BY MARC LEE
One of my best memories from last year’s SCI was the first night, when an impromptu group sat down together outside and launched into a long and spirited conversation on the state of the climate movement. It was the type of conversation that occurs on the best panels of the year, and there it was, not even on the main program.
What makes SCI different is its annual act of plucking activists of all stripes from their chronically busy lives, and throwing them together into a distilled essence of awesome. Each year the organizers manage to break people from their daily customs, pull back to see the big picture, then strategically reinsert agents of change. That is the true alchemy of SCI.
There is a lot to nourish the soul on Cortes Island. The Hollyhock property is gorgeous — I’m a big fan of the campground myself — and the food is amazing. I guarantee you will come home with your reservoirs of hope and energy restored.
Marc Lee is the Co-Director of the Climate Justice Project and Chair of the Progressive Economics Forum, a national network of heterodox economists. He contributes regularly to Relentlessly Progressive Economics, a blog of the PEF, and researches and writes on a variety of economic and social policy issues for the CCPA’s BC and National Offices. In addition to tracking federal and provincial budgets and economic trends, Marc has published on a wide range of topics from poverty and inequality to globalization and international trade to public services and regulation. He is a past Vice Chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission and prior to joining the CCPA, Marc was engaged in popular economics education through RAIN, a partnership with his spouse. policyalternatives.ca