By listening & sharing stories we can connect on shared values to overcome the issues that divide us and move forward together.

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Climate change, conservation and energy problems are not environmental problems, they are people problems. For too long we’ve been divided on how to move forward on solutions to big problems that affect people everyday.

To get enough people wanting the same solutions, we need to do something we haven’t done before.

We need to listen to people who disagree with us.

We need to connect as humans and find our common ground to move forward together.

Deep community engagement, or deep canvassing, is a practice for having vulnerable, emotional, and nonjudgmental conversations in person or over the phone that last 10-25 minutes with someone who feels differently about an issue. 

Deep Canvassing is:

  • An engagement tactic that is transformational instead of transactional
  • Rooted in listening with honest curiosity and non-judgment to the concerns of people who have conflicted feelings on an issue
  • Canvasser shares personal life experiences & encourages other person to do the same
  • The outcome of deep canvassing is that people change their minds and that change lasts.

By sharing vulnerable stories and truly getting at the emotional heart of the issues that divide us, we can overcome polarization and prejudice.

“I’m supporting a good effort, and I believe it will make a positive contribution in our community and therefore the world.” RaNae, Deep Canvass Volunteer

Deep engagement is how we build a populist climate movement. Polling shows 45% of Canadians agree climate change is a real problem but aren’t informed or engaged yet, so their support is not reliable. To have political will for lasting policy changes we need rural, as well as urban Canadians, to support the clean energy transition.

Since early 2020, our team has knocked on hundreds of doors and made thousands of calls to deeply engage with people in our community we don’t typically talk with. In these conversations, 1 in 3 rural people resolve their internal conflict and shift their beliefs and behaviours in a lasting way to support more government action on climate and 100% clean energy.

We are:

  • The 1st deep canvassing program in Canada
  • The 1st complete deep canvassing program on climate and energy anywhere in the world
  • A 2022 Top Project Award winner from Canada’s Clean50.

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