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Presentations

Click the name of one of the presenters from the list below to access their abstract and an .mp3 recording of their presentation. To start the audio, click the play button below the abstract.



Profit From Pain
Himmelstein, Dr. David

Dr. David Himmelstein talks about Profit from Pain, a Warning for Canada. He is a founder of Physicians for a National Health Program, a non-profit research and education organization of 18,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance. He talks about the problems of American Healthcare.

Confronting McWorld: Pathways to a Post-Corporate Societyl (Incomplete Recording)
Clark, Tony

From the streets of Paris, Birmingham, Cologne and Seattle, to the streets of Washington D.C., Windsor, Calgary and Prague -the protest message has been crystal clear- we are living in an age of global corporate rule where people's democratic rights are being systematically hijacked and stolen. But what about the future? What will it take to develop an authentic civil society movement with the tools to dismantle corporate society and build a new democracy? The challenge of democratizing the state in order to confront corporate globalization will be taken up along with the corresponding role of citizen movements, political parties, and international alliances. Instead of promoting quick fix solutions, priority will be put on stimulating thought and action about what we can do together to build a new economic, social and ecological future.

Laying the Foundations: Building Anti-Corporate Coalitions
Ritchie, Laurel

As recently as the 1980s, the idea of working in coalitions still generated a lot of controversy. The approach itself has obviously stood the test of time but other debates have begun. Do our actions need to become more radical? If much of coalition work has been directed to influencing governments, should we - and could we - reshape our coalitions and our strategies to challenge corporate power more directly? How do we keep alive the idea that collective solutions and local approaches are still possible when "competition" and "corporate globalization" seem to overwhelm us? Is there a lack of direction in the growing international movement against corporate globalization (MAl, APEC, Seattle, etc.)? And what does our experience in labour, feminist and community coalitions suggest about the answers to these questions?

Open Forum: Where Do We Go From Here?
Mitchell, Don

The speakers will summarize and reflect on the issues raised and the ideas discussed during the conference[Building a Post-Corporate Society... A How-to Guide for Citizens; after which the floor will be open for a general discussion, Here is an opportunity to come together and share ideas and begin to make plans about where we can go from here, to "build a post-corporate society".

Open Forum: Where Do We Go From Here?
Kerr, Sara

The speakers will summarize and reflect on the issues raised and the ideas discussed during the conference[Building a Post-Corporate Society... A How-to Guide for Citizens; after which the floor will be open for a general discussion, Here is an opportunity to come together and share ideas and begin to make plans about where we can go from here, to "build a post-corporate society".

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