Dave Meslin is one of Canada's most influential citizen engagement change-makers. His TED Talk has received almost one million views, and his work has helped cities revisit the myth of citizen apathy and confront the barriers that prevent community members from actively engaging in local politics.
Meslin's ideas for civic reform, such as holding elections on weekends to increase voter turnout and making public notices more engaging, have received widespread coverage in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Vancouver Sun and Toronto Star. A self-described "community choreographer," Meslin's grassroots projects have included the 2006 City Idol competition, a project that allowed everyday Toronto residents to present their vision for the city to a public audience. In a loose parody of Canadian Idol, the audience selected candidates to run for Toronto City Council with Meslin’s organizational backing.