Next Up 2013/2014 applications are open!

Do you wonder what the future holds for our world? Are you concerned about things like climate change, poverty, public health and education, housing and government policy? Do you believe that global and local issues are connected? Do you feel that our economic system is focused on profit at the expense of people and the planet? Do you believe it is possible for us, as communities, to do things differently at home and abroad, to eradicate poverty, to deal with conflict peacefully, to rise to the climate challenge fairly, and to ensure everyone has access to good public health and education services?

If you answered yes to many of the questions above, this program may be for you.

Next Up was created by a community of people who wanted to help emerging leaders (that’s you!) develop new and better skills, smarts and ideas. The program is intense. Over 7 months, we’ll dive into a number of topics and disciplines, combining theory, practice, deep thinking, and hard skills. We’ll look at some of the most pressing Canadian policy issues both foreign and domestic. We will consider where “progressive” thinking is on these issues and how to solve them. We’ll look at how change is made in society. And we’ll meet some of the most innovative change-makers in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario — from the non-profit, labour, business and public sectors — who are working for a better world.

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Congrats to NU Sask alumni!

NUSask1 alumni Max FineDay was recently featured in the Globe and Mail!


Max FineDay, the first status member of a First Nation to become president of the University of Saskatchewan Students Union, says he is lucky that his own upbringing was strongly rooted in the culture of the Sweet Grass First Nation where he was raised.

Mr. FineDay, 22, said his language and traditions are an integral part of who he is – and that is something that is being imparted to other First Nations youth.

“We are seeing this sense of pride and a sense of connecting with their culture. And we see that through social movements. Idle No More was huge,” he said. “After that we definitely saw an influx of young people, young preteens and early teenagers, saying: ‘Hey, I am First Nations, I am proud of my culture and it is okay to be who I am and not have to hide it in Canadian society.’”

Sasha Hanson-Pastran (NUSK3) graduated with high honours from International Studies winning the Copland Prize in Social Sciences and two other awards for being the most distinguished International Studies grad. She is also described in this U of S News Release as a “student of interest”!

And, congrats to Amanda Guthrie (NUSK3) won the Avenue Community Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity’s Community Service Youth Award for her dedicated service as facilitator of the Rainbow Coffee Youth Group.



Catalyzing Community Connections in Calgary

Next Up and What’s Next co-hosted a Community Connection event on Feb 2, 2013 at the Old Y  from 10 am to 4pm. This public, popular education event to brings together community groups, activists, educators, and those interested in creating progressive change. The gist: build networks, share stories, generate new ideas and opportunities for collaboration and support for new ideas.

What’s Next? is a Calgary based monthly skill and knowledge share series started by Next Up Alumni. and on facebook.



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