IDEC 2008 will take place at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, Aug. 11th to 18th 2008. They are hoping for the participation of 300+ delegates from Democratic Schools and other learner-centred communities around the world.
Surrounded by forest and beaches, UBC is a great location to host an IDEC. Public buses run 6am to 1am and UBC is just 30 minutes drive from downtown Vancouver or from the airport.
UBC is providing dorm rooms for delegates. Most of these rooms have one single bed and a small percentage have two. There are rooms with special facilities for those with disabilities. All dorm buildings contain floor lounges with small fridges, sinks and sitting areas. Bathrooms are shared among floors or in room 'pods'.
UBC is a 30 minute bus ride or drive from Vancouver International Airport (code YVR). Arrangements will be made to pick up if possible or provide clear directions. For those who are uncomfortable finding their way, require special assistance, or traveling with small children or heavy equipment, the conference organisers will ensure a comfortable trip from the airport.
* Consider the many implications of democratic schooling regarding attitudes that support sustainability.
* Foster dialogues across locations, experiences, and approaches within democratic schooling.
* Raise awareness of ecologically sound practices, and make them an integral part of the conference.
* Incorporate a profoundly interactive, flexible, and exciting democratic program for young people as a central part of the conference; this will be modeled on Windsor House and organized and run by alumni and students.
* Network and strategize internationally regarding issues facing democratic schooling including the benefits and dangers of public funding.
* Provide a forum to discuss models of how to raise our children given the many crises we face in the world.
* Conduct a conference as carbon neutral and as environmentally friendly as possible.
* Facilitate workshops and events that enrich schools and help them grow in strength.
* Help people experience the cultures of other democratic schools around the world.
* Generate and increase interest in democratic education in our region and internationally.
* Raise the profile of SANE both within our region and internationally.
* Have a great deal of fun, meet new people, increase allies, and inspire creative strategies for our futures.
The web site for the conference is http://www.IDEC2008.org. It offers discussion forums and the organisers would welcome your contributions.
Early Bird Registration, February to March:
7 Days $150/200 (Unemployed and Students/Employed)
3 Days $75/100
1 Day $25/35
Food Plan for 3 meals per day;
$30 per day
Single Bed in dorm room, 2 beds per room;
$30 per night
Single Bed in private room with shared kitchenette and small sitting area.
$40 per night
Full Conference, Room and Meal plan cost
Prices will increase in April when the Early Bird registration is finished.
Commonwealth Grant for IDEC 2008
The Canadian IDEC grant-writing team here has found a grant which will specifically support people from commonwealth countries with financial trouble to attend conferences in other commonwealth countries. In order to apply for this grant we need some information and connection from/to the folks who will receive the money. If there are people out there in financially challenged commonwealth countries hoping/planning to attend IDEC 2008 in Vancouver, Canada, should get in touch with David Gagnon <email@example.com>
Blue Mountain, the publicly funded democratic school in Oregon, USA, is involved in a last-minute battle for survival. They have appealed against the local district’s decision to terminate their contract, but the public hearings officer, a lawyer appointed by the State Department of Education, has recommended to the ultimate authority, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, that the decision should be upheld.
Blue Mountain has written to point out the flaws in the public hearings officer’s recommendation. They need as much support as possible. This is what they say:
We urge you to email State Superintendent Susan Castillo TODAY at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask her to keep Blue Mountain as an innovative educational choice. Let her know who you are, where you live, and why Blue Mountain is valuable to you. (As they are responding to our letters with a form letter telling us the time for testimony has ended, they may only read your subject line. Write in the subject line “From [your city-state-country]-Save Blue Mountain”.) Please copy your email to email@example.com so we can send it to the district board.
And email your message to:
Oregon’s Governor, Ted Kulongoski [http://www.governor.state..or.us/Gov/contact_us.shtml]
Oregon newspapers: The Oregonian [firstname.lastname@example.org]; and the Register-Guard [-@-]
Arrangements for the first European Democratic Education Community (EUDEC) at the University of Leipzig from July 25th to August 3rd are well advanced. For further details visit www.EUDEC2008.org, or contact address is email@example.com
The next Asia/Pacific regional IDEC will be held from Sunday 28th to Tuesday 30th December, 2008, at DAV Public School, New Panvel, Mumbai, India, hosted by Dr Kaila and Dr Kushal. For further details contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will probably be a question raised at the Canadian IDEC as to whether regional IDECs and world IDECs should take place in alternate years. As well as the EUDEC and the Asia/Pacific conference this year there is also the annual AERO conference in the USA. Few people working with children will have the time or the money to attend more than one conference a year.