Electric City Magazine is creating stories about deepening democracy
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Why Deepening Democracy?

Democracy means a great deal more than voting. As citizens we have abundant expertise and aspirations for our community. Deepening democracy is about enabling and ennobling citizen agency and leadership. When we as citizens dream and organize on our own, and sometimes partner with our elected officials and public servants, we lead the way to a deepened democracy.

Imagine citizen-led dialogue and community development in direct partnership with media.


Imagine spaces in which citizens gather to discuss what matters to them most and what they want to do about it. Now imagine thoughtful journalists fully engaged in these conversations, and along with citizens, craft stories about how people are stepping up to change their community in the direction of their aspirations. Imagine working together to understand and inform; design community responses; and co-create media that will Change the Story and Change our City.

By bringing the work of Electric City Magazine together with the convening skills of the Peterborough Dialogues and the Resonance Centre, we are pioneering a new opportunity for Peterborough citizens to discuss what matters, decide what to do about it, and to shape news and media as we go. Check out the video from our launch event this past December.

Doing this work with fun, professionalism, and continuity requires Patrons. We have created new ways both for you to financially support the work, and for us to engage with citizens from all walks of life. While our content will always be free, patrons are invited into deeper rewards. To the right you can read about those rewards. Check out this video to learn more. If you can’t participate but would like to support the work financially you can pass your rewards along to a friend or invite us to hold them in reserve for another community member.

Soon we will also be inviting organizations to become partners and funders as well. Your support as individuals will be a magnet for their contributions.

To kick things off we are diving into four dialogue and media-making themes. We’ve created a Patreon Page for each one. This will help us fund the important work of journalism, and will also help us see where the energy is for specific coverage in the community. Click the links to visit those pages to learn more about the intentions for each theme and view a video message from the moderator of each theme.
You can pledge your support to ECM generally or to one of the a specific themes listed above. The rewards are the same across the board. Regardless of where you pledge your support you will receive all the rewards of your chosen level.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is Patreon?
Patreon is a crowd-funding site designed for creators. Patrons agree to give a regular donation every time the creator makes something—in our case, once a month, when we release an issue of Electric City Magazine.

Is Patreon a Canadian company?
What currency will I be charged in?Patreon is an American company, and all pledge amounts are in US dollars. Please also be aware that this means the charge on your form of payment will come from an American source.

When will I be charged?
Patreon will charge your form of payment on the 1st of the month, for any activity in the previous month. Because Electric City Magazine is released in the first week of the month, the money will come out at the beginning of the next month. For example, if our March issue is released March 6, your credit card will be charged for it on April 1.

When will I receive my reward?
At the higher pledge levels, patrons receive rewards, including access to our Patreon members-only feed, Electric City Magazine mugs and t-shirts, and access to Electric City Magazine events. Access to the members-only feed will start as soon as you sign up. Mugs and t-shirts will be sent out within 30 days of us receiving your first donation. For in-person and online events, we will send access codes and ticket information to your email.
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ARC
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Our eternal gratitude for your support. Every little bit helps. 
VOLT
$4 or more per month 0 patrons
You gain access to Electric City Magazine's Patreon members-only feed, with unique behind-the-scenes content from our team, updated on a regular basis. 
AMP
$9 or more per month 0 patrons
You get a white ceramic mug with our battery logo on one side and "There is Another Peterborough" on the other, as well as access to our members-only feed.
CIRCUIT
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
You get an Electric City Magazine t-shirt, as well as access to the members-only feed.
SWITCH
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Circuit level rewards plus the Story Jam in-person gatherings (Share your ideas for stories and discuss important issues in the community, in this 2-hour in-person gathering. 10:00-12:00 on the 2nd Saturday of each month)
CURRENT
$29 or more per month 0 patrons
You get all of the above as well as free access to the Inside the Pages online calls (Learn more about a story in the current issue of Electric City Magazine, with a 90-minute online interview and open discussion with the story's writer, subject, or an important stakeholder. 1:00-2:30 on the 3rd Tuesday of each month), and a ticket the in-person Citizen Action Summits (Go in-depth on one of the four themes, with a three-hour in-person summit aimed at exploring the issue, finding stories, and discovering solutions. (These will start once the Patreon hits its $3000 goal.)  12:00-4:00 on the 2nd Saturday of each month).
GENERATOR
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above rewards, plus your name on the masthead of every issue, and free access to the Geeking Out With Gabe online calls (Electric City Magazine editor-in-chief Gabe Pollock gives you the inside scoop on running a local magazine, upcoming stories, and community events, in this 90-minute online call. 1:00-2:30 on the 2nd Tuesday of each month).
CULTIVATOR
$75 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above rewards, plus access to the Newsmaker Circle in-person gatherings. (Come together with citizen journalists, community partners, and the Electric City Magazine writers team to be part of the story creation process, in this intimate 2-hour in-person gathering.  5:00-7:00pm on 1st Tuesday of each month)
CO-CREATOR
$99 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above rewards, plus 1 ticket to the 'Journalism as a Civic Art' call hosted by Axiom News (a $39.99 value). (1:00-2:30pm on 4th Thursday of each month)
Goals
$0 of $3,000 per month
Once we hit our $3000/mth goal we will host regular Citizen Action Summits focused around this theme. We will invite community members and thought leaders in to discussion the issues and work together to find solutions.
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Why Deepening Democracy?

Democracy means a great deal more than voting. As citizens we have abundant expertise and aspirations for our community. Deepening democracy is about enabling and ennobling citizen agency and leadership. When we as citizens dream and organize on our own, and sometimes partner with our elected officials and public servants, we lead the way to a deepened democracy.

Imagine citizen-led dialogue and community development in direct partnership with media.


Imagine spaces in which citizens gather to discuss what matters to them most and what they want to do about it. Now imagine thoughtful journalists fully engaged in these conversations, and along with citizens, craft stories about how people are stepping up to change their community in the direction of their aspirations. Imagine working together to understand and inform; design community responses; and co-create media that will Change the Story and Change our City.

By bringing the work of Electric City Magazine together with the convening skills of the Peterborough Dialogues and the Resonance Centre, we are pioneering a new opportunity for Peterborough citizens to discuss what matters, decide what to do about it, and to shape news and media as we go. Check out the video from our launch event this past December.

Doing this work with fun, professionalism, and continuity requires Patrons. We have created new ways both for you to financially support the work, and for us to engage with citizens from all walks of life. While our content will always be free, patrons are invited into deeper rewards. To the right you can read about those rewards. Check out this video to learn more. If you can’t participate but would like to support the work financially you can pass your rewards along to a friend or invite us to hold them in reserve for another community member.

Soon we will also be inviting organizations to become partners and funders as well. Your support as individuals will be a magnet for their contributions.

To kick things off we are diving into four dialogue and media-making themes. We’ve created a Patreon Page for each one. This will help us fund the important work of journalism, and will also help us see where the energy is for specific coverage in the community. Click the links to visit those pages to learn more about the intentions for each theme and view a video message from the moderator of each theme.
You can pledge your support to ECM generally or to one of the a specific themes listed above. The rewards are the same across the board. Regardless of where you pledge your support you will receive all the rewards of your chosen level.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is Patreon?
Patreon is a crowd-funding site designed for creators. Patrons agree to give a regular donation every time the creator makes something—in our case, once a month, when we release an issue of Electric City Magazine.

Is Patreon a Canadian company?
What currency will I be charged in?Patreon is an American company, and all pledge amounts are in US dollars. Please also be aware that this means the charge on your form of payment will come from an American source.

When will I be charged?
Patreon will charge your form of payment on the 1st of the month, for any activity in the previous month. Because Electric City Magazine is released in the first week of the month, the money will come out at the beginning of the next month. For example, if our March issue is released March 6, your credit card will be charged for it on April 1.

When will I receive my reward?
At the higher pledge levels, patrons receive rewards, including access to our Patreon members-only feed, Electric City Magazine mugs and t-shirts, and access to Electric City Magazine events. Access to the members-only feed will start as soon as you sign up. Mugs and t-shirts will be sent out within 30 days of us receiving your first donation. For in-person and online events, we will send access codes and ticket information to your email.

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Tiers
ARC
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Our eternal gratitude for your support. Every little bit helps. 
VOLT
$4 or more per month 0 patrons
You gain access to Electric City Magazine's Patreon members-only feed, with unique behind-the-scenes content from our team, updated on a regular basis. 
AMP
$9 or more per month 0 patrons
You get a white ceramic mug with our battery logo on one side and "There is Another Peterborough" on the other, as well as access to our members-only feed.
CIRCUIT
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
You get an Electric City Magazine t-shirt, as well as access to the members-only feed.
SWITCH
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Circuit level rewards plus the Story Jam in-person gatherings (Share your ideas for stories and discuss important issues in the community, in this 2-hour in-person gathering. 10:00-12:00 on the 2nd Saturday of each month)
CURRENT
$29 or more per month 0 patrons
You get all of the above as well as free access to the Inside the Pages online calls (Learn more about a story in the current issue of Electric City Magazine, with a 90-minute online interview and open discussion with the story's writer, subject, or an important stakeholder. 1:00-2:30 on the 3rd Tuesday of each month), and a ticket the in-person Citizen Action Summits (Go in-depth on one of the four themes, with a three-hour in-person summit aimed at exploring the issue, finding stories, and discovering solutions. (These will start once the Patreon hits its $3000 goal.)  12:00-4:00 on the 2nd Saturday of each month).
GENERATOR
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above rewards, plus your name on the masthead of every issue, and free access to the Geeking Out With Gabe online calls (Electric City Magazine editor-in-chief Gabe Pollock gives you the inside scoop on running a local magazine, upcoming stories, and community events, in this 90-minute online call. 1:00-2:30 on the 2nd Tuesday of each month).
CULTIVATOR
$75 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above rewards, plus access to the Newsmaker Circle in-person gatherings. (Come together with citizen journalists, community partners, and the Electric City Magazine writers team to be part of the story creation process, in this intimate 2-hour in-person gathering.  5:00-7:00pm on 1st Tuesday of each month)
CO-CREATOR
$99 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above rewards, plus 1 ticket to the 'Journalism as a Civic Art' call hosted by Axiom News (a $39.99 value). (1:00-2:30pm on 4th Thursday of each month)