Common Futures Workshop


The Common Futures Workshop is a program for change-makers and change-seekers working on public and community issues who are hungry for a new way of solving problems. The next program will happen on Monday evenings in April, you can now register below.

Where this is coming from:

When we started Springtide, our passion was to reform democratic institutions. Elections, town hall meetings, political gatherings, and province house were (to us) the spots where democracy needed fixing.

In the three years since then, we’ve been reminded that changing our democratic institutions would never be enough. Our systems need change, AND so does the social and political culture that props them up. We’ve seen a curious pattern emerge. Nearly everyone we engage with agrees that politics isn’t working, and we all name someone other than ourselves, or some group that we’re not a part of and expect them to fix it.

We all recognize the problems, and none of us alone can fix them. This is where you fit in:

We’ve realized that this is a common experience amongst people working for social change. People working in healthcare, education, environmental activism and in social service systems are seeing similar patterns at work.

The traditional way that we, as citizens, public servants, elected officials and community leaders have approached public and political problems isn’t working.  

What this program is about:

This program is about exploring fundamental questions about how to make social change:

  • How do we create conditions where the wisdom of the crowd can emerge, and limit the influence of mob-mentality in our public discourse?

  • How can the groups and organizations we are a part of better model the type of change we wish to make in the world?

  • How does our own inner development as change-makers relate to the problems we want to solve in our communities and the change we want to see there?

  • What are some practical democratic tools we can bring to our personal and group practice of political engagement?

What to expect:

We’ll explore social power dynamics, systems thinking and values exploration and how they show up in our political engagement . You’ll learn new concepts through theory-based teachings, experiential learning activities, and conversation with other participants and program hosts. 

Register today:

Dates: Monday Evenings in April (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th).

Timing: 6:30PM - 9:30PM

Location: The Bridge, 5553 Bloomfield Street, Halifax NS, B3K 1S7

General Registration Fee: $98

(Includes snacks and hot beverages provided during course) 

Pay it Forward Registration Fee: $198 

The Pay it Forward rate is created for those of you wishing to attend that are perhaps able to offer more than the standard rate. Your support will ensure the program can be offerred at a more affordable fee than the listed price for those for whom the program cost is prohibitive. We can provide a tax receipt for a value of $100 for those who pay the Pay it Forward registration fee. 

Access Registration Fee: $48

In order to make our programs accessible to everyone, we offer a limited number of program spots at reduced rates. If the program price is prohibitive, please offer whatever you can afford. If you’d like to contribute volunteer time instead, that is also appreciated.


Program Hosts

Mark Coffin 


Mark is an educator, thinker, and an advocate for democratic renewal. The order of those things is important to him. He cut his teeth politically in the student movement in Nova Scotia, and founded the Springtide Collective with the help of friends in 2012. He is active on the boards of Credit Union Atlantic and Engage Nova Scotia. He's completing a Masters in Education, exploring the relationship between democracy and public education, and a more experiential, hands-on ways of learning about complex problems.


Marguerite Drescher


Marguerite Drescher is a visual artist and graphic recorder/facilitator, trained in cultivating vivid expressions for learning. She is dedicated to living art and exploring the possibilities for social transformation through creative process. Marguerite is actively engaged with communities around Halifax primarily with public engagement, leadership training and capacity building. Her company, Brave Space, offers graphic facilitation, illustration, women's leadership training, and Art of Hosting trainings. Marguerite is an unwavering Nova Scotian, with deep roots in this raw and magical place, and currently lives in Halifax. 


April 04, 2016 at 6:30pm - April 25, 2016
The Bridge
5553 Bloomfield St
Halifax, NS B3K 1S7
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$198.00 Pay it Forward Rate
$98.00 Standard Rate
$48.00 Access Rate