Calgary Centre for Global Community
Our Story Why We Exist
In the summer of 2015, Salima Stanley-Bhanji and Eduardo Bunster travelled through Bangladesh and Jordan interviewing people and hearing their stories. They spoke with, and captured on film, 20 people, about half of whom are Syrian refugees. In Amman, they met people under the umbrellas covering a staircase on Rainbow Street. While they were at it, they collected the real, worn shoes of the people they interviewed.
Back in Canada, they conducted additional interviews and turned the stories into an experiential and intimate film project in which participants are able to literally step into the shoes of another while hearing their stories. The interviewees themselves were also deeply impacted through our deep listening. The stories are rich, layered and diverse, and each connects the viewer with the individual in a compelling way, breaking down the barriers of time and distance, of language and culture, to reinforce the connection we feel in our shared humanity and to bring about positive change towards effective global citizenship.
Under the banner of Humainologie, our Calgary-based production house, our films have been entered into and included in a number of film festivals, and we received a Rising Star Award at the Canadian International Film Festival in 2016, for our film 'under an umbrella we met | Adnan', which you can watch here https://vimeo.com/146502703. All six films submitted to NorthWestFest in Edmonton will be screened at their festival in May 2016.
You can learn more about this project, including the trailer to the films and more of the films themselves, at www.underanumbrellawemet.com
Calgary Centre for Global Community was created to help speed up this process of positive change by building individual and community capacity for effective global citizenship.
We believe people are capable of bringing about extraordinary transformation. Our programs are designed to mobilize grassroots democracy by engaging people in learning, dialogue and action. Global Citizenship Education is at the core of what we do. We are not an issue based organization. Instead, we strive to develop people’s capacities for analysis, empathy and action so that they can lead change on the issues they are most passionate about.
Our Impact What We Do
Calgary Centre for Global Community provides education, engagement and research opportunities to enhance and expand Calgarians' capacity for responsible, well-informed, effective global citizenship. Our work recognizes the interconnectedness of local and global issues and their impact on the well-being of our communities.
- We also act as the umbrella organization for Humainologie, an international, multi-media production house, and The Code, a Calgary-based social enterprise initiative launching later in 2016.
Calgary Centre for Global Community aspires to build a grassroots movement of people and civil society organizations who are capable of bringing about extraordinary positive change through informed and sustained civic engagement.
- All of us are citizens of the world. We are all interconnected and cooperation is vital to create a future in which we can all thrive.
- Working together with the support of our communities, each of us is capable of bringing about extraordinary social transformation.
- Transformation of the human condition, both at the individual and collective levels, is possible through the practice of courage, compassion, generosity, optimism, respect, and justice.
- Learning is a primary engine of human progress.
- The wellbeing of our shared ecosystem needs to be a priority in all aspects of environmental, social/cultural, economic and political practices.
- Protection of human rights is inseparable from recognizing our human responsibilities.
- Justice and respect for pluralism are the foundations of peace.
Our Programs How We Do It
Calgary Centre for Global Community is Calgary oriented and program oriented. As a microcosm of the global community, the majority of Calgarians are empowered and engaged global citizens who envision and create thriving, healthy and just communities here at home and around the world. Programs, partnerships and participation that CCGC offers or is engaged in includes:
- Social Capital Tournament: Infinite games designed to create social change
- Dr. Irma Parhad Summer Research Program: Funds research and capacity building projects focussed on health and well-being of communities around the globe
- Humans of Calgary: A partnership with the "Humans of" movement designed to connect ordinary people with each other through their stories
- 2020 Vision for Humanity: Promoting awareness of the challenges to human security worldwide, and how we can meet those challenges.
Humainologie is CCGC's international, multi-media production house developing content in film, performance, visual and other arts, and online content.
- under an umbrella we met: Learn about someone new on film and by standing in their actual shoes and listening to their stories. Series includes Faces of Islam where you meet Muslims from Syria, Jordan, Bangladesh and Canada (8 films to date, one of which has received the Rising Star Award at the Canadian International Film Festival 2016). Other series currently in development.
- Humainologie Shorts: Videos about human connection (2 short films to date)
The Code will be CCGC's social enterprise hub, a "precinct for humanity, culture, life". When functional (later in 2016), The Code will offer different venue-based programs that will integrate CCGC and Humainologie content and projects into a cohesive experience.
Our Requests What You Can Do
To volunteer with CCGC | Humainologie | The Code and the programs they offer or support, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch our website and our Facebook pages to find opportunities to become involved in programs and events.
- Calgary Centre for Global Community
- Humainologie - Eight films. Eight pairs of shoes. What does it feel like when you're truly standing in someone else's shoes?
- The Code - CCGC's social enterprise hub