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What is DXC Open Spaces?

DemocracyXChange asks:

In an age of polarization, now is the time to reach, connect and work across borders, political orientations, values and points of view. Democracy is lived, not just talked about, and we would like to show the citizens of the Greater Toronto Area how well various organizations exemplify true democratic principles. So how do we show each other our “best democratic selves?”

Our Session Responds:

We invite you to join us by attending one of the sites who have volunteered to open their doors and show us how explicit civic engagement happens during our first city-wide DXC Open Spaces, which is free and open to the public.

DXC Open Spaces is presented by the City of Toronto and StartUp HERE Toronto. Get a free ride to DXC Open Spaces. Registrants will receive a Lyft promo code for up to $10 off your trip any time between January 25 - 27.

Participants include:

Aboriginal Legal Services

Participants will hear from Aboriginal Legal Service staff about the programs offered by the agency. This will include our community council, family reunification, and victim services programing. The gathering will be opened by elder Dorothy Peters.

The Bentway

What role can public space play in the democratization of our cities? Enjoy a guided tour of The Bentway’s newly completed first phase, and see how this unique and innovative space transforms 1.75km underneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway into a site for congregation, collaboration, and inspiration that unites communities and minds.

The Centre for Mindfulness Studies

Participants will learn about how The Centre for Mindfulness Studies is building communities of well being through a unique healthcare delivery model that engages community and brings mindfulness programs for depression, anxiety, and stress to those most in need.

Daniels Spectrum - Artscape

Come explore first hand the role of culture and creativity as catalysts for civic engagement and social inclusion. Through a tour and interactive conversation, you will learn how Daniels Spectrum is working to place culture at the centre of engaging, supporting and sustaining residents across Regent Park, a social housing community undergoing rapid change.

Great Lakes Canoe Journey Program

The Great Lakes Canoe Journey program (GLCJP) teaches Indigenous youth how to build birch bark canoes and about Anishinabek canoe culture, history and technology. In this workshop, participants will learn some of the ways in which the GLCJP develops and enters into partnerships, creates unique engagement opportunities for youth, and the ways in which it operationalizes Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Indigenous research ethics.


KAIROS brings together 10 churches and religious organizations in commitments to ecological justice and human rights. A community of Indigenous, settlers and newcomers working together, KAIROS educates and advocates on Indigenous rights, ecological justice, migrant rights. And, working with global partners, we help to advance gender justice, particularly in conflict and post-conflict countries. This visit will give you a chance to meet some of the 35+ KAIROS staff and have a round-the-office introduction to these key priority areas. We also reflect on the history and future for faith-based justice making, and its strategy of citizen engagement in the public square.

Open Government + Campus Perspectives

During this session, Open Government representatives from the Government of Canada and leaders from the Ryerson Liberal Arts Society will explore initiatives aimed at helping make national government and the local campus experience more efficient, fair and inclusive. Join us for an afternoon of learning and conversation on Ryerson campus.

Toronto Centre of Learning & Development

Visitors will gain an overview of the Centre's many community programs and activities, including the Regent Park Catering Collective and Sewing Studio. They will also get a sneak preview of the Centre's plans for an exciting new social-enterprise hub.

The University of Toronto Community Kitchen

Community Kitchens are about much more than cooking. These are spaces to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food, discuss social justice issues; find friendship and support. Come learn about the Community Kitchen model while making a meal with Ashrafi Ahmed, founder and chef of Banglar Saad. Note: If you have any dietary restrictions please share them with Lydia Li (lyd.li@utoronto.ca).

Visit democracyxchange.org for full event descriptions and more information about DemocracyXChange 2019.

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