MAY 27, 2019 / Legacy Project / The Legacy Table is launching for Intergenerational Day Canada 2019. The Legacy Table at the Legacy Project's new site The Cedars in the Greater Toronto Area is a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather to enjoy a meal surrounded by nature, share stories and ideas, and change the world. The Inaugural Legacy Table Discussion, Empowering Generations to Create a Bigger 7-Generation Story for Change, takes place Friday, May 31, 1:30 pm, with seven big-picture Canadian thinkers. Dot Dinners (as in "connect the dots") will then be open to the public and organizations on topics ranging from food security and climate change to love and empathy to death and democracy.
Susan Bosak, a researcher and educator, is the Co-Founder of the Legacy Project and facilitates discussions around the Legacy Table.
"How often do we have a chance to talk about the big stuff and make real connections – and a dinner table does it better than any other place," says Bosak. "Especially when you bring different generations together, they improve their own sense of wellbeing and community, but they also create an intergenerational spark that can have real impact. That's the essence of legacy."
The conversation flows both ways. Older generations can share life experiences, but Bosak also cites recent research showing children can change their parents and grandparents thinking around issues like climate change.
The Legacy Project's work is about empowering generations to strategically connect the dots across people, issues, ideas and create a bigger 7-Generation story of change for the wellbeing of lives, communities, and the planet. Stories shared around the Legacy Table contribute to creating the bigger story of what's important to people of all ages.
A 7-Generation approach draws on an Indigenous concept of long-term thinking across seven generations while at the same time emerging from the modern context of the historic demographic shift to more living generations – children born today are likely to personally know seven generations in their family and/or community: their own; three before them – their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents; and three after them – their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
A bigger 7-Generation story for action will be created around seven interconnected themes: environment/climate change, economy, education and lifelong learning, health, community, life course and aging, Indigenous worldviews/knowledge.
To kickstart the dialogue on May 31, the Legacy Project has brought together a new "Group of Seven." Just as the original Group of Seven artists changed the way Canadians and the world viewed our landscape, a new Group of Seven can help change the way we view our relationship with each other and the planet. The Legacy Table participants on May 31 are:
Environment/Climate Change – Graham Saul
Executive Director, Nature Canada
Economy – Ann Armstrong
Former Social Enterprise Initiative Director,
Rotman School of Management
Education and Lifelong Learning – Carol Campbell
Associate Professor, OISE, University of Toronto
Health – Gary Bloch
Family Physician, St. Michael's Hospital
Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine,
University of Toronto
Community – Janelle Hinds
Founder, Helping Hands
CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow, Toronto
Life Course and Aging – Peter Whitehouse
Co-Founder, The Intergenerational Schools
Physician and Professor, Case Western Reserve University,
Professor of Medicine and Institute of Life Course & Aging,
University of Toronto
Indigenous Worldviews/Knowledge – Susan Hill
Director of Centre for Indigenous Studies and
Indigenous Studies & History, University of Toronto
The Legacy Project is a research and social innovation group. Markham, Ontario will be the lead community for a community-wide 7-Generation strategy. The Inaugural Legacy Table Discussion on May 31 will be co-moderated by Susan Bosak and grade 7 Markham student Serena Hao. Intergenerational Day is celebrated across Canada on June 1.
For more information on upcoming Dot Dinners around the Legacy Table at The Cedars, and information on how to participate online, visit www.legacyproject.org.