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To encourage ongoing citizen participation during and after elections
To create a platform for New Westminster citizens to come together and dialogue about democratic processes
To explore the various opportunities for citizen engagement
Format for this introductory interactive session:
Why we are here
Small group dialogue around focused questions
Sample questions, in groups of 4 or 5:
o What does democracy mean to you?
o What are your values about democracy?
o What are the elements of destructive political conflict
o What are the elements of constructive political conflict
o Which style do you think is more effective in achieving change, give examples
o Is democracy in Canada being eroded?
o If so, how and why?
o What is the evidence to support your point of view?
The small groups would be encouraged to share personal stories if they are comfortable doing so; share their personal experiences with a democratic process or lack thereof.
The small groups will share their insights with the larger audience.
I have a graphic recorder coming to the event and anyone who would like copies of the session would be encouraged to contact me at email@example.com I have been informed that a reporter will be attending
Please note: there might be very small changes in the questions Thank you