Canada’s Democracy Summit
We will be convening in 2 parts, the DemocracyXChange Summit (Oct 13-15) and a week-long DemocracyXChange Festival (Oct 16 - 22). Let us come together at DemocracyXChange 2020 and reach across our differences — and devices! — as we rise to this global moment.
Rising to the Global Moment
Transforming DemocracyXChange 2020 to a virtual gathering allows for new, creative ideas about how we offer programming and engagement opportunities for Summit participants. We will create a multi-platform experience that leverages technology while preserving the participatory nature and community culture of DemocracyXChange.
Join us at DemocracyXChange for our Summit and Festival with people practicing democracy from Canada and around the world to find new ways to learn, build power and reach across difference.
DRIVE CHANGE. FROM THE GROUND UP.
DemocracyXChange is the annual summit for Canada’s emerging democracy sector to connect, learn and share.
The opportunity to see this moment as ours to shape with a gathering focused on strengthening democracy and ground-up community change has never been more pressing.
From neighbourhood change-makers to thought leaders and national campaigners, DemocracyXChange is a meeting place for practitioners demonstrating the power of explicit engagement, technology and new ways of organizing to make change happen.
DemocracyXChange in Review
In the past, DemocracyXChange has hosted a wide range of democracy practitioners, scholars, elected officials and grassroot advocates. Our past speakers have included:
Sarada Peri, Former Speechwriter to President Barack Obama,
Kathleen Wynne, Former Premier of Ontario; MPP for Don Valley West,
Hon. Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions for Canada; MP for Burlington,
Sean Speer, Former Senior Adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
Maria Ressa, journalist, founder and CEO of The Rappler, and Time Magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year 2018
Astra Taylor, filmmaker, activist, community organizer and author,
Michael Champagne, Indigenous Youth Activist
Through DemocracyXChange, we recognize the importance of challenging, celebrating and reforming the democratic system.
DemocracyXChange By the Numbers
For DemocracyXChange 2019, we had:
120% increase in participants from 2017
50 Attendees at post-conference debrief
49 Workshop Leaders
18 Community Partners
9 Partner Organizations for DXC Open Spaces
3 day program tripling in size from 2017
#DXC19 trended on Twitter the entire weekend
- Full access to 3-day DemocracyXChange Summit and week long DemocracyXChange Festival
- Exclusive pre-events, content and subscriptions,
- As you are registering for DemocracyXChange, you will have the ability to select from one of our suggested contribution levels. Your support will ensure that everyone from Canada's emerging democracy sector and beyond can convene on a safe, secure and accessible platform. We encourage you to give as you are able.
Hear from DXC Attendees
“I wasn’t sure what to expect but DemocracyXChange was useful, inspiring, and helped me connect with a number of passionate leaders and organizers.”
“This was a day filled with passionate, diversely experienced, and thought-provoking change makers who openly and productively engaged with other participants. Such an inspiring and forward-looking event!”
“DemocracyXChange was unlike any conference I have ever been to. Highlighting activism in the digital age through a wide variety of perspectives. I was blown away by the scale and caliber of the speakers.”
“With DemocracyXChange we are working to bring together a community of engaged individuals, young and old, who are cross-partisan, politics-positive, and discourse-driven. We hope that DemocracyXChange will catalyze explicit change in our communities by sharing techniques, tools, and best practices from civic campaigns around the world and with each other.”
– Ana Serrano, Co-Chair, DemocracyXChange and Co-Chair, Open Democracy Project
“There’s never been a more important time for DemocracyXChange. We need to come together to demonstrate that democracy can make positive change in our communities, and that politics is a practice that is open to all.”
– Karim Bardeesy, Co-Chair, DemocracyXChange and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson University