Survey results suggest many youth are unprepared for a life of basic political citizenship.
The Springtide Collective is an organization dedicated to reconnecting Nova Scotians with the democratic process, and imagining ways of doing politics differently. Springtide is a non-partisan and non-profit organization.
At a time when it’s easy to point fingers and public officials who disappoint, we’re planning to celebrate public leaders who give us hope.
The footage and recording from our September 17th event, The Afterparty, is now available. Watch and listen to Elizabeth May, Brent Rathgeber, Graham Steele and Danny Graham as they explore troubling trends in Canadian legislatures with host Stephanie Domet.
Did you know that most Nova Scotians voted for candidates that lost and parties that won’t be a part of the government?
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 judged 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 an organization dedicated to reconnecting Nova Scotians with the democratic process 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
THREE MINUTE CITIZEN
Springtide has created 10 videos explaining democracy in Canada
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
The Board and Collaborators at the Springtide Collective are young professionals working and living across Nova Scotia who are passionate about imagining new and better ways of doing politics and creating a more democratic Nova Scotia.
We are inviting Nova Scotians of all backgrounds who share these concerns to join us.
President & Founder
Illustrator, Three Minute Citizen
Graphic design & communications