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Collaborative Democracy Camp

Jen Dodd & Mark Tovey

Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

Collaborative Democracy Camp

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Student / unwaged
This subsidized registration contributes to the costs of rental and food.
Ended CA$10.00 CA$1.20
Your registration contributes to the cost of venue rental and food.
Ended CA$20.00 CA$1.80

Event Details

On October 20th, a small, one-day, invitation-only event called Collaborative Democracy Camp will be held at the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto. The event is organized around three themes:

  • the future of collaboration (e.g., collaborative social innovation, collective action, large-scale problem solving)
  • the future of democracy (e.g., new forms of public consultation, new uses for open data, emerging democracies)
  • tradeoffs (e.g., privacy vs transparency, openness vs security, civility vs free-expression)

The event is being organized by Mark Tovey and Jen Dodd, with advisors Thomas Homer-Dixon and Hassan Masum

Collaborative Democracy Camp will use the unconference approach, which is ideal for creating new connections between people and disciplines. Invitees include people who work in government, political scientists, computer scientists, philosophers, collective intelligence researchers, open source advocates, open data developers, legal and constitutional experts, people who run civic engagement processes, and people who design online collaboration apps.

This event is a chance to explore cross-disciplinary questions such as:

  • What can democracy learn from massively multi-player games?
  • How can sensemaking tools (visualization and simulation) augment collective decision-making?
  • How can we delegate our vote to others in a fair way?

Here's how it works: At the beginning of the day, the group collectively decides on a program of sessions. Everyone is strongly encouraged to bring a crazy idea, a work in progress, or a vital topic for discussion, and to organize a session around it. Sessions can be talks, panel discussions, demos, or brainstorming: the best sessions are the most interactive ones.

Registration is online:
The cost is $20, to help us cover lunch, dinner, and venue rental ($10 for students and unwaged).

WHERE: Toronto, Ontario | Suite 120, Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Avenue.
WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, with dinner at 6:30 PM.

If you have any questions about the event, please email Mark Tovey <>.

We'd love it if you could join us!

We extend our heartfelt thanks to our sponsors, The Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI), Social Innovation Generation@Waterloo (SiG@Waterloo), the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.

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Have questions about Collaborative Democracy Camp? Contact Jen Dodd & Mark Tovey
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When & Where

Suite 120, Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C7

Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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