Changing the Conversation

What is Changing the Conversation?

Changing the Conversation is a civil, open source inter-generational space where Canadians can come together to join or start a conversation around issues that matter to them and their communities. It is an experimental opportunity to rethink and reframe modern day challenges relevant to Canadian communities, to co-create innovative and scalable solutions. Governed by the principles of Socratic dialogue, this space hosts virtual real-time e-Dialogues and leads virtual peer-to-peer learning exchanges. It is also a repository for learning, best practices, tools and methodologies—a collaborative space to join or start a conversation.

What is an e-Dialogue?

e-Dialogues use a simple text-based discussion forum for easy access by diverse audiences. Use of the platform requires little to no training for anyone familiar with computers. It allows for an almost instant and direct record of the conversation to be archived and widely available – something that is not easy or accessible for audio and video systems. The text-based e-Dialogues also enable responses to the moderated questions to be more measured compared to the more instant demands of voice and visual communication. We believe that this simple text-based system has added value for trans-disciplinary dialogue when compared to more sophisticated technologies. Embedded in the platform is a 'live chat' feature in which e-audiences can converse with one another and ask the expert panelists questions about their dialogue.

To enter our e-Dialogue forum, click here. All you need to do is register! 

Upcoming e-Dialogues

Biodiversity Conversations: How important are the common loon and polar bears to Canadians?

Led by Professor Ann Dale, Co-Chair of Women for Nature, and in partnership with Nature Canada, Changing the Conversation led an online curated series of real-time virtual e-Dialogues from September 2017 to April 2018, responding to the critical imperative of biodiversity conservation for the 21st Century in Canada. This project aimed to raise civic awareness around critical questions and engagement around the importance of biodiversity. Why is it important to Canadians? What are the drivers and barriers for conservation? How important are Canadian icons such as the common loon and polar bears? What can we do individually and collectively to protect it?

Conserving our biodiversity is necessary for the integrity of ecosystem health but also integral to healthy human communities. The loss of keystone species can cause a cascading decline in ecosystems upon which we are dependent. By convening women leaders from diverse sectors from across the country to stimulate thinking, dialogue, and local action, we can identify discuss, and contextualize strategies to help inform decision-makers for changes in public policy.

Read the conversations here

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Past e-Dialogues

The Climate Imperative e-Dialogue series brought together Sustainable Canada scholars to delve deeper into the solutions for moving toward a low carbon economy. Virtual conversations around the questions below were led over six months to inform the 2015 federal election. Following the fourth e-Dialogue, we asked Canadians to vote on their preferred climate scenario in an online survey.

Click on the dialogues listed below to read the full conversations.

The Art of the Possible: What are the ten steps Canada can take now to achieve a low carbon economy?

The Provincial Context: What are the provincial challenges in adopting the ten action steps? 

Canadian Voices: What did we learn from Canadians? 

Canadians Vote: Which climate scenario is the most desirable for our country’s future?

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