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The Carold Institute announces the recipient of the 2016 $60,000 Alan Thomas Fellowship

The Carold Institute is pleased to announce that Alexa Conradi is the recipient of the 2016 Alan Thomas Fellowship.

The annual $60,000 award enables leaders in the not-for-profit sector to spend a sabbatical year researching issues that advance citizen participation and strengthen civil society. First awarded in 2008, there are now a dozen recipients of the Alan Thomas Fellowship. Past fellowship holders continue to be connected to The Carold Institute and with each other, deepening the impact of their work and mentoring others in their respective fields.

image-1Alexa Conradi served three terms as president of the Fédération des femmes du Québec (2009-2015). The FFQ, founded in 1966, is the main feminist umbrella organization in Québec. During these six years, she played a leading role in some of the major social debates in Québec society, such as the disappearance and murder of aboriginal women, unreported cases of sexual abuse, the impact of austerity on women and the now-defunct Charter of Values.

With the support of the Alan Thomas Fellowship, Alexa is writing a book on her experience, to be published by Les Éditions du remue-ménage. She will address issues such as the increase in income inequality, sexism and rape culture, Islam and islamophobia and reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.

Further background on Alexa Conradi

Aware of the criticisms made of feminism by women of color, immigrant, indigenous, lesbians and trans people, Alexa guided a three-year process of renewal of feminist analysis and activism within the FFQ. This process used an innovative, participatory democracy approach designed to allow women historically kept at the margins of the movement to have significant influence over the process and the results. The outcomes, adopted by a thousand women at a final forum will inspire the feminist movement in Québec and elsewhere for years to come (http://www.etatsgenerauxdufeminisme.ca/images/documents/PropositionsEGfinal.pdf).

Alexa is currently living in Germany where she continues to develop new perspectives on her experience. She also acts as an expert on gender issues and democracy with a Canadian NGO working in the Maghreb (Northwest Africa).

For more information on this award and on the work of The Carold Institute:

visit www.carold.ca or contact Tatiana Fraser, President of The Carold Institute (tel: 514 948-5596; email tatiana.fraser@gmail.com).Interviews with Alexa Conradi may also be arranged by contacting The Carold Institute Secretariat: tel: 613-376-3391; email: jhuntly@kos.net

The Carold Institute announces the 2014 Alan Thomas Fellowship Award

June 19, 2014

For immediate release

LucThe Carold Institute is pleased to announce that Luc Gaudet, founder and artistic director of Mise au jeu, a Montréal-based participatory intervention theatre company, is the recipient of the 2014 Alan Thomas Fellowship.

The annual fellowship is a $60,000 award enabling a leader in the not-for-profit sector to spend a sabbatical year researching issues that advance citizen participation and strengthen civil society.

Luc Gaudet has been actively engaged in the production of intervention theatre for more than 30 years. Inspired by the techniques used in Augusto Boal’s “Theatre of the Oppressed,” his research on the use of games and theatre as a tool for personal and social development has taken him throughout Québec, to Central and Eastern Europe, Central America, the Philippines, Indonesia and more recently West Africa.

As executive and artistic director of Mise au jeu, Luc has worked with his team to develop innovative approaches for encouraging citizens to participate in regional development and promote living together better.

Since 2010, Luc has been a contributor to the “Québec Network for Social Innovation” (Réseau québécois en innovation sociale (RQIS)), and been actively involved in PRAXCIT Team lead by the Montreal Research Centre on social inequality and discrimination and alternative citizen participation (Centre de recherche de Montréal sur les inégalités sociales, les discriminations et les pratiques alternatives de citoyenneté (CREMIS)), which develops and tests participatory practices for citizen action on social inequality.

He also sits on the executive board of Québec’s Tools of Peace, an innovative network that promotes the transfer of skills needed for the prevention of violence, and is an active participant in the international social art practitioner’s community “Think Tank for change,” which is supported by the One Drop Foundation.

Luc will use his sabbatical year to reflect on and assess his 23 years of social interventions through Mise au Jeu and establish a model of the crucial stages involved in turning the public into actor. In particular, he will focus on the evocative power and place of play in the process. Luc’s aim is to create new training programs to support a “citizen mobilization and knowledge transfer though art” program as a first step towards the creation of a “citizen involvement through the arts” mobile school program.

Luc Gaudet is the 9th recipient of an Alan Thomas Fellowship, which was first awarded in 2008. Past fellowship recipients continue to be connected to the Carold Institute and with each other, deepening the impact of their work and mentoring others in their respective fields.

For more information on this award and on the work of the Carold Institute, visit www.carold.ca or contact Carold President, Michael Cooke (tel: 416-209-6156; email mcooke253@gmail.com). Luc Gaudet cans also be contacted (tel: 514-871-0172; email lgaudet@miseaujeu.org).