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November 2014 Newsletter

Volume 3


In this Issue

  • New Guinness World Record
  • New research
    1. The Voting Game: a Civic Education Activity offered to Disadvantaged Youth
    2. Young Adults are Slacktivists and that's a Good Thing
  • New tools
    1. Giving a Head Start to Young Women in Politics
    2. Guide to Organizing, Engaging Audiences and Moderating an Electoral Debate
    3. Creating a Civic Rite of Passage to Increase Youth Voter Turnout
  • Ongoing initiatives
    • Democracy Talks by Samara

Ongoing Initiatives

Democracy Talks by Samara

Strengthening democracy one conversation at a time

Many organizations in the engagement community have expressed their interest in learning more about Samara's Democracy Talks, a facilitated, activity-based discussion around issues that matter to society. Democracy Talks builds democratic engagement by providing a community-based, non-partisan forum for people to have their ideas heard, hear from other members of their community and develop their political voice.

Find out more about this great initiative and how you can organize your own Democracy Talk here!

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Provincial Diversity Study

Researchers Antoine Bilodeau and Luc Turgeon recently undertook a massive survey of youth and Canadians from diverse communities across the country. Some of their findings were quite surprising. Find our more in our next newsletter.

New Guinness World Record!

Calgary's Youth Central and Cenovus Energy broke the Guinness world record for sandwich making! More than 275 volunteers made 20,975 sandwiches for homeless shelters in one hour on October 1. Talk about an interesting way to engage young people! Find out more.


New Research

The Voting Game: a Civic Education Activity offered to Disadvantaged Youth

In this blog post, Valérie-Anne Mahéo from McGill University describes a "voting game" that was created to raise the awareness of less educated and underprivileged young Canadians about several issues related to elections. The activity was developed by the Making Electoral Democracy Work project and the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship in collaboration with the NGO Apathy is Boring.

Find out more about how the game worked and what participants had to say about it.

Young Adults are Slacktivists and that's a Good Thing Keely Phillips (2014)

Keely Phillips from the University of Waterloo's Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) analyzes the role of Canadian youth in the democratic process. In this blog, Phillips looks specifically at how online engagement relates to other forms of participation and asks the question: "are young adults slacktivists?"


New Tools

We've added many new tools and resources to Inspire Democracy. Here are just a few.

Giving a Head Start to Young Women in Politics
Head Start Ottawa
Designed for educators and community leaders, this manual provides activities that can be used to help young women become active in politics. The activities can be modified for all ages and genders.

Guide to Organizing, Engaging Audiences and Moderating an Electoral Debate
Institut du Nouveau Monde
This guide provides a checklist for planning and conducting electoral debates and a toolbox with useful models and templates.

Creating a Civic Rite of Passage to Increase Youth Voter Turnout
Institut du Nouveau Monde
This strategy is based on a renewed conception of democracy in which voter turnout is not only desired but expected and encouraged, and voting is more than a right -- it is a duty and a responsibility.