The Library Collaborations Project

Our research shows that building social connections is a core foundation in strengthening democracy. When individuals don’t feel connected to one another, democracy simply can’t survive. Harnessing the strength of public libraries as a core element of democratic culture, SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue’s Strengthening Canadian Democracy initiative, in partnership with the BC Libraries Cooperative, launched the Democracy Spark Grant for public libraries.

In the Fall of 2019, public libraries in British Columbia were invited to submit applications for micro-grants of $1,000 each to help fund programming centered around one of the follow three themes:

  • Climate Change 
  • Social Isolation
  • Local Solutions

The opportunities for learning created by these grants does not end in their communities. Recipient libraries will each have an opportunity to share their programming ideas, best practices, and key learnings for future democractic convening programs at the BC Association Conference in the Spring of 2020. 

Take a look at the map, below, to see a list of some of our 18 participating libraries. 

Dialogue Dispatch


Dialogue Dispatch is our community of practice newsletter where we share updates on our team's knowledge exchange activities alongside inspiring case studies, suggested readings and practical tools for people and organizations working to transform the field of democratic participation.

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