Wednesday, May 20th 2020
Dear DemocracyXChange community,
Thank you for your contribution to our community and our democracy. We had hoped to gather together in person in Toronto in early May for the DemocracyXChange 2020 summit.
But over the past few months, communities, cities and countries around the world have been rocked by a massive public health and economic crisis. COVID-19 transformed the way we live, work and play overnight and has caused untold damage to many lives and our global economy. There is still uncertainty in our next steps and what role each of us will have to play in creating our post-COVID world. The active practice of democracy has never been more critical.
Many people and communities are already gathering in new ways, learning, building power and finding common cause.
We have discussed how to proceed with our founding partners, the Open Democracy Project and the Ryerson Leadership Lab, and with our co-presenting partners, the Ryerson Faculty of Arts, the Samara Centre for Democracy, the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University, and the Toronto Public Library — as well as with our Programme Advisory Committee.
After those conversations, we are excited to announce that DemocracyXChange 2020 will convene virtually from Tuesday, October 13th to Thursday, October 15, 2020.
Transforming DXC20 to a virtual platform allows for new, creative ideas about how we offer programming and engagement opportunities for DXC participants. We will create a unique multi-platform experience that best serves our community and utilizes the full capacity of our available technology. To preserve the participatory nature and community culture of DXC, there will still be a variety of elements for delegates to engage with and direct places of connection.
After DXC20: Following the Summit, we will be hosting the DemocracyXChange Festival, an extension of DXC that allows delegates to further engage and activate with their learnings and connections. Partner and community organizations from across Canada will be invited to run online organizing workshops delivered by each group and supported by DemocracyXChange.
Before DXC20: We need your help to ensure the Summit reflects the questions and needs of our community. In the coming months, we will be hosting a series of Design and Discussion sessions featuring conversations with leading democracy thinkers and practitioners followed by participatory breakout groups with DXC facilitators. We hope these online gatherings will be an opportunity to hear from and connect with each other about the health of our democracy and how we can lead change from the ground up at DXC20.
We will be in touch in the coming weeks and months with more information about speakers, panelists, and how to get your new e-tickets.
Let us come together at DemocracyXChange 2020 and reach across our differences — and screens — as we navigate the greatest democratic challenge of the century.
Ana Serrano, Chris Cowperthwaite and Karim Bardeesy
DemocracyXChange 2020 Co-Chairs