Calgary Centre for Global Community provides education, engagement and research opportunities to enhance and expand Calgarians' capacity for responsible, well-informed, effective global citizenship. Our work recognizes the interconnectedness of local and global issues and their impact on the well-being of our communities.
We also act as the umbrella organization for Humainologie, an international, multi-media production house, and The Code, a Calgary-based social enterprise initiative launching next year.
Supported by the Calgary Centre for Global Community (CCGC), Humainologie is a production house whose work directly contributes to CCGC’s mission of inspiring and enabling effective global citizenship. We believe that the more we truly connect with ourselves and with others, the more we will naturally create a more humane global community.
"Humain" in French means both "human" and "humane". Humainologie recognizes the possibility of embracing both the opportunity to become more humane as a society, and the opportunity to recognize and accept our own and others' imperfect humanness. Somewhere between or within the two, is where we think there's an opening.
Check out our new launch videos about human connection:
We Are Humainologie
The Spaces Between Us
‘‘There isn’t anyone you couldn’t love once you’ve heard their story’
- Mary Lou Kownacki
It seems like everybody’s talking about vulnerability these days. On buses, in bookstores, even on skype. And we know why! Humainologie’s recently launched project ‘The Selfie Chain’ centres around the theme of vulnerability and is designed to encourage deeper connections with the people we already know. Why vulnerability? Because we think it’s an essential quality for creating meaningful connections between humans. Vulnerability allows us to be our imperfect, authentic selves.
Armed with their smart phones, a team of Humainologie volunteers sought out meaningful conversations on vulnerability with their loved ones, capturing the moment with a selfie. Their conversation partner is now tasked with keeping the chain going by finding another person to talk to about vulnerability and then taking a selfie, and so on and so on. The selfies are sent to Humainologie along with a snippet of the conversation, which will then be featured in an exhibit at a soon-to-be-announced location in the fall of 2016.
So watch out Calgary and beyond! Digging deep and getting real just became a chain reaction.
De-Vices - Humainologie Street Theatre
De-Vices popped up downtown this summer featuring 15 talented performers, in an artistic choreography of symbolic movement to sound, telling a story of isolation due to technology, illustrating the power of our devices and how so often, they prevent us from properly connecting with each other.
Stacie Harrison, acting teacher and Director of De-vices, shares that “as someone who teaches people about connection it has become increasingly disconcerting for me to see just how disconnected we are becoming as a society.”
Performer, Amy Hinz shared: “On break in rehearsal I’ll reach for my phone and think, 'What am I doing? Right now I’m surrounded by great people, why aren’t I focusing on them?'”
Humainologie envisioned the De-Vices street theatre performance with a goal to illustrate how our devices, meant to keep us better connected, are paradoxically becoming a powerful barrier to connection.
Film Festival Wins
Our film About Adnan in the 'under an umbrella we met' series recently received a Rising Star Award in the 2016 Canada International Film Festival. Watch the award winning film HERE.
Seven of our 'under an umbrella we met' series films were also part of the 2016 North West Film Fest in Edmonton.
Our exhibit 'under an umbrella we met', featuring eight short films where you can step into the actual, worn shoes of the person you are watching, launched in November, 2015. The exhibit was shared at Calgary's City Hall and has since been part of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada's "Together" touring exhibit, was at TedEx Calgary, various post-secondary institutions and will be shared at Calgary's Global Fest in August. Find out more about the films and the exhibit at www.underanumbrellawemet.com
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Internships & Volunteering
Calgary Centre for Global Community and Humainologie
offer a number of ways for you to become engaged with our work, including internships in a variety of areas and volunteering throughout the organization.
Our current offerings can be found here.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to be added to our volunteer list.