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Resilience Festival a series of collaborative local events

Transition Guelph has partnered up with a number of other organizations to turn its annual Resilience Community Festival into a week-long event and then some.
“We get more support and interest from presenters and participants every year and are happy to be able to expand this year’s festival to a full week to accommodate everything,” festival planning team co-ordinator Sally Ludwig said in a news release.
The festival, which has been running since 2010, is focused on building a more resilient and sustainable city. This year’s festival officially runs from March 22 to 29, but it will also include lead-up and follow-up events in March and in April.
This year’s theme is “Collaboration,” and many events will look at how collaboration can make Guelph more resilient, the release said. In keeping with the theme, Transition Guelph has partnered with a variety of individuals and organizations, including eMERGE Guelph, Seedy Saturday, Minga Skill Building Hub and The Guelph Groove.
“We are so excited for the large number of diverse events planned for this year’s festival,” said Ludwig.
The more than 30 planned events include Guelph Environmental Leadership’s ECOmarket and Community Connections Fair, a seed exchange, workshops, children’s activities, keynote speakers and more.
For a full list of festival activities and events, visit guelphresiliencefestival.ca.
Local water activism will be the subject of a Wellington Water Watchers workshop taking place March 24 at 10 Carden as part of the Guelph Resilience Festival.
Water Watchers board member Robert Case will be presenting his research findings in the free 7 to 9 p.m. workshop, called “Water Activism in Guelph: A Research Presentation and Strategizing Workshop.”
In 2011, Case created a social network map showing the social ties between Guelph’s water activists. He followed up with a series of interviews aimed at finding out how people come together to take action on community water issues, a news release said.
The workshop will feature a brief presentation of Case’s results. People can then participate in a facilitated discussion to brainstorm strategies and priorities for community groups to strengthen public engagement in water activism and other local causes, the release said.
Registration is recommended but not required: guelphresiliencefestival.ca.

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