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.
|School of Social Work Speaker Series – Emotional Well-Being
A Political Community Cafe
Youth Mental Health and Well-Being (pt. 1 & 2)
|International Students in Canadian Higher Education
Dr. Soma Chatterjee, School of Social Work
(Further details coming soon)
Strengthening Community Financial Capacity – Financial Information Supports for Front Line Financial Literacy Workers
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.
|November 25, 2016||Youth, Higher Education and Community Engagement in the Portuguese Community||Maria João Dodman & Inês Cardoso||Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers|
|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|
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.