Shawn Micallef

Shawn Micallef
  • Author, Columnist, University Lecturer, Spacing

Shawn Micallef is the author of Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto, The Trouble with Brunch: Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure and, his most recent, Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness. He’s a weekly columnist at the Toronto Star, and a senior editor and co-owner of Spacing magazine. Shawn teaches civics at the University of Toronto and was a 2011-2012 Canadian Journalism Fellow at Massey College. In 2002, while a resident at the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab, he co-founded [murmur], the location-based mobile phone documentary project that spread to over 25 cities globally. In 2016 he hosted and co-wrote Accidental Parkland, a documentary on Toronto’s ravines.

Democracy According to Shawn Micallef

Why did you get involved with DemocracyXChange?

The diminishment of our democratic institutions has been so troubling – that DXC is working to find solutions to rebuilding/strengthening, from a broad variety of perspectives without partisanship, is something to get behind.

When did you first start to care about democracy?

University? Did BA and MA in Political Science – had naive believe in it all – but it wasn’t until later, when the institutions and conventions I thought were solid were, it turns out, were not.

What democracy book/article/podcast/show/movie has had an impact on you during the pandemic?

Generally I look for hopeful things – the dire predictions are not constructive or helpful (and often prove not to be true). Looking for work that charts a better way forward – the future is to be shaped, it’s not predetermined.

Who should attend DemocracyXChange and why?

Everyone, is the first part – but more specifically, people who have the capacity to take what they learned at DXC and put it into action elsewhere. Superspreader event.

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