IASC 2015 opening ceremony

IASC 2015 opening ceremony

From the Shaw conference centre, Edmonton at the opening of the 2015 IASC Biennial International Conference on ‘Complexity and Change’.  Brenda Parlee and Prateep Nayak, co-chairs of the conference hosted by the University of Alberta, opened the conference this morning with references to the importance of the support for the conference from the Treaty 8 First Nations.

What to do in Edmonton while waiting…

What to do in Edmonton while waiting…

A small group of us have been here in Edmonton since last Thursday – getting ready for the15th Biennial IASC international conference.  It’s been a long few days of meetings for the Executive Council, held before all the delegates join us in Edmonton, Alberta. A lot of time has been taken up reviewing the proposals for the next few regional conferences (Rome in November, Berne, and then Alaska) and exploring options for developing the Association.

Checking in early…a first glimpse of Edmonton

CCRI’s John Powell will be spending the next 10 days in Edmonton, Alberta at the International Association for the Study of the Commons’ (IASC) 15th Biennial Global Conference ‘The Commons Amidst Complexity and Change’ which takes place on May 25-29, 2015. He is president-elect of IASC and will be writing a series of blogs reflecting on the event. Here are John’s initial thoughts: 

14th IASC Global Conference Management

John Powell and Chris Short recently attended the 14th Global Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons in Japan. We actually hosted the 12th conference back in 2009, which was both challenging, but also a great honour. In this Blog post, John reflects on the organisation at the 2013 conference… Organising and running a major international conference is a huge task.  It is even harder when there are multiple organisers divided by language and culture and living on different continents, and made even more difficult when the conference is to be delivered in a rural area