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Holiday Message

The past year has been full of surprises – or perhaps not – depending on our individual perspective. Brexit happened, Trump is president elect, we've seen the largest global migration of people since WWII, an iconic Canadian band’s farewell tour spoke up for aboriginal rights, refugee teams participated in the Olympics for the first time in history, and in our own community, we have witnessed violence and racism erupt. While many of the events of the past year seem unbelievable and daunting – could they be the fissures that needed to crack in order to let surface what we’ve worked hard to ignore, bury or make invisible? Could this be a reminder of all that is at stake, that our work is not done, and that more of us are required to stand up, speak out, and take action for the kind of world we want to live in. At Synapcity, we believe in beginning locally. Ottawa is our collective home. We are inspired by the growing movement – the number of alumni, contributors, funders, and partners who want to engage differently to make everyone in our city happier, healthier, smarter, and safer. It’s time to question who we are and how we operate. It’s time to step back, observe, and listen deeply to each other.  The complexity of issues in the world and here in our city is growing – it’s time to disrupt the status quo. At our root, we are all yearning for similar things. Respect. Dignity. Belonging. Love. And at the very basic level, nourishment for our bodies and our soul, and a home to feel safe and warm. Let’s wake up to that in 2017. Here’s to awakening with gratitude, compassion, love and peace. On behalf of everyone here at Synapcity, we wish you all a happy holiday season. Manjit

Civics Talks launches Dec. 2

We believe that people care deeply about where they live, but don’t always know where to look or how to ask for help in making positive change. Civics Talks enables people to explore what’s important to them,  where...

Manjit Basi honoured with spark Ignite Award

This month, the first-ever spark Ignite Award will be presented to Ottawa philanthropist, businesswoman and community builder, Manjit...

Synapcity featured on Daytime Ottawa

Synapcity co-founder, Manjit Basi, and Stiff CEO, James Hanington were welcomed to Daytime Ottawa in October. They spoke with Rogers TV host Dylan Black about our new brand, how it came to be and what you can expect from us in the future. You can view the...


Join our workshops to help build the skill sets you need to make positive change in your Ottawa.

Civics Talks

Synapcity’s Civics Talks are experiential learning sessions that help interested citizens understand the inner workings of a civic system and their role within that...

Mapping Engagement

Led by organization and leadership consultant Ingrid Richter, this dynamic and interactive workshop will introduce you to network...

Placemaking 101

In these four-part Synapcity sessions, citizen-led teams come together with civic leaders to imagine and design the places and spaces that are important to them in their...

Civics Boot Camp

Boot Camp is a series of six three-hour evening sessions delivered over six weeks using a combination of in-person workshops and online...


Our city is its people. We've helped individuals across Ottawa collaborate to create some amazing projects that make our city an even greater place to live.

The Ottawa Art Society Fund

Julie Hodgson came to the Fall Civics Boot Camp session in 2014 bringing her lifelong love affair with art to the...

Lending Library

Maria Gomez Umana graduated from the Synapcity Civics Boot Camp with a burning desire: improve the city. Specifically, she wanted to develop a stronger sense of community in her Kanata Lakes...

Ottawa Tool Library

If I had a hammer. That was Bettina Vollmerhausen’s wish. She wanted to create a lending library similar to a public book library but with a focus on household...


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