On December 3rd, Springtide Founder, Mark Coffin will deliver a public lecture as a part of Dalhousie’s Environment, Sustainability and Society series on the topic of resilient democracy.
The Springtide Collective is an organization dedicated to bridging the gap between Nova Scotians and our democratic institutions, and imagining ways of doing politics differently. Springtide is a non-partisan organization and a registered charity.
PURPOSE AND DIRECTION
… a democracy where it’s easier to think of reasons to step up and get engaged, than it is to think of reasons to stay home.
…a political system where we judge new ideas based on where those ideas could take us, rather than where they came from, or who came up with them.
Picture a Nova Scotia…
… where the citizenry is alive, where democracy isn’t just something we have, but something we do – a culture – where each of us feels a sense of responsibility to those around us.
Too often, citizens, members of the public service, and even elected officials feel like the issues they care about are getting dealt with in a black box instead of in the public square.
People are staying home, and losing faith in the virtue of citizenship.
At Springtide, we believe there’s a better way.
OUR RESPONSE •
We created the Springtide Collective to ask tough questions and stimulate public conversations about the state of our democratic culture, and provide thoughtful insight into how our democratic institutions and processes can work better for people.
Other community groups exist to advocate for and organize around important policy issues – like health, education, or the environment.
WHERE SPRINGTIDE FITS •
Springtide’s role is complementary and foundational to these groups. We are a steward for a healthy and vibrant democracy and will work towards a political system that is reflective of its people, and designed to make decisions in their best interest.
OUR MISSION •
Springtide is dedicated bridging the gap between Nova Scotians and our democratic institutions and imagining ways of doing politics differently.
Through education, research and public engagement, we’ve already begun our work.
WE CAPTURE UNIQUE INSIGHTS THROUGH OUR RESEARCH
Last year we researched youth political opinion and civic literacy among voting aged youth just before the provincial election. Our next research project will be the first-ever series of exit interviews with former Nova Scotia MLAs. Exit interviews are an critical organizational learning tool for most workplaces, but in one of the most influential workplaces in the Nova Scotia, our provincial legislature, they’ve never been done.
WE’RE ENGAGING NOVA SCOTIANS IN OUR WORK TO BUILD A BETTER DEMOCRACY
In June of 2014, we’ll be hosting a series of community conversations across the province – on the ground and online – about the democracy we need to build.
We can’t do it alone
We’ve done projects that we’re proud of, but our vision is much bigger and we’ve barely scratched the surface. The world is changing, and we need your help to make sure that our democracy changes with it.
We hope you will consider supporting our work. By doing so, you’ll be making our democracy better.
WHAT WE'RE UP TO
Make Democracy Better is a project started by the Springtide Collective in late 2014 with three objectives:
- To start a conversation about improving democracy in Nova Scotia
- To identify people and groups who want to Make Democracy Better.
- To build an action plan for a better democracy, using the priorities identified by participants and inspired by the best information and research available.
We’ve recently completed a round of community engagement and online engagements with Nova Scotians to learn which areas participants were most eager to explore deeper to make democracy better. Now we’re following through by making those issues priorities for research and community engagement at Springtide.
Visit MakeDemocracyBetter.ca for more about this project.
Make Democracy Better is made possible with the support of Engage Nova Scotia, the Democracy 250 Youth Engagement Legacy Trust and numerous local partners and citizens.
THREE MINUTE CITIZEN
Springtide has created 10 videos explaining democracy in Canada
LATEST: How Canada Became a Democracy
Click here to see all of the Three Minute Citizen videos on our YouTube Channel!
This project is made possible with the support of the Democracy 250 Youth Engagement Legacy Trust
NOVA SCOTIA YOUTH POLITICAL SURVEYS
The first political surveys of young people in Nova Scotia
Springtide is a non-profit, non-partisan charity and social enterprise. Our board, staff, volunteers, collaborators and advisors include young professionals, engaged community leaders, former political staffers and politicians, and citizens of Nova Scotia who love democracy and think it can be done better.
Meet our Staff and Collaborators.
Meet our Board of Directors.
Meet our Advisory Council.