IBS/Prince Edward Island Social Forums

The Institute for Bioregional Studies Ltd. (IBS), invites you to join our Social Forums. Since 1995, the Institute for Bioregional Studies programs have brought together a wide range concerned citizens, intellectuals and social activists. More recently, our forums have been social events designed to engage the participants in debate and an exchange of ideas in the hope that such activities will be a catalyst for community growth, policy development and social evolution.

Each forum begins with a potluck dinner, followed by a presentation and informal discussion.

Below is a listing of previous forums.
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Irresistible Resistance: Art Confronting Issues of Our Time

The current economic, socio-political and ecological unraveling, has moved many artists to gather and share stories of resistance. We make the invisible visible, provoke dialog in polarized communities, awaken those who are asleep and help envision a more just and sustainable world. This slide talk and discussion will highlight art being created about environmental issues, war, racism and cultural identity, body image, labor issues and global justice. The community-based and eco-art movements and socially engaged art pedagogy will also be discussed. Our guest facilitator, Beverly Naidus will join us, via Skype, from her office at the University of Washington, Tacoma.

Cold Frame Building Workshop

In an effort to help promote food security and urban agriculture, we are planning a cold frame building workshop, with the local Katimavik group .

We will build cold frames and then give them away. Priority will be given to other ngos who can get cold frames to those who are most food in-secure, then to those who participate and/or donate materials. During the workshop, we will also demonstrate other urban agriculture techniques for increasing production with minimal space.

ISO 26000 - Social Responsibility

Organizations around the world, and their stakeholders, are becoming increasingly aware of the need for and benefits of socially responsible behaviour. ISO 26000 is, in part, a reflection of the growing recognition of the need for ensuring healthy ecosystems, social equity and good organizational governance.

We are pleased to have Professor Bob White, join us, via Skype, to discuss how this new international standard (ISO 26000) will assess an organization's performance in relation to the society in which it operates and its impact on the environment. Professor White represents Canadian industry on the international committee that wrote the new standard on ethics and sustainability, ISO 26000 Social Responsibility.

The perception and reality of an organization’s social responsibility performance can influence, among other things:

  • Competitive advantage,
  • Its reputation,
  • Its ability to attract and retain workers or members, customers, clients or users,
  • The maintenance of employees' morale, commitment and productivity;
  • The view of investors, donors, sponsors and the financial community; and
  • Its relationship with companies, governments, the media, suppliers, peers, customers and the community in which it operates.

This International Standard provides guidance on the underlying principles of social responsibility, the core subjects and issues pertaining to social responsibility and on ways to integrate socially responsible behaviour into existing organizational strategies, systems, practices and processes.

It is intended to be useful to all types of organizations in the private, public and non profit sectors, whether large or small, and whether operating in developed or developing countries.

Out Now Propane

On August 10, 2008 a propane explosion at the Sunrise Propane facility in Toronto forced the evacuation of 12,000 people within 1.6 Km of the site. According to reports, nearby residents were terrified as flying metal from exploding tanks damaged houses, shattered windows and ripped doors off hinges as 200 firefighters struggled to contain nearby spot fires caused by the intense heat. Is a similar accident waiting to happen, in Charlottetown, at Speedy Propane, on Allen Street? Starting January 1, 2010 the municipality is offering a tax incentive for undesirable industrial development to move out of Charlottetown. While the incentive might be a nice gesture, perhaps Speedy needs a slight budge.

Come join us to discuss this immediate concern as well as other issues (i.e cosmetic pesticides, street lighting, and noise pollution) that threaten the health, safety and well being of our city. Watch an amateur video of the Toronto propane explosion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbw_K8pfNfo Read the story of the aftermath http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/08/10/propane-fire.html

Haiti: It’s getting late

Don Norman, may be known on PEI as the Dept. of Education Science Coordinator. He also spent 3 tours with the Red Cross in Haiti, coordinating food distribution to 300,000+ people. His topic ( with slides) is his experience in Haiti, the dire situation there with massive unemployment, poverty, crime and disease and the hopes he has for Haiti to survive and hopefully prosper. Tonight’s discussion is meant to raise awareness of the ‘North-South Divide,’ put into perspective our own struggles and inspire action for overcoming adversity.

Connected Intelligence: Social Networking and It’s Impact on Culture

Guest host facilitator, Derrick de Kerckhove is the author of ‘The Skin of Culture’ and ‘Connected Intelligence.’ He worked with Marshall McLuhan for over ten years and later became Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto. He is currently Professor in the Faculty of Sociology at the University of Naples Federico II and Professor in the Department of French at the University of Toronto. Derrick has offered connected intelligence workshops worldwide, and now offers this innovative approach to business, government and academe to help small groups to think together in a disciplined and effective way while using digital technologies. Tonight Derrick will lead a discussion that addresses the differences between the effects of television, computers and hypermedia on corporate culture, business practices and economic markets.

The Socially Responsible Business Movement: Its History, its Impact and its Future

There was a time in the distant past when businesses were the anchors of their communities. While not utopian, they were at the center of their communities, supporting the social fabric with jobs, philanthropy and concerns for all things local. Many were multi-generational family-owned businesses, and the family members were proud of their contributions to the cities and towns where they lived and raised their families.

By the 1950s, improved transportation, communications and manufacturing capabilities made "the local" less important as companies looked to national and international markets for both supply and demand. Professional managers came and left; and efficiency became the highest priority, devaluing the impact on the social infrastructure and the "limitless" strength of the earth.

In the 1970s, the first seeds of a new movement were planted. They were largely invisible, except in what might be considered fringe communities; but they were planted in the hopes of creating a renewed prioritization for both the planet and its residents. In the 1980s, the movement started to coalesce around the idea that business may have caused many of the world's problems but that it was the most efficient mechanism for solving them. In the 1990s, the now-called Socially Responsible Business comunity moved from the margins into at least some portions of the mainstream business world. Some leaders were featured as icons of a new way of thinking about business, and the sub-sector of Socially Responsible Investing became a booming category. In the first years of the new century, both the language and actions of social responsibility have crept into large portions of mainstream business. And yet, this movement is very much a work in process.

This conversation will review the history of the movement with informative and often entertaining stories about its early days. We will discuss its many successes, its failures, and its opportunities for further expansion in the future.

The Community's Role in Appropriate Technology: Turning Ideas into Sustainable Practices

George McRobie was a colleague and friend of Schumacher's for twenty years. In 1965 he helped him form the Intermediate Technology Group. On Schumacher's death he became chairman of the Group and later president of the Soil Association in Britain, a founder of the New Economics Foundation, head of a postgraduate course in appropriate technology at the University of Pennsylvania. Over the years his work has taken him around the world to help communities find practical solutions to problems through appropriate technology. But more than just a technologist, he has a warmth and breadth of understanding for people that is apparent in his talks. His book Small Is Possible, published by Harper and Row, is an account of some of his experiences on his travels.

Be the Change

You know Gandhi’s famous quote, "Be the Change You Wish to See in the World". You’ve heard Margaret Meade’s declaration that you should never doubt that a small group of people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has. If you could change the world, your community, yourself what would you change? Tonight we will share our insights for global, regional and personal change and perhaps create an implementation plan to follow though on our collective visions.

Inaugurating Change

We invite American Ex-pats and Progressive Canadians to convene and assess Obama's Inaugural Address. Is the promise of 'Change' materializing? What are the global implications of the proposed changes? Will America become more protectionist? Will America end its imperialist polices and advance social justice? Will America work to collaborate rather than dominate other countries? Is America ready to accept its responsibilities in reversing human impacts of climate change?

Community Renewal

The bioregional approach to community enhancement places very high value on activities that unite individuals to create of a sense of place that is safe, healthy, and productive while also retaining continuity of the region’s natural and cultural history. The community becomes, an extension of one’s very selfhood. It implies a sensitivity and respect to the uniqueness of our neighbourhood and how it can be expressed in the infrastructure, symbols, images, art, rituals and other cultural expressions of the community. Tonight, the neighbours of Upper Prince Street will present an oral history of our community. We will then open discussion to uncover strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats impacting our municipality and actions we can implement to enhance our neighbourhood.

Can We Save the Planet and Rescue the Economy at the Same Time?

Shake off your complacency, throw aside old habits, and rise, clear-eyed and alert, to the necessity of big changes. Tonight we will discuss the community economic development actions, impacts and necessary steps to create a social economy that promotes peace, environmental sustainability and social justice. From ‘Shock Doctrine’ to ‘The 11th Hour,’ We will develop a picture of the causes and potential green solutions for restoring prosperity.

Community Enterprise

Bioregionalism attempts to promote environmentally sound business development that has community-wide benefits. Tonight we will examine several project management methodologies that stimulate and sustain business development. We will then discuss how to advance from ideas to implementation of new and/or expanded businesses.

Earth Day Econundrums

While world leaders debate how best to respond to climate change, loss of biodiversity, population explosions, impending epidemics, etc., the rest of us wrestle with our own environmental quandaries. Is it better to use paper or plastic? Is a full dishwasher really more efficient than washing dishes in the sink? If we must travel, is it better to drive or fly? Tonight we’ll take the Mother Jones EcoQuiz and discuss what personal actions are best for the planet. Some of the findings might surprise you.

Green City Charlottetown

In 1996, IBS hosted an Eco-Cities forum in Charlottetown that attracted planners, academics and activists from North America, Europe and Africa. The following year IBS co-director Nancy Willis, was the official reporting at the International Eco-cities Conference in Yoff, Senegal. Charlottetown is now in a position of having to put forward a sustainablility plan, that the federal government requires to qualify for infrastructure finding. All municipalities on PEI are supposed to have this completed by April 2009. Doug Deacon, Sustainable Development Coordinator, for Stratford, PEI will be facilitate discussion on creating a, 'Green-City Plan for Charlottetown.

Preparing for the Peak on Prince Edward Island

Tonight Dave Barrett provides an overview of global crude oil supplies, theory of Peak Oil, mitigation and development strategies for PEI (food security, transportation, housing, electricity, manufacturing, education, role of government, emerging opportunities). Dave's professional experience includes public and private sector organizations including legislative, provincial, federal, Crown, academic and industry, with significant research, communications, environment and educational experience. Dave is also a former lecturer at the University of Prince Edward Island specializing in environmental economics and ecological design. He is also known as one of the key players that delivered the island wide Waste Watch program during 1999-2002, and is remembered by many in the community as Dr. Herb Dickieson's former Chief of Staff in the legislature during the late nineties. One of Dave's most interesting accomplishments was his Permaculture certification in 1996 through the Institute of Bioregional Studies.

Measuring Genuine Progress

Can we create a genuinely sustainable economy? An economy that delivers prosperity without damaging the most valuable things on earth - like clean air and water, fertile soil, nurturing families, strong and vital communities? Ron Colman, Director of Genuine Progress Atlantic conducts research, which measures environmental, economic and social progress and wealth, and to assists leaders in business, government and communities in using the GPI perspective in their decision-making. "To build a sustainable economy," he says, "We need tools of analysis that properly value social, economic and environmental assets, tools that carefully appraise both costs and benefits, and balance them against one another. That's what's known as "full-cost accounting." And that's what the Genuine Progress Index is designed to provide.

Red, Orange, Green, Block and Bluised Again

Orange you glad we can get over being Blue 'cause we were seeing Red when they tried to Block us from getting a Green house. Watch the Canadian political leadership debates and discuss how the outcome may impact our goal of enhancing sustainablity and social justice in Canada.

‘The Bees’ by Jim Munves

Jim Munves, is a long time advocate for peace and social justice. He is the author of several books including: "A Short Illustrated History of the United States," "Kent State Cover-up," and "Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence" plus a novel, "Andes Rising". His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker Magazine. This evening we will read aloud, "The Bees", is a poetic metaphor, written by Jim, as a critical examination of society and economics.

The Alberta Tar Sands

What do you know about the largest industrial project in human history? For starters: Did you know that it’s in Alberta? In addition to being unfathomably large, extraction of Tar Sands is setting global precedents in terms of how we deal with...

  • The decline in oil supply
  • Indigenous rights and title to land
  • Climate change and emissions
  • Labour rights and migrant workers’ rights
  • The gendered impacts of rapid change and economic growth
  • Use of public land
  • Corporate power and social movements

To increase public understanding of these issues, IBS has scheduled this night with the goal of starting a discussion that gets at the full extent of the tar sands and their implications for the future of the region, Canada, and the planet.

Tools for Building Resilient and Healthy Communities

Building healthy, sustainable communities requires the active participation of citizens at a neighbourhood level, working together in a process to build on strengths and recognize needs. At this forum, IBS has asked Nancy Murphy, PEI Community Development Officer to assist us in developing a vision for the future of our community. We will then work together to identify priorities, focusing on key areas of health, environment, education and economic development. These priorities will form the basis of a plan; to improve and enhance our community.

PEI and Canadian Current Events: Issues, Opportunities and Actions

The Social Forum format allows each of us the opportunity to deliberate and inform each other about news and current events and community issues. This forum will explore issues considered to be critical to the community; and the extent to which our networking can foster some level of civic engagement. Be prepared to speak spontaneously, challenge traditional ideas and engage perspectives that you may not have previously considered.

Best of Alan Watts

Alan W. Watts (1915 _ 1973) was instrumental in introducing Eastern thought to Western civilization. He held both a master’s degree in theology and a doctorate of divinity, and is best know for his insight on subjects such as personal identity, the true nature of reality, higher consciousness, and the pursuit of happiness, relating his experience to scientific knowledge and to the teachings of Eastern and Western religions or philosophies (Zen Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Hinduism, etc.).

He earned the reputation of being one of the most original philosophers of the 20th century. He was the author of hundreds of articles on philosophy and religion, and 33 books which have been translated into eleven languages. This documentary presents excerpts from a number of the talks that the Zen student and practitioner gave on the subject. In his inimitable conversational style, Watts addresses the core beliefs of the Zen Buddhist tradition in a way that makes them accessible to his audience. Question_and_answer sessions capture the intelligence, erudition, and wit of this Western proponent of an ancient Eastern philosophy.

Renovating for Energy Efficiency

There are many benefits in making energy saving improvements in our homes. These improvements can reduce: energy use, drafts, summer overheating, moisture and condensation problems, noise from outside the house and greenhouse gas emissions; as well as improve: indoor air quality, humidity levels and the overall comfort level. Tonight, Woody White, ‘The House Doctor,’ will facilitate an open discussion on practical and proven options for saving energy, particularly in larger, Victorian styles houses typical to Charlottetown.

The PEI Ark: An Early Exploration in Weaving Together Biology, Energy and Architecture on Behalf of Humanity’

In 1969, Nancy Willis joined Dr. John Todd, Nancy Jack Todd and Dr. Bill McLarney to form the New Alchemy Institute, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. From the beginning, the Institute’s credo, was to restore the land, protect the seas, and inform the Earth’s Stewards. In the early 1970’s Nancy teamed up with Ole Hammerlund of Soltech Architects and moved to Prince Edward Island to develop New Alchemy’s second research centre, ‘The PEI Ark,’- an integrated greenhouse and home with lush organic gardens, solar algae tanks for aquaculture and some innovative, home_grown windmill designs.

According to a recent CBC documentary on the Ark, the New Alchemists inspired a generation of innovative thinkers and progressive activists to migrate to the Island. New Alchemy’s legacy is a matrix of early explorations that wove together biology, energy and architecture; charting the course for developing a safe and sustainable world.

Tonight, both Nancy and Ole, will recount their ambitious, visionary experiences with New Alchemy and facilitate a discussion on implementing small_scale, decentralized, energy, food, architecture and manufacturing networks in villages all across Prince Edward Island. Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Meade, Anthropologist: On her reflections about the New Alchemists.

State of the Environment on PEI

Conestoga_Rovers & Associates(CRA) is a technical service organization, committed to providing high quality, full_service engineering, environmental, construction, and IT services. With 80 offices and more than 2,500 people working on projects around the world, CRA strives to support and improve communities living through their professional activities and as community members. Tonight, Richard MacEwen, CRA’s PEI representative, will facilitate a discussion on an environmental assessment of Prince Edward Island and what we can and should be doing to sustain it.

War Profiteering and the Military/Industrial Complex

Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (DVD) is the story of what happens when corporations go to war. Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal_Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed and Uncovered) takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so.

A Home Grown Strategy for Island Agriculture and Agri-Food

The intent of this forum is to highlight the approaches taking place that are contributing to a strengthened agricultural and food system. We’ll examine agriculture and agri-food policy from the perspective of impacts and issues that are felt at the community level. Moreover, we’ll discuss local and regional efforts that contribute to social, cultural, ecological and economic sustainability and the growing consumer demand for food products that are ethically and ecologically produced for Canadians by Canadian farmers making liveable incomes through value chains.

Distorted Morality

This DVD presents a scathing, yet fair and logical thesis by renowned scholar Noam Chomsky, that we are all hypocrites. With academic precision and citation of real history (as opposed to biased written history), Chomsky sites, the reasons why America’s post_9/11 war on terror is a logical impossibility. Distorted Morality deserves the widest possible audience as, Chomsky’s thesis has attained the chilling status of prophesy; his morality is crystal clear, immune to the obfuscation of politics and mainstream news.

From the back cover

Noam Chomsky is a renowned scholar, the founder of the modern science of linguistics, a philosopher, a political and social analyst, a media critic, an author of more than 70 books, a winner of numerous prizes and awards, and ranks with Marx, Shakespeare, and the Bible as one of the 10 most quoted sources in the humanities. In this remarkable DVD, Noam Chomsky offers a riveting but devastating critique of the current War on Terror__arguing, in fact, that it is a logistical impossibility for such a war to be taking place. Professor Chomsky presents his reasoning with astonishing and refreshing clarity, drawing from a wealth of historical knowledge and analysis. Only those who are entirely ignorant of modern history will be surprised by the course of events, or by the justifications that are provided... Anyone who is serious about trying to understand world events since September 11th cannot afford to miss this.

Manufactured Landscapes

  • Best Documentary - 2007 Genie Awards
  • Best Canadian Film - Toronto International Film Festival
  • Best Canadian Film & Best Documentary - Toronto Film Critics Association Awards
  • Nominated for Grand Jury Prize- Sundance Film Festival 2007
  • "The upright, two legged naked ape that appeared in Africa 150,000 years ago has become an immense force. Our species is now altering the physical, chemical and biological features of the planet on a geological scale. This film let's us look at the impressive, yet troubling scale of our impact. Everyone should see it!" - DAVID SUZUKI

    "A protracted exploration of the aesthetic, social and spiritual dimensions of industrialization and globalization... Raises some significant and sobering questions about the impact that we, as humans, make on our environment" - NEW YORK TIMES

    Manufactured Landscapes - a stunning documentary by award winning director Jennifer Baichwal - follows Burtynsky to China, as he captures the effects of the country's massive industrial revolution. This remarkable film leads us to meditate on human endeavour and its impact on the planet.M

    The Corporation

    WINNER OF 26 INTERNATIONAL AWARDS! 10 Audience Choice Awards including the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

    Provoking, witty, stylish and sweepingly informative, THE CORPORATION explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Part film and part movement, The Corporation is transforming audiences and dazzling critics with its insightful and compelling analysis. Taking its status as a legal "person" to the logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist's couch to ask "What kind of person is it?" The Corporation includes interviews with 40 corporate insiders and critics - including Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Milton Friedman, Howard Zinn, Vandana Shiva and Michael Moore - plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change. THE CORPORATION is Canada's most successful documentary... EVER!

    ¡Salud!

    "Of all the so-called developing nations, Cuba has by far the best health system. And their outreach program to other countries is unequalled anywhere in the world." - President Jimmy Carter, in ¡Salud!

    For those committed to health in rich and poor nations alike, ¡Salud!-- a new feature documentary by Academy Award nominee Connie Field -- explores the curious case of Cuba, a cash-strapped country with what the BBC calls 'one of the world's best health systems." And for 40 years, Cuba's taken it to the road, their doctors in demand by other struggling nations. ¡Salud! reaches into The Gambia, rural South Africa, Honduran coastal villages, Caracas hillsides and the Venezuelan Amazon, where a Cuban is often the first doctor a poor community has ever seen. In some nations, Cubans staff entire health systems. In all, they take on the toughest challenges, bringing with them the philosophy and experience of a community-oriented, preventive and universal health care model. Cuba's volunteer corps now posts 28,000 health professionals in 68 countries. Cuban medical schools enroll 30,000 students from other developing areas, an unprecedented undertaking for any country. ¡Salud! questions what propels Cuban doctors to serve where others won't, and grapples with the tensions their presence sometimes provokes. The film probes the motivations of international students at Havana's Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) where a bold paradigm shift is producing doctors committed to public service. Through these stories and testimony from experts around the world, ¡Salud! traces the opinions and competing agendas that mark the battle for better global health. "¡Salud! is an excellent, accurate and deeply moving portrayal of a healthcare system designed to keep people healthy rather than the 'sickcare' system that currently exists in the United States." - Joycelyn Elders, MD, former U.S. Surgeon General

    "¡Salud! demonstrates how a poor small island state can impact health around the world. The Cuban medical brigades offer more than clinical skills to the developing countries. They bring health to the underserved who might otherwise not survive and more importantly, they bring hope for change in health care systems to make health accessible to all. Cuba has made the health of the people an indicator of the country's performance for development. SALUD also presents a compelling example of south-south cooperation that has strengthened friendship and solidarity among peoples and countries." - Mirta Roses, MD, Director, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) "For anyone interested in health and social justice, "¡Salud! is indispensable to understanding the Cuban model -- what has been accomplished with very limited resources and the transformative potential of construing health as a fundamental human right and a matter of basic human dignity." - Alicia Yamin, JD, MPH, Physicians for Human Rights

    Jesus Camp - 2007 Academy Award Nominee - Best Documentary

    At Jesus Camp, the daily activities include standard camp fare such as spelunking and go-karts, but they also include speaking in tongues and smashing coffee mugs emblazoned with the word "government". Children learn that "science doesn't prove anything," and learn to consider themselves part of an Army of God. They are compelled to pledge that they will fight to end abortion. They are even pushed into publicly confessing their impure thoughts, and many of them cry and wail charismatically.

    The camp director explains that she admires the way Islamic cultures raise children so devoted they will risk their lives for their faith. When we ultimately see several of the campers being placed by their parents on the steps of the Capitol with tape over their mouths, protesting abortion, the real purpose of this camp is driven home. But the most touching scenes are the ones where the children are alone, and we see the ways that this indoctrination creeps into the most innocent elements of childhood. 11 year old Tori loves dancing to Christian rock, but frets that it's not always easy to dance for God instead of "dancing for the flesh." On an outing to the bowling alley, 9 year old Rachael feels compelled to walk up to strangers and awkwardly evangelize to them, without being prompted. A roomful of boys telling ghost stories after dark are interrupted by an adult who warns them about stories that don't glorify God.

    No doubt some viewers will accuse the filmmakers of the dreaded liberal bias. But this is not a work of fiction, nor is it slanted reporting. These are real people and real events, captured on film. If the evangelical movement comes off badly in this film, the people on screen have no one but themselves to blame.

    Rivers and Tides

    Andy Goldsworthy's Rivers and Tides is a truly beautiful, Scottish-German 2001 documentary about artist Goldsworthy, a Scotsman whose medium is nature itself and whose preferred studio is the outdoors, particularly where water forever flows, rises, and/or retreats. The soft-spoken, secluded Goldsworthy is seen hard at work making ephemeral sculptures out of bits of ice in the trees, or building tall, mysterious cones from loose rock, which stand like spiritual sentinels in forests and on shorelines, overgrown by plants or swallowed daily by high tides.

    Filmmaker-cinematographer Thomas Reidelsheimer goes to great and sometimes inexplicable lengths to make visual corollaries to Goldsworthy's ideas about underappreciated relationships between light, color, movement, balance, and fluidity of form in the real world, making Rivers and Tides a lively and always surprising cinematic gallery. Some of Goldsworthy's most miraculous natural installations--stone walls that snake through hundreds of feet of forest and stream, for instance--show up in the last half-hour.

    Since 1995, the Institute for Bioregional Studies programs have brought together a wide range concerned citizens to share in intellectual and social activities. The Tuesday night forums will engage the participants in debate and an exchange of ideas in the hope that such activities will be a catalyst for community growth, policy development and social evolution. Charlottetown, PE; The Institute for Bioregional Studies Ltd. (IBS), invites you to join our Social Forums. Each event begins at 7:00 p.m. with a potluck dinner, presentation and informal discussion. The intent is to share ideas and inform each other about social issues affecting our future.

    * Each Forum will be held at: 114 Upper Prince Street Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
    All dates are subject to change.
    Call to confirm dates and your participation (902-367-0390).

    For More Information Contact:
    Phil Ferraro
    114 Upper Prince Street
    Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
    C1A 4S3
    Canada
    Tel: 902-367-0390
    Email:ibs_pei@yahoo.com

    "Restoring Community, Protecting the Land and Informing the Earth’s Stewards"