WHAT: The City as Laboratory (TEDxYMCAAcademy 2015)
WHEN: Saturday, April 11, 12pm-2pm
WHERE: Toronto-Central Grosvenor Street YMCA Centre Auditorium
TICKETS: Click here to reserve
MORE INFO: www.tedxymcaacademy.com
ABOUT THE EVENT
How can engaging with the people and places in your local neighbourhood foster new a new understanding of a city’s vitality?
Why is it so important to teach young people about urbanism — and what’s the best way to go about it?
What can the gloriously messy, electrifyingly experimental nature of a modern city offer educators seeking experiential learning opportunities?
These questions, and many more, will be explored at “The City as Laboratory,” the 2015 edition of the annual TEDxYMCAAcademy speaker series.
This event features talks by:
- Shawn Micallef (Spacing senior editor and Toronto Star columnist)
- Zahra Ebrahim (Founder of Architext and co-lead of the Community. Design. Initiative.)
- Josh Fullan (Maximum City founder and teacher at University of Toronto Schools)
- Pamela Robinson (Director of the Master’s of Urban Development program at Ryerson)
- Andrew Davies (Executive director of No. 9 Contemporary Art & the Environment)
- Leslie McBeth (Greenwood College teacher and facilitator at Cohort21)
- Todd Harrison (YMCA Academy teacher and Spacing senior editor)
These seven change agents will share projects and ideas purpose-built to spark innovation and foster engagement in Canada’s urban landscape.
We live in a rapidly urbanizing world. Understanding how cities work, and how you can change them for the better, is a key skill for learners of all ages — and, as talks at this TEDx event will demonstrate, there’s no better or more authentic source for this knowledge than our urban environments themselves.
“The City as Laboratory” is hosted by The YMCA Academy, an independent high school in central Toronto serving students with learning differences. Spacing is the media partner for this event.