Opportunities for citizens to learn and engage in community building

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, The Global Civic Policy Society encourages a knowledgeable and cosmopolitan citizenry to make strong connections to their community.  Since its inception in 2009, the Society has created a number of initiatives to that end:

  • The Global Civic Policy Society presents regular Public Salons at which presenters speak on a broad range of topics.
  • Kumtuks creates educational videos for social media and is the Chinook word meaning “knowledge”.  It mines British Columbia history to explore new narratives and reclaim old ones for an increasingly diverse citizenry to educate the public about economics and prosperity.
    The Kumtuks Project mines British Columbia history to explore new narratives and reclaim old ones for an increasingly diverse citizenry.
  • Global Civic is also trying to revive the aboriginal trade language Chinook Jargon which has played an integral role in the early history of British Columbia.  It develops learning materials and hosts events to support this learning.
  • The Global Civic Policy Society’s newest initiative is Civic Leadership, an independent non-partisan research and education initiative based in Vancouver, British Columbia that seeks excellence in elected public governance.
  • Since 2012, the Society provides administration to Transcribimus, a network of volunteers that is transcribing early City Council minutes and other hand-written documents from early Vancouver, and making them freely available to students, researchers, and the general public.
  • In the past, the Global civic Policy Society also initiated the Greeting Fluency program to learn a few polite greetings in several languages heard on the streets of Vancouver.

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