and the Homeless Hub, moderates.
63 minutes | Jun 17, 2015
From Hunger To Health - Spur Winnipeg
Kreesta Doucette, executive director of Food Matters Manitoba, Shaun Loney, founder and executive director of BUILD Inc. and Warm Up Winnipeg, and David Northcott, Executive Director of Winnipeg Harvest discuss the centrality of food to sustain and enrich our daily lives. So often taken for granted, food not only keeps us alive, it creates communities, economies, divisive politics and diverse cultures. Recorded live at Red River College Culinary School on May 8, 2015 at Spur Winnipeg
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