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We're Hiring: Interim Executive Director

Civic Engagement NGO looking for an Interim Executive Director for a 12 month full-time parental leave contract based in Ottawa. Exciting career opportunity for a motivated, entrepreneurial NGO professional interested in civic participation, inclusive communities,...

PRESS: Globe & Mail: Ottawa Evolving into Dynamic City

Everyone loves to look down on Ottawa. “The town that fun forgot,” columnist Allan Fotheringham liked to call it. Last year, the website SmarterTravel ranked Canada’s “quiet and dull” national capital one of the nine...

PRESS: Carleton Grad Laine Johnson at Helm of 100in1Day

"The date is set – June 2 is 100in1Day in Ottawa. The idea is simple: Get 100 people in Ottawa to create an event or happening that will make their city a better place. Who...

Community Impact Report

We’re thrilled to share our 2016-2017 Community Impact Report with you. Our sincerest thanks to go all the wonderful people who made these past 18 months of CityMaking possible. In the report, you'll find stories...

Synapcity Announces New Executive Director

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Synapcity, Judith Maxwell is very pleased to announce that Laine Johnson is the new Executive Director, effective immediately. “We are delighted Laine has agreed to take on...

Creative CityMakers: "Why Ottawa for Arts & Culture?"

This Tuesday December 5, Synapcity is bringing together some of Ottawa’s most talented artists to ask: why Ottawa for arts and culture? Just one peek at the evening’s line-up proves that, as well as being a hotbed...

Join our Facilitation Team

Synapcity seeks Facilitators to join our team on a casual and ongoing basis basis. We offer a dynamic environment that calls for you to work independently, be resourceful and think on your feet. You are...

100in1day Ottawa on June 3

OTTAWA, ONTARIO (June 2, 2017) – For the first time ever, Ottawans share their vision for a better city through 100 urban activations on Saturday, June 3, 2017 during 100In1Day. The city-wide festival is a...

Civics Talks Program Coordinator Needed

Weekdays, evenings and possibility of weekends July 1, 2017- February 28, 2018 Overview Synapcity is a small non-profit organization that brings people together to share ideas, understand new perspectives and collaborate on initiatives to improve...

Kick-start your #100in1dayOTT intervention

The first ever #100in1day festival is coming to Ottawa on June 3, 2017, and Synapcity and its partners, the Preston Street and Westboro BIAs want to give you a micro-grant of $50 to help lift...

Synapcity is seeking new board members!

Position Title: Board Member Position Type: Volunteer, approximately 10 hours per month Position Start Date: September 2017 Synapcity is an incorporated not-for-profit organization based in Ottawa. We bring people together to share ideas, understand new perspectives and collaborate on initiatives...

Call to Action

  100 In 1 Day is a global festival that activates citizen-led initiatives in public spaces across a city. Originating in Bogota, Colombia, and spreading to cities across the globe, the festival inspires residents to...

Synapcity launches breakfast conversation series

The city is its people. This breakfast conversation series provides an opportunity for Ottawans to meet in a safe space and discuss civic issues that are near and dear to our hearts. Bringing together individuals...

Synapcity to host 100In1Day!

Imagine the possibilities for our city if hundreds of people united to participate in small initiatives to spark change. Thanks to the support of the United Way, Synapcity is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the first 100In1Day Ottawa...


  Update: This position has been filled. We're looking for a temporary, full-time project manager to join our team and help us launch 100In1Day Ottawa! What is 100In1Day? There’s a limit to the amount of...

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...

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 Basi. The annual award recognizes a woman who has made a significant impact in Ottawa in the...

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...

Synapcity Nominated for Social Impact Award

This October, Synapcity was nominated for the Ottawa Social Impact Awards. The Ottawa Social Impact Awards are recognizing and celebrating the leaders in our community who are making a positive social impact through innovative, collaborative,...

Budget 2017

There are three mutually reinforcing ingredients for successful citizen engagement, according to the Stanford Social Innovation Review. They are: Deliberation, Collaboration and Connection: “First, people gather in groups to decide what to do. Then they work...

Calling all change-makers

24 October, 2016, Ottawa, ON—Synapcity, formerly Citizens Academy, a non-partisan social enterprise, today launched a campaign to solicit ideas from the people of Ottawa to make our city happier, healthier, smarter and safer. This initiative...

Introducing Synapcity

In 2011, a small group of people got together who shared a vision for Ottawa—a healthy, happy city where people collaborate, share ideas and take actions to make the city better. They wanted to inspire...


100in1day Canada is part of a global initiative with the goal to inspire change in cities across the country by compelling residents to activate 100 innovative, thought-provoking ideas into interventions to enhance their city all...

Budget 2017: Consultations, tools, a rally and more

There are two stages to the consultations. In October, you can learn more about the budget and hear what other citizens are saying. Then, after the draft 2017 budget is released on November 9th, you can...

Civics Boot Camp alum establishes 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 table. She has supported her passion through various capacities as a project manager, writer,...

What truly creates a shared space?

One of Synapcity’s central tenets is that learning together creates shared ownership over civic issues, especially when learning opportunities include diverse lived experience. By learning someone’s story, we can make connections with our own stories...

How do we step up our democracy game?

To recap last week’s blog, we as Canadians take pride in and value our strong democracy. But too often our version of democracy feels like we are given the license to complain but don’t DO...

Is it possible to have too much democracy?

Within minutes of Britain’s vote to exit the EU, hostile comments popped up over every social media feed. Much of the discourse centred around whether such serious questions should be put to a vote in...


Insights into some of our key activities, past, current and future.

We Are Cities

Ottawa played a key role. As both a municipality and the nation’s capital, our city presented the opportunity to engage different groups and to learn from numerous perspectives. The result was dozens of powerful city-making...

Civics Talks

Not everyone can make time to take part in the full Civics Boot Camp. Synapcity’s Civics Talks are a no-cost, one-off experiential learning sessions help interested citizens understand the inner workings of a civic system...


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