What We Do

Strengthen capacity

Engage hosts guest speakers, forums, and working sessions that introduce new ideas and tools, and invite us to learn from each other about what works.

  • IMPACT: Six Patterns that Spread Social Innovation. A book unlaunch and workshop with special guest Al Etmanski. October 28-29, 2015. Find out more here.
  • Lowering the Waterline: A Deep Democracy workshop. With Myrna Lewis and Sera Thompson. October 8, 2015. Read more.
  • Ideas Marketplace exchange among 30 change-makers from across the province. January 10, 2015.
  • Social Labs workshop with Zaid Hassan, Reos Partners, Oxford, UK. February 13, 2014.
  • Rescuing Policy: The Case for Public Engagement workshop and consultations with Don Lenihan, Vice-president of the Public Policy Forum and Chair of the Open Government Engagement Team for the Government of Ontario. February 25, 2014.

Showcase success and mobilize change

  • Stepping Up Conference. June 16, 2015. At 12 locations across the province, with live-streaming from the Halifax Central Library. See a summary of the day here. 

Catalyze Community Self-Reliance

Engage is “walking alongside” communities that are taking responsibility for their social and economic future. A few examples:

  • In cooperation with Cumberland County Life, In March 2015 we co-hosted a by-invitation symposium on how the private sector in that region can take concrete steps to strengthen their economy.
  • In February 2015, we led a seminar for the staff and council of Municipality of the District of Barrington that helped them identify ways to engage citizens in forging new paths toward economic diversification in that region of the province.
  • In 2014, we worked with a local group of municipal and community leaders to design and deliver Engage Inverness County—a two-day conference that focused on how the people of that region can build a practice of coming together to tackle their economic and social challenges.

Contact us if you would like to be part of a forming network of regional groups that are stepping up to engage partners and catalyze change in their communities.

Renew our Political Culture

In the spirit of the Ivany Report’s call for a change in “politics as usual,” Engage is partnering with the Springtide Collective to advance the non-partisan initiative Make Democracy Better, which is prompting thoughtful conversations across the province. Through town hall meetings, Springtide is fostering fresh, citizen-led thinking about how we can improve political discourse and our democratic institutions. Learn more about Springtide

Engage our First People

In cooperation with Canadians For a New Partnership, an organization made up of distinguished Canadians—including people who have held the office of Governor General, Prime Minister, AFN Grand Chief, and Supreme Court of Canada Justice— Engage will lead a symposium aimed at taking a first step towards resetting the fundamental relationship between the Mi’kmaq people and other Nova Scotians.

Welcome New Neighbours

In October 2014, Engage coordinated our province’s first Share Thanksgiving, which brought together host families with new Nova Scotians over Thanksgiving dinner. We matched more families than any place in Canada (in absolute numbers), with the exception of Toronto—more than Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, or Edmonton. Contact us to get involved this fall.

“The Commission recognizes the importance of [Engage Nova Scotia’s]… broader and more creative approach to citizen participation if we are to change attitudes and adapt to new ideas as we address our economic and demographic challenges.”

— Now or Never. An Urgent Call to Action for Nova Scotians


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