Photo: Elders Forum 2009 follow-up


Follow-up Workshop: 30 January 2010

At the end of January the Elders Council held a workshop that had the following goals

Workshop Purpose:

1. To follow up on the Elders Forum 2009 by identifying urgent environmental issues and ways to motivate others to take meaningful action.

2. To envisage an Elders' Networks, its potential and how it might work.

3. To confirm the purpose, governance and membership of the David Suzuki Council of Elders.

Workshop Agenda:

Tribute and dedication to Louis Nuernberger and Bert Brink (Philip Hewett)

1. Brief Introductions

  • Participants and their interest in today's workshop
  • Review of today's Workshop Purpose and Agenda

2. Environmental Issues

  • What are the environmental issues requiring priority attention
  • What constitutes urgent environmental action?
  • What ways are available to motivate others to take meaningful action

3. Elders Network

  • What is an Elders Network?
  • What is the potential of such an issue- and action-focused network?
  • Prerequisites for an elders network
  • Who are potential participants?

4. DSF Council of Elders

  • Purpose, history and governance
  • Past, present and future elders
  • Filling membership vacancies on the Council of Elders
  • 5. Breakout Groups to focus on the three goals of the Workshop Purpose and to make suggestions and recommendations — Next Steps?

6. Workshop Summary and Wrap-up

A number of possibilities came out of these discussions. As soon as possible the David Suzuki Foundation will create an interactive web page with resources from the forum that will include summaries of speeches and workshops and opportunities for further exploration of "eldership."

Forum Follow-up Suggestions

As part of the Elder's Forum 2009 evaluation, participants were invited to offer suggestions for further action. Suggestions for a forum follow up included:

1. An annual Forum with broad, inclusive participation and music / arts.
2. Smaller "Elders Roundtable" discussions that result in meaningful action.
3. Internet-based interaction around events, ideas and programs.
4. Networking of "elders" among community groups and service organizations.
5. Identification and highlighting of good examples of contemporary "eldership."
6. Collaboration and partnerships with groups involved in meaningful environmental action.
7. Identification of resources to assist individuals and groups engaged in meaningful actions.

April 7, 2010

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