Potential dialogue models for your Canadian federal electoral reform event

Type of Dialogue

Add-on Dialogue

Include a dialogue in an existing meeting

Coffee Dialogue

A dialogue with a small group of friends or neighbours

Community Dialogue

A gathering intended to discuss Canadian federal electoral reform that could be for the public or for a specific group of people

Town Hall

Large public gathering


Suggested number of participants
Less than 40
2-15
10-25
25-75
More than 50
Potential types of participants
  • Existing members of your group or organization
  • Friends
  • Neighbours
  • Small groups/networks (e.g. book club)
Members of small/medium-sized groups/networks, such as:
  • Book clubs
  • Neighbourhood associations
  • Community associations and organizations
Members of medium-sized/large groups/networks, such as:
  • Neighbourhood associations
  • Community associations and organizations
  • Community members
Suggested invitation methods
  • Via your organizational network
  • Personal, to those you know
  • Personal, to those you know
  • Via existing groups and networks
  • Via existing groups and networks
  • Broader promotion and/or advertising
Broad, community-wide invitation via:
  • Promotion and/or advertising
  • Networks
Example locations Current meeting space Capacity: up to 15
  • Living room
  • Kitchen table
  • Coffee shops
Capacity: up to 30
  • Board/meeting room
  • Small workshop spaces
Capacity: up to 100
  • Medium-sized meeting room
Capacity: at least 100 recommended
  • Auditorium
  • Community hall
  • Conference centers
Potential hosting/facilitation methods
  • Facilitated dialogue
  • Small and large group discussion
  • Self-directed
  • Small group dialogue
  • Facilitated dialogue
  • Small and large group discussion
  • Professional facilitator recommended
  • Facilitated dialogue
  • Small and large group discussion
  • Professional facilitator recommended
  • Facilitated dialogue
  • Small and large group discussion
  • Possible question and answer period (maximum of 30 minutes at end of session)
Suggested event length
15-30 min
.25-.5 hours
60-90 minutes
1-1.5 hours
90-120 minutes
1.5-2 hours
90-120 minutes
1.5-2 hours
120-180 minutes
2-3hours
Audiovisual/
technical requirements
Optional:
  • Computer, projector and screen
Optional:
  • Computer, projector and screen
Optional:
  • Computer, projector and screen
Suggested:
  • Computer, projector and screen
  • Two microphones and a speaker system
Recommended:
  • Computer, projector and screen
  • At least two microphones and a speaker system
Suggested dialogue capture methods
  • Note taker for the dialogue
  • Note taker for the dialogue
  • One or more note takers for the dialogue
  • Multiple note takers for the dialogue
  • Small group activities to capture answers with a note taker for each group
  • Results digitally compiled by multiple note takers
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