In response to requests from VPs of Administration and Finance, we created, tested, and launched this downloadable “Workshop in a Box.” It is designed to make it easy for these leaders and their teams to host an orientation workshop to understand the emerging concept of social purpose administration and finance.
Educating Student Changemakers:
Although the field of changemaking is still emerging, it is becoming abundantly clear that the approach to “changemaker education” is significantly different to more traditional forms of education.
In the new report Training the Archer, Alexandra Daignault examines how colleges and universities can support students to become changemakers.
Catalyst for Sustainability: The Achievements, Challenges, Lessons and Prospects of the University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation
Aide-Mémoire: Presidents’ Leadership Network discussions: “Imagine the Future of Colleges and Institutes”
During the CICan Annual Conference, the Presidents’ Leadership Network held a session titled “Imagine the Future of Colleges and Institutes.”
Participants discussed ways colleges and institutes can meet the needs of their learners, partners and communities, in the face of contemporary social issues.
Read the key points in this Aide-Memoire.
In July 2018, RECODE and Ashoka Canada convened higher ed changemakers from across Canada to build community on Wasan Island.
This report contains the key retreat takeaways and next steps. This includes site visits, resource sharing, and future convenings. It also includes actions for building new partnerships that test innovations.
Aide-Mémoire: Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) Annual Conference 2018
On June 12 2018, in Vancouver, BC, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation’s RECODE initiative and CAUBO co-hosted two back-to-back workshops on the Social Purpose Administration and Finance Framework at CAUBO’s annual conference. The purpose of the workshops was to provide an overview of the framework and engage finance and administration professionals on opportunities and challenges to advance social impact in their functions and mandates. This is a summary of the discussion.
Roundtable on Advancing Social Purpose in College and Institute Administration and Finance Functions to Strengthen Social Infrastructure: Aide-Mémoire
On May 2, 2018 BCIT and the McConnell Foundation hosted a Roundtable Discussion with three college and institute administrators based in Greater Vancouver, for the purposes of discussing trends, barriers and opportunities in social purpose administration and finance within the colleges and institutes sector. Administrators from the BC Association of Universities and Institutes were invited.
On April 26, 2018, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation’s RECODE initiative and CAUBO hosted a workshop with 22 senior leaders in administration and finance in Western universities. The purpose of the workshop was to present on the Social Purpose Administration and Finance Framework, get feedback on the initiative, and identify collaboration opportunities to overcome barriers and scale social purpose administration within post-secondary institutions, if desired.
With hackED (originally RECODE Collaborate), RECODE’s first major
student-facing initiative, we decided to work directly with students to try and build a movement.
hackED was an effort to: a) create a network of student leaders across the country; and b) develop local chapters that would meet regularly to make change on their campuses. How did it go?
Towards a Colleges and Institutes Collaborative Initiative to Strengthen Social Infrastructure in Canada: Aide-Mémoire
On March 15, 2018 Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation’s RECODE initiative co‐hosted a workshop following-up on the October 2017 roundtable where twenty-four presidents and VPs from colleges and institutes had animated discussions on the role that their institutions play in addressing key issues of our time and considered opportunities to work together in ways that are deliberate and intentional to increase impact on communities.
On October 31, 2017, Simon Fraser University, the University of New Brunswick and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation hosted a Roundtable discussion on University Administration Perspectives on Building Social Infrastructure. Here’s an aide-mémoire of the event by RECODE.
Insight into B.C.’s social venture sector from a labour market perspective. This report provides information on the key issues and challenges facing social ventures and offers recommendations on the actions needed to facilitate further development of the sector across the province.
Webinar discussion with Scaled Purpose co-directors Miles DePaul and Sean Campbell to explore their findings from the recently released Scaled Purpose and Mount Royal University report: Where to Begin: How Social Innovation is Emerging Across Canadian Campuses.
Webinar: Re-thinking the conference—A model for hands on community building & innovative prototyping
A webinar with Simon Fraser University’s Shawn Smith and Groundswell’s Gilad Babchuk to discuss the design of SFU Surrey’s ReSchool event as a model for a hands-on conference and design sprint.
Interested in further building social infrastructure on your campus, but not sure where to start? Social procurement allows institutions to mobilize their purchasing power and decisions to increase community well being. In our latest resource for post-secondary institutions, we discuss social procurement strategies and how you can implement it at your school.
Karina LeBlanc and Jakob Wildman-Sisk share their experience bringing New Brunswick’s first public social innovation lab to life—an initiative that leverages multi-sector expertise in order to understand the region’s most pressing challenges and co-create solutions for them.
This course is illustrated by a series of problem-based case studies on migration in China, Mexico, and Germany/Europe. These cases demonstrate how social action and business leadership can exert positive impact on some of the unique challenges posed by mass migration.
Webinar with Mount Royal University’s James Stauch and Lesley Cornelisse to discuss their recently released report Strengthening Community Leadership Learning: Results of a Canada-wide research project on leadership learning for social change.
Highlighting the major outcomes of the Vancouver Island Social Innovation Zone’s (VISIZ) pilot Social Innovation Cohort, which matched selected social innovation initiatives with fnancial support, and partially funded fulltime co-op students between January-April 2016.
Solutions Finance Series, Issue #1: Beyond Impact Investing, Towards Solutions Finance
The Foundation is embracing solutions finance after a decade of supporting the development of social finance and the impact investing marketplace in Canada, learning from various successes and failures in managing impact investments.
DISCUSSION PAPER: Canadian Universities and Colleges supporting entrepreneurship and Indigenous communities
The purpose of this discussion paper is to provide an understanding of opportunities for post-secondary institutions across Canada at the intersection of entrepreneurship and Indigenous communities.
Webinar with Erin Freeland Ballantyne, Executive Director of the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning—a northern-led initiative delivering land-based, University of Alberta-credited educational experiences led by northern leaders, experts, elders and professors.
This report describes the findings, conclusions and recommendations of an evaluation of the
LabWISE program. This initiative, which ran from mid-2016 to late 2017, aimed to strengthen the
capacity of social innovators to employ a Social Innovation Lab approach to address tough
problems in their communities.
This study examines the benefits and challenges of partnership between higher education institutions and social enterprises in Canada. It is one of 12 country – and territory – level studies that informed the report “Social enterprise in a global context: the role of higher education institutions”.
Insights & Observations at the Intersection of Higher Education, Indigenous Communities & Local Economic Development
Report on our pre-Indigenous Innovation Summit dialogue on supporting Indigenous social entrepreneurship, which includes discussion notes, insights, observations, & suggestions for next steps.
Maximizing the Capacities of Advanced Education Institutions to Build Social Infrastructure for Canadian Communities
In our new discussion paper we explore how higher education institutions can harness and leverage their assets (financial, physical, relational, research and education) to build social infrastructure that will positively impact communities and advance societal well-being.