The Sault Youth Association and ChangeCamp Sault have teamed up to engage citizens and candidates in a series of community cafés before the municipal election. The Election Café aims to get people to the table to connect, discuss, and prioritize ideas for a better Sault Ste. Marie.
What is an Election Café?
The format is simple. Gather together in a café-style setting, having conversations around small tables. It’s like civic speed dating. Everyone participates in a series of short, conversations with candidates and other citizens, building on each other's ideas for what kind of community we want and what it will take to get there. Ideas can range from the economy, health care, the arts, or the environment.
Candidates will demonstrate how they can work collaboratively toward a common objective, to bring out the best in the ideas of others while also finding ways to effectively communicate their own. They'll have to make real choices around what to do and when. Real stuff, the kind of work they'll need to do if they are elected. Citizens are a vital part of the conversation and will have to do the same.
Two Election Cafés (1 online; 1 in real life)
Virtual Election Café // Oct 13th 7PM-9PM // Online. The first Election Café will engage candidates and citizens on a live online tool for collaboration. This facilitated online session will gather and prioritize ideas with full participation from everyone logged in.
7:00 pm Online social mixer
7:30 pm Ward-based innovation game
8:30 pm Post-game chat for those who want to hang around
Election Café // Oct 18th 6PM-8:30PM // Art Gallery of Algoma. The second Election Café will engage candidates and citizens to come to the table at the Art Gallery of Algoma. Attendees will get a chance to mingle; have brief conversations and write down ideas; and prioritize using tools produced by Innovation Games. Food and cash bar will be provided by Sault Personal Fit and Vinaissance Wine & Food Explorations.
6:00 pm Reception (light snacks, cash bar)
7:00 pm Welcome and Opening
7:15 pm Civic Speed Dating (3 Rounds)
8:00 pm Break
8:15 pm Prioritize Community Tree
8:45 pm Wrap-up
With limited seating, tickets will be selling fast!