Creating spaces to discuss topics that matter
We are committed to engaging meaningfully with the community. Community Conversations is a new initiative to encourage dialogue and discussions on topics that matter and are of keen interest to members of our community. These conversations will be held in a variety of locations across the GTA: cafés, libraries, community centres and anywhere that constructive dialogue can flourish. We hope to create welcoming spaces where people from diverse communities can gather and share their unique insights and experiences.
We hope to bring together the talents, spirit, energy, curiosity and interests of our diverse citizenry to promote inclusive, and inspiring dialogue on current local and global issues that could include history, ecology, the environment, arts, media, urbanism, health, poverty, current socio-economic and political issues, and a range of ideas and topics that inspire critical dialogue and engaging thoughts.
Complete a Community Conversations Application Form to get started.
Fall 2017 schedule coming soon...
Our first Community Conversation event, Youth, Higher Education and Community Engagement, was held on November 25, 2016, at the Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers in Toronto. Get more detailed information about the topic and speakers.
|July 7, 2017||Cuba en el Siglo XXI: Cultura e Identidad en movimiento/Cuba, XXI Century: Culture and Identity in Motion||Julio Fonseca & Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano||Toronto Public Library - Lillian H. Smith Library (239 College St, Toronto, ON)|
|June 22, 2017||The Summer of '77: How Emanuel Jaque's Murder Changed Toronto||Gilberto Fernandes||Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers (960 St. Clair Ave West)|
|June 15, 2017||Tutti a tavola! Italian Food Culture in Canada||Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano||Vaughan City Hall–Atrium (2141 Major Mackenzie Dr. W, Maple, ON)|
|June 6, 2017||Resourcing Student Debt Solutions for Strengthening Community Financial Capacity||Brenda Spotton Visano||YorkU-TD Community Engagement Center|
|May 11, 2017||A Conversation based on the Film: MPA - A Utopian Experiment||Megan Davies||Davenport-Perth Neighborhood Community Health Center (1900 Davenport Rd)|
|May 10, 2017||My Mind & Me: An introductory Mindfulness Workshop for Youth||Marie-Jolie Rwigema||The Spot (1 York Gate Blvd., 2nd Floor)|
|May 6, 2017||do we have freewill?||Alexandru Manafu||Studio 303, 401 Richmond Street West|
|April 20, 2017||Stories of Change: Narrative Practices for Critical Justice Work||Harjeet Badwall||York TD-Community Engagement Center|
|March 19, 2017||The Greek Immigrant Experience; Then and Now||Sakis Gekas||Pan Arcadian Federation of Canada House
450 Danforth Avenue
|February 28, 2017||In Search of Community Emotional Well-being||Wilburn Hayden & Farid Partovi Chaharlangi||2999 Jane Street Community Building|
|January 31, 2017||A Nation Divided: The November 1916 Battle of Athens and Greece’s Entry to Great War||Sakis Gekas||Danforth/Coxwell - Toronto Public Library|
|November 25, 2016||Youth, Higher Education and Community Engagement in the Portuguese Community||Maria Dodman & Inês Cardoso||Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers|
Conversation is a powerful tool that connects us and provides a unique opportunity for knowledge sharing, human growth and empowerment, and community building. Community Conversations are public, semi-structured and open to anyone who who is interested in the topic. To host a conversation, all you need are people, a topic and a place to meet!
Our events are held twice monthly during the Fall and Winter semesters, in cafés and community spaces across the GTA, and are approximately two hours in length (exceptions may apply). Each conversation is centered on a particular theme or an interesting question. Conversations will begin with the moderator who will lead the conversation with a 10-15 minute introduction to the topic, will monitor time, and who will gently encourage participation. Conversations may also feature guest speaker(s) to share their ideas, experiences and expertise on a specific topic. Essentially, conversations are intended to spark the exchange of ideas!
We are committed to building strong and inclusive communities and welcome the involvement and participation of the broadest group possible. To participate in a conversation, all you need to do is show up and talk. Apply now to host a conversation.
If you wish to suggest a topic, or provide feedback on one of our conversations, we invite you to contact us by email.
Where do conversations take place?
Community conversations are held at familiar and inviting community locations, such as local coffee shop, café, restaurant, public-park, local library, organizations and community centers.
Why conversations and not lectures, workshops or seminars?
We aim to create an open space for the exchange of knowledge and where everyone is a learner. In these settings, everyone is encouraged to share their perspectives, thoughts and ideas, and not be dominated by experts.
Are conversations free and do I need to register?
Community Conversation events are free. Most events do not require registration; however, when a conversation does require advance registration it will be clearly indicated on our website or on posters announcing the event.
How long are the conversations?
Conversations are usually two hours in length.
Do I have to prepare in advance for a conversation?
No. these events are informal and do not require participants to prepare for a conversation. If you are interested in the topic, all you need to do is show up and participate – share your experiences, thoughts and ideas.
Please provide your comments on the Community Conversation you have attended.