79th Annual Couchiching Conference
August 5-8, 2010
Watershed Moment or Wasted Opportunity
The world economy seems to be emerging from a deep and sharp recession. The global financial meltdown of 2008 and 2009 left many people believing that radical changes were needed to address the social and economic causes of the meltdown. Many people called for reforms that would rein in the grossest excesses of the financial sector, reshape patterns of consumption and debt, and recast the role of governments. But radical reform is no longer in the news. So have we gone back to business as usual?
Can crises be seized as great opportunities for innovation in government, business, and social policy? If not, are we missing the best time to change what needs to be changed? What challenges face Canadians and the global community in 2010 and in the future? Is the status quo sustainable economically, environmentally, or geopolitically?
In Canada and globally, we are still living with the consequences of the meltdown. The 2010 Couchiching Conference will explore how it has changed our ideas about the global economy, the role of the state and public policy. We will explore the opportunities the crisis has presented as well as what possibilities have been foreclosed.
2016 Summer Conference
The Canada Project
Identity, Citizenship, and Nationhood in a Changing World
August 5-7, 2016
The YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, ON