The urgency of action is no longer to be demonstrated. The effects of the climate crisis are already there, the economic inequalities are breaking record every year, the far right is rising all over the world and the relations between the major world military powers are increasingly strained.
It is not enough to raise awareness. We need to organize the resistance.
Following the success of the 2018 edition, the collective of The Great Transition invites the whole of civil society to a weekend of debates and discussions on strategies and ways to implement concretely in order to change the world, here and now.
In the program, guest speakers involved in struggles in Québec, Canada, Germany, England, in France, Spain and the United States will feed into the discussions.
The conference will take place at 200 Sherbrooke West, Montreal (Sherbrooke Building of UQAM).
Simultaneous interpretation towards French and English will be available.
Opening evening and welcome cocktail
At the Coop les Katacombes bar (1635 St Laurent, Montreal - near St-Laurent metro station)
Evening to commemorate the life and work of Rosa Luxemburg, a German socialist and feminist murdered in 1919. A new publication produced by researchers from several countries will be launched for the occasion. After this short presentation, we invite everyone to have a drink in memory of Rosa and for the pleasure of meeting at the Great Transition.
Québec in a world in crisis
Ecological crisis, economic wars, military tensions, far right rise, and increase in inequalities: what assessment to make of the current conjuncture? What are the challenges and opportunities for the left in Quebec in this international crisis context?
Paroles de femmes
Author of The Making
of Global Capitalism
Workshop in thematic sub-groups
Organizing under a CAQ government
What are the strategic priorities of social movements for the next few years? How can we build solidarity-fighting movements of most vulnerable populations and capable of helping each other? What are the means of struggles most efficient against the CAQ Government and the far right? How can social movements prepare for a better society through their organizational practices?
STUDENT IN SOCIAL WORK
CUTE, UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL
Regroupement des Haitiens de Mtl
contre l'occupation d'Haiti.
Electoral strategies: The greatness and misery the left populism
New political movements have made some electoral progress for the left everywhere in the Occidental world: France Insoumise, Podemos in Spain, Momentum within the Labour Party in the UK, Democratic Socialists of America, or Québec Solidaire. What can we learn from these examples? The left populism was a central aspect in some cases: what are these intakes and pitfalls?
Spring Caucus / Democratic
Socialists of America
Momentum (Labour Party)
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
Labor activist, France
SUNDAY MAY 26, 2019
Rethink the nationalism and revive the internationalism
At the time of Trump, the Brexit and the increase of the far right, can nationalism be a progressive force? How should the left position itself when the right occupies both the field of criticism of the globalization and the defense of the neoliberal status quo? How to position oneself in relation to the struggle for self-determination? Can we be both nationalistic and supportive of minorities and indigenous peoples?
MNA of Québec Solidaire
Author of Red Skin,
RESEARCHER AT CÉRIUM
Can a QS government change Québec?
Following a significant electoral breakthrough in October 2018, the seizure of power by Québec Solidaire in the short or medium term seems, more than ever, achievable. If Québec Solidaire would win the next elections, how does this party would fulfill its promises? Until where and how a solidarity-based government could transform the Québec society? Can Québec Solidaire avoid what happened in Syriza, Greece, where the left party had continued austerity politics despite its promises?
AUTHOR AND TEACHER
The Great Transition: democratizing the economy
A presentation of the Research Center on social innovations and transformations (Centre de recherche sur les innovations et les transformations sociales).
What are the main elements of a sustainable solution against climate changes, social injustices and growing inequalities? Should we consider an exit to capitalism? How to democratically reorganize the economy in order to answer to expectations and needs of the population? What does socialism mean today?
COORDINATOR – DEVELOPMENT AND
VIABILITY FOR THE 7 À NOUS
Professor, St-Paul U.
School of Social Innovation
Professor, Lycée Chaptal, Paris
The Collective The Great Transition is a young non-profit organization founded in the summer of 2017, whose initial goal was the organization of a Conference of the same name in May 2018. The collective was founded on the initiative of young academics engaged, who were joined by actors of social movements and university professors. The Collective has about thirty active members.
Following the success of the Conference The Great Transition which took place from 17 to 20 May 2018 and brought together more than 1 600 people, including 350 panelists from 12 countries, the Collective decided to continue its activities. The objectives of the Collective continue to be guided by the objectives of the initial Conference, which are to:
- Promote the idea of a great economic, social and environmental transition to emerge from capitalism and build a fairer, egalitarian and sustainable society;
- Organize debates to deepen the reflections on concrete ways to implement this great transition;
- Network the different circles that are affected by these issues, open meeting spaces for community groups, unions of political parties, cooperatives and university researchers.
The projects of The Great Transition Collective are, for the time being, to organize two other major events: a weekend of targeted debate on issues and groups in Quebec in May 2019 and a new edition of the International Conference in May 2020. To this end, the collective is actively involved in networking, background and organizational work.