Ian Capstick approaches his workshop from an NDP perspective. As a long-time advisor and commentator for the party, he has a clear understanding of the ways in which this left-wing political party can contribute to and better Canadian democracy in the 21st century. But does Canada's left have a future in this every changing political landscape?
In an era when young people are increasingly out of touch with electoral politics, Capstick will explore the challenges that lie ahead for a party that focuses so heavily on youth voters. He will explore the challenges faced by the NDP today and the stresses it faces moving forward.
Applying design-thinking techniques, he will teach students how to reimagine the way we think about and visualize a problem. He will then work with workshop participants to apply this approach to evaluate the current status of the NDP in Canada and devise strategies, with the group, on how to better handle the challenges that lie ahead for Canada's Left in the future.