Podcast Episode 4: “WE, EWB, and Doing Harm by Trying to Do Good”

*Podcast available on googleplay, iTunes, and podcast apps like Castbox. WE, EWB, and Doing Harm by Trying to Do Good CW: abuse, institutional violence SUMMARY Aakhil Lakhani and Chelsey Rhodes, two of the co-organizers of Total System Failure, talk about the WE Charity scandal and draw comparisons with EWB.  They refer to Boris Martin (above … Continue reading Podcast Episode 4: “WE, EWB, and Doing Harm by Trying to Do Good”

You Can’t Report a System to Itself: Notes on a Collective Failure

*by Chelsey Rhodes, March 8, 2020 A big thank you to the rest of my team, the wonderful Alex, Aakhil, and Johnny, who were endlessly supportive, strategic, and brave. Thanks also to those who donated, spoke up, wrote letters, started boycotts, called for resignations, sent kind encouragement, exited the organization in protest, and signed on … Continue reading You Can’t Report a System to Itself: Notes on a Collective Failure

“Don’t Take the Whole Organization Down With You”: (Former) Chapter President Calls on Boris Martin to Resign

Hello Boris [Boris Martin is current CEO of Engineers Without Borders Canada/ EWB], The last time we spoke was immediately after the EWBetter session in Ottawa at the Spring Leadership Retreat. I approached you and very directly said, to your face, that if you didn't solve the inherent issues within your management of this organization … Continue reading “Don’t Take the Whole Organization Down With You”: (Former) Chapter President Calls on Boris Martin to Resign

Podcast Episode 3: “How do You Stand Up to Your Own Organization?”

  *Podcast now available on googleplay, iTunes, and podcast apps like Castbox. How do You Stand Up to Your Own Organization? CW: abuse, institutional violence SUMMARY In this episode, Aspen Murray (above right) and Juliette Escande (above left), co-presidents of the McGill University chapter of Engineers Without Borders Canada/ EWB, explain the events leading up … Continue reading Podcast Episode 3: “How do You Stand Up to Your Own Organization?”

EWB’s “Unknown Knowns”: A Round-Up of Lies, Denial, Manipulation, and Misogyny

*by Chelsey Rhodes In 2002, Donald Rumsfeld made a silly statement in response to a question on links between Iraq and weapons of mass destruction, that continues to be quoted in business and policy spheres today: There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to … Continue reading EWB’s “Unknown Knowns”: A Round-Up of Lies, Denial, Manipulation, and Misogyny

Podcast Episode 2: “Should EWB Exist? (Part II): A System of Abuse”

.   *Podcast now available on googleplay, iTunes, and podcast apps like Castbox. Should EWB Exist? (Part II): A System of Abuse CW: abuse, institutional violence SUMMARY As the philosopher Sara Ahmed notes, "The experience of identifying and challenging abuses of power teaches us about power." Aakhil Lakhani and Chelsey Rhodes continue their conversation with … Continue reading Podcast Episode 2: “Should EWB Exist? (Part II): A System of Abuse”

ÉTS chapter joins boycott of Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB)

  In response to years of unaddressed harassment and discrimination emanating from the national headquarters of Engineers without Borders Canada (EWB), the student chapter at ÉTS (L'École de technologie supérieure, an engineering school in Montreal) has joined other university chapters across the country in boycotting the organization until they meet certain demands for transparency, apologies, … Continue reading ÉTS chapter joins boycott of Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB)

An Open Letter to EWB’s New Board Chair, Rebecca Kresta

  *this letter was submitted by Aakhil Lakhani, former EWB chapter president, JF, and office staff Hi Rebecca, I was interested to learn that you have taken on the leadership position on the board. I wanted to reach out with a little reminder and encouragement. I distinctly remember your response and support when I came … Continue reading An Open Letter to EWB’s New Board Chair, Rebecca Kresta

Dear EWB: I Believe Survivors

  *This post was submitted by Luna Taguchi, McGill University chapter member and former chapter president CW: sexual harassment, workplace harassment, institutional retaliation Hi everyone! If you are reading this, you are either keen and staying updated with Total System Failure, or are relatively new and hoping to learn more about the situation. Welcome! I … Continue reading Dear EWB: I Believe Survivors

Why is EWB hiding Derek Evans’ Report?

In one of our last posts we included a transcript from a phone call between the EWB Board Chair Cameron Charlebois, EWB Director of Policy & Community Prateek Awasthi, and EWB chapter members.  In that call, both Charlebois and Awasthi assured members that the results of a review into EWB's policies/ practices would be released … Continue reading Why is EWB hiding Derek Evans’ Report?