Are you a food zombie?

FoodZombieAre you a food zombie? The second “unconference” in the Zombie series will create a forum for students, staff and faculty to have open conversations about social justice, human rights, sustainability and food issues.

Are you aware of food justice issues? Are your actions hurting disenfranchised people worldwide? Do you want to take action and make a difference here at York and beyond?

Come and take action at the Are YoU a Food Zombie: How Do We Make Better Choices Unconference, which will take place Monday, March 4, from 10am to 3pm, at 280N York Lanes, Keele campus. Lunch will be provided by York University Food Services, a part of Campus Services & Business Operations.

The end goal is to create opportunities to work together to take action both personally and here at York University.

An unconference uses “open-space technology” to host a conference that allows participants to determine the agenda themselves at the start of the day within the scope of a particular topic. So YoU set the agenda.

This unconference is brought to you through the joint efforts of the Institute for Research & Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS), York’s Centre for Human Rights and the President’s Sustainability Council.

The day will begin with registration, from 9:30 to 10am, followed by a collaborative planning session to determine the agenda for the day, from 10 to 11am. Once discussion topics are chosen and opportunities for collaborative action are defined, the group will divide up into breakout sessions based on their interests and expertise, from 11am to 2pm. The day will conclude with a summary of the breakout group discussion and the conclusions that can be drawn from the various experiences, from 2 to 3pm.

The first unconference on climate issues, held October 25, 2012, was a great success, with 45 students, staff and faculty in attendance. The final report of that event is now available. A third unconference on water is planned for March 25.

For more information on all the Unconferences, visit the IRIS website.

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