ESS Lecture - Democracy Evolved: Designing A Resilient Political System

The College of Sustainability hosts a weekly Environment, Sustainability and Society lecture on Thursday evenings. On Thursday, December 3 2015, Springtide Founder, Mark Coffin will deliver a lecture on the topic of resilient democracy. 


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Nova Scotia is known for being the first “responsible government” in North America. This is a point of pride for many who are engaged in politics in the province, but as residents of the oldest institutional democracy on the continent, we must also ask ourselves if our inherited institutions have maintained relevance over the centuries since their creation, and if not, what we can do about it.

In 2012 Mark Coffin founded the Springtide Collective, an organization that exists to facilitate conversations around these questions, conduct research on the state of our democracy and provide thoughtful insight on how we can do politics differently. In this presentation, Mark will share the findings of three-years of solutions-oriented research on democracy in Nova Scotia, unpack some of the unsustainable trends surrounding our politics, and share a vision for a more resilient political system. 


December 03, 2015 at 7pm - 9pm
Ondaatje Theatre, Marion McCain Building, Dalhousie University
6135 University Ave
Halifax, NS B3H 4P9
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Debra Ross, College of Sustainability · 902.494.7804

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