…volunteer leaders hosted 80 events from coast to coast to coast and began creating a shared vision for change, and building a foundation for action in the 2015 election and beyond.
We’re excited to share what we heard.
People are concerned that Canada’s government and democracy don’t represent them well. Many want to work to change our democracy so that it becomes more representative and participatory. Again and again, we heard from people who are excited about “connecting” with others in their communities, and about a national plan for action that focuses on working across party lines.
In general, people think the plan is smart, well thought-out, realistic and exciting – there’s lots of energy around “doing something effective,” taking local action that is tied to a national strategy, and holding MPs accountable after the election.
People think the 2015 election is important and want to push for key reforms after the election. We heard concerns about some parts of the plan, including questions about cooperation and endorsements. We’re taking all of the detailed feedback we received and working to create an updated plan and answers to key questions.
We heard inspiring ideas from Connect events across the country. In the coming months there will be another major opportunity to give feedback on the priority areas before we create the shared vision and community platform for the 2015 election. For now, we want to share the major trends from the Connect conversations and ask you if they reflect your conversation.
Tell us what you think of these priorities, and if we missed anything major from your conversation:
People across Canada are coming together around a bold plan to mobilize hundreds of thousands to build an open democracy, fair economy and climate justice through the next federal election and beyond. We can make a lasting difference, but only if we’re able to support volunteer leaders who can organize in their communities.
We need your help today. Please donate today to support volunteer leaders across the country with sophisticated technology, dedicated staff, and powerful trainings. Whether you can donate $5, $20 or $100, if we all chip in what we can it will add up fast.
We heard from many of you that you want Connect in your schools, churches, communities, etc. The goal of Connect is to have increasing numbers of people talk about the challenges we’re facing and what we can do about them together so while we are no longer coordinating events through this website, we would be thrilled to have you host an event on your own! It’s easy:
Note: Hosting an event on your own should be similar to hosting during Leadnow’s coordinated events – all the resources and guides are the same. The major difference is that you would be responsible for inviting people you know, rather than Leadnow inviting community members. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
Connect was just the beginning of our campaign to make change during and beyond the 2015 election. If you’re looking for more ways to be involved, there are some great ways to take action in the coming months and their directly related to connect.