On Civil Society

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With a new lineup of programs and new ways to get involved, our On Civil Society series pushes boundaries, explores our differences, and takes you deeper into the issues affecting our world today.

Conversations this season focus on local, national and international issues and perspectives featuring leading experts and thinkers from all over the world on the most critical topics of our time.

Upcoming On Civil Society Programs

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NEW for this year
We’re casting a spotlight on two new On Civil Society streams that invite you to learn more, get involved and take action.

On Civil Society: Climate

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Our Climate series focuses on the issues our planet is facing and explores what these changes mean for humans and our natural environment. Featuring programs, discussions and topics that delve deep into the environment and climate change.

Upcoming Climate Programs

On Civil Society: Democracy

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Our Democracy series features a wide variety of programs which explore how democracy is changing. Conversations include leading experts and thinkers from around the world, and local perspectives and organizations fighting to make our democracy transparent and fair. These programs, discussions and topics range from how democracy functions at the neighbourhood level to the changing role of democracy across entire continents.

Upcoming Democracy Programs

Stay tuned for more Democracy-themed programs coming soon.

How to Get Involved

Built into many of our events are opportunities for you to engage with our guests, topics, each other and organizations around the world.

Learn from some of Toronto’s most important organizations who are working to protect our water, air, land and animals. Check out events with linked Field Trips that will give you the opportunity to participate and engage with other Torontonians who want to get involved in issues that matter.

Civil Forum

Past Civil Forums

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Enjoy conversations that explore democracy, civic engagement and the exchange of ideas.


Check out Live & Online events from our On Civil Society series and watch replays of past events you may have missed on the TPL Culture channel on Crowdcast, including these featured programs you can enjoy on-demand:

You can also explore our On Civil Society YouTube playlist.


Listen to these featured episodes, and discover more captivating conversations and archived recordings on our Live Mic and Writers Off the Page podcast series.