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Lunchbox Legends: The Dabbawalas of Mumbai

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Date created: 
2014-07-10
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Mumbai prides itself on being a resilient, make-it-happen, 24 hour city, and no one embodies that spirit more than the Dabbawalas. Every day, 5000 Dabbawalas (or lunch couriers) deliver 350,000 lunches to their clients in stacked metal lunchboxes. Each lunchbox is picked up at the client's home (where it has been filled with home cooked food by a family member) and delivered to the office (still warm, in time for lunch). On this trip across the mega-city, each lunchbox will pass through the hands of at least twelve Dabbawalas, travelling by bicycle, local train, and foot. This in itself is an incredible enough operation, but what makes it truly remarkable, is the operation's error margin - an unbelievably low 1 in 6 million. A 125 year old operation, the Dabbawalas have only recently shot to fame, with a Forbes Magazine article in 2002, which acknowledged them as having exceeded the criteria for Six Sigma certification. Meet the men behind the world's most efficient organization. Two representatives of the Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers Association traveled for the first time to Vancouver. Spokesperson Subodh Sangle, and Supervisor Kiran Gavande, showed a short film about their work, and shared their stories, organizational methods, and tips for entrepreneurial success.

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Video

5x15

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Date created: 
2014-07-10
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5x15 is a speakers series that originated in London, with the simple but brilliant format of five speakers, speaking for fifteen minutes each, on any topic they are truly passionate about. The only rules are, the talks should be unscripted, and no more (or less) than fifteen minutes. 5x15's Indian Summer Edition is the first time the series comes to Canada. Vancouver gets to host the premiere, with five brilliant local and international storytellers: spoken word poet Ivan Coyote, filmmaker Zarqa Nawaz (Little Mosque on the Prairie), artist/graphic novelist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, and Iranian-American writer Reza Aslan.

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Video

The Jesus of History, The Christ of Faith

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Date created: 
2014-07-11
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An evening with the internationally bestselling author of No god but God and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Reza Aslan offers us a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that calls into question everything we thought we knew about Jesus of Nazareth.

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Video

Changing the Story on Homelessness

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Date created: 
2019-04-12
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Last year, Megaphone readers funded a 6-part in-depth series seeking solutions to the homelessness crisis. As Megaphone wraps up part 6 of the project, experts in policy and folks with lived experience to explore what we can do to ensure we all have access to safe and affordable housing. This talk covered tools, approaches, and possibilities ahead of the provincial election.

Learn more, watch the videos, and read Megaphone's 6-part reader-funded series here: www.megaphonemagazine.com/solutions

 

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Andy Yan: Vancouver in the 21st Century

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Date created: 
2014-09-24
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Andy Yan, senior urban planner with Bing Thom Architects, researcher with BTAworks and adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning, looks at various aspects of life in Vancouver through the lens of social statistics and community cartographies. From real estate ownership to electoral participation to school enrollment, Yan looks at the social, economic, and political opportunities and challenges facing the City and its region as it moves from a British colonial transit point to a Pacific metropolis.

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Video

Performing Home: Enacting a New Choreography of Belonging, a Lecture by Carrie MacLeod

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Date created: 
2014-09-30
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Is there an art to reinventing home in the upheaval of displacement? This presentation offers a feast of poetic narratives on how communities in transition are creating new spaces of belonging – against all odds. In considering the multiple meanings of home in this contemporary global culture, we ask who is making room for whom when frictions from forced migration play out in Vancouver neighbourhoods and across international borders. Arts-based approaches that are unsettling the usual home fronts will be highlighted when diverse worldviews unexpectedly converge and collide. 

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Video

Truth and Reclamation: Teaching Squamish Language at SFU

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Date created: 
2019-04-26
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“We either bring our languages back or we die.” says Khelsilem, the founder of the Squamish Language Immersion Program at SFU. With Trudeau’s announcement of a National Indigenous Languages Act, and continual interest in meaningful reconciliation, Khelsilem seeks to share the lessons of running a full-time adult immersion program with SFU. After its first year the program celebrates 15 new language speakers, with another 15 on the way as another cohort begins in September 2017.This talk discussed the development and implementation of curriculum, classroom strategies, and results of this groundbreaking program.

 

There was also a dialogue with discussants:Julie Flett, Andrea Reimer and Charlene George. The evening was moderated by Am Johal.

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Video

Canadian Society For Continental Philosophy Conference Keynote: Dr. Howard Caygill

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Date created: 
2014-10-03
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Dr. Howard Caygill discusses ideas from his book “On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance”. In this book, Dr. Caygill conducts the first ever systematic analysis of ‘resistance’: as a means of defying political oppression, in its relationship with military violence and its cultural representation. 

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Video

Democracy and the City

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Date created: 
2014-10-05
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Democracy and the City was the first student led forum hosted by the Urban Studies Graduate Student Association at Simon Fraser University. The forum explores how, and why, urban regions are desirable sites for inclusive forms of democratic governance. This video shows the opening remarks by Dr. Patrick Smith followed by the Youth Engagement Panel including Juliana Buitenhuis, David Sadler and Brandon Yan. 

 

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Book Unlaunch: The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth

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Date created: 
2019-05-08
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An enlightening evening of personal stories and reflections shared by Canadian Muslim women. This dialogue will reveal the diversity of the writers featured in this anthology and highlight varying perspectives that exist in the Muslim Diaspora.

The conversation will be moderated by Ray Hsu. Seemi Ghazi, lecturer in Classical Arabic at UBC, Poet, performer of Sufi vocal arts, and reciter of Quran, will grace the evening with poetic recitations that will open and close the evening with powerful messages.

ABOUT THE BOOK

These twenty-one personal stories are told by women from practically all backgrounds and persuasions—devout and not-so devout, professionals and housewives, westernized and traditional, wearing jeans, hijab, or niqab, straight and gay, and originally from Africa, North America, South Asia, the Middle East, and East Asia—revealing in their own ways what it means to them to be a Muslim woman (a "Muslimah"). What we get is a complex of stories, all challenging conventions and stereotypes, and united by two ideas—Islam (or the Quran) and nationality (Canadian).

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