In November 2019, a public lecture and a policy symposium were held in Toronto to explore the potential of the Social Commons to offer transformational thinking for social solidarity in the 21st century [link to the public lecture and policy symposium page]. The events were organized to honour the memory of Marvyn Novick, a leading thinker and contributor to the social policy field in Ontario and Canada who passed away in June 2016. 

Dr. Francine Mestrum, international researcher and activist on social development, served as guest speaker in the two events to spark discussion on the relevance of a Social Commons framework in a number of policy areas, which were discussed with expert panellists by the more than 100 participants in attendance from a variety of disciplines and policy fields.