Democracy Talks

What does your political voice sound like, and how do you want to use it?

Democracy Talks helps Canadians develop their political voice and become more involved in politics. Are you:

• Looking for a political discussion and trying to encourage others to get involved?
• Sick of politics, politically tuned-out or worn down by the negativity and rhetoric?
• Convinced that you don’t know enough about politics to contribute in a meaningful way?
• Looking for a fresh way to engage your community group politically?

Delivered in partnership with community groups across Canada, the DT discussion series brings people together – on campuses, in classrooms and around kitchen tables – to discuss politics and share ideas for improving civic and political engagement in Canada.

So far we’ve worked with more than 20 community groups from St. John to Vancouver, and we want to work with you too!  You don’t have to be part of a community group to take part in Democracy Talks, you can also lead a discussion with friends, colleagues or students.

For your Democracy Talks discussion group, Samara provides a series of political engagement resources, facilitation tools and training options that enable participants to:

 • Better understand and connect with the political process,
 • Learn how to problem-solve through politics, and
 • Meet interesting people

Read what others are saying about Democracy Talks, and then join in!

Our Partners

Samara is pleased to be working alongside several outstanding organizations and their community partners:

  • April 03, 2014

    Wisdom from the frontlines

    John Beebe, Samara's Manager of Outreach fills us in on a particularly interesting Democracy Talks session.
  • December 23, 2013

    The power of political conversation

    Today's guest post is from Kelta Coomber, a former Samara intern from Edmonton, Alberta. Kelta shares her thoughts on her internship with Samara, and the power of political conversation.
  • July 22, 2013

    Democracy Talks Dispatches: DT convenes local enthusiasm

    More DT profiles from BC! Introducing Vanessa, Nancy and Joel, three active community members connect through Democracy Talks.
  • July 17, 2013

    Democracy Talks Dispatches: Teaching past barriers

    Marissa Lawrence is the BC coordinator of Samara’s Democracy Talks, and has done an amazing job traveling the province holding Democracy Talks events. You may remember our "Democracy Talks Dispatches" series from earlier this year. We're excited to continue on with some posts from BC!
  • July 15, 2013

    Introducing the Everyday Political Citizen Project!

    We're on the hunt for 308 inspiring political citizens - one from each federal riding. Do you know someone who deserves to be celebrated for all they do? Find out how to submit a nomination here.
  • May 23, 2013

    Democracy Talks meets the BC Election

    Marissa Lawrence is the BC coordinator of Samara’s Democracy Talks, and has done an amazing job traveling the province holding Democracy Talks events leading up to the BC election. She recently shared her experiences in an op-ed in the Vancouver Sun. Read more.
  • April 30, 2013

    Democracy Talks Dispatches: Does Canada have a "political culture"?

    Gina Foley, a new citizen and Democracy Talks participant, asks "Does getting a maple leaf tattoo demonstrate love for Canada more than casting a vote?" Here we talk to her about Canada's "political culture" and how it compares to the culture in the 14 other cities where she's lived.
  • April 25, 2013

    Whose party is it anyway?

    Youth membership in political parties is declining across industrialized nations. So who is joining parties? We take a look at the demographic make-up of parties in Canada and what it means for the state of our democracy.
  • April 23, 2013

    Democracy Talks Dispatches: University students skip the party

    A survey conducted 12 years ago found the average age of a political party member in Canada to be 59-years-old. Here we talk with Democracy Talks participant and university student Bryce Geereart, on why his vision of an ideal democracy would not include political parties, and why his peers aren't interested in joining parties either.
  • April 18, 2013

    Civic Engagement: A Canadian Success Story

    Inspired by our conversation with Democracy Talks participant Uzma Irfan, today we highlight another example of a civic engagement success story: The Registered Disabilities Savings Plan.