6 Degrees connects thinkers and doers to drive the global conversation on inclusion and citizenship.
6 Degrees challenges our unsettled age. It is about what we can do to counter rising nativism and exclusion, and how we can go about doing it. 6 Degrees is about connection, conversation, artistic representation, online engagement, and the power that comes from bringing people together. It is also about language: how better language can make for better thinking; how we can reframe issues to open hearts and change minds.
John Ralston Saul
The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson
6 Degrees Citizen Space
6 Degrees Citizen Space involves the brightest minds and the boldest methods, bringing thinkers, doers, executives, artists, politicians, and civil society leaders together in order to get them talking about what is really happening in the world. The annual three-day Citizen Space takes place in Toronto. In addition to the annual Citizen Space in Toronto, 6 Degrees holds themed forums in cities around the world, such as our recent 6 Degrees Vancouver and 6 Degrees Den Haag.
Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship
The marquee event at the inaugural 6 Degrees, the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship is awarded annually to a leader whose life has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to the ideals of belonging and inclusion. Through words, actions and results, this individual has encouraged thought and dialogue, approaches and strategies that strive to remove barriers, change attitudes, and reinforce the principles of tolerance and respect. Laureates have included Ai Weiwei (2017) and His Highness the Aga Khan (2016). Learn more
LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture series gathers Canadians to reflect on democracy, citizenship, and the public good. Established by John Ralston Saul, and hosted for the past decade by the ICC, several prominent thinkers, including Michael Sandel, Naomi Klein, George Erasmus, Louise Arbour, The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Robert Lepage, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, and Naheed Nenshi, have delivered talks. For more information, click here.
Research is an important part of the work of 6 Degrees and The Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Past reports include:
- All of Us: What We Mean When We Talk About Inclusion, in partnership with RBC
- Closed Shops: Opening Canada’s Legal Profession to Foreign-Educated Lawyers, by 6 Degrees-CIGI Fellow Lauren Heuser
- New Canadian Entrepreneurs: An Underappreciated Contribution to Canadian Prosperity? by 6 Degrees-CIGI Fellow Bessma Momani
- Open for Business: Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Canada, by 6 Degrees-Vancity Fellows Ricardo Meilman Lomaz Cohn and Eric Adebayo
Junior Fellowship Program
6 Degrees has supported a Junior Fellowship Program which supports young people from Canada and around the world in their initiatives related to inclusion and citizenship in their own communities. Junior Fellows actively participate in 6 Degrees Citizen Space by attending sessions and events, and remain connected to the ICC as 6 Degrees Ambassadors.
Thank you to RBC, the Janmohamed Nagji Jinah Family, Air Canada, City of Vancouver, Global Centre for Pluralism, LiUNA, United Way: Toronto and York Region, and Inspirit for supporting our fellowship program.