Next stop: Halifax!


My search for 100 remedies has taken me to the east coast of Canada this week!

I've been watching and admiring the Springtide Collective for years.  They're "an organization dedicated to reconnecting Nova Scotians with the democratic process and imagining ways of doing politics differently."  Some of their inspiring work includes Open House Nova Scotia, Make Democracy Better, and pretty videos like this:

For the last couple of years, I've had the intention to get out to Halifax to visit Springtide, but life got in the way and it just never happened.  Then last year I served as the Chief Electoral Officer for Samara's Everyday Political Citizen Award when Mark Coffin, the founder and president of Springtide, emerged as the clear winner.  I decided right then that I'd somehow find my way out east to learn more about Springtide and their work.

Screen_Shot_2015-01-20_at_1.02.43_PM.pngSo when they announced their first annual "Better Politics Awards", I bought my plane tickets right away.  I'm writing this post from Stanfield International Airport, where my plane just landed, and my AirBNB palace awaits!

Tonight I'll be at a lecture by Michael MacMillan, who co-authored "Tragedy in the Commons" and tomorrow I'll be watching the Better Politics Awards and finally seeing Springtide in action!

As with all my research visits, I'll be collecting ideas for the 100 Remedies project and the best stories, projects and experiments will end up in the book!

While I'm here I'll be interviewing Mark along with a few other local leaders, including Danny Graham (founding Chair of Engage Nova Scotia), Nancy Watson (also with Engage Nova Scotia), City Councillor Waye Mason, and others.

Stay tuned for a full report back.  Sign up here to stay connected!  : )

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