We ask, What Would It Take?

Synapcity launches breakfast conversation series

Join us at Bar Robo for a monthly conversation on civic issues, breakfast included!

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 and organizations from across the city, we will explore “What Will It Take” to enhance and amplify the parts of our city that we are already proud of, and discuss how we can create more space for happier, healthier, smarter and safer qualities of life for our citizens.

The first three events in the series are:

  • What Would It Take for Ottawa to be the Cooperative Capital of Canada
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017Synopsis: There is an increasing public call for cooperative humanistic approaches that will better represent and be inclusive of all people. How can we tip the scales towards a more cooperative model that creates better opportunities for everyone?

    Mondragon, Spain, is a town dominated by a corporation of the same name in the country’s northern Basque region. This business corporation is composed of 261 “autonomous and independent cooperatives that competes in international markets, uses democratic methods in its corporate organization, and aspires to the creation of employment, the human and professional promotion of its workers and the development of their social environment.” (Mondragon.com)

    Using Mondragon as an example, together we will identify which elements of the Cooperative Model could be best adapted here at home.

    Guest Speaker: Céline Carrière, Executive Director of the Cooperative Housing Association of Eastern Ontario.


  • What Would It Take for Ottawa to be a Human Rights City
    Tuesday, March 28, 2017Synopsis: What are ‘human rights cities’? Imagine living in a society where all citizens are committed to building a community based on equality and non-discrimination; where all actively participate in the decisions that affect their daily lives guided by human rights standards; where people have consciously internalized the holistic vision of human rights to overcome fear and impoverishment – a society that provides human security, access to food, clean water, housing, education, healthcare and work at livable wages… sharing resources and opportunities with all citizens not as a gift, but as a realization of their inalienable human rights. A Human Rights City is a practical and viable model that demonstrates how living in such a society is possible!

    Together we will examine some examples from around the world and identify what might be required for Ottawa to adopt the Human Rights City model here at home.

    Guest Speaker: John Packer, Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa.


  • What Would It Take for Coach Houses to have an Impact on Housing in OttawaTuesday April 18, 2017 

    Last year, the City of Ottawa approved a new policy that allows for Coach Houses to be built as part of urban intensification on certain types of properties. But what is a Coach House? Where can they be built, and where are they most useful? How can they be used to drive healthy community outcomes?

    Together, we will explore the potential opportunities and challenges for coach houses in the City of Ottawa.

    Guest Speaker: Alain Miguelez, Program Manager of Community Planning with the City of Ottawa’s Planning and Growth Management Department.


Conversations take place from 8:30 – 10:00 am at Bar Robo (692 Somerset Street West, just next to the Chinatown Gate).

Tickets are $20 and include a coffee or tea with a hot breakfast sandwich. Your three sandwich options are:

Robo Breakfast: egg, sausage, BBQ sauce, cheese, scallions, cilantro
Veggie Breakfast: pesto brie, eggplant, sundried tomato, egg scallion
Vegan Breakfast: pesto, eggplant, tomato, scallions

Click here to register. 

A podcast will be recorded by CHUO 89.1FM

Synapcity connects people who want to make positive change in the city, and as a third-party convenor without political agenda, we can offer space and support to other organizations who work tirelessly in this great city and bring in the voices of the city’s people.

With thanks to our project partners: