Research indicates that just talking about politics and discussing community issues in everyday life can lead to an increase in participation.

Democracy Talks is a Samara Canada ( initiative for organizations, community groups and anyone looking for a fresh way to engage their community members and reach people who are not currently engaged in the democratic process.

Democracy Talks is a facilitated, activity-based discussion around issues that matter to society. These events build democratic engagement by providing a community-based, non-partisan forum for people to have their ideas heard, hear from other members of their community and develop their political voice.

For some, it is a chance to build connections with others who share a passion for politics but for many it is their first step towards fully engaging Canada’s democracy.

You can host these talks yourself at your own kitchen table, or within your community organization.

Read more here.