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Introducing the RECODE Blog!

July 7, 2015

by Danica Straith

Social Innovation Fellow

As we pass the six month mark of RECODE, we are seeing the emergence of stories, learnings, and stumbling blocks that need to be shared with the larger community. With this in mind, we are launching the RECODE blog to serve as one of the many pathways to engage the national RECODE network and interested stakeholders, to generate, diffuse, and deepen our collective efforts.

This blog will serve as a conversation starter and platform to illuminate the journey of fueling social innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education in Canada. This may include storytelling from our institutional champions and partners, community impact learnings, or sharing a breakthrough model for financing emerging social innovations on campus.

Systems Mapping

by Tony Salvador

Intel Corporation

Over the past year, we have had the pleasure of working with Intel on systems mapping, which involves crowdsourcing information gathered through their meticulously designed surveys and then sharing the data visually in partnership with Vibrant Data. Through this initiative, we have been fortunate to work with Intel’s Tony Salvador—engineer, social scientist, and most of all, a wonderful humanist. Below, Tony takes us into his world of mapping systems with RECODE.

It’s so totally cool that Canadians would consider it right and reasonable to come together to consider a question of national interest such as how to catalyze a new culture of innovation throughout the country.

At issue for us, as researchers at Intel working on systems mapping tools, is how to have the conversation in the best possible way, so that all voices are heard and that perspectives are aired to discover the wheat amidst the chaff. We find it very useful to think about Canada not just as a country or a thing like a donut, but rather as a system of interacting people, thoughts, actions, policies, and sentiments. In fact, we find it very useful to think about Canada as a complex, socio-technical system from which emerges order based on individual actions (and inactions). But as a complex system, individual actions are often not predictive of the emergent properties of the system.

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