There’s a collective buzz building across Atlantic Canada. Voices from the margins are successfully calling out for a new form of collaboration between all four Atlantic provinces. There is a sense of readiness, rooted in our shared history of successful self-organization and cooperatives, and a proven resilience in this region that bodes well for a great transition. A range of activities that have sprouted in the last year alone indicates a broader social movement gaining strength across the region.
- Linking Arms, a peer-to-peer support network of changemakers from NS and NB that are seeking to create “an economy that works for all”
- How We Thrive, a gathering held over four days in June to harvest collective intelligence for systems change
- EconoUs, the national CCEDNet conference, held in Moncton in September that focused on collaboration for systems change
Most recently, a group of 25 changemakers from across the region gathered in Nova Scotia at Windhorse Farm to connect on our shared land and to give shape to WeavEast: a collective of people across Atlantic Canada committed to creating positive social change.
Applying the principles of “Going Horizontal”, participants in this gathering lived the principles of non-hierarchical organization: building co-created agendas, using collaborative decision making processes, and grounding the work in trusted relationships that are now growing across the region.
As this collective gains momentum there will be even more ways to collaborate for social change in an unprecedented way in Atlantic Canada. Follow the progress of #WeavEast as the work of this collective creates greater access to tools, knowledge, and capacity-building for innovation and leadership from the grassroots.